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   biul_gdansk 2010-06-11 08:34:03 (Newsletter 218)

France - Parliament Resolution Basis For Veil Ban

France's parliament voted Tuesday May 11 2010 on a non biding resolution aimed at reaffirming the nation's values, and specifying that Muslim veils that cover the face are contrary to gender equality.

2nd European Conference on Politics and Gender

We are pleased to inform that the Second European Conference on Politics and Gender, will be held at Central European University, Budapest, between 13-15 January 2011. The deadline for proposals is June 18. This is the link to the conference's website: It contains full information about the conference and how to submit a proposal.

World Day Against Child Labour - June 12 - Give Girls A Chance - Tackling Child Labour - ILO report

This report provides an overview on involvement of girls in child labour, and policy responses required to tackle the problem. It provides global estimates on girl child labour, and looks at major sectors of work in which girls are involved.

Ireland Launches Women-Only Fund

A NEW fund dedicated solely to women’s causes was launched on 14th of April in Dublin by President Mary McAleese. The Women’s Fund for Ireland aims to address problems facing women and girls in Ireland including poverty, violence and improving access to healthcare and education. It will also support grassroots projects in areas such as the arts, literacy and support for carers.

Moving towards EU action on male violence against women

On 26 April, the EWL welcomed the EU adoption of Council Conclusions on ‘improving prevention to tackle violence against women and care to victims within the scope of law enforcement’. Reinforcing their 8 March Conclusions on the eradication of violence against women in the EU, the Member States hereby express anew their commitment to fight against all forms of violence against women, to developing comprehensive national strategies and an efficient response by the EU. Furthermore, the Conclusions insist on the need for international cooperation to protect victims.

UN CEDAW urges Ukraine to eliminate discrimination against Romani women

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and International Charitable Organization Roma Women Fund “Chiricli” welcome the Concluding Comments of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in its review of Ukraine’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The ERRC and Chiricli submitted a report to the Committee in the run-up to its review bringing attention to the situation of Romani women in Ukraine.

Breaking the Silence on Violence

Calls for decision-makers to take violence against women more seriously are beginning to be heard across Europe. European Voice publishes an article by Jennifer Rankin on the issue of Violence.

Europe’s Groundbreaking Decision regarding Violence against Women: Opuz vs. Turkey

On June 9, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights issued a groundbreaking decision concerning violence against women. In Opuz vs. Turkey, the court held that the Turkish government violated three articles of the European Convention on Human Rights and failed to take steps to protect victims/survivors of repeated instances of domestic violence. It also noted that the failure of a government to address gender-based domestic violence is a form of discrimination under the Convention, affirming and strengthening CEDAW.

Council of Europe to advance human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomes the decision of the Committee of Ministers on Wednesday 31 March to adopt a recommendation to member states on measures to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Report Of UN Special Rapporteur On Violence Against Women 2010

This report shows how the legal bases for a right to a remedy have been increasingly recognized in the corpus of international human rights and humanitarian instruments. Although among victims of violence, women have been especially neglected, the report examines significant substantive and procedural trends to reverse this, both in the discussion and the practice of reparations, at national and international levels.

Georgia - Combating Domestic Violence - New Law Issues

Georgia’s parliament is close to approving a new law on sexual equality, but experts say it will do little to combat the domestic violence that is rife in the country.

IN RUSSIA VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WIDESPREAD - states the report made by Amnesty International

'Research by NGOs showed that violence against women in the family was widespread. There were no statistics provided by the government, and government support for crisis centres and telephone helplines remained inadequate,' the report said.

New Gender Evaluation Methodology

The Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) developed new Gender Evaluation Methodology to facilitate the process of learning about using information and communication technologies (ICTs) for gender equality. It is a guide to integrating a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for social change.

Women & Men - Hand In Hand Against Violence

Men Must Be Part of the Equation in Any Effective Fight to End Violence Against Women in the Arab World, Say KAFA & Oxfam GB. The global aid agency Oxfam Great Britain, along with Lebanese women’s rights organization, KAFA, today released a groundbreaking publication that will play a pivotal role in bringing men across the Arab world into the fight to end violence against women.

Global Campaign to Stop killing and Stoning of Women (SKSW): New Website!

SKSW has relaunched its website! The new website contains a wide array of information and resources about the theme of 'culture', women and violence from various sources. It also contains action alerts originated by SKSW and by its partners and allies.

Russia - Illegal Abortion Widespread

Every year 1.2 million Russian women deliberately terminate pregnancy and 30,000 of them become sterile, many from the estimated 180,000 illegal abortions.

The virginity industry

Young Arab women wait in an upmarket medical clinic for an operation that will not only change their lives, but quite possibly save it. Yet the operation is a matter of choice and not necessity. It costs about 2,000 euros (£1,700) and carries very little risk.

Indonesia's Aceh province enacted a strict Muslim law Thursday: A tight pants ban

Indonesia's Aceh province enacts strict Muslim women's dress code law against "revealing clothing".

Congo - New Report on War Rapes Challenges Common View of Gender Violence

A singular focus on rape hampers efforts to combat sexual gender-based violence in conflict, according to new findings in a report on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To improve the situation of women, it is also necessary to understand the context in which violence is being committed and to work with men and boys, both as perpetrators and as victims of gender-based violence.

Namibia - HIV Women Sue Over Forced Sterilisation

Three women in Namibia are suing the state for allegedly being sterilised without their informed consent after being diagnosed as HIV positive. The women say the doctors and nurses should have informed them properly about what was happening.

India - Honor Killings Rising Among Caste Issues

Activists say dozens of people, both women and men, are killed for "honor" every year, falling victim to the deeply entrenched caste system, which dictates an individual's social standing based on the caste they are born into.