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   biul_gdansk 2009-08-19 16:10:05 (Newsletter 213)

Eva-Britt Svensson: a Feminist Appointed Chair of The European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights!

Eva-Britt Svensson is a Swedish feminist from the Left group (GUE/NGL). Some of the issues that she has already highlighted and that she will be working towards are the appointment of an EU Commissioner responsible for gender equality,

Czech Republic - Anti-Discrimination Act Finally Passed

More than one year after Czech President Klaus vetoed the Anti-Discrimination Act, the lower house has overturned his veto and passed it. 118 MPs supported the legislation, 16 opposed it. The Czech Republic could have been subjected to high EU fines had it failed to pass the law, which outlines the right to equal treatment and bans discrimination in access to employment, participation in enterprise, education and health care.

Czech Republic - Human Rights & Minorities Minister Draws Attention to Forced Sterilization of Romani Women

Elena Gorolová of the Group of Women Harmed by Forced Sterilization in Ostrava told ČTK yesterday that the most recent forced sterilization incident concerning a Romani woman in the Czech Republic of which the Group is aware occurred in 2007. The incident allegedly concerns a Romani mother of four from Frýdek-Místek, who is now 40 years old.

Domestic Workers Deserve Basic Rights

In Demark, despite strict immigration laws, it isn’t uncommon to see large groups of young Filipina women congregating on train station platforms or giggling together in public.

The first Call for Proposals for the Fund for Gender Equality

The Fund is a multi-donor initiative dedicated to the advancement of high-impact gender equality programmes that focus on women’s economic and/or political empowerment at local and national levels.

Gender and Migration

Various migration studies demonstrate that motivations as well as routes of migrants are gender specific, their integration into host societies is shaped by varying mechanisms and their socially constructed gender identities undergo significant changes as a reaction to migration experiences.

Gender at Work

Gender at Work promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality through institutional change. We accomplish this by analyzing an organization’s culture, policies and leadership, and by encouraging practical changes that have a direct, positive impact both on the organization and the communities it serves.

The Price of Sex: Women Speak

Photographer Mimi Chakarova spent seven years delving into the world of sex trafficking in Eastern Europe, even going undercover to document the situation. The result is an intimate multimedia portrait of these women's lives.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2009

The ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report sheds light on the faces of modern-day slavery and on new facets of this global problem.

Drastic Shortfall in Resources Threatens Women’s Safety - UN TRUST FUND ALERT

When her husband beat her, he would do it with whatever he could lay his hands on. If she tried to run away, he would come after her and throw stones and knives. When he caught her, he would brutally beat her in front of everyone.

Chechnya Through Her Eyes - A Memoir of Slain Activist Estemirova

In an audio 'memoir' taped a year before her death, slain activist Natalya Estemirova discusses her work, her fears for her daughter, and life in the war-ravaged Muslim republic of Chechnya.

Ginetta Sagan Award for Women's and Children's Rights

The purpose of the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA is to recognize and assist women who are working to protect the liberty and lives of women and children in areas where human rights violations are widespread. The 2010 award will be given to a woman who works on behalf of the human rights of children .

UNIFEM's Say No Initiative

UNIFEM’s Say NO initiative is a global platform for advocacy and action, contributing towards the objectives of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women through social mobilization

Stop Rape Now!

There are daily reports of deliberate and widespread sexual abuse in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur, Sudan. Join UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman in an action of global solidarity to help stop rape as a tactic of war. The Stop Rape Now campaign, an effort by 12 United Nations organizations to prevent conflict-related sexual violence, is asking for your help.

Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing +15 - Registration Now Open

Next year 2010 will be the 15th year of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). As has been the tradition, Asia-Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) will convene the Asia-Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing + 15. It will take place on 22-24 October 2009 in Manila, Philippines. Miriam College, a private educational institution for women, will host the event. UNIFEM in New York has pledged partial financial support.

Gender Dimensions of the Financial Policy of Georgia

The publication “Gender Dimensions of the Financial Policy of Georgia” by Charita Jashi and Mikheil Tokmazishvili refers to gender aspects of financial policy of Georgia.