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UN WOMEN

UN Women

 

http://www.unwomen.org/

Advancing Women’s Rights Worldwide

Testimony by Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Strasbourg, France 26 January 2012.

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Honourable Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,

Distinguished parliamentarians,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you today during your joint debate on matters of vital importance to UN Women–advancing women’s rights worldwide and promoting the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

UN Women was established in the belief that delivering on the promise of the equal rights of men and women will bring far-reaching gains that will benefit women, and everyone.

Now I know that this proposition is far from being a reality for the 50 percent or 3.5 billion women and girls of this world. If it were, women’s rights would be on top of the political agenda. That is not yet the case. But that is exactly where women’s rights should be, on the top of the agenda.

Whether we are talking about a green economy and sustainable development, the transition to democracy in the Arab world, or advancing peace, justice and equality, the world stands a better chance of finding solutions if it taps into the combined experience and potential of all its people.

We have today clear evidence, from the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Economic Forum and private sector think tanks that gender discrimination and inequality do not just violate human rights but are economically inefficient. So advancing equal opportunity and equal rights is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do, and there is no better time to act than now.

Investing in women is not an expenditure, it is an investment in our common future.

The time is now for equality and our priorities at UN Women are clear.

To advance women’s rights, we are working to increase women’s leadership and political participation, to strengthen women’s economic power, to end violence against women and girls, and to ensure that women play a central role in peace-making and peace-building. As we move this agenda forward, we expand justice and equality.

To make greater progress, I am here to strengthen cooperation with you and the Council of Europe.

To read more got to

http://www.unwomen.org/2012/01/advancing-womens-rights-worldwide/



This post was modified from its original form on 09 Feb, 11:04
Historic Gain for Women in Pakistan as Women’s Commission Gains Autonomous Status : UN Women.

On 2 February 2012, the Pakistan Senate unanimously approved the “National Commission on the Status of Women Bill 2012″ to protect women’s rights against every kind of discrimination. The new bill replaces the National Commission on the Status of Women Ordinance from 2000 and strengthens the Commission by giving it financial and administrative autonomy through an independent Secretariat.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/261547992/3096128

UN Women Co-Sponsored Events during the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 27 February – 9 March

UN Women Media Advisory
For immediate release

Media Contacts:
Oisika Chakrabarti, oisika.chakrabarti[at]unwomen.org, +1 646 781-4522
Hadrien Bonnaud, hadrien.bonnaud[at]unwomen.org, +1 646 781-4751

Rural women constitute one-fourth of the world’s population, and their contributions are vital to the well-being of communities, economies, and the achievement of all development goals. During the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will call for robust policies to remove the barriers that prevent rural women from reaching their full potential and ensure their rights. She will also underline the need to expand their economic opportunities and political participation and leadership. Highlighting the contributions of rural women and the challenges they face, UN Women events during the meeting will also showcase innovative strategies that focus on empowering rural women worldwide.

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will speak at a number of official and side events, including:

  • Introductory Statement, Opening Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 27 February, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., General Assembly Hall
  • Joint US-China Panel on Rural Women and Sustainable Development, 27 February, 1:15–2:30 p.m., Conference Room 3
  • Accelerating Progress towards the Empowerment of Rural Women, co-sponsored by UN-Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP, 28 February, 3:00–4:15p.m., Conference Room 5
  • Opening Remarks, Parliamentarians Day at CSW 56, organized by IPU and UN Women, 29 February, 10–10:30 a.m., Conference Room 3
  • Rural Women Speak Out, organized by NGO-CSW Forum, UN Women and FAO, in partnership with civil society organizations, 29 February, 5:30–7.00 p.m., Church Centre
  • Launch of New Call for Proposals for Fund for Gender Equality and Panel Discussion on Advancing National and Regional-Led Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment and Leadership, 1 March, 10:00–11:15 a.m., Conference Room 5
  • Press Conference: Launch of the 2012 UN Women–IPU global map “Women in Politics,” 2 March, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, DHL Auditorium
  • Rural Women, Climate Change and Access to Energy, organized by UN Women and Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice (MRFCJ), 3 March, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Conference Room A

UN Women–organized or co-sponsored side events include:

  • Accelerating Progress towards the Empowerment of Rural Women, co-sponsored by UN-Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP, 28 February, 3:00–4:15 p.m., Conference Room 5
  • Making Change Happen through Women’s Collective Action, UN Women and Pathways of Women’s Empowerment, 28 February, 3:00–4:15 p.m., Conference Room A
  • Empowering Rural Women: What Role for Parliamentarians?, Inter-Parliamentary Union, co-sponsored by UN Women, 29 February, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Conference Room 3
  • Preparatory Panel for 2013: Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls, 29 February, 1:15–2.30 p.m., Conference Room 4
  • Rural Women Speak Out, organized by NGO-CSW Forum, UN Women and FAO, in partnership with civil society organizations, 29 February, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Church Centre
  • Launch of New Call for Proposals for Fund for Gender Equality and Panel Discussion on Advancing National and Regional-Led Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment and Leadership, 1 March, 10:00–11:15 a.m., Conference Room 5
  • Making Progress on Women’s Access to Justice, 1 March, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Church Centre
  • Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE), co-sponsored by UN Women and UN Statistics Division, 2 March, 8:45–10:00 a.m., ECOSOC Chamber
  • Rural Women, Climate Change and Access to Energy, organized by UN Women and Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice (MRFCJ), 3 March, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Conference Room A
  • From Commitment to Action – Bridging the Implementation Gap, UN Women, 5 March, 3:00–4:15 p.m., Conference Room A
  • Gender Balance and Accountability, UN Women, 7 March, 1:15–2:30 p.m., Conference Room 4
  • Supporting Rural Women’s Engagement in Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Conflict and Fragile Settings, organized by UN Women, UN Environment Programme and the Peacebuilding Support Office, 8 March, 1:15–2:30 p.m., Conference Room 4

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: The official UN observance of International Women’s Day will take place on 7 March, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Conference Room 4. The event will focus on this year’s theme: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.

