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   biul_gdansk 2009-02-01 10:52:59 (Newsletter 203)

Women Organizations Slam in-vitro Legislation

Women’s pro-choice organizations have demonstrated in front of the Parliament building in Warsaw protesting against in-vitro legislation now being drafted in Poland. The picketers said the law protects embryos rather than women.

President Obama Rescinds Global Gag Rule

In one of his first official acts, President Barack Obama today rescinded the Global Gag Rule, a Reagan-era regulation that bars foreign organizations from using their own money for abortion care or advocacy if they accept U.S. aid for family planning. The move signals a much-anticipated shift in U.S. policies in support of reproductive health and rights both at home and overseas.

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.

YWCA of Albania Reaches Out to Female Prisoners

Female prisoners are often considered the most difficult prison population to manage. The stigma attached to female prisoners leaves them vulnerable to discriminatory care and support services while imprisoned. The stigma continues on release of their prison sentence as they struggle to reintegrate back into their communities.

The World's First Openly Gay Leader, to Take Power in Iceland

Johanna Sigurdardottir, 66, is to become interim leader until new elections are held in May following the fall of the administration of Geir Haarde amid huge public protests about the country's economic crisis.

Czech EU Presidency to Focus on Human Rights Protection?

A number of events focused on human rights protection and support for gender equality will be held within the Czech Republic's EU presidency in the first half of 2009, Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Dzamila Stehlikova (Greens, SZ) said.

Call for Contributions - Manual Documenting Violations Against Women's Rights Defenders

As a follow-up to the International Women Human Rights Defenders Campaign of 2005 and the development of the guidebook "Claiming Rights, Claiming Justice: A Guidebook for Women Human Rights Defenders" (the Guidebook), ISHR in collaboration with the WHRD Campaign convened an international consultation on women human rights defenders in Bogota, Colombia in 2008. One of the main objectives of the consultation was to develop a manual that would serve as a simple and practical tool to assist organisations, groups and individuals in documenting violations against women human rights defenders. Deadline: February 6th, 2009.

Do You Want to Have a Leading Role in Promoting Women's Rights Around the World?

Mama Cash is seeking to appoint a Director of Development and Communications, based in Amsterdam, who is an experienced, entrepreneurial development professional with a proven track record in fundraising. The new Director will also lead Mama Cash through a state of the art online communications strategy to increase the awareness of the organization as well as the mobility of its donors.

A Call for Signature to Support Training on Gender Violence Prevention in Spain

Let’s eradicate Gender Violence by training educational professionals. The law against Gender Violence sets out its inclusion into teacher training, as an essential requisite for its eradication. Universities are not currently applying the law. We demand that it be included into the new university training programmes for educational professionals.

CEDAW Diary 2009

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) has published a Diary for the year 2009 with the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as its central theme! This publication, marking 30 years since the adoption of the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by the UN General Assembly in December 1979, aims to raise awareness on the only comprehensive international treaty guaranteeing women’s human rights and the prevention of discrimination against women.