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   biul_gdansk 2008-11-21 19:57:50 (Newsletter 200)

The Polish Women's Lobby became the Member of European Women’s Lobby

In light of the French EU Presidency, this year’s General Assembly of the European Women’s Lobby was held in Lyon (France) from 24 to 26 October. The meeting gathered more than 150 delegates, representing EWL national co-ordinations and European-wide member organisations, from all over Europe. The EWL General Assembly took place in the Lyon City Hall and was generously hosted by the Lyon City Council with the organisational support of the French Coordination of the EWL (CLEF).

The G20 Summit: Messages to the leaders

The Network of East-West Women signed the statement on the proposed Global Summit of the Group of 20 that will take place in Washington on November 15, to reform the international financial system and build an economic system that works for people and the planet.

European Development Days

The third edition of the European Development Days will take place in Strasbourg (France) on 15–17 November 2008. We look forward to welcoming you to Europe's first meeting of development cooperation practitioners and decision-makers.

Norway Tops Gender Equality List

Norway has topped a league of countries in closing the gender gap, followed by three other Nordic nations, a survey by the World Economic Forum says.

Pregnant Teenagers Crucifixion Sculptures at European Social Forum

At the European Social Forum in Malmo, Sweden, 4 teenagers will be crucified on 4 metre high crosses of copper.

The 11th AWID Forum: Hopes and Concerns

In one week’s time, the 11th International AWID Forum will begin in Cape Town, South Africa. AWID spoke with two South African women’s rights activists about their work, their hopes for and concerns about the Forum.

Interview with Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi (Persian: شیرین عبادی - Širin Ebâdi; born 21 June 1947) is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and founder of Children's Rights Support Association in Iran. On October 10, 2003, Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's, children's, and refugee rights. She is the first Iranian to receive the prize.

China: Comfortable Housing Project for Rural Single Mothers

Some 100 poor single mothers are the first group of beneficiaries of the Comfortable Housing Project for poor rural single mothers in Liaoning Province, and they will move into their new houses in the autumn.

Posters of Women Barred on Buses in Jerusalem

Israel may be gearing up for its second woman Prime Minister, Tzipi Livni, but a bus company is refusing to put up posters of female contestants vying for city council elections.

Islamists Stone to Death Somali Woman for Adultery

Somali Islamists have stoned to death a woman accused of adultery in the first such public killing by the militants for about two years, witnesses said. The 23-year-old woman was placed in a hole up to her neck for the execution late on Monday in front of hundreds of people in a square of the southern port of Kismayu, which the Islamist insurgents captured in August.

Feminism In Transnational Perspective

Centre for Women's Studies from Zagreb invites for postgraduate course FEMINISMS IN TRANSNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE: Spirituality, religiosity and secular lives. Feminist challenges for theory and practice that will take place at at the Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Croatia, in May 25–29, 2009.

United Nations Democracy Fund

The UNDEF Third Round of Funding is now open. Applications will be accepted from 10 November to 31 December 2008, and can be made only through the UNDEF online facility. They must be written in English or French, the two working languages of the United Nations. Applications sent by E-mail, fax or post will NOT be accepted.

Job: Gender Rights Legal Specialist

The Tajikistan Gender Rights Legal Specialist will be working with the Country Director and resident Staff Attorneys in Dushanbe, Tajikistan to direct the gender rights program. The Specialist will conduct skills trainings on domestic violence and trafficking in persons through the facilitation of holistic community action.

Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook

In a three-year collaborative effort, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) jointly produced the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook which draws from the operations of the three agencies.