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M2015-V01 – Access - Accès


14/03/2012

Women must have access to both contraceptives and HIV prevention methods

The United Nations reiterated today the need to provide women with access to both hormonal contraceptives and condoms to prevent unwanted pregnancies and HIV infection, after a renewed consultation with health experts on the issue. (...) 

 

 

02/09/2012

Whose Right to Life? Women's Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law

The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights. International human rights law recognizes this basic right as accruing at birth, and international and regional human rights bodies, as well as courts worldwide, have clearly established that any prenatal protections must be consistent with women's human rights. (...) 

 

 

06/09/2012

When When Getting Your Period Means Missing More than Gym Class

"Today's young girls will teach the next generation about puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. The conspiracy of silence will have been broken."  (...) 

 

 

18/10/2012

UN launches new programme to empower rural women and girls

UN Women and the three Rome-based United Nations agencies working on food and agriculture today launched a joint programme to empower poor rural women through economic integration and food security initiatives.  (...) 

 

 

06/11/2012

The unwanted girl

"In early June, Vijaymala Patekar, a mother of four girls, haemorrhaged to death at a hospital in Parli, Beed district, Maharashtra. She was reportedly in her second trimester of pregnancy. Her family had allegedly forced her to abort the foetus when they learnt it was a girl child."  (...) 

 

 

24/06/2012

The e-Learning Africa 2012 Report

How do people define ICT-enhanced learning and training? What technologies are being used within the sector? In what contexts are they being used? What motivates people to use ICT and how do they make use of it? Each of these questions is explored through the Survey analysis of the e-Learning Africa 2012 Report (...) 

 

 

28/02/2013

Technology Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda

The report begins with a brief overview of the rationale for expanding and improving the use of ICTs in education. It stresses that participation in the global economy is increasingly dependent on the 21st-century skill of navigating the digital world. (...) 

 

 

12/08/2012

Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice

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25/11/2012

State of World Population 2012 - By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development

All human beings—regardless of age, sex, race or income—are equal in dignity and rights. Yet 222 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise the human right to voluntary family planning.  (...) 

 

 

04/09/2012

Senegalese women rewrite their future thanks to UNESCO and Procter&Gmable literacy partnership

Today one in five adults is still not literate and about two-thirds of them are women while 67.4 million children are out of school. Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. (...) 

 

 

28/02/2012

Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion - Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies

UN Women informs us that “women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”1 To shed light on why this grim statistic still holds true, Women, Business and the Law aims to examine legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 of the world's economies. (...) 

 

 

02/05/2012

Reforming the “Sponsorship System” for Migrant Domestic Workers: Policy Paper on Reforming the "Sponsorship System" for Migrant Domestic Workers: Towards an Alternative Governance Scheme in Lebanon

In recent years, the “sponsorship system” (kafala) in Lebanon and in other countries in the region has been identified as a core problem leading to the exploitation and abuse of migrant domestic workers. This policy paper on the alternatives to the “sponsorship system” builds on previous research conducted by KAFA which called for the reform and/or abolition of this regulatory and customary system, and addresses gaps in existing research that fell short in proposing concrete measures. (...) 

 

 

14/04/2012

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone, bulletin n°5

Le discours institutionnalisé sur le genre est convenu et non productif de changement, car centré sur la présence, la visibilité, et non sur la transgression, le changement : les institutions du système pénalisent les femmes qui osent. Les jeunes femmes africaines sont-elles prêtes aux efforts et violences qu'implique la transgression de l'ordre de la subalternité, si cela doit impliquer inéluctablement la mort du père, ou du frère ? (...) 

 

 

18/12/2012

Making hate crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims' rights

Discrimination and intolerance persist in the European Union (EU) despite the best efforts of Member States to root them out, FRA research shows. Verbal abuse, physical attacks and murders motivated by prejudice target EU society in all its diversity, from visible minorities to those with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

14/06/2012

Making Abortion Services Accessible in the Wake of Legal Reforms: A Framework and Six Case Studies

The passage of a liberalized abortion law is one of many changes that must take place if women are to gain access to safe and legal services. A study of the process following legal reforms in six settings in Asia, Africa and Latin America confirms that the practical work of establishing safe abortion services can take years and requires resources and commitment. (...) 

 

 

05/10/2013

Learning to read in Madagascar

Marie Louise, 46, from the village of Namakia-Ankilibe, about one hour's drive south of Toliara, in arid southwestern Madagascar, never saw the inside of a classroom as a child. (...) 

 

 

17/11/2012

Lay of the land - Improving land governance to stop land grabs

Large-scale land acquisitions by investors, which are often called ‘land grabs', can deprive rural women and communities of their livelihoods and land, increasing their food insecurity. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

15/10/2012

How to procure CycleBeads: a visual tool for the Standard Days Method

CycleBeads is a visual tool that helps women use a fertility-awarenessbased method known as the Standard Days Method (SDM), as an effective natural family planning method. This advisory note has been prepared to explain the purpose of CycleBeads and the procedure that should be followed to procure them in accordance with a specification and quality-assurance assessment. (...) 

 

 

02/02/2013

Health knowledge in the hands of those who need it most

Provide a free personal video, audio and image reference library and guide to better health practices, on a microSD card, directly to health workers, families and communities, especially those who live in villages and slums, to use in their mobile phones, when they need it, where they are, and as they are. (...) 

 

 

09/12/2011

Harnessing the Power of Videos - A Video Story telling Training Toolkit for Organizations Working with Adolescent Girls

As advances in communication and technology bring people from all corners of the globe together to share their stories, opinions, and experiences, the role of visual tools such as video in spreading these messages cannot be overlooked. (...) 

 

 

28/06/2013

Geena Davis joins hangout to empower young women through technology

Around the globe, women are less likely than men to have access to technology. This is a gap that exists in developing and developed countries alike. With an aim to address this issue and propose ways to empower young women, ECOSOC and ITU are hosting a Google+ Hangout on 6 June featuring Academy Award winning Actor and ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT, Ms. Geena Davis.  (...) 

 

 

23/11/2012

Family planning programs for the 21st century - Rationale and Design

The evidence is clear: Family planning improves health, reduces poverty, and empowers women. Yet, today, more than 200 million women in the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. (...) 

 

 

21/10/2012

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth provides the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth. The report shows the extent to which preterm birth is on the rise in most countries, and is now the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, after pneumonia.  (...) 

 

 

30/04/2012

Around 40% more women than men among the EU population aged 65 and over

How many more women than men are there among the total population and among the elderly? Is the share of women at risk of poverty or social exclusion higher than for men? How do employment rates for women and men differ by education level? Do women buy different goods and services over the internet than men? (...) 

 

 

05/01/2013

AID POLICY: Integrating menstrual hygiene management into aid programming

Menstrual hygiene issues should be integrated into programmes and policies across sectors, including water, sanitation and hygiene, reproductive health, emergency management, and education, notes a new report. (...) 

 

 

11/09/2012

2012 SIGI (Social Institutions and Gender Index) - Understanding the drivers of gender inequality

Instead of measuring gender gaps in outcomes such as employment and education, the SIGI instead captures discriminatory social institutions, such as early marriage, discriminatory inheritance practices, violence against women, son preference, restricted access to public space and restricted access to land and credit. (...) 

 

 

11/07/2013

“Sound mixing is as easy as cooking a curry”: Q & A with Bianca Miglioretto

As the UN marks World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, UN Women speaks to the Vice-President of the Women's International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Asia Pacific Chapter, on her work and on introducing radio technologies to community radio producers.  (...) 

 

 


M2015-V02 – Capacities - Capacités


01/06/2012

Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women's empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The "Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index" (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women's empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.  (...) 

 

 

12/03/2012

Women in the World of Sports

Our Executive Director, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, often says that "any woman leader, whether of a community organization or a country, can be an agent of change." And it is so true that role models and pioneers can bring about great changes for gender equality.  (...) 

 

 

18/10/2012

UN launches new programme to empower rural women and girls

UN Women and the three Rome-based United Nations agencies working on food and agriculture today launched a joint programme to empower poor rural women through economic integration and food security initiatives.  (...) 

 

 

04/09/2012

Senegalese women rewrite their future thanks to UNESCO and Procter&Gmable literacy partnership

Today one in five adults is still not literate and about two-thirds of them are women while 67.4 million children are out of school. Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. (...) 

 

 

28/02/2012

Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion - Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies

UN Women informs us that “women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”1 To shed light on why this grim statistic still holds true, Women, Business and the Law aims to examine legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 of the world's economies. (...) 

 

 

28/04/2012

Projets Sud

"Un développement sans les femmes est un développement contre les femmes". En Belgique comme dans les pays d'Afrique et d'Amérique Latine avec lesquels nous travaillons, notre approche repose sur une vision à long terme.  (...) 

 

 

01/07/2012

Productive safety nets for women in extreme poverty: Lessons from pilot projects in India and Pakistan

The Discussion Paper assesses the success of two pilot projects—one in West Bengal, India and the other in Sindh, Pakistan—in ‘graduating' poor women out of extreme poverty. The projects were based on the successful experience of BRAC, the well-known NGO in Bangladesh, in overcoming the multiple constraints blocking women's empowerment. (...) 

 

 

14/04/2012

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone, bulletin n°5

Le discours institutionnalisé sur le genre est convenu et non productif de changement, car centré sur la présence, la visibilité, et non sur la transgression, le changement : les institutions du système pénalisent les femmes qui osent. Les jeunes femmes africaines sont-elles prêtes aux efforts et violences qu'implique la transgression de l'ordre de la subalternité, si cela doit impliquer inéluctablement la mort du père, ou du frère ? (...) 

 

 

03/04/2012

Nurturing female athletes in India

She is an inspiration to all and a role model to many. Manisha Malhotra lightens the mood with her infectious smile and her tales of struggle and success. Despite having retired from a sporting career as an international tennis player, Mumbai native Malhotra continues to contribute to the sporting world by encouraging and supporting female athletes in her home country, India.  (...) 

 

 

25/10/2012

MICA: visibilizando a las mujeres cineastas

Acaba de ser lanzada durante el Festival de San Sebastián (España) la Red de Mujeres Iberoamericanas de Cine y Medios Audiovisuales (MICA), cuyo objetivo es fortalecer la tarea de las realizadoras mujeres de la región. (...) 

 

 

05/10/2013

Learning to read in Madagascar

Marie Louise, 46, from the village of Namakia-Ankilibe, about one hour's drive south of Toliara, in arid southwestern Madagascar, never saw the inside of a classroom as a child. (...) 

