German chief police reported sex trafficking is on the rise in the country. The chief officer also said that sex trafficking has increased 11 percent from last year and 70% over five year period.
The Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS) has released a Policy Brief Gender Equality and Women‘s Empowerment: Towards More Equitable and Effective Development Cooperation in the Czech Republic.
The ProEquality Centre of the Open Society, p.b.c. has released a new publication the Shadow Report on the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Czech Republic (Beijing +15).
In the past week, systematic violence has been waged against ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan. It is estimated that over 2,000 people have been killed and over 400,000 displaced. Up to 100,000 individuals, not counting children, have sought refuge in makeshift camps in neighboring Uzbekistan.
Gail Dines's new book, PORNLAND; How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality, takes an unflinching look at today’s porn industry: the stories woven into the images, the impact on our culture, the effects on us as men and women, the business machine that creates and markets porn, and the growing legitimacy of porn in mainstream media. Above all, PORNLAND examines the way porn shapes and limits sexual imaginations and behaviors.
The latest G20 summit was held on 2 April 2009 where 20 of the world’s strongest trade countries came together to discuss global matters of trade and finance. Despite the broad and essential character of these economic matters, women’s ability to contribute to the world economy barely featured in the discussions and decision-making at the summit. Only two out of the 20 leaders who attended were women.
The eleventh session of the Regional Conference will examine the achievements made in gender equality and the challenges still facing the region in this regard, with a particular focus on women's autonomy and economic empowerment. The deliberations will be based on the assessment of the main advances and challenges concerning fulfilment of the commitments arising from the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and the regional conferences on women.
Take action to build UN that works for women. The United Nations is about to create a new strong UN agency that will be working on women's rights all over the world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the status quo on women's rights and gender equality worldwide, and it is important to get this reform right.
The Human Rights Council at its annual full day discussion on Women’s Human Rights in Geneva has been told that progress on gender equality in education is so slow it is unlikely to be achieved before 2040. This year’s discussion, “Empowering Women through Education” heard from a number of experts who talked of some progress but in totality described a situation where millions of girls continue to experience disadvantage and discrimination that prevents an effective education.