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   biul_gdansk 2009-01-23 22:53:34 (Newsletter 202)

NEWW Signed a Letter to Obama

The undersigned organizations working to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights write to express deep gratitude for your repeal of the Global Gag Rule. We thank you for ending this restrictive policy, which has contributed to the deaths and injuries of countless women and girls and undermined the democratic participation of non-governmental organizations in many countries. From our daily work with those most affected, we know that your action will have profound positive effects on the lives of millions of people.

'Concern' over STIs among Women

NGO position on the new Anti-Discrimination Directive Proposal in Czech Republic drastically differs from the position of the government. Alexandra Jachanova Dolezelova from Gender Studies Center from Prague sent us an article on the proposal of new antidiscrimination directive and the position of the Czech Republic towards it which we are publishing below.

Obama's Agenda on Women

Barack Obama has a long record of standing up for women. In Illinois, he passed the Equal Pay Act to give 330,000 more women protection from pay discrimination and passed another law that ensured victims of domestic violence could seek treatment without losing their jobs.

Gender Equality Prize

"The ‘Equality Prize’ was instituted to reward political parties that are committed to promoting gender equality in politics", explains Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

In Tajikistan Cousin Marriages Blamed for Congenital Problems

Doctors in Tajikistan say the increase in marriage between blood relatives is to blame for many health problems in newborn babies. Tajikistan’s institute of gynaecology and pediatrics says that a minimum of 27 per cent of the birth defects it recorded last year were attributable to consanguinal marriage.

In Azerbaijan: Urgent Action on Ms Leyla Yunus

Front Line (International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders) is deeply concerned following information received of unfounded accusations of libel and judicial claims reportedly made by the Azerbaijani Minister of Interior, Ramil Usubov, against Ms Leyla Yunus, a prominent human rights defender and director of the Azerbaijani Institute of Peace and Democracy.

Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life

The implementation of women’s and children’s rights - the Prize $1000.- per laureate (as of 2009) and $3000.- for African women’s organizations, honors women and women's groups around the world exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment for the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities (344 prizes awarded so far).

Expert Database on Gender and ICTs

The International Taskforce on Women in ICTs is a community of expertise of organizations, institutions and individuals working to increase the economic, social, and educational opportunities for women and girls in the knowledge society in a measurable way. It focuses on four main areas of activity relating to gender and ICT: Education, Workforce, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Feminism in a Transnational Perspective - Postgraduate Course

Spirituality, religiosity and secular lives. Feminist challenges for theory and practice. Postgraduate course. Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Croatia 25-29 May 2009.

Social Watch Report 2008 Rights is the Answer

Social Watch 2008 report Rights is the Answer was launched Monday at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar. NEWW-Polska is the co-author of the chapter relates to Poland.