 

 

14/09/2012

Investing in Women Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders is Smart Economics

"Investing in women's entrepreneurial leadership, and the empowerment of women, is smart economics - which is why women's empowerment is one of the most important development priorities for the countries of Asia and the Pacific," said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

04/10/2012

India: Transforming poor rural women into successful business managers

Ten years ago Pushpa Devi Maurya joined a self-help group to make ends meet in the village of Chak Padri in the state of Uttar Pradesh, northern India. Today this 35-year-old mother of two manages the bulk milk chilling centre set up by the milk producers' company near her village. (...) 

 

 

16/09/2012

In India, women-led self-help groups empower women and improve health

Twenty-two-year-old Sharuben Kurkutiya feared her family would not be able to save the money needed to have her first child delivered at the local hospital in her remote village of Ozharaifaliya in the western Indian state of Gujarat.  (...) 

 

 

27/09/2013

Hiring people with disabilities is not charity; it's good for business

The ILO and Chilean employers are working together to raise awareness of the positive impact that people with disabilities can have on enterprises. (...) 

 

 

09/12/2011

Harnessing the Power of Videos - A Video Story telling Training Toolkit for Organizations Working with Adolescent Girls

As advances in communication and technology bring people from all corners of the globe together to share their stories, opinions, and experiences, the role of visual tools such as video in spreading these messages cannot be overlooked. (...) 

 

 

18/11/2011

From Words to Action : Best Practices for Women's Participation in Latin American Political Parties

Even though women represent more than half of the voting population in many countries and have been widely incorporated into the economic sphere over the last decade, reality tells us that there is still an important gap between these advances and women's access to elected or political party positions. (...) 

 

 

21/02/2008

Frida Kahlo, icono de la cultura mexicana

La biografía de Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón está llena de sufrimiento. Tras padecer un accidente realmente dramático tuvo que pasar por un total de 35 operaciones de cirugía, principalmente en su espalda y su pierna y pie derecho, incluyendo la amputación de una de sus piernas. Según ella misma afirmaba su espalda olía terriblemente "a perro muerto" y en muchas ocasiones fue colgada con la cabeza hacia el suelo para poder fortalecer su columna. (...) 

 

 

12/05/2013

Can technology help African women to fight corruption?

According to Transparency International Kenya, inadequate complaints handling mechanisms currently exist in institutions in Kenya and East Africa. Institutions are not responsive to complaints and this is reflected by the latest East African Bribery Index Report, which shows that only 5.5 percent of Kenyans bother to report complaints. (...) 

 

 

11/07/2013

“Sound mixing is as easy as cooking a curry”: Q & A with Bianca Miglioretto

As the UN marks World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, UN Women speaks to the Vice-President of the Women's International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Asia Pacific Chapter, on her work and on introducing radio technologies to community radio producers.  (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V03 – Conflicts - Conflits


11/08/2013

Women without men vulnerable in South Sudan's refugee camps

Mahasa is one of many women who have fled, unaccompanied by their husbands, to Maban County in South Sudan's Upper Nile State, escaping the fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile State between government forces and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North. Mahasa's husband is still in Blue Nile, fighting alongside the rebels.  (...) 

 

 

28/10/2012

Women in armed Conflicts - The implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in the European Union

Women's views on war and peace are often not considered in the male-dominated field of security and defence policy, even though women and girls, as a section of the civilian population, are disproportionately affected by wars and armed conflicts. Women's organisations have been working for many years to have women's viewpoints incorporated in international security policy. (...) 

 

 

28/10/2012

Women in armed Conflicts - The implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in the European Union

Women's views on war and peace are often not considered in the male-dominated field of security and defence policy, even though women and girls, as a section of the civilian population, are disproportionately affected by wars and armed conflicts. Women's organisations have been working for many years to have women's viewpoints incorporated in international security policy. (...) 

 

 

04/06/2012

White Ribbon Campaign - Working to End Violence Against Women

The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women. (...) 

 

 

24/02/2013

What the Women Say: Picking up the Pieces: Iraqi Women in the Aftermath of War and Occupation

Just over a year ago the US military officially withdrew from Iraq, ending a nine-year occupation. But it has not meant peace for Iraqis. The decade of sanctions, followed by war and occupation devastated the country's socio-economic fabric. (...) 

 

 

03/09/2013

The Nexus between Displacement and Transitional Justice: A Gender-Justice Dimension

Although transitional justice processes are intended to help heal and restore society after conflict or authoritarian rule, marginalized groups often struggle to make their voices heard. These groups include those who have been displaced by conflict and, within that category, those who have specifically faced gender-based violence and injustice within the trajectory of displacement. This paper explores the relationship between transitional justice and forced migration from a gendered perspective. (...) 

 

 

19/04/2012

The Contribution of Women to Peace and Reconciliation

The primary task of the report "The Contribution of Women to Peace and Reconciliation" is to really root the experience and solution strategies of women as central in conflict transformation strategies.  (...) 

 

 

13/04/2013

SUDAN: Women in Sudan and South Sudan Come Together to Promote Peace

Concerned over the stand-off in the implementation of the different political and socio- economic agreements that were signed between the two countries, a coalition of women leaders in Sudan and South Sudan has decided to come together to promote peace for the benefit of the citizens of the two neighboring states.  (...) 

 

 

01/03/2013

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. (...) 

 

 

07/07/2012

Schools as Battlegrounds - Protecting Students, Teachers, and Schools from Attack

Of the 72 million primary school-age children not currently attending school worldwide, more than half—39 million—live in countries afflicted by armed conflict. In many of these countries, armed groups threaten and kill students and teachers and bomb and burn schools as tactics of the conflict. (...) 

 

 

07/08/2013

Resolution 2106 (2013) Adopted by the Security Council at its 6984th meeting, on 24 June 2013

The Security Council [...] Affirms that sexual violence, when used or commissioned as a method or tactic of war or as a part of a widespread or systematic attack against civilian populations, can significantly exacerbate and prolong situations of armed conflict and may impede the restoration of international peace and security, etc. (...) 

 

 

16/02/2013

Quantifying the Impact of Women's Participation in Post-Conflict Economic Recovery

This report presents the results of a study commissioned by UN Women to the Institute of Development Studies on the integration of women in post-conflict economic recovery processes. (...) 

 

 

16/05/2012

No Place for Children - Child Recruitment, Forced Marriage, and Attacks on Schools in Somalia

This report documents al-Shabaab's targeting of children for recruitment as soldiers, forced marriage, and rape, with a focus on abuses in 2010 and 2011. In addition, it documents how the group has targeted students, teachers, and school buildings for attack. (...) 

 

 

25/10/2011

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security: Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security is alarmed at the latest reports by its member organizations and the United Nations of mass rape and other crimes against civilians perpetrated in the Fizi area of South Kivu by troops of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (...) 

 

 

26/08/2013

New study reveals lack of humanitarian funding for older people and children

A new HelpAge report – endorsed by Save the Children UK - reveals that the needs of older people and young children are ignored in emergency responses around the world.  (...) 

 

 

30/03/2013

Michelle Bachelet welcomes the appointment of Mary Robinson as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa

I warmly welcome the decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to appoint Ms. Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa. The first-ever appointment of a woman as UN Special Envoy marks an historic first for the United Nations and a major milestone in the progress of women's rights and gender equality.  (...) 

 

 

01/02/2013

Iraqi Women Seek a New Liberation

From full literacy declared in the seventies, Iraq is down to 40 percent literacy for women. From the first woman prime minister and the first woman judge in the Middle East in 1959, Iraq has slipped to a place where an abnormal number of widows struggle, and where child marriages are on the rise. Hanaa Edwar is putting up a fight to win Iraqi women their freedoms again.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

22/10/2012

GNWP localizes UNSCR 1325 in Sierra Leone

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders conducts Capacity Building and Local Legislation and 1325 Workshops in Sierra Leone (June 19 – July 4, 2012) (...) 

 

 

10/10/2012

From the ground up - Women's roles in local peacebuilding in Afghanistan, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sierra Leone

This important report showcases the voices and work of a large but forgotten group of women - those working locally, wherever they are, to rebuild society after war and lead their communities to peace. From Nepal to Liberia, from Pakistan to Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, a common thread of peace pulls women together, and compels them to act at local level for a just and equal future. (...) 

 

 

02/11/2012

Eradicating sexual violence in conflict not ‘a mission impossible' – UN senior official

The elimination of sexual violence in conflict is not impossible, a United Nations senior official said today, stressing that to fully eradicate this scourge there needs to be a stronger political will from governments as well as adequate legal frameworks in place to prosecute perpetrators.  (...) 

 

 

19/11/2012

Enhancing Women's Leadership in Peace and Security in West Africa

As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security, a two-day regional dialogue under the theme, “Enhancing Women's Leadership in Peace and Security in West Africa' took place in Monrovia on 6 & 7 November 2012. (...) 

 

 

16/07/2012

Combating gender-based violence in Haiti's displacement camps

Nearly two years after the massive Haiti earthquake, half a million people remain in displacement camps that have become breeding grounds for gender-based violence (GBV). Why does this travesty persist and what is being done to stop it? (...) 

 

 

28/01/2013

Catalyst: Voices of Israeli and Palestinian Women

Peace X Peace is proud to launch a new video series called Catalyst: Voices of Israeli and Palestinian Women. The videos lift up hopeful voices of Palestinians and Israelis during this time of dynamic confrontation. (...) 

 

 

31/05/2012

Bearing children through rape in eastern Congo: Community and state responses

This executive summary is based on a research programme that examined women and girl's experiences of bearing children from rape and the health and justice responses to survivors in Goma, eastern Congo. (...) 

 

 

27/11/2011

Afghan Women: Towards Bonn and Beyond

The women of Afghanistan are the most under-utilized resource in Afghanistan -- a resource that could be instrumental for successful peace and a stable country in the years to come. (...) 

 

 

18/07/2013

A Revolution for All - Women's Rights in the New Libya

Libyans are in the midst of dramatic change, trying to build a new political system after 42 years of dictatorship. The challenges to build a more rights-respecting state based on the rule of law are significant. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V04 – New skills - Compétences


24/06/2012

The e-Learning Africa 2012 Report

How do people define ICT-enhanced learning and training? What technologies are being used within the sector? In what contexts are they being used? What motivates people to use ICT and how do they make use of it? Each of these questions is explored through the Survey analysis of the e-Learning Africa 2012 Report (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

11/12/2012

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security

Rural cooperatives and farmers' organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is through their vocation to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V05 – Environment - Environnement


01/06/2012

Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women's empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The "Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index" (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women's empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.  (...) 

