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   biul_gdansk 2009-05-06 11:35:30 (Newsletter 210)

New Project of NEWW - “The South Baltic Violence Free Zone”

The Network of East-West Women (NEWW), Kretinga Women’s Information and Training Center, The Women’s Shelter of Karlshamn and Blagosemya will start a two year project in May 2009 to address the problems and challenges of domestic violence specific to the South Baltic.

URGENT ACTION - Women's Abortion Rights Under Threat in Romania

Daniela Draghici, Romania is informing us about worrying news from the Romanian Parliament, where anti-choice amendments to the abortion law could have serious repercussions on women’s access to therapeutic abortion after 24 weeks. The amendment, which relates specifically to Article 199 of the Draft of the New Criminal Code, could grant fetuses the status of personhood post 24 weeks.

Women Call for Structural, Sustainable, Gender Equitable and Rights Based Responses to the Financial Crises

By Mirjana Dokmanovic, New York. The Women's Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) calls for structural, sustainable, gender equitable and rights based responses to the global financial crisis. The Group has developed a Declaration, at the consultation in New York, April 24-26.

First Woman Poet Laureate of Britain

Carol Ann Duffy was named poet laureate of Britain on Friday, the first time in its 341-year history that the post — held by such poets as Dryden, Tennyson, Wordsworth and Ted Hughes has gone to a woman.

Report from the Czech Women´s Lobby Round Table on Anti-discrimination Legislation in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is the last member state of the European Union where it is not possible to obtain effective protection against discrimination. Although the Czech Republic should have adopted anti-discrimination law (ADL) before its entry into the EU, it has not done so until now (when an approval of the new European anti-discrimination directive is under way).

Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine - Ominous Silence About Domestic Violence

MOSCOW, Apr 22 (IPS) - Over a quarter of Armenian women have been hit or beaten by a family member and about two thirds have experienced psychological abuse, yet the state grossly fails to prevent, investigate and punish domestic violence, say researchers and rights activists.

No Modern Democracy Without Gender Equality – A Debate in the Polish Parliament

In the run-up to the European Parliament elections a national conference took place in the Sejm (Lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament) during which a resolution was adopted concerning the equal status of women and men. The conference was attended by 150 participants from all over Poland. It was organized by the Polish Women's Lobby.

NEWW is Signing an Open Letter on Situation in Moldova

We, representatives of civil society organizations and networks in Europe, wish to express our deep concern about the situation in the Republic of Moldova.

Obama Creates Post for International Women's Issues

US President Barack Obama created a new foreign policy position designed to tackle global women's issues. Obama named Melanne Verveer, an aide in former president Bill Clinton's administration, as ambassador-at-large for international women's issues. She will serve at the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Remember the Pink Triangle

Lambda Cracow is organizing a guided tour in the museum of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the extermination of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons during World War II.