Media Opportunities: Gender rights advocates and practitioners are available for media interviews including from Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Cameroon, Uganda, United Kingdom, etc. (list below).

Photos and videos from UN Women event

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POTENTIAL INTERVIEWEES INCLUDE:

Dr. Mishkat Al Moumin, Former Minister of the Environment, Iraq
Mishkat Al Moumin was the former Iraqi Minister of the Environment and is the founder of the organization Women and the Environment. The NGO empowers rural women in Iraq through resources management, and has trained nearly 8000 people in 50 Iraqi villages in Basra, Maysan, and Thi Qar provinces to manage water, sanitation and hygiene. This has also included training women to participate in environmental designing at the village level, and educating the village leadership on the role of women as primary users of the environmental resources.

Lilly Be’Soer, Voice for Change, Papua New Guinea
Lilly Be’Soer Kolts is the founder of the women’s human rights NGO, Voice for Change, in Papua New Guinea. She has been a victim of tribal conflict and also a survivor of polygamous marriage. She is currently raising six children alone. She defines herself as “a women’s human rights defender” and has taken a lead in facilitating mediation tribal conflicts and wars in Papua New Guinea. In 2010, she was awarded a Pacific Human Rights Defenders Award. This year, she successfully coordinated a peace reconciliation to resettle 500 internally displaced families and is also facilitating a drug surrender programme for youths in her local district. Be’Soer is currently the General-Secretary of the newly established regional network Highlands Regional Human Rights Defenders Network.

Elisabeth Atangana President, Pan-African Farmers’ Organization, Cameroon
Elisabeth Atangana is a farmer who has been actively involved in the creation of associations, and agricultural producers organizations since 1979. These include Platform Sub-Regional Peasant Organizations of Central Africa (PROPAC) and the platform Pan-African Peasant Organizations (PAFO). She was particularly active in the establishment of the peasant movement at the regional and international levels. During the period 1998-2005, she was actively engaged in the consultation process of National Platforms of Peasant Organizations of Central Africa. Atangana was the first elected President of the Pan-African organization of farmers and producers.

Veronica Zebadua, UN Joint Programme, Development and Evaluation of a Holistic Model to Prevent Gender-Based Violence in Indigenous Populations, Mexico
Veronica Zebadua is currently coordinating the UN Joint Programme, Development and Evaluation of a holistic model to Prevent Gender-Based Violence in Indigenous populations supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The project pilots an intercultural and gender-sensitive approach to prevent violence against women in indigenous communities of Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico. Previously, she worked in a number of non-governmental organizations working in the areas of gender budgets and sexual and reproductive rights. The UN Joint Programme aims at contributing to increase and improve knowledge and prevention of gender violence in indigenous populations, especially among girls, boys and adolescents.

Patricia Munabi, Director, Fund for Gender Equality Grantee Forum for Women in Democracy, Uganda
Patricia Munabi is implementing projects to improve equitable distribution and resource use in Uganda through community level activities. The organization advocates for accountability to women’s priorities in government plans and budgeting. Initiatives also focus on the creation of community-led clubs to increase budgeting and planning at the local level that are responsive to women’s needs.

Marta Sanchez, Member, International Forum of Indigenous Women (FIMI), Mexico
Marta Sanchez is working for indigenous women’s networks in various regions of the country by improving their organizational, leadership and coordination capacities, and increasing their active participation in decision-making forums. Her work and that of her organization also focuses on improving the dialogue between decision makers and indigenous leaders and to advocate for equality and non-discriminatory policies that recognize diversity, culture and distinct identities.

Marai Larasi Director of Imkaan, United Kingdom
Marai Larasi is the Director of Imkaan which is an UK-based national organization dedicated to challenging violence against black, minorities and refugee women and girls. She is also the Co-Chair of the country-wide End Violence against Women Coalition. Her work focuses on strategic advocacy and policy development, and her organization also works on the challenges associated with the prevention of violence against women and girls.

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Will Fawzia Koofi Be Afghanistan's First Female President?


World  (tags: Afghanistan, women, politics, human rights, women rights, Fawzia Koofi )
Alicia - 5 minutes ago - thedailybeast.com

If anyone can make it happen, Fawzia Koofi can. Left out to die in the sun as a baby girl, she became the first female deputy speaker of the Afghan Parliament. The author of the new memoir The Favored Daughter tells her searing story.

Although I'd like to see the U.S. get out of the fighting in Afghanistan, when Fawzia Koofi says "My plea to the USA and other nations is not to abandon us yet."... that gives me pause.  Certainly I hope that we are able to offer her protection from those who have and will continue to attempt to kill this courageous woman as she works to make humanitarian changes in her country.

 

Thanks for this article, Alicia. Noted.

Thanks to Alicia for the prompt on the petition thread.

The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013.

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/57sess.htm




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Opening Remarks by John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, UN Women, at the Government of Tanzania Side Event: “Ending Abuse of Authority for Purposes of Sexual Exploitation (Sextortion): The Experience of the Judiciary in Tanzania,” 12 March 2013


This post was modified from its original form on 14 Mar, 14:51

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