 

 

21/03/2012

UN convenes meeting of aid groups to discuss how to tackle hunger in Sahel

The leaders of United Nations aid agencies, humanitarian organizations and donor governments will meet on Wednesday in Rome to discuss how to urgently scale up assistance in Africa's Sahel region, where drought and food shortages are threatening millions of lives. (...) 

 

 

19/10/2013

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. (...) 

 

 

01/08/2012

Rio+20: The emerging challenge of an ageing world

This paper argues that a focus on older people in the outcomes of the conference and the post-2015 goals is critical as older people are affected by environmental change and are key contributors to sustainability. (...) 

 

 

19/01/2012

Mitigating climate change through agriculture: An untapped potential

Agriculture is a major emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs). It accounts for 14% of global GHG emissions, or 25% if agriculture-driven deforestation is included. This makes agriculture as big a contributor to climate change as the energy sector. (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

La Dernière Ruée Vers Les Terres En Afrique: L'effet De La Saisie Des Terres Sur Les Droits Des Femmes

En Afrique, les droits fonciers sont un facteur critique du pouvoir économique. On recense, dans l'histoire récente, trois vagues de saisie de terres : la colonisation, l'ère post-indépendance et les saisies de terres actuelles pour des raisons commerciales et apparemment de préservation de l'environnement. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

22/09/2012

India: No longer newsworthy - The lethal role of women & the girl child as water carriers

Imagine your eight-year-old daughter carrying a five-litre pot of water on her head and making at least three trips a day in the scorching heat to the nearest water source. For those of us for whom water flows out of a tap, such a scene is unimaginable. (...) 

 

 

16/03/2012

In Mauritania, help needed to protect children from emerging malnutrition crisis

Each year, the period between the rains and the new harvest is a lean season, when mothers like Fatima Mohammed struggle to feed their children – in Ms. Mohammed's case, seven of them.  (...) 

 

 

12/12/2011

Governing Climate Funds: What Will Work for Women?

As the international community mobilizes in response to global climatic changes, climate funds must ensure the equitable and effective allocation of funds for the world's most vulnerable populations. (...) 

 

 

21/05/2013

Gender relations are changing along with climate

A changing climate will inevitably have an impact on gender relations in rural communities, but not enough is being done to boost the resilience of women - already disadvantaged by traditional inequalities.  (...) 

 

 

25/06/2012

Gender Equality and Climate Change: Report

Climate change is one of the key challenges of our times. Saving the climate for today and for the future generations belongs to one of the European Union priorities. Research shows that climate change affects women and men differently. (...) 

 

 

09/08/2013

Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development – Training Guide

FAO and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have jointly developed the Training Guide for Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development.  (...) 

 

 

05/09/2012

Freiner la déforestation en RDC par la sensibilisation des populations

Malgré la mise en place d'une réforme du secteur forestier en République démocratique du Congo, corruption, absence de contrôles, fraudes et activités illicites caractérisent les activités d'exploitation forestière. (...) 

 

 

09/04/2012

CSOs from around the world in DPI/NGO Bonn Conference agree on 17 Sustainable Development goals to take to Rio+20

"To achieve the goals of Rio + 20 in an ambitious, time-bound and accountable manner, we call upon governments in accordance with human rights, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and respective capabilities to adopt the draft Sustainable Development Goals together with the sub-goals, reasons and clarifications relating to each goal."  (...) 

 

 

28/12/2012

Climate Talks Adopt Gender Balance Goal

U.N. climate talks have approved a "gender balance" goal that would increase women's participation in the negotiations, with experts hoping this will make climate change policy more responsive to women's needs.  (...) 

 

 

30/01/2013

Climate extreme: how young people can respond to disasters in a changing world

Is climate change causing more disasters? Why are some people affected by disasters more than others? And what can we do to reduce the impact of disasters? Answering these questions requires us to understand what climate change is and how it interacts with people's lives. (...) 

 

 

12/05/2012

Africa: Feeding the Planet by Leveling the Plowing Field for Women

In 1900, there were a mere 1.6 billion people on our planet. Today, there are seven billion and by 2050 we will be nine billion. One would expect that with such rapid population growth, occurring in the midst of soaring food prices and food-related crises, we would be doing everything we could to increase food security for our most vulnerable people.  (...) 

 

 

18/04/2013

2012 Global Food Policy Report

This 2012 Global Food Policy Report is the second in an annual series that provides an in-depth look at major food policy developments and events. Initiated in response to resurgent interest in food security, the series offers a yearly overview of the food policy developments that have contributed to or hindered progress in food and nutrition security. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V06 – Parity - Parité


31/03/2012

Women in Politics: 2012

The poster is a "snapshot" of the presence of women in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government, in January 2012. (in English, en français, en español) (...) 

 

 

05/03/2012

Women in economic decision-making in the EU: Progress report - A Europe 2020 intiative

Gender imbalance on corporate boards remains an important challenge for all EU Member States, reveals the European Commission's progress report. It constitutes an untapped potential of skilled human resources, as evidenced by the discrepancy between the high number of female graduates and their underrepresentation in top-level positions. (...) 

 

 

08/11/2012

Women and the European Union (2009-2012)

Following the joint conference of the European Parliament and of national parliaments on gender equality issues which took place the 3 October 2012 and in preparation for the 2014 European elections, the Directorate-General for Communication (the Public Opinion Monitoring Unit) has carried out a desk research on gender equality issues. (...) 

 

 

29/05/2012

UN Women welcomes increased number of women in Algeria's Parliament

UN Women welcomes the increase in women's representation in the new parliament of Algeria. The percentage of women parliamentary members now stands at 31 percent, up from 8 percent during the previous period from 2007 through 2011. (...) 

 

 

28/02/2012

Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion - Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies

UN Women informs us that “women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”1 To shed light on why this grim statistic still holds true, Women, Business and the Law aims to examine legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 of the world's economies. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

17/04/2012

Gender inequalities in the European Union - European Parliament Eurobarometer Flash survey (EB flash 341)

This year, on International Women's Day (8 March), the European Parliament will be focusing on the pay gap between women and men. In this connection, Parliament asked TNS Opinion to carry out a Flash telephone survey, which was conducted on 19 and 20 January 2012 among 25 539 European citizens in the 27 EU Member States. (en français également) (...) 

 

 

10/05/2012

Gender equality: it's your business

This Briefing for Business is intended for senior managers in global and national companies, especially those retailing and producing food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and which source goods or labour in developing countries. Although many companies already do much to protect human rights in their operations and value chains, there is more that they can and must do. (...) 

 

 

03/12/2012

"No modern European democracy without gender equality"

In 2014, Europeans will elect a new European Parliament. Will there be gender balance among the MEPs? Will the President of the European Parliament be a woman after 13 years with male presidents? We will also see a new European Commission led by its President. Will the Commission consist of 50% women and 50% men? Will the President be a woman for the first time? (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V07 – Obscurantism - Obscurantisme


19/12/2012

UN committee approves first-ever text calling for end to female genital mutilation

United Nations Member States have approved the first-ever draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation, in a move hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting millions of women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

30/08/2013

Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

If recent developments are anything to go by, the campaign to end child marriages is steadily gaining momentum in Zambia. Since its launch in April this year with Zambia's First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba, the campaign has received a rising amount of support from key players throughout Zambia.  (...) 

 

 

29/03/2013

Too Much Pain: Female Genital Mutilation & Asylum in the European Union - A Statistical Overview (2013)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This harmful traditional practice is most common in the western, eastern, and north-eastern regions of Africa; in some countries in Asia and the Middle East; and among migrant and refugee communities from these areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America. (...) 

 

 

26/07/2012

Saudi Arabia Allows “Qualified” Women To Compete In Olympics

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time, following more than a year of Human Rights Watch reporting, campaigning, and high-level advocacy with the International Olympic Committee.  (...) 

 

 

17/08/2012

Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

Contrary to modernist predictions that religion would retreat into a private zone of worship and practice, recent decades have seen religion become increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. Does this matter? From the point of view of women's rights and gender equality, much is at stake. (...) 

 

 

13/05/2013

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

Diverse Human Rights agreements and declarations affirm the rights and freedoms of all individuals, including rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion. However, they also affirm the right to a life free of violence, and the duty of States, notwithstanding diverse cultures, religions and traditions, to fulfill their obligations. (...) 

 

 

07/02/2013

Message of Michelle Bachelet for the International Day for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation and other messages

UN Women joined women and men, boys and girls around the world in a call to action for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM). The adoption of the landmark resolution banning female genital mutilation by the UN General Assembly this past December is a step in the right direction.  (...) 

 

 

19/06/2013

Les Mariages forcés à Bruxelles: Synthèse de l'étude portant sur les mariages forcés en région de Bruxelles-Capitale

La présente étude sur le phénomène des mariages forcés en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale a été réalisée dans le cadre du Plan d'Action National de lutte contre la violence (PAN) entre partenaires et d'autres formes de violences intrafamiliales. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

29/03/2012

Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan

UNAMA Human Rights' 57-page report Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan documents particular customary practices that violate the rights of women and girls throughout Afghanistan, describes the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's response to these practices and makes recommendations to end such practices. (...) 

 

 

23/02/2013

Fighting FGM: Girls' right to education versus traditional practices

Attaining primary and secondary school education for girls in Liberia remains a major challenge. Girls aged below 10 years are pulled out of formal education, by traditionalists, and forced to take part in traditional female initiation ceremonies, which include Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), in informal settings locally known as “bush schools”. (...) 

 

 

14/01/2012

Féminisme et multiculturalité

Le féminisme est un pur produit des sociétés développées. Comment est-il transposé dans les pays pauvres ? Et, surtout, comment est-il vécu par les femmes d'ici qui sont issues de l'immigration ?  (...) 

 

 

11/05/2013

Female genital mutilation in the European Union and Croatia

This report aims to support policy makers and all relevant institutions by providing them with reliable and comparable data for evidence-based actions and policy improvement in the area of FGM. (...) 

 

 

01/08/2013

EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

The right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief1, more commonly referred to as the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is a fundamental right of every human being. As a universal human right, freedom of religion or belief safeguards respect for diversity. (...) 

 

 

15/11/2012

Draft resolution on female genital cutting sent to United Nations

African member states of the United Nations have submitted a draft resolution on ending female genital mutilation (FGM) to the U.N. General Assembly, in what campaigners have hailed as a landmark step to end a practice that has been inflicted on up to 140 million women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

20/06/2013

Can Faith Substitute for Human Rights?

“While the international community and human rights activists emphasize that human rights are universal, inalienable and imprescriptible, the truth is that human rights are inherent only in places where the culture of human rights exists.”  (...) 

