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   biul_gdansk Newsletter No. 182  [2007-12-18 09:39:15]
Call for Release of Women Detainees
NEWWAs the world commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, women's groups and networks launched a campaign that call for the release, by December 10, of women human rights defenders in Burma who were detained as a result of the military junta's violent crackdown on peaceful protests led by monks in September 2007. According to reports, 106 women still remain in detention, including six nuns.

Grimace of Democracy - Georgia
NEWWReferring to democratic countries and the standards they have is very common for every countries in transition. But the democracy conjurations do not necessarily bring you to democracy itself. There are pseudo democratic authorities. Quasi opposition that corrects it.

Discussing Legalization of Prostitution
NEWWRecently, Bulgarian government announced its intention to legalize sex work but unexpectedly has reversed its position on the issue. So the county now founds itself in the prevailing trend among other European countries to restrict access to prostitution.

Voices Against Violence
NEWWThe women of Afghanistan are seldom seen, let alone heard. But for a brief moment Wednesday, hundreds across the country made history by joining in a unique display of female solidarity.

Vigilantes Kill 40 Women
NEWWReligious vigilantes have killed at least 40 women this year in the southern Iraqi city of Basra because of how they dressed, their mutilated bodies found with notes warning against "violating Islamic teachings", the police chief said Sunday.

Black Looks
NEWWI started writing Black Looks back in June 2004 after a number of abandoned blog attempts under different names. At the time I only had a broad idea that I wanted to primarily focus on anything to do with African Women - a very broad term for a whole continent - and the African Diaspora that is socially, politically, racially, culturally, ethnically and sexually diverse.

CEDAW Committee Elections 2008
NEWWIt is very important for women's groups and women's rights advocates to continue advocating for the inclusion of independent feminist experts in the CEDAW Committee. As you may already know, the CEDAW Convention is the only UN human rights treaty that focuses on gender issues. In this regard, it is important that the twenty-three experts of the CEDAW Committee have an understanding of the realities of women's lives.

Ethics for Human Development
NEWWThe International Human Development Network (IHDN) cordially invites you to attend the 8th International conference with the theme, Ethics For Human Development Global Perspectives to be held February 11 -15, 2008, in Edinburgh, UK.

Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008
NEWWOn 4 December, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 with the slogan 'Together in Diversity' was launched to the pan-European press in Brussels. Present at the press conference was Ján Figel', the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Training and Youth as well as seven high-profile "European Ambassadors for Intercultural Dialogue", including the writer Paulo Coelho and the winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Marija Serifovic.

Diversity and Equality on MTV
NEWWOctober saw the launch of a new EU competition on MTV to get young people thinking and creating around the themes of diversity and equality. Until 8 December, MTV viewers were asked to submit films, photos, posters, or collages which represent their views on diversity and equality.

Multiple Meanings of Gender Equality
NEWWMultiple Meanings of Gender Equality. A Critical Frame Analysis of Gender Policies in Europe at CEU Press. This book edited by Mieke Verloo aims to map the diversity of meanings of gender equality across Europe and reflects on the contested concept of gender equality.

Development & Transition
NEWWDevelopment and transition affect women and men in different ways. In many new EU member states, and in the countries of the Western Balkans and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the post-communist transition has seen reductions in women's wages and employment rates relative to men's; access to assets, property, and political representation has declined.

Putting Gender Back in the Picture
NEWWSpecial Feature: New BRIDGE annotated bibliography "Putting Gender Back in the Picture: Rethinking Women's Economic Empowerment"

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