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   biul_gdansk 2010-06-27 11:29:01 (Newsletter 219)

The European Protection Order key to protect women victims of violence

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the biggest umbrella organization of women’s associations in the EU, is lobbying strongly for an agreement on 4 June to move ahead on the EPO. ‘The European Protection Order is essential to protect victims of violence across the EU, including women victims of male violence, as well as to prevent discrimination and ensure freedom of movement between member states’, says Brigitte Triems, President of the EWL.

UK Exhibition Celebrates Beauty Of Ageing Females

The exhibition of photographs, which Ms. Harriet Walter began to curate in 2006, celebrates the maturation of women from their mid-40’s to their 90’s. “I wanted to create an exhibition of photographs of beautiful older women as in our image-obsessed society, few things have more power to alter our perceptions than photographs".

Europeans Bring MDG Demands to Parliament

European citizens took their demands that world leaders end poverty to the European Parliament today (15th of June), where a giant petition symbolic of the voices of 505,823 Europeans who have signed an e-card to their leaders was handed over to the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, by the UN Millennium Campaign, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and dozens of civil society organizations. The petition was presented as the European Council prepares to meet on June 18 to decide the European Union’s (EU) position on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Sweden - Benefits & Policies Support Shared Parenting

From trendy central Stockholm to village in the rugged forest south of the Arctic Circle, 85 percent of Swedish fathers take parental leave. Those who don’t face questions from family, friends and colleagues. As other countries still tinker with maternity leave and women’s rights, Sweden may be a glimpse of the future.

Make the United Nations more effective in realizing women’s rights - please sign the petition

In mid June, GEAR Campaign representatives will present a petition to "Make the United Nations more effective in realizing women's rights" to the United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki. If you have not already signed on, please do so before June 10th when the petition will close.

Gender & Transformation workshop -- call for speakers

The Gender and Transition Workshop at the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies invites speakers to submit proposals for talks for the academic year 2010-2011. The topic can be about any issue on gender in relation to east and central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic countries and Central Asia.

Senegal: Silence endangers girls.

The study, by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the University of Ziguinchor, found that in Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor, family, social and cultural pressures bred silence and impunity.

UN experts alarmed by ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan

A group of UN human rights experts* today (15th of June) expressed their alarm and deep concern about ethnic tensions that have erupted into violence in the south of Kyrgyzstan, including the cities of Osh and Jalalabad. The violence has reportedly claimed the lives of over one hundred and left many hundreds more injured. A state of emergency has been declared in the region following the outbreak of violence between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks. The situation has dramatically deteriorated since 11 June with reports of continuing killings and the burning of residences, shops and other properties.

Senegal - Law Approved on Gender Parity

DAKAR, Jun 7, 2010 (IPS) - A law on gender parity in electoral lists, approved by a large majority in Senegal's National Assembly, has been welcomed by women from diverse walks of life.

Roza Otunbaeva becomes Central Asia’s first female head of state, although only for an interim period.

The appointment of Roza Otunbaeva as head of state for a transition period of a year and a half is an attempt to ensure Kyrgyzstan has a strong hand on the tiller until the planned political reforms have taken root.