 

 

09/07/2013

An activist fights breast ironing, a ritual mutilation practice of girls in Cameroon

In Cameroon, the breast, one of the most conspicuous signs of a woman's femininity, is a target for ritual mutilation. Breast ironing, a practice that involves flattening a young girl's breasts with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells among other objects, is often carried out by an older female relative on a victim.  (...) 

 

 

29/10/2012

Acquérir le plein droit de disposer de son corps librement : des avancées, des reculs et beaucoup de résistances

Le 28 septembre dernier était declarée Journée d'action internationale pour l'accès à des avortements sûrs et légaux. Journée qui a été peu médiatisée. L'interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG) continue à alimenter débats et controverses, alors qu'on estime que la mortalité maternelle pourrait baisser d'environ 18% (quelle avancée potentielle en vue de l'OMD 5 !) dans les pays où ce droit n'existe pas ... (...) 

 

 

13/03/2013

Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women's Empowerment

The present study highlights the critical role legal empowerment strategies can play in changing and challenging oppressive gender relations that are justified under the name of culture. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V08 – eHealth - eSanté


14/03/2012

Women must have access to both contraceptives and HIV prevention methods

The United Nations reiterated today the need to provide women with access to both hormonal contraceptives and condoms to prevent unwanted pregnancies and HIV infection, after a renewed consultation with health experts on the issue. (...) 

 

 

18/06/2013

Women Deliver post—2015

The theme for today's Lancet is the third Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 28—30. To document progress, barriers, and opportunities in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, the journal's research section has been expanded to accommodate six studies; more will be published online. (...) 

 

 

02/09/2012

Whose Right to Life? Women's Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law

The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights. International human rights law recognizes this basic right as accruing at birth, and international and regional human rights bodies, as well as courts worldwide, have clearly established that any prenatal protections must be consistent with women's human rights. (...) 

 

 

06/09/2012

When When Getting Your Period Means Missing More than Gym Class

"Today's young girls will teach the next generation about puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. The conspiracy of silence will have been broken."  (...) 

 

 

24/07/2012

What's Sex Got to Do with It?

Girls are hot. Reproductive rights are not. This is the strange and yet unspoken contradiction endemic in the current development discourse about gender equality. (...) 

 

 

23/04/2012

Vieillissement actif des femmes - Santé et inclusion sociale

La population européenne vieillit: 87 millions de personnes sont âgées de plus de 65 ans. Cette évolution démographique met l'Union européenne face à un certain nombre de défis, notamment en termes de santé et d'inclusion sociale. Les femmes âgées sont atteintes en priorité de maladies cardio-vasculaires et respiratoires ainsi que du cancer. (...) 

 

 

14/12/2012

Uruguay takes the lead to protect domestic workers

Providing protection for the world's millions of domestic workers has taken a major step forward. In April 2012, Uruguay became the first country to ratify ILO Convention 189, the landmark treaty guaranteeing domestic workers get the same core labour protections as other workers. (...) 

 

 

20/11/2013

UN, World Bank boost support for women's health, girls' education in Africa's Sahel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged today to support an initiative to improve women's reproductive health and girls' education in Africa's Sahel region, and to invest $200 million in a new project to achieve these goals.  (...) 

 

 

19/12/2012

UN committee approves first-ever text calling for end to female genital mutilation

United Nations Member States have approved the first-ever draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation, in a move hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting millions of women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

19/02/2013

Triple Jeopardy: Gender-based violence and human rights violations experienced by women with disabilities in Cambodia

The study found that women with disabilities and women without disabilities faced similar levels of sexual, physical and emotional violence by partners. However, the picture that emerged in terms of family violence (excluding partners) was starkly different.  (...) 

 

 

29/03/2013

Too Much Pain: Female Genital Mutilation & Asylum in the European Union - A Statistical Overview (2013)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This harmful traditional practice is most common in the western, eastern, and north-eastern regions of Africa; in some countries in Asia and the Middle East; and among migrant and refugee communities from these areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America. (...) 

 

 

20/03/2012

TIC et systèmes de santé en Afrique

Le secteur économique des TIC (Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication) dans le domaine de la santé est en plein essor. Ces technologies ne peuvent à elles seules régler tous les problèmes. Cependant, en réduisant les distances et facilitant les échanges rapides, elles peuvent contribuer à une amélioration précieuse des services de santé. (...) 

 

 

06/11/2012

The unwanted girl

"In early June, Vijaymala Patekar, a mother of four girls, haemorrhaged to death at a hospital in Parli, Beed district, Maharashtra. She was reportedly in her second trimester of pregnancy. Her family had allegedly forced her to abort the foetus when they learnt it was a girl child."  (...) 

 

 

10/06/2013

Surviving the first day: State of the World's Mothers 2013

Every year, our State of the World's Mothers report reminds us of the inextricable link between the well-being of mothers and their children. As any mother – myself included – will tell you, our children's health and safety is the most important thing in our lives. (...) 

 

 

16/07/2013

Surrogate Motherhood- Ethical or Commercial

Nature has bestowed the beautiful capacity to procreate a life within women and every woman cherishes the experience of motherhood. Unfortunately, some women due to certain physiological conditions can not give birth to their own off-spring. The desire for motherhood leads them to search for alternative solutions, and surrogacy presents itself as the most viable alternative. (...) 

 

 

07/05/2013

Statement for the International Day of the Midwife 2013

Skilled midwives, with the equipment and support they need, can spell the difference between life and death for close to 300,000 women each year, and ten times that many infants.  (...) 

 

 

25/11/2012

State of World Population 2012 - By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development

All human beings—regardless of age, sex, race or income—are equal in dignity and rights. Yet 222 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise the human right to voluntary family planning.  (...) 

 

 

30/07/2013

Space-age technology to reduce maternal deaths

Space-age technology, neoprene (the same material used for wet suits) and Velcro have gone into an experimental garment health experts hope can treat postpartum haemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide.  (...) 

 

 

09/07/2012

Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals

This fact sheet highlights the progress of rural women against key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators, pointing to some of the advancements made and gaps that still exist. It suggests that globally, and with only a few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and men for every MDG indicator for which data are available. (...) 

 

 

01/11/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

The present report is the second submitted by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, to the General Assembly, pursuant to resolution 65/187. The report provides an overview of the activities of the Special Rapporteur and discusses the issue of violence against women with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

11/06/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health considers occupational health as an integral component of the right to health. (...) 

 

 

10/09/2012

Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights: A Human Rights Framework

"Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights: A Human Rights Framework" 2012 highlights some of the gaps in and challenges to the implementation of the Programme of Action in relation to sexual and reproductive rights. The briefing ends with a series of recommendations to end exclusion, increase participation and accountability, and ensure sexual and reproductive rights as human rights.  (...) 

 

 

24/02/2012

Psychosocial Care for Women in Shelter Homes

The psycho-social rehabilitation of women who are brought to shelter homes is very essential to help them to return to a meaningful life in future. Often the staff of instiutions run by the government, who are solely responsible to take care of women, are not able to provide such care because of the large number of women in most of the institutions and the lack of adequate staff in providing care for the women. (...) 

 

 

27/08/2013

Overwhelming opposition to female genital mutilation/cutting, yet millions of girls still at risk

A majority of people in most countries where female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is concentrated oppose the harmful practice, according to a new UNICEF report issued today. Despite that opposition, more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM/C and 30 million girls are still at risk of being cut in the next decade.  (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days - State of the World's Mothers 2012

Save the Children's thirteenth State of the World's Mothers report shows Niger as the worst place to be a mother in the world. Norway comes in at first place. The Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom ranking, which compares 165 countries around the globe, looks at factors such as a mother's health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition. (...) 

 

 

10/10/2013

New development agenda must be disability-inclusive – UN high-level meeting

The rights of persons with disabilities must be directly addressed by the post-2015 development agenda, United Nations officials today urged a High-level meeting of the General Assembly, where world leaders pledged to work together on national and international policies that enhance and promote disability-inclusive development.  (...) 

 

 

22/11/2011

Nepal: Gender discrimination fuels malnutrition

Gender discrimination lies behind much of the malnutrition found in under-five children in Nepal, say locals and experts.  (...) 

 

 

18/07/2012

Nepal : HIV widows on the edge

Widows living with HIV in Nepal's remote hill districts in some of the country's poorest and vulnerable communities face a particularly bleak future.  (...) 

 

 

06/03/2012

Nearly 2,000 African communities end female genital mutilation

A new United Nations report shows that almost 2,000 communities across Africa abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) last year, prompting calls for a renewed global push to end this harmful practice once and for all. (...) 

 

 

26/08/2012

Missing Midwives

"Globally, we know that there is a shortage of midwives, and there is little doubt of the impact this is having on women and babies, their families and communities all over the world. The tens of thousands of women and millions of babies who die every year from childbirth-related causes are evidence of this." (...) 

 

 

17/02/2013

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk - experts

More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk, say experts at the Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).  (...) 

 

 

14/06/2012

Making Abortion Services Accessible in the Wake of Legal Reforms: A Framework and Six Case Studies

The passage of a liberalized abortion law is one of many changes that must take place if women are to gain access to safe and legal services. A study of the process following legal reforms in six settings in Asia, Africa and Latin America confirms that the practical work of establishing safe abortion services can take years and requires resources and commitment. (...) 

 

 

08/10/2013

M-Health for pregnant women

Nomso of Traffina Foundation shares with MamaYe, her experience of using sms to motivate pregnant women on pregnancy care tips, nutritional facts and antenatal care attendance (...) 

 

 

04/11/2011

Low-Cost Healthcare Goes High-Tech

Cell phones and computer applications can help save the lives of thousands of mothers and children worldwide.  (...) 

 

 

11/10/2011

Link Between Fertility Declines and Women's Empowerment Could be Transformative

Empowering women – that is, creating conditions that build their confidence, self-reliance and ability to make strategic life choices – is increasingly seen as a key to achieving broad international development goals. (...) 

 

 

08/11/2013

Let's End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Our Generation

Millions of girls around the world are still threatened by genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite a century of efforts to put an end to it. More than 125 million girls and women have been cut in almost 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. An estimated 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030, if current trends continue.  (...) 

 

 

12/07/2012

Les jeunes filles victimes de l'esclavage moderne : le phenomène mpunda en RDC

Cet article a été proposé par Mme Mireille IDIAMASHI TSHIBANDA, éducatrice sociale en RDC. Elle aborde ici la question du placement des jeunes filles dans les familles d'accueil, et l'impact que cela a sur leur développement et leur autonomisation. Elle propose ici des pistes d'actions concrètes pour venir à bout des violences dont souffrent ces esclaves modernes.  (...) 

