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   biul_gdansk 2009-02-27 15:03:13 (Newsletter 206)

Support for a Georgian Organization "Women and Development"

Association “Woman and Development” works in Shida Kartli; its office is located in the city of Gori. The mission of the organization is gender education, woman and girls’ rights protection, psychosocial rehabilitation of marginalized women and girls, eradication of poorness among the women and increase the economical well-being.

Nominate Someone for Anita Borg Social Impact Award

The fifth Anita Borg Social Impact Award, an international prize, will honor an individual or team who has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society or who has caused women to have a significant impact on the design and use of technology. The recipient of the 2009 Anita Borg Social Impact Award will receive a $10,000 award and will be honored at the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference Awards Presentation to be held in Tucson, Arizona, October 1, 2009.

Alice Walker Launches Website

Alice Walker is an American novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Her most famous novel, The Color Purple, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1983. Alice Walker's creative vision is rooted in the economic hardship, racial terrorism, and folk wisdom of African American life and culture, particularly in the rural South. Her writing explores multidimensional kinships among women, among men and women, among humans and animals, and embraces the redemptive power of social, spiritual and political revolution.

We Recommend: A New Gender Studies Website in Ukraine

The Website provides a documentation of women´s and gender studies in Ukraine. It aims to inform an international audience about women’s and gender Studies in Ukraine and also wants to improve cooperation and scientific exchange in the field of gender studies between Ukraine and abroad.

Hungary: Compensation to Sterilised Romani Woman

On 2 January 2001, a Romani woman (Ms A.S.) was sterilised by doctors at the Fehérgyarmat hospital without her consent. During preparation for a caesarian section operation to remove a dead foetus, Ms A.S. was asked to sign forms giving her consent to this operation as well as to her sterilisation. However the doctors did not explain the procedure, its nature, possible risks, or what the consequences of being sterilised would be. Only after the operation did Ms A.S. learn that she had been sterilised.

Lawsuit before the European Court of Human Rights on Behalf of a Woman from Moldova Sentenced for 20 Years for Abortion

In May 2006, Z., a woman from one of Moldova's poorest regions, had an abortion at home. Suffering from severe blood loss, she rushed to a local hospital, only to be reported to the police by doctors and then detained.Even though there is no criminal penalty under Moldovan law for women who have illegal abortions, Z. was charged with intentional and premeditated murder. In December 2006, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Training for Succesful Litigation in Cases of Violence Against Women

Women's Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe Project 2008 - 2009: The project’s main focus is to provide expert support to lawyers and non governmental organisations (NGOs) in the region working on women’s human rights cases. We intend to bring, or assist partners to bring, cases to the European Court of Human Rights. The cases we target are those that provide not only the individual with a remedy for specific women’s human rights violations, but are also likely to have a wider impact. This could be by changing the national law of the country concerned, raising standards within the region, expanding jurisprudence at the international level or contributing to broader policy debate or advocacy campaigns.

Conference in Slovenia:"Ways of Implementing the EU Directives on Violence against Women, Children and Youth. March 20-22.

The conference is part of the international project "Ways of Implementing the EU Directives on Violence against Women, Children and Youth: Good Practices and Recommendations" founded by the European Commission. An expert group in Ljubljana is preparing an analysis of changes in legislation concerned with violence against women, children and youth in 10 EU Member States in the time period from 1991-2006.

Call for Papers: Moving Gender Conference in Paris

Conference: Moving Gender: Conflicts, Negotiations and Redefinitions will take place in Paris, Diderot University. The organizers "propose to challenge the current accepted notion of norms as oppressive and acting in opposition to counter-current practices and representations."

The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Graduate School of Social Sciences Universiteit van Amsterdam, is an intensive four-week summer programme, which focuses on the study of sexuality across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team. The deadline for 2009 Institute applications is April 15, 2009.

The Darroch Award for Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

Call for Nominations: Deadline: May 15, 2009. The Darroch Award recognizes an emerging leader in the field of sexual and reproductive health, where scientific evidence is essential to guiding the policies and programs of the future. The award honors Jacqueline E. Darroch, Ph.D., whose three decades of directing research exemplifies rigorous and innovative work in this field and commitment to the practical application of research to policy and programs.

Can the Introduction of a Minimum Wage in FYR Macedonia Decrease the Gender Wage Gap?

Policy research paper by Diego F. Angel-Urdinola. This paper—a product of the Human Development Sector Unit , Europe and Central Asia Region—is part of a larger effort in the department to lead policy making in Labor Market Policy and Regulation in transition countries.