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   biul_gdansk Newsletter No. 184  [2008-01-23 11:35:01]
Polish Women Write to the European Parliament
NEWWPolish Women's Lobby sent a letter yesterday to Ms Anna Zaborska, President of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Comittee of the European Parliament.

Iran Over Palestine, Israel over All
NEWWBush's current visit to the Middle East, despite the official central message of supporting an Israeli-Palestinian peace process, has far more to do with Iran. That is not a secret; the lead article in Israel's leading daily, Ha'aretz, describing the Bush meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, begins "Iran's nuclear program was at the center of the closed door meeting between Bush and Olmert."

UN Drive for Economic and Social Rights
NEWWThe United Nations is to push for economic and social rights, including the human rights responsibilities of companies, to be given greater attention in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

No Country for Old Hatreds
NEWWThis thing called Kenya is a strange animal. In the 1960s, the bright young nationalists who took over the country when we got independence from the British believed that their first job was to eradicate "tribalism." What they really meant, in a way, was that they wanted to eradicate the nations that made up Kenya. It was assumed that the process would end with the birth of a brand-new being: the Kenyan.

Machismo Not O.K. - But Not Yet K.O.'d
NEWWGradually, more men in Cuba are declining to take on traditional masculine behaviour patterns, and women who oppose the machismo and sexism that still predominates are opening up ways of changing gender relations, beyond the effects of official measures taken to promote equality over the last 50 years.

Network of Mother Centers
NEWWThe 15th anniversary of the Czech Mother Centers Network opened with more than 170 mother center leaders, distinguished scholars and national and local government officials listening to a congratulatory letter from former Czech President Vaclav Havel.

Isabel Marcus Domestic Violence Fellowship

World Social Forum 2008
NEWWThe Global Call for Action is asking social movements and civil society worldwide to mobilize together in the week culminating on January 26, 2008.

Day for Sharing Life Stories
NEWWThe Museum of the Person International Network (Brazil, Portugal, USA and Canada) and the Center for Digital Storytelling (USA) have announced Listen! "International Day for Sharing Life Stories, an international celebration of life stories to take place on May 16th 2008.

LEZ GAL Forum Invitation
NEWWI would like to invite you to our all new Forum: LEZ GAL, a cyber community for all Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender and Transexual women.

IAS Young Investigator Awards
NEWWTo encourage young researchers, the IAS has established the Young Investigator Awards. The prize will be US$1,000 for the XVII International AIDS Conference and will be given to the top-scoring abstract in each of the five track categories.

Women, Religion and Globalization Project
NEWWThe Women, Religion and Globalization Project at Yale University invites applications for a two fellows for the spring term January-May, 2009. The Religion and International Affairs Fellow: a professional working on policy issues in two of three arenas: women, religion, and international affairs. The Women Living Religion Fellow: a grassroots practitioner involved with issues related to women and globalization, e.g., working with NGOs, religious organizations, development initiatives or social movements.

Last Call for Participation
NEWWThe 11th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development. The Power of Movements. November 14-17, 2008. Cape Town, South Africa.

Research on Sustainable Development Indicators
NEWWA Consortium of CSO and RTD-performers are considering to apply in the framework of the FP7 call: Engaging Civil Society in Research on Sustainable Development Indicators. The consortium wishes to meet, before applying, with some CSOs which would be willing to participate in a steering committee during the whole project duration.

Paris Declaration & Right to Development
NEWWThe Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD) as a non-binding document on ways to disburse and manage ODA more effectively does not deal with any of the commitments spelled out in MDG8 (trade, finance, debt, increased aid) but it can be deemed to indirectly contribute to them if its goal of making aid more efficient is actually achieved. However...

Exclusion Among Lone-Parent Households
NEWWThe study focuses on lone-parent households, analysing the reasons why they experience higher poverty risks and the barriers they have to face in order to access employment and other means of social inclusion. Since a vast majority of two-parent households are male-headed and one-parent families are mostly headed by women, the study provides information on the gender pattern of poverty.

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Malgorzata Tarasiewicz NEWW/NEWW-Polska Director