 

 

23/01/2012

Les faits sur l'avortement et la grossesse non planifiée en Afrique

En Afrique, le nombre annuel d'avortements est passé, entre 1995 et 2003, de 5 millions à 5,6 millions. En 2003, la plupart des avortements ont été pratiqués dans les régions d'Afrique de l'Est (2,3 millions), Afrique de l'Ouest (1,5 million) et Afrique du Nord (1 million). (...) 

 

 

06/01/2011

La migration : la solution aux pénuries de personnel dans le secteur des soins et de la santé ?

Depuis plusieurs années, certains hôpitaux et maisons de soins font appel à du personnel étranger. A la demande de la Fondation Roi Baudouin, HIVA (KULeuven) a réalisé une étude visant à examiner ce phénomène de plus près. (...) 

 

 

06/05/2012

Key Results and Highlights 2011

The 2011 annual report highlights the gains, challenges and best practices for the abandonment of FGM/C and offers select indicators on progress in policy and advocacy, capacity building, partnerships and media coverage. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

16/09/2012

In India, women-led self-help groups empower women and improve health

Twenty-two-year-old Sharuben Kurkutiya feared her family would not be able to save the money needed to have her first child delivered at the local hospital in her remote village of Ozharaifaliya in the western Indian state of Gujarat.  (...) 

 

 

15/10/2012

How to procure CycleBeads: a visual tool for the Standard Days Method

CycleBeads is a visual tool that helps women use a fertility-awarenessbased method known as the Standard Days Method (SDM), as an effective natural family planning method. This advisory note has been prepared to explain the purpose of CycleBeads and the procedure that should be followed to procure them in accordance with a specification and quality-assurance assessment. (...) 

 

 

02/02/2013

Health knowledge in the hands of those who need it most

Provide a free personal video, audio and image reference library and guide to better health practices, on a microSD card, directly to health workers, families and communities, especially those who live in villages and slums, to use in their mobile phones, when they need it, where they are, and as they are. (...) 

 

 

22/10/2013

Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990

In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18,000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division. (...) 

 

 

01/07/2013

Given same opportunities as others, children with disabilities can be agents of change – UN report

Children with disabilities have the same rights as all children but are some of the most invisible and marginalized people in the world according to a United Nations report released today, which cites recommendations on how to actively include children with disabilities in civic, social and cultural affairs so that both they and their communities benefit.  (...) 

 

 

27/05/2013

Girls affected by FGM down to one quarter in northern Somalia

Only one quarter of northern Somali girls under the age of 15 have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM), new data from Unicef shows - demonstrating a significant reduction in the country's FGM occurrence rates, which was previously seen practised almost universally.  (...) 

 

 

07/09/2012

Gender and Health Data and Statistics: An Annotated Resource Guide

Gender-responsive health data are critical for generating evidence on best practices and for advancing and informing health policies, which will improve the health of women and families.  (...) 

 

 

24/09/2012

Gender and Health

The impact of gender inequalities on women's and men's health can take a number of forms, affecting not only health outcomes and health status, but also access to preventive and curative services. Moreover, the different health needs and opportunities available to men and women accompany them throughout their life course, from infancy to adolescence and adulthood. (...) 

 

 

06/07/2013

Gender and Disability: An Overview of the Status of Women With Disabilities in Australia

Gender affects the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of their human rights. Gender refers to the social differences and relations between men and women which are learned, vary widely among societies and cultures, and change over time. (...) 

 

 

21/02/2008

Frida Kahlo, icono de la cultura mexicana

La biografía de Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón está llena de sufrimiento. Tras padecer un accidente realmente dramático tuvo que pasar por un total de 35 operaciones de cirugía, principalmente en su espalda y su pierna y pie derecho, incluyendo la amputación de una de sus piernas. Según ella misma afirmaba su espalda olía terriblemente "a perro muerto" y en muchas ocasiones fue colgada con la cabeza hacia el suelo para poder fortalecer su columna. (...) 

 

 

03/10/2012

Forgotten Sisters - A Report on Violence Against Women with Disabilities: An Overview of its Nature, Scope, Causes and Consequences

This report, prepared by scholars and human rights advocates who are members of the Working Group on Violence against Women with Disabilities, focuses on the prevalence and pervasiveness of violence against women and girls with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

23/02/2013

Fighting FGM: Girls' right to education versus traditional practices

Attaining primary and secondary school education for girls in Liberia remains a major challenge. Girls aged below 10 years are pulled out of formal education, by traditionalists, and forced to take part in traditional female initiation ceremonies, which include Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), in informal settings locally known as “bush schools”. (...) 

 

 

11/05/2013

Female genital mutilation in the European Union and Croatia

This report aims to support policy makers and all relevant institutions by providing them with reliable and comparable data for evidence-based actions and policy improvement in the area of FGM. (...) 

 

 

23/11/2012

Family planning programs for the 21st century - Rationale and Design

The evidence is clear: Family planning improves health, reduces poverty, and empowers women. Yet, today, more than 200 million women in the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. (...) 

 

 

15/11/2012

Draft resolution on female genital cutting sent to United Nations

African member states of the United Nations have submitted a draft resolution on ending female genital mutilation (FGM) to the U.N. General Assembly, in what campaigners have hailed as a landmark step to end a practice that has been inflicted on up to 140 million women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

03/06/2012

Disability and Justice in Abortion Debates

Efforts to find a way to talk about abortion have historically caused strained relations and deep unease between disability and reproductive rights advocates. The disability rights movement is concerned about the number of pregnancies terminated solely because an expectant mother receives a diagnosis of a potential fetal disability. (...) 

 

 

11/12/2012

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security

Rural cooperatives and farmers' organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is through their vocation to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. (...) 

 

 

22/08/2013

Comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control: a healthier future for girls and women

Women's cancers, including breast, cervical and ovarian cancer, lead to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths among women. Investments and programmes to prevent and treat women's cancers such as cervical cancer have improved and led to strong reductions in high income countries. (...) 

 

 

14/02/2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2012

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2012 examines trends in child mortality since 1990, analyses the causes of preventable child death, and outlines strategies to accelerate progress. Child deaths fell from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011, with reductions in all regions. (...) 

 

 

22/07/2012

Chinese Woman Forcibly Aborted at Seven Months

Women's Rights Without Frontiers has learned that a woman was forcibly aborted at seven months of pregnancy on June 3, 2012.  (...) 

 

 

11/02/2013

Campaign to end fistula : Hidden no longer

Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without prompt medical intervention, usually a Caesarean section. The woman is left with chronic incontinence and in most cases a stillborn baby. (...) 

 

 

07/11/2011

Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle

While disparities in education, health and protection between boys and girls in developing countries are less stark than once thought during the early childhood years and in some cases have reached parity, significant gaps, mostly favouring males, grow through early adolescence to young adulthood, according to a UNICEF report.  (...) 

 

 

21/10/2012

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth provides the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth. The report shows the extent to which preterm birth is on the rise in most countries, and is now the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, after pneumonia.  (...) 

 

 

31/05/2012

Bearing children through rape in eastern Congo: Community and state responses

This executive summary is based on a research programme that examined women and girl's experiences of bearing children from rape and the health and justice responses to survivors in Goma, eastern Congo. (...) 

 

 

30/07/2012

Barbara Waxman Fiduccia and Disability Feminism

This collection of papers is named for Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, a pioneer in the field of Women and Disability Studies. Barbara lived her life boldly and gracefully on the cutting edge of disability and women‟s issues as they also intersected with many other realms. This piece offers recollections of Barbara‟s work and life, and reflections on disability feminism and the impact of activism on personal power. (...) 

 

 

08/06/2012

Ban praises work of commission on access to medicines for women, children

While commending the work of a United Nations commission trying to improve access to life-saving medicines, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that much remains to be done to save the lives of the 800 women and more than 20,000 children who die every day from preventable causes. (...) 

 

 

25/07/2013

Babies behind bars: A Palestinian fertility doctor has become an unlikely hero by helping women conceive – even though their husbands are in jail

Lydia and her husband were childhood sweethearts and in August they will have their second baby. It will be a boy, the doctors say, and the happy couple will call him Majd. A beaming Lydia is clearly delighted.  (...) 

 

 

28/08/2013

Analysis: The future of food aid

By the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world's poorest countries, according to a recent global forecast by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  (...) 

 

 

05/01/2013

AID POLICY: Integrating menstrual hygiene management into aid programming

Menstrual hygiene issues should be integrated into programmes and policies across sectors, including water, sanitation and hygiene, reproductive health, emergency management, and education, notes a new report. (...) 

 

 

12/05/2012

Africa: Feeding the Planet by Leveling the Plowing Field for Women

In 1900, there were a mere 1.6 billion people on our planet. Today, there are seven billion and by 2050 we will be nine billion. One would expect that with such rapid population growth, occurring in the midst of soaring food prices and food-related crises, we would be doing everything we could to increase food security for our most vulnerable people.  (...) 

 

 

14/05/2012

A study of humanitarian financing for older people and people with disabilities, 2010–2011

A new study by HelpAge International and Handicap International has found a significant disparity between the needs of older people and people with disabilities and the level of humanitarian assistance delivered to meet their needs. (...) 

 

 

18/04/2013

2012 Global Food Policy Report

This 2012 Global Food Policy Report is the second in an annual series that provides an in-depth look at major food policy developments and events. Initiated in response to resurgent interest in food security, the series offers a yearly overview of the food policy developments that have contributed to or hindered progress in food and nutrition security. (...) 

 

 

23/11/2010

"As If We Weren't Human" - Discrimination and Violence against Women with Disabilities in Northern Uganda

Women with disabilities in northern Uganda face serious abuse and discrimination by strangers, neighbors, and family members. Women interviewed for the report were denied basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter in the camps and in their communities. (...) 

 

 


M2015-V09 – Pro-activity – Proactivité


14/03/2012

Women must have access to both contraceptives and HIV prevention methods

The United Nations reiterated today the need to provide women with access to both hormonal contraceptives and condoms to prevent unwanted pregnancies and HIV infection, after a renewed consultation with health experts on the issue. (...) 

 

 

12/03/2012

Women in the World of Sports

Our Executive Director, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, often says that "any woman leader, whether of a community organization or a country, can be an agent of change." And it is so true that role models and pioneers can bring about great changes for gender equality.  (...) 

 

 

06/09/2012

When When Getting Your Period Means Missing More than Gym Class

"Today's young girls will teach the next generation about puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. The conspiracy of silence will have been broken."  (...) 

