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   biul_gdansk 2009-06-06 08:13:38 (Newsletter 211)

Most Political Parties in Europe Lagging Behind in the Road towards Gender Equality!

Most political parties do not consider equality between women and men as a key priority, says the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) in a Gender Audit Report published in light of the European elections 2009. This comes despite the strong competence of the European Union in the area. The EWL Gender Audit analyzes the available electoral manifestos of four of the main European political parties:

New Book: Window of Opportunity

On 9 November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, taking world leaders by surprise and bringing an end to the Cold War. A ‘policy window’ was opened leading to the redefinition of development co-operation in Europe and internationally.

Legal Reform on Domestic Violence in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

Prepared by Cheryl A. Thomas for Expert Group Meeting on good practices in legislation on violence against women United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria.

Commission Refers Poland to European Court of Justice on Gender Equality Legislation

The Commission has today referred Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for non-transposition of EU rules prohibiting gender discrimination in access to and supply of goods and services (Directive 2004/113/EC). Poland has not yet adopted the necessary measures to give effect to the legislation in national law, despite a 'Reasoned Opinion' (second stage warning) sent by the Commission in 2008 (see IP/08/1014).

COMMIT ▪ ACT ▪ DEMAND: We CAN End Violence Against Women!

Each year since 1991, tens of thousands of activists from every region of the world have taken part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The campaign’s central messages – women’s rights are human rights and violence against women constitutes a violation of human rights – have been a rallying call of the women’s movement.

Post-communist Challenges and Emancipated Discourses

By Mariusz Czepczyński and Małgorzata Tarasiewicz. "Broad spectrum of post-socialist social and political transformations includes deep changes of gender politics and practices. Despite of formal and legal communist equal rights rule, the everyday practice before 1989 proved profound gender discrimination and stratifications. Since the beginning of 1990s women have started the long lasted political and social emancipation process, especially difficult in traditional, rural, conservative and male-dominated society of Poland."

Development & Gender for Eastern Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia

NEWW which has been coordinating EU-CIS Gender Watch Project is glad that new organizations are undertaking research inspired by NEWW's project and we are hoping that our training “The New Instruments of the EU Development Policies and their monitoring in the Region of CEE/CIS” has been enabling NGOs from the Region to engage more effectively with the EU Development Policy Debate. Hence we recommend a new report "Development and Gender for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia" of IGPN.

Our Bodies Ourselves Announces 2009 Women's Health Heroes

BOSTON - 05.11.2009 - Our Bodies Ourselves today inducted 20 Women's Health Heroes, honoring the work of women's health advocates worldwide:

Letter to Social Movements, NGOs and Intellectuals on UN Conference on World Crisis (G192)

New York,09.04.09.This is an appeal.Facing the systemic and global crisis, the G20 has presented a series of measures, without consulting the majority of the countries of the world.

Call for Applications for the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI), 2009-2011

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2009. The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF), in cooperation with the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and the Network of East-West Women (NEWW), are announcing their Call for Applications for the Third Round of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI), 2009-2011.

Call for Papers: "24orMore" - Conference on Increasing Female Labour Participation

4-6 November 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Taskforce Part-Time Plus invites researchers and professionals with academic and/or practical knowledge and expertise in the field of increasing female labour participation to submit an abstract before June 15th, 2009