Take action to build UN that works for women. The United Nations is about to create a new strong UN agency that will be working on women's rights all over the world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the status quo on women's rights and gender equality worldwide, and it is important to get this reform right.
The latest G20 summit was held on 2 April 2009 where 20 of the world’s strongest trade countries came together to discuss global matters of trade and finance. Despite the broad and essential character of these economic matters, women’s ability to contribute to the world economy barely featured in the discussions and decision-making at the summit. Only two out of the 20 leaders who attended were women.
Gail Dines's new book, PORNLAND; How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality, takes an unflinching look at today’s porn industry: the stories woven into the images, the impact on our culture, the effects on us as men and women, the business machine that creates and markets porn, and the growing legitimacy of porn in mainstream media. Above all, PORNLAND examines the way porn shapes and limits sexual imaginations and behaviors.
In the past week, systematic violence has been waged against ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan. It is estimated that over 2,000 people have been killed and over 400,000 displaced. Up to 100,000 individuals, not counting children, have sought refuge in makeshift camps in neighboring Uzbekistan.
The eleventh session of the Regional Conference will examine the achievements made in gender equality and the challenges still facing the region in this regard, with a particular focus on women's autonomy and economic empowerment. The deliberations will be based on the assessment of the main advances and challenges concerning fulfilment of the commitments arising from the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and the regional conferences on women.
The Gender and Transition Workshop at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies invites speakers to submit proposals for talks for the academic year 2010-2011. The topic can be about any issue on gender in relation to east and central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic countries and Central Asia.
The study, by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the University of Ziguinchor, found that in Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor, family, social and cultural pressures bred silence and impunity.
A group of UN human rights experts* today (15th of June) expressed their alarm and deep concern about ethnic tensions that have erupted into violence in the south of Kyrgyzstan, including the cities of Osh and Jalalabad. The violence has reportedly claimed the lives of over one hundred and left many hundreds more injured. A state of emergency has been declared in the region following the outbreak of violence between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks. The situation has dramatically deteriorated since 11 June with reports of continuing killings and the burning of residences, shops and other properties.
DAKAR, Jun 7, 2010 (IPS) - A law on gender parity in electoral lists, approved by a large majority in Senegal's National Assembly, has been welcomed by women from diverse walks of life.
The appointment of Roza Otunbaeva as head of state for a transition period of a year and a half is an attempt to ensure Kyrgyzstan has a strong hand on the tiller until the planned political reforms have taken root.
This report provides an overview on involvement of girls in child labour, and policy responses required to tackle the problem. It provides global estimates on girl child labour, and looks at major sectors of work in which girls are involved.
Activists say dozens of people, both women and men, are killed for "honor" every year, falling victim to the deeply entrenched caste system, which dictates an individual's social standing based on the caste they are born into.
Three women in Namibia are suing the state for allegedly being sterilised without their informed consent after being diagnosed as HIV positive. The women say the doctors and nurses should have informed them properly about what was happening.
'Research by NGOs showed that violence against women in the family was widespread. There were no statistics provided by the government, and government support for crisis centres and telephone helplines remained inadequate,' the report said.
A singular focus on rape hampers efforts to combat sexual gender-based violence in conflict, according to new findings in a report on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To improve the situation of women, it is also necessary to understand the context in which violence is being committed and to work with men and boys, both as perpetrators and as victims of gender-based violence.