 

 

15/06/2013

When partnership becomes unbearable

Many older women live in a relationship. Some of them are based on partnership and mutual respect and appreciation of each other. Other older women live in relationships which have over time become unbearable, some were from the start. Those older women had and have a lot to endure. Doing something about this is often difficult or even unthinkable. (...) 

 

 

23/04/2012

Vieillissement actif des femmes - Santé et inclusion sociale

La population européenne vieillit: 87 millions de personnes sont âgées de plus de 65 ans. Cette évolution démographique met l'Union européenne face à un certain nombre de défis, notamment en termes de santé et d'inclusion sociale. Les femmes âgées sont atteintes en priorité de maladies cardio-vasculaires et respiratoires ainsi que du cancer. (...) 

 

 

19/02/2013

Triple Jeopardy: Gender-based violence and human rights violations experienced by women with disabilities in Cambodia

The study found that women with disabilities and women without disabilities faced similar levels of sexual, physical and emotional violence by partners. However, the picture that emerged in terms of family violence (excluding partners) was starkly different.  (...) 

 

 

29/12/2012

The 2012 Ageing Report: Economic and budgetary projections for the 27 EU Member States (2010-2060)

This report analyses the economic and budgetary impact of an ageing population over the long-term. In 2010, the ECOFIN Council gave the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) a mandate to update its common exercise of age-related expenditure projections by 2012 on the basis of a new population projection by Eurostat.  (...) 

 

 

03/07/2012

Tackling Gender Exclusion: Experiences From The Gender Inclusive Cities Programme

The safe cities for women field is still relatively new and knowledge gaps remain, mostly related to the dimensions of the problem, the interaction between gender and other factors in creating insecurity/exclusion, and the effectiveness of strategies for creating safer and more inclusive cities. (...) 

 

 

26/07/2012

Saudi Arabia Allows “Qualified” Women To Compete In Olympics

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time, following more than a year of Human Rights Watch reporting, campaigning, and high-level advocacy with the International Olympic Committee.  (...) 

 

 

01/08/2012

Rio+20: The emerging challenge of an ageing world

This paper argues that a focus on older people in the outcomes of the conference and the post-2015 goals is critical as older people are affected by environmental change and are key contributors to sustainability. (...) 

 

 

11/06/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health considers occupational health as an integral component of the right to health. (...) 

 

 

10/09/2012

Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights: A Human Rights Framework

"Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights: A Human Rights Framework" 2012 highlights some of the gaps in and challenges to the implementation of the Programme of Action in relation to sexual and reproductive rights. The briefing ends with a series of recommendations to end exclusion, increase participation and accountability, and ensure sexual and reproductive rights as human rights.  (...) 

 

 

24/02/2012

Psychosocial Care for Women in Shelter Homes

The psycho-social rehabilitation of women who are brought to shelter homes is very essential to help them to return to a meaningful life in future. Often the staff of instiutions run by the government, who are solely responsible to take care of women, are not able to provide such care because of the large number of women in most of the institutions and the lack of adequate staff in providing care for the women. (...) 

 

 

07/12/2011

Panorama de la société 2011 - Cuisiner, s'occuper des enfants, construire ou réparer: le travail non rémunéré à travers le monde

Ce chapitre spécial met en évidence l'importance du travail non rémunéré en tant qu'indicateur clé du bien-être, en s'appuyant sur des enquêtes détaillées sur l'emploi du temps réalisées dans 26 pays de l'OCDE, ainsi qu'en Chine, en Inde et en Afrique du Sud. (...) 

 

 

03/04/2012

Nurturing female athletes in India

She is an inspiration to all and a role model to many. Manisha Malhotra lightens the mood with her infectious smile and her tales of struggle and success. Despite having retired from a sporting career as an international tennis player, Mumbai native Malhotra continues to contribute to the sporting world by encouraging and supporting female athletes in her home country, India.  (...) 

 

 

26/08/2013

New study reveals lack of humanitarian funding for older people and children

A new HelpAge report – endorsed by Save the Children UK - reveals that the needs of older people and young children are ignored in emergency responses around the world.  (...) 

 

 

10/10/2013

New development agenda must be disability-inclusive – UN high-level meeting

The rights of persons with disabilities must be directly addressed by the post-2015 development agenda, United Nations officials today urged a High-level meeting of the General Assembly, where world leaders pledged to work together on national and international policies that enhance and promote disability-inclusive development.  (...) 

 

 

18/07/2012

Nepal : HIV widows on the edge

Widows living with HIV in Nepal's remote hill districts in some of the country's poorest and vulnerable communities face a particularly bleak future.  (...) 

 

 

05/10/2013

Learning to read in Madagascar

Marie Louise, 46, from the village of Namakia-Ankilibe, about one hour's drive south of Toliara, in arid southwestern Madagascar, never saw the inside of a classroom as a child. (...) 

 

 

06/12/2012

Le système prostitueur : violence machiste archaïque - Actes du colloque

Le colloque, organisé par Regards de Femmes, avait pour objectif d'informer sur la réalité de la violence et de l'archaïsme des rapports femmes-hommes sous-jacents au système prostitueur et de réfléchir ensemble aux actions à mener pour agir contre cette violence sexuelle, afin de construire un projet de société où la sexualité sera enfin délivrée des violences dans un souci de justice, d'égalité et de progrès.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

20/09/2012

Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon

Today's grandmothers, worldwide, are younger, better educated, and healthier than they have ever been. Many, having been students in the 1960's, they know they can catalyze change—because they did.  (...) 

 

 

01/07/2013

Given same opportunities as others, children with disabilities can be agents of change – UN report

Children with disabilities have the same rights as all children but are some of the most invisible and marginalized people in the world according to a United Nations report released today, which cites recommendations on how to actively include children with disabilities in civic, social and cultural affairs so that both they and their communities benefit.  (...) 

 

 

06/07/2013

Gender and Disability: An Overview of the Status of Women With Disabilities in Australia

Gender affects the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of their human rights. Gender refers to the social differences and relations between men and women which are learned, vary widely among societies and cultures, and change over time. (...) 

 

 

18/08/2012

G20 countries: the worst and the best for women

Strong policies against violence and exploitation combined with good access to education and healthcare make Canada the best G20 country to be a woman, while infanticide, child marriage and slavery make India the worst, a global poll of experts showed. (...) 

 

 

21/02/2008

Frida Kahlo, icono de la cultura mexicana

La biografía de Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón está llena de sufrimiento. Tras padecer un accidente realmente dramático tuvo que pasar por un total de 35 operaciones de cirugía, principalmente en su espalda y su pierna y pie derecho, incluyendo la amputación de una de sus piernas. Según ella misma afirmaba su espalda olía terriblemente "a perro muerto" y en muchas ocasiones fue colgada con la cabeza hacia el suelo para poder fortalecer su columna. (...) 

 

 

03/10/2012

Forgotten Sisters - A Report on Violence Against Women with Disabilities: An Overview of its Nature, Scope, Causes and Consequences

This report, prepared by scholars and human rights advocates who are members of the Working Group on Violence against Women with Disabilities, focuses on the prevalence and pervasiveness of violence against women and girls with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

23/11/2012

Family planning programs for the 21st century - Rationale and Design

The evidence is clear: Family planning improves health, reduces poverty, and empowers women. Yet, today, more than 200 million women in the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. (...) 

 

 

15/11/2012

Draft resolution on female genital cutting sent to United Nations

African member states of the United Nations have submitted a draft resolution on ending female genital mutilation (FGM) to the U.N. General Assembly, in what campaigners have hailed as a landmark step to end a practice that has been inflicted on up to 140 million women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

12/06/2012

Draft report on women's working conditions in the service sector

"In 2010, in the EU, employment in the service sector accounted for 69.4 % of all jobs, while in industry this figure was 25.4 % and in agriculture 5.2 %. Most of the female workforce is employed in the service sector: 83.1 % compared with 58.1 % of the male workforce." (...) 

 

 

27/05/2012

Deprivation and vulnerability among elderly in India

"In this paper we try to document different aspects of human deprivation in the old age other than the measurement of income poverty. We mainly take up on aspects of economic, health and social aspects of deprivation and how it vary across space(sector and state) and gender and try to map how much it vary in relative terms. It further looks up on correlates and determines of old age deprivation in India." (...) 

 

 

23/06/2012

Depilarse o no, esa es la elección

Está claro que en la práctica cualquier mujer puede elegir no depilarse, pero ¿de verdad es una opción? Solo hay que abrir el debate entre amigas para comprobar que no. Más allá del criterio de la belleza, el artículo hace que nos cuestionemos lo que representa el cuerpo de la mujer en nuestra sociedad. (...) 

 

 

22/08/2013

Comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control: a healthier future for girls and women

Women's cancers, including breast, cervical and ovarian cancer, lead to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths among women. Investments and programmes to prevent and treat women's cancers such as cervical cancer have improved and led to strong reductions in high income countries. (...) 

 

 

14/10/2013

Because of who I am: homophobia, transphobia, and hate crimes in Europe

“They wanted to butcher me just because of who I am, because I have a face that is a bit masculine and because they understood I was a trans person from my voice” - Michelle, Italy, March 2013 (...) 

 

 

30/07/2012

Barbara Waxman Fiduccia and Disability Feminism

This collection of papers is named for Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, a pioneer in the field of Women and Disability Studies. Barbara lived her life boldly and gracefully on the cutting edge of disability and women‟s issues as they also intersected with many other realms. This piece offers recollections of Barbara‟s work and life, and reflections on disability feminism and the impact of activism on personal power. (...) 

 

 

08/06/2012

Ban praises work of commission on access to medicines for women, children

While commending the work of a United Nations commission trying to improve access to life-saving medicines, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that much remains to be done to save the lives of the 800 women and more than 20,000 children who die every day from preventable causes. (...) 

 

 

12/02/2008

Amina Lawal, símbolo de la lucha contra la lapidación

Puede que sea el nombre propio que más se asocie al de “lapidación”. Amina Lawal consiguió gracias a la presión internacional ser absuelta y no morir lapidada. Su culpa, haber tenido un hijo fuera del matrimonio. (...) 

 

 

15/12/2012

Ageing and the protection of human rights: current situation and outlook

The use of a human-rights-based approach to the analysis and interpretation of age-related issues has marked a paradigm shift with regard to a stage of life that has traditionally been associated with a wide range of unmet needs, and the United Nations has made an extremely valuable contribution to this change. (...) 

 

 

01/09/2012

Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (C4D)

Safer cities strive to create public spaces that are open and accessible to everyone, without exception. Most cities, however, are not totally safe for adolescent girls. What's more, they are run and developed predominantly without their needs being taken into account. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V10 – Diversity - Diversité


06/01/2011

La migration : la solution aux pénuries de personnel dans le secteur des soins et de la santé ?

