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   biul_gdansk 2009-02-11 19:37:05 (Newsletter 204)

European Court Rules that Portugal violated Freedom of Expression of Women on Waves

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.

Protest Letter Reached Presidents of Georgia and Russia

GenderMediaCaucasus Journalists' Association organized in December the International Conference on War and Media. The Conference participants adopted the Appeal to the Presidents of Russia and Georgia, demanding the start of direct negotiations. The Appeal was adopted on December 20, 2008, it was open for signing during one month, until January 20. Four hundred persons from 21 countries of the world signed it. Thanks so much to all of you who supported the action.

AWID's Article on What Happened to Women's Rights in 2008?

Last year was a year of challenges and opportunities for women worldwide… writes Rochelle Jones for AWID. Key events and issues in 2008 – resulting in both losses and gains for women - include: Barack Obama’s election as President of the United States; the severe and continued crackdown on women’s human rights defenders; Rwanda setting a new world record for female representation in Parliament; a global food crisis; a global financial crisis; UN Member States passing a resolution to establish a new UN Agency for women; and, unfortunately, increasing crackdowns on women’s freedoms due to fundamentalist forces.

Women as Emerging Stakeholders in Poznan Climate Change Negotiations

In climate change negotiations in Poznań, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations and Heinrich Böll Foundation North America made the first global effort to ensure that climate change funds target women and men equitably.

Abortion Film Wins BBC Four Award

Drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days has been named as this year's BBC Four World Cinema Award winner. The film, directed by Romanian Cristian Mungiu, follows two female friends from his home country after one becomes pregnant and wants an illegal abortion.

NEWW is Joining the Support of the EP Declaration on Violence against Women

The European Policy Action Centre on Violence against Women and the European Women's Lobby are supporting Eva-Britt Svensson, Member of the European Parliament, and Vice-Chairwoman of Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality in her work to collect signatures from Members of the European Parliament for a written declaration on the "Say NO to Violence against Women"

Immediately Release Imprisoned Iranian Women's Rights Activists

International Women's Day is being welcomed on several fronts—by women's rights activists and by those intent on impeding the Iranian women's movement. It seems that women's rights defenders have to greet pressure, prison, and heavy sentences, as the delight of commemorating International Women's Day has been darkened by the sadness of the imprisonment of women's rights activists—by the imprisonment of our colleagues.

Tajikistan: Problems of Divorced Women

Missing out on a state-registered wedding can be storing up trouble for wives in future years. By Mukammal Odinaeva and Lola Olimova in Dushanbe. More and more married women in Tajikistan are being deprived of property rights, especially if they get married without going through the state approved legal formalities.

Where are Women at World Economic Forum?

This mess was made by men. Now let the women have their say. It's ludicrous that men dominated the debate in Davos. The single biggest force for economic growth is being ignored writes Ruth Sunderland Observer's Business Editor.

The European Social Science History Conference

The European Social Science History Conference (ESSCH) is the largest Europe based conference for historians and social scientists in all fields, gathering more than 1000 participants every second year. The next European Social Science History Conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from the 13th to the 16th of April 2010.

Practical Guide for Feeding Infants Born to HIV-Positive Women [Russian]

This guide was developed as part of a technical assistance project for healthcare workers treating HIV in Odessa, Ukraine. It is intended for use by individuals who provide counseling to HIV-infected mothers and for relatives who care for the infant; physicians working in obstetric and pediatric wards, women's counseling centers, and pediatric clinics; nurses who provide care to women and children; and social workers and other community members who have completed a special training course in HIV counseling.