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   biul_gdansk 2009-04-11 07:07:37 (Newsletter 209)


On the agenda at the recently concluded 2009 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) were four brainstorming sessions focusing on plans for the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA +15) which will take place next year.

Feminist Meeting Point Established

The interactive network portal is a new and unique feminist meeting point. This website aims to establish transnational feminist networks and to archive cultural and political activities of the grassroots feminist movement worldwide.

Isabel Marcus Domestic Violence Fellowship. Call for Applications

An exciting educational and legal practice-oriented opportunity for a young practicing lawyer from Central Eastern Europe, the CIS, the Balkans, the Caucasus or the Central Asian Republics with a deep interest in domestic violence (primarily against women and children) legal issues who works with or in a Non-Governmental Organization concerned with domestic violence in their country.

Feminist Rallies in Polish Cities: “Donald, we don’t Want your Love, we Want your Respect!”

Women, men, entire families joined the street marches for the tenth year running to celebrate the 8of March and to draw attention to women's issues.

The European Commission Sends a Reply to the Polish Women

The Polish Women's Lobby, thanks to the assistance of the MEP Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg, received a reply from Commissioner Spidla to a number of complaints laid against the Polish Authorities which were communicated in a letter sent to the Commission at the beginning of the year.

Equal and No-transferable Parental Leave: Petition to the European Parliament

The European Commission has issued a Communication to the European Parliament which proposes the extension of the minimum length of maternity leave from 14 weeks (set in the directive 92/85/EEC) to 18 weeks. However, the EC does not even mention the need for any minimum period of paternity leave.

Support Slovak Women in their Struggle against Violence

We are addressing you with a plea to support Slovak NGOs who have submitted a joint public comment on the proposed National Action Plan for Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women for years 2009-2012 (NAP) drafted by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic.

Council of Europe - First Meeting of the Committee of Experts Responsible for Preparing a Convention to Combat All Forms of Violence Against Women.

There is a clear need for a Convention to prevent and combat domestic violence and other forms of violence against women and to protect and support the victims. The Council of Europe is the first European organisation to tackle this problem head on by setting up the Ad Hoc Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence which, beginning in April 2009, will start working on one or more legally binding instruments.

New Job Opening at MamaCash

Mama Cash aims to develop its grantmaking in the area of women and girls’ agency and participation by creating the new grantmaking portfolio titled Voice. The portfolio will support women and girls’ organizations and initiatives to make their voices heard and to gain more influence and take leadership in shaping the social, cultural and political processes that affect their lives.

Our Bodies Ourselves Women's Health Heroes Contest

OBOS (Our Bodies Ourselves) Collective has launched its first ever Women's Health Heroes Contest - to celebrate individuals that make a difference in the lives of women.

Gender Mainstreaming in Practice: A Toolkit

The integration of a gender perspective into programming and policy-making – Gender Mainstreaming – has become a key priority of UNDP. Towards this end, 'Gender Mainstreaming in Practice: A Toolkit' integrates a gender perspective into the analysis of work, home, and public life in order to improve policy-making and programming.

Women Pay the Price of the Crisis. Oxfam Publication

New research by Oxfam International by Bethan Emmett uncovers a hidden aspect of the global economic crisis – its impact on women.