Depuis plusieurs années, certains hôpitaux et maisons de soins font appel à du personnel étranger. A la demande de la Fondation Roi Baudouin, HIVA (KULeuven) a réalisé une étude visant à examiner ce phénomène de plus près. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

18/11/2013

Indigenous women in Latin America remain invisible to society, warns UN

Indigenous women in Latin America continue to face great gaps in access to higher education, health services and employment, although there have been significant educational advances, according to a report by the UN's Economic Commission f or Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac).  (...) 

 

 

06/08/2012

Gérer la diversité pour construire des sociétés fortes - Rapport annuel 2011 sur les activités de l'ECRI

"Les pays européens doivent apprendre à gérer la diversité, faute de quoi ils risquent de se priver d'un vivier de talents économiques", souligne la Commission européenne du Conseil de l'Europe contre le racisme et l'intolérance (ECRI) dans son rapport annuel.  (...) 

 

 

08/01/2012

Fiches de données sur la population mondiale 2011

Aujourd'hui, la population mondiale augmente à un rythme inégalé dans toute son histoire. Malgré le fait que le taux annuel de croissance démographique ait baissé à 1,2 pour cent par an, la population mondiale croît d'environ 83 millions d'habitants par année. (...) 

 

 

01/08/2013

EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

The right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief1, more commonly referred to as the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is a fundamental right of every human being. As a universal human right, freedom of religion or belief safeguards respect for diversity. (...) 

 

 

21/06/2012

Equinet good practice guide on promoting diversity in the workplace

Equinet wishes through this publication to support equality bodies in this endeavour and offer practical steps and guidance to usefully put the concepts of diversity and equality policies into practice. (...) 

 

 

28/01/2013

Catalyst: Voices of Israeli and Palestinian Women

Peace X Peace is proud to launch a new video series called Catalyst: Voices of Israeli and Palestinian Women. The videos lift up hopeful voices of Palestinians and Israelis during this time of dynamic confrontation. (...) 

 

 


M2015-V12 – Status - Statut


20/10/2012

Women Journalists In The Eye Of The Storm

Threats and violence against women journalists are on the rise in many regions of the world. In their work exposing injustices and bearing witness to human rights violations, women journalists are women human rights defenders and as such are in need of better security and protection mechanisms.  (...) 

 

 

20/06/2013

Women and Girls as Subjects of Media's Attention and Advertisement Campaigns in EU (2013)

This study addresses the representation of women and girls in media and advertisement campaigns. In particular, the study focuses on ways the social imagery diffused by the media can lead to gender-based discrimination and hinder gender equality. (...) 

 

 

04/06/2012

White Ribbon Campaign - Working to End Violence Against Women

The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women. (...) 

 

 

24/07/2012

What's Sex Got to Do with It?

Girls are hot. Reproductive rights are not. This is the strange and yet unspoken contradiction endemic in the current development discourse about gender equality. (...) 

 

 

30/08/2013

Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

If recent developments are anything to go by, the campaign to end child marriages is steadily gaining momentum in Zambia. Since its launch in April this year with Zambia's First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba, the campaign has received a rising amount of support from key players throughout Zambia.  (...) 

 

 

11/10/2012

The World We Want for Girls

The United Nations has declared 11 October 2012 as the world's first International Day of the Girl. To celebrate this day, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts invites you to help create "The world we want for girls". (...) 

 

 

06/11/2012

The unwanted girl

"In early June, Vijaymala Patekar, a mother of four girls, haemorrhaged to death at a hospital in Parli, Beed district, Maharashtra. She was reportedly in her second trimester of pregnancy. Her family had allegedly forced her to abort the foetus when they learnt it was a girl child."  (...) 

 

 

03/07/2012

Tackling Gender Exclusion: Experiences From The Gender Inclusive Cities Programme

The safe cities for women field is still relatively new and knowledge gaps remain, mostly related to the dimensions of the problem, the interaction between gender and other factors in creating insecurity/exclusion, and the effectiveness of strategies for creating safer and more inclusive cities. (...) 

 

 

15/06/2012

Son avenir... que vaut-il pour vous ?

Le rapport du LEF ‘Son avenir...que vaut-il pour vous ?' présente la variété des activités du LEF et de ses membres au cours des années 2010-2011, et appelle au soutien de la cause du LEF, les droits des femmes et l'égalité femmes-hommes en Europe. (...) 

 

 

09/05/2013

Shirin Ebadi Urges Arab Women to Keep the Faith

The 2003 Iranian Nobel Laureate said that the main obstacle for post-revolutionary Arab women is a "patriarchal culture" that imposes a false interpretation on Islam.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Sex Imbalances at Birth - Current trends, consequences and policy implications

This report offers an updated review of the various facets and the latest trends and differentials in sex selection in Asia. It includes a set of recommendations to combat gender discrimination and prenatal sex selection at the national and regional level.  (...) 

 

 

28/02/2012

Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion - Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies

UN Women informs us that “women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”1 To shed light on why this grim statistic still holds true, Women, Business and the Law aims to examine legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 of the world's economies. (...) 

 

 

13/01/2012

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone

"L'avenir est si sombre, qu'adviendra-il de nous ? Que nous reste t-il, à nous jeunes africains, avec nos Etats, on n'aspire plus à rien. Mais à qui nous plaindre, vers qui se tourner ? La colère nous monte car la honte est si profonde. On a échoué, il est temps de se réveiller. Jeunesse africaine, passe à l'action" (...) 

 

 

09/02/2013

Off the balance sheet: the impact of the economic crisis on girls and young women

Girls are bearing the brunt of the global economic recession – being more likely to experience poverty, reduced life expectancy and drop out of school, according to a new report from Plan and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).  (...) 

 

 

02/01/2012

October 11 is Day of the Girl!

The United Nations has declared October 11 as ‘International Day of the Girl Child', following an extensive campaign by Plan. The move comes thanks to the passion and commitment of girls themselves who have lobbied the UN with support from Plan, the Canadian government and all the UN member states, as well as the thousands of people who signed the petition.  (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days - State of the World's Mothers 2012

Save the Children's thirteenth State of the World's Mothers report shows Niger as the worst place to be a mother in the world. Norway comes in at first place. The Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom ranking, which compares 165 countries around the globe, looks at factors such as a mother's health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition. (...) 

 

 

16/05/2012

No Place for Children - Child Recruitment, Forced Marriage, and Attacks on Schools in Somalia

This report documents al-Shabaab's targeting of children for recruitment as soldiers, forced marriage, and rape, with a focus on abuses in 2010 and 2011. In addition, it documents how the group has targeted students, teachers, and school buildings for attack. (...) 

 

 

26/08/2013

New study reveals lack of humanitarian funding for older people and children

A new HelpAge report – endorsed by Save the Children UK - reveals that the needs of older people and young children are ignored in emergency responses around the world.  (...) 

 

 

22/11/2011

Nepal: Gender discrimination fuels malnutrition

Gender discrimination lies behind much of the malnutrition found in under-five children in Nepal, say locals and experts.  (...) 

 

 

18/07/2012

Nepal : HIV widows on the edge

Widows living with HIV in Nepal's remote hill districts in some of the country's poorest and vulnerable communities face a particularly bleak future.  (...) 

 

 

07/01/2012

Mondialisation, prostitution et violences

Le 18 octobre avait lieu la journée européenne de lutte contre la traite des êtres humains, à cette occasion, Justice et Paix, encouragée par des volontaires, a organisé une rencontre ayant pour thème : "Mondialisation, prostitution et violences".  (...) 

 

 

09/11/2012

Mobilising Men in Practice - Challenging sexual and gender-based violence in institutional settings

Men need to be involved in reflective, in-depth discussions and comprehensive campaigns focused on ending violence against women. This report documents the work of one such effort, the Mobilising Men initiative, led by the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex in Britain) with support from UNFPA. (...) 

 

 

21/07/2012

Mobile Value Added Services: A Business Growth Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs

Women in the developing world are 21% less likely than men to own a mobile, leaving an estimated 300 million excluded from the social and economic opportunities that owning one might bring. If mobile phones do increase opportunity, then right now they're not increasing it for everyone. (...) 

 

 

17/02/2013

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk - experts

More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk, say experts at the Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).  (...) 

 

 

27/11/2013

Masculinity, Son Preference & Intimate Partner Violence

In India, as well as in several other countries of Asia, son preference has been pervasive for centuries. Son preference is deeply rooted in patriarchal cultural and religious beliefs that uphold the essential value of having a son in a family. (...) 

 

 

28/07/2012

MAMA - Motherhood around the Globe

Leading thinkers and activists share game-changing ideas about motherhood and improving maternal health and women's rights.  (...) 

 

 

11/10/2011

Link Between Fertility Declines and Women's Empowerment Could be Transformative

Empowering women – that is, creating conditions that build their confidence, self-reliance and ability to make strategic life choices – is increasingly seen as a key to achieving broad international development goals. (...) 

 

 

19/06/2013

Les Mariages forcés à Bruxelles: Synthèse de l'étude portant sur les mariages forcés en région de Bruxelles-Capitale

La présente étude sur le phénomène des mariages forcés en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale a été réalisée dans le cadre du Plan d'Action National de lutte contre la violence (PAN) entre partenaires et d'autres formes de violences intrafamiliales. (...) 

 

 

12/07/2012

Les jeunes filles victimes de l'esclavage moderne : le phenomène mpunda en RDC

Cet article a été proposé par Mme Mireille IDIAMASHI TSHIBANDA, éducatrice sociale en RDC. Elle aborde ici la question du placement des jeunes filles dans les familles d'accueil, et l'impact que cela a sur leur développement et leur autonomisation. Elle propose ici des pistes d'actions concrètes pour venir à bout des violences dont souffrent ces esclaves modernes.  (...) 

 

 

23/01/2012

Les faits sur l'avortement et la grossesse non planifiée en Afrique

En Afrique, le nombre annuel d'avortements est passé, entre 1995 et 2003, de 5 millions à 5,6 millions. En 2003, la plupart des avortements ont été pratiqués dans les régions d'Afrique de l'Est (2,3 millions), Afrique de l'Ouest (1,5 million) et Afrique du Nord (1 million). (...) 

 

 

06/12/2012

Le système prostitueur : violence machiste archaïque - Actes du colloque

Le colloque, organisé par Regards de Femmes, avait pour objectif d'informer sur la réalité de la violence et de l'archaïsme des rapports femmes-hommes sous-jacents au système prostitueur et de réfléchir ensemble aux actions à mener pour agir contre cette violence sexuelle, afin de construire un projet de société où la sexualité sera enfin délivrée des violences dans un souci de justice, d'égalité et de progrès.  (...) 

