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   biul_gdansk Newsletter No. 186  [2008-02-21 14:30:47]
The European Feminist Forum Will Not Take Place
NEWWThe European Feminist Forum, which was planned for 13-15 June 2008 in Warsaw, will not take place.The European networks that have been cooperating since 2006 on the platform for debate and sharing entitled European Feminist Forum have decided, due to financial reasons, that the culmination of the process with the conference will not take place. This is the face-to-face meeting of European feminists, which we had scheduled to take place from 13-15 June 2008. Instead, the process will be concluded with a comprehensive publication.

EP: Sexual and Reproductive Health
NEWWThe Public Hearing on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights organized by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament was chaired by conservative MEP from Slovakia Anna Zaborska. The Hearing was proposed by the Polish MEP from Socialist Group of the EP-Lidia Geringer d'Oedenberg.

CSW: Expert Group Meeting
NEWWIn accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2007-2009, the Commission on the Status of Women will consider "Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women" as its priority theme during its fifty-second session in 2008.

Say NO to Violence against Women
NEWWInternationally acclaimed artists, social activists, and politicians, including Catherine Deneuve, Hillary Swank, Christopher Lee, Sir Bob Geldof and German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, have added their names to the UNIFEM-led Say NO to Violence against Women campaign (

The Great Kidney Bazaar
NEWWThe kidney transplantation racket unearthed near Delhi shows the costs of treating human organs like inanimate commodities when there's a huge disproportion between the power of recipient and donor.

Nobel Women's Initiative
NEWWThe Nobel Women's Initiative was established in 2006 by sister Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire. We six women -- representing North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa -- decided to bring together our extraordinary experiences in a united effort for peace with justice and equality.

Stop the Humanitarian Crisis
NEWWThe Iraqi women movement concluded a two days conference that took place over the 26th - 27th of January 2008 in Baghdad, which was organized by Iraqi Al-Amal Association (IAA), in partnership with the United Nations Development Funds for Women (UNIFEM) under the slogan "Iraqi women call: stop the humanitarian Crisis".

Largest All-Female Everest Expedition
NEWWIn the largest all-female expedition to Mount Everest ever, 13 courageous Nepali women representing the range of the Asian country's castes and ethnicities, backed by the United Nations, will attempt to reach the world's highest peak this Spring.

Call for Proposals for Human Rights Defenders
NEWWThe European Commission has launched a central call for proposals in support of Human Rights Defenders under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

Student Prize in Economic Anthropology
NEWWThe Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition established by the Society for Economic Anthropology to honor its first president and to encourage new scholars in the field of economic anthropology. Harold Schneider, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, was known for both his path breaking research and his dedication as a teacher

Human Rights Short Courses 2008
NEWWWe have just updated one of the most popular pages of our website : the Human Rights Short Courses page. It now features more than 60 short courses and summer schools spanning 2008 and 2009, from the general introductions to very specialized courses on indigenous peoples, discrimination, women's rights, and more.

Call for CD-ROM Materials
NEWWWomen, Ink., a project of the International Women's Tribune Centre, is producing a CD-ROM that contains a collection of materials about financing for gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as fundraising.

Master's Program in Social Justice
NEWWArizona State University is proud to announce that its new MA program in Social Justice and Human Rights is now accepting applications for Fall 2008. The Master of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights (MASJHR) in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is an innovative new degree designed to offer social justice and human rights approaches to such issues as health, education, labor, international development, migration, child and family issues, and the environment.

Equality and Same-Sex Partnerships: A Happy Marriage?
NEWWMarriage is at the intersection of public/private, work/life balance, familial relations and equality/diversity. Marriage as a social concept is also ever changing. Traditional gender roles are slowly being eroded but familial relations, particularly who goes out to work and who stays at home, are still influenced by culture, income maximisation, organisation of work and caring responsibilities.

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Malgorzata Tarasiewicz NEWW/NEWW-Polska Director