 

 

11/01/2012

La mobilisation des associations de migrantes pour rendre visible leur rôle d'actrice de développement

Depuis son départ, la migrante joue un rôle important dans le développement économique, social et culturel tant dans son pays d'accueil que d'origine. Toute fois, son rôle et ses potentialités de transformation sociale sont loin d'être pris en compte par les institutions de coopération internationales ou d'intégration. (...) 

 

 

01/02/2013

Iraqi Women Seek a New Liberation

From full literacy declared in the seventies, Iraq is down to 40 percent literacy for women. From the first woman prime minister and the first woman judge in the Middle East in 1959, Iraq has slipped to a place where an abnormal number of widows struggle, and where child marriages are on the rise. Hanaa Edwar is putting up a fight to win Iraqi women their freedoms again.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

20/11/2011

Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey

The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project (MGEPP) is a multi-year, multi-country effort to build the evidence base on how to change public institutions and policies to better foster gender equality and to raise awareness among policymakers and program planners of the need to involve men in health, development and gender equality issues. (...) 

 

 

22/09/2012

India: No longer newsworthy - The lethal role of women & the girl child as water carriers

Imagine your eight-year-old daughter carrying a five-litre pot of water on her head and making at least three trips a day in the scorching heat to the nearest water source. For those of us for whom water flows out of a tap, such a scene is unimaginable. (...) 

 

 

29/12/2011

IFJ Denounces Extreme Levels of Violence Faced by Women Journalists Worldwide

In a letter addressed to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to mark International Day on the Elimination of violence against women and girls, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) points at the extreme levels of violence women journalists face while carrying out their professional duties. (...) 

 

 

21/07/2013

How important is the minimum age of marriage legislation to end child marriage in Africa?

As a harmful traditional practice, child marriage is prohibited by several international and regional conventions. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC, 1989) clearly defines a child as a person below the age of 18, while the African Charter on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child (ACRWC, 1990) prohibits “the betrothal of girls and boys” and calls for appropriate measures to eliminate the practice. (...) 

 

 

18/09/2013

Head of UN Women condemns intimidation, targeted killings of female Afghan officials

The head of the United Nations body tasked with promoting women's rights today condemned the intimidation and targeted killings of female Afghan officials and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.  (...) 

 

 

09/12/2011

Harnessing the Power of Videos - A Video Story telling Training Toolkit for Organizations Working with Adolescent Girls

As advances in communication and technology bring people from all corners of the globe together to share their stories, opinions, and experiences, the role of visual tools such as video in spreading these messages cannot be overlooked. (...) 

 

 

29/03/2012

Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan

UNAMA Human Rights' 57-page report Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan documents particular customary practices that violate the rights of women and girls throughout Afghanistan, describes the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's response to these practices and makes recommendations to end such practices. (...) 

 

 

16/06/2013

Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls & Migration in the Developing World

Girls on the Move is the first report of its kind to examine the social and economic drivers of internal migration for adolescent girls in developing countries, and the links between migration, risk, and opportunity.  (...) 

 

 

13/10/2012

Girl Power In Saudi: Female Filmmaker Creates Landmark Cinema

The Saudi female director of a new feature film, showing at the Venice film festival, has explained how she beat the odds to produce the heartwarming tale of a girl's quest to own a bicycle.  (...) 

 

 

20/11/2012

Gender Stereotyping and the Federal Judiciary in Mexico

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21/05/2013

Gender relations are changing along with climate

A changing climate will inevitably have an impact on gender relations in rural communities, but not enough is being done to boost the resilience of women - already disadvantaged by traditional inequalities.  (...) 

 

 

17/04/2012

Gender inequalities in the European Union - European Parliament Eurobarometer Flash survey (EB flash 341)

This year, on International Women's Day (8 March), the European Parliament will be focusing on the pay gap between women and men. In this connection, Parliament asked TNS Opinion to carry out a Flash telephone survey, which was conducted on 19 and 20 January 2012 among 25 539 European citizens in the 27 EU Member States. (en français également) (...) 

 

 

19/05/2013

Gender and urban change

Urbanization is often associated with greater independence for women. This is the result of better opportunities than in rural areas to engage in paid employment outside the family, better access to services, lower fertility rates, and some relaxation of the rigid social values and norms that define women as subordinated to their husbands and fathers and to men generally. (...) 

 

 

25/05/2013

Femmes et Filles pour la Reconstruction d'Haïti

travers le monde, les femmes demeurent marginalisées dans les sphères de décisions politique, économique et sociale. En Haïti, les femmes représentent 52% de la population et jouent un rôle fondamental dans leurs communautés et leurs familles. En effet, plus de la moitié des ménages haïtiens ont des femmes à leurs têtes. (...) 

 

 

29/07/2012

Feminist Leadership for Social Transformation: Clearing the conceptual cloud

How can feminist leadership development equip women and men to lead differently, and transform the architecture of power both within their own organisations and movements, and the wider world? In order to consider this question, this paper sets out some existing definitions and concepts of leadership, looking at them through a feminist lens. (...) 

 

 

14/01/2012

Féminisme et multiculturalité

Le féminisme est un pur produit des sociétés développées. Comment est-il transposé dans les pays pauvres ? Et, surtout, comment est-il vécu par les femmes d'ici qui sont issues de l'immigration ?  (...) 

 

 

02/11/2011

Ending Child Marriage With This Generation

An adolescent girl living in poverty could be the most powerful person in the world. If she is reached early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.  (...) 

 

 

26/10/2012

Empowering Girls in Nepal to Say 'No' to Child Marriage

Bijay Laxmi, 15 years old, has been married since she was 11. In a few months, she will move in with the family of a husband she doesn't know. There, she will cook, clean, tend the livestock and, most likely, start having children of her own.  (...) 

 

 

23/06/2012

Depilarse o no, esa es la elección

Está claro que en la práctica cualquier mujer puede elegir no depilarse, pero ¿de verdad es una opción? Solo hay que abrir el debate entre amigas para comprobar que no. Más allá del criterio de la belleza, el artículo hace que nos cuestionemos lo que representa el cuerpo de la mujer en nuestra sociedad. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2011

Delaying Marriage for Girls in India

This study examines the social norms surrounding child marriage, positive role models, community engagement and government-led efforts to prevent the practice in the states of Rajasthan and Bihar, which have some of the highest prevalence rates of early marriage in the country. (...) 

 

 

04/01/2012

Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School

Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School presents new evidence on sexual harassment, including cyber-harassment, in middle and high schools. It examines sexual harassment as reported in a nationwide survey of students in grades 7–12 conducted in May and June 2011. (...) 

 

 

26/06/2013

Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women

This study offers a unique opportunity to rally behind the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign of the United Nations Secretary-General and to remain steadfast to the recommendations of his two 2006 global studies on violence against children and violence against women. (...) 

 

 

07/11/2011

Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle

While disparities in education, health and protection between boys and girls in developing countries are less stark than once thought during the early childhood years and in some cases have reached parity, significant gaps, mostly favouring males, grow through early adolescence to young adulthood, according to a UNICEF report.  (...) 

 

 

25/10/2011

Because I am a Girl Reports - 2011 Girl Report: So, what about boys?

This year's report is the fifth in the ‘Because I am a Girl' series. From the very first, in 2007, when we began monitoring the State of the World's Girls, we have been asked: “What about boys?” Boys too are affected by poverty, discrimination and lack of opportunity in many parts of the world.  (...) 

 

 

31/05/2012

Bearing children through rape in eastern Congo: Community and state responses

This executive summary is based on a research programme that examined women and girl's experiences of bearing children from rape and the health and justice responses to survivors in Goma, eastern Congo. (...) 

 

 

22/04/2013

Antigones africaines: la loi et le lien

Le projet PPJF a fait apparaître que les jeunes femmes ouest-africaines, tout comme le personnage mythique d'Antigone, préfèrent renoncer à leur individualité pour trouver un sens à leur existence dans les liens de dépendance à leur communauté. (...) 

 

 

12/02/2008

Amina Lawal, símbolo de la lucha contra la lapidación

Puede que sea el nombre propio que más se asocie al de “lapidación”. Amina Lawal consiguió gracias a la presión internacional ser absuelta y no morir lapidada. Su culpa, haber tenido un hijo fuera del matrimonio. (...) 

 

 

01/09/2012

Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (C4D)

Safer cities strive to create public spaces that are open and accessible to everyone, without exception. Most cities, however, are not totally safe for adolescent girls. What's more, they are run and developed predominantly without their needs being taken into account. (...) 

 

 

29/10/2012

Acquérir le plein droit de disposer de son corps librement : des avancées, des reculs et beaucoup de résistances

Le 28 septembre dernier était declarée Journée d'action internationale pour l'accès à des avortements sûrs et légaux. Journée qui a été peu médiatisée. L'interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG) continue à alimenter débats et controverses, alors qu'on estime que la mortalité maternelle pourrait baisser d'environ 18% (quelle avancée potentielle en vue de l'OMD 5 !) dans les pays où ce droit n'existe pas ... (...) 

 

 

13/03/2013

Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women's Empowerment

The present study highlights the critical role legal empowerment strategies can play in changing and challenging oppressive gender relations that are justified under the name of culture. (...) 

 

 

11/09/2012

2012 SIGI (Social Institutions and Gender Index) - Understanding the drivers of gender inequality

Instead of measuring gender gaps in outcomes such as employment and education, the SIGI instead captures discriminatory social institutions, such as early marriage, discriminatory inheritance practices, violence against women, son preference, restricted access to public space and restricted access to land and credit. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V13 – Development - Développement


01/06/2012

Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women's empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The "Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index" (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women's empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.  (...) 

 

 

18/06/2013

Women Deliver post—2015

The theme for today's Lancet is the third Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 28—30. To document progress, barriers, and opportunities in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, the journal's research section has been expanded to accommodate six studies; more will be published online. (...) 

 

 

03/07/2013

Why it's so difficult to measure progress and well-being in Africa

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the magical term often used to described the economic growth of a country. Governments, experts and news reports point to it as a measure of progress. In development, a field often dominated by economists, GDP is all but an obligatory part of the discussion when it comes to country level progress.  (...) 

 

 

18/10/2012

UN launches new programme to empower rural women and girls

UN Women and the three Rome-based United Nations agencies working on food and agriculture today launched a joint programme to empower poor rural women through economic integration and food security initiatives.  (...) 

 

 

21/03/2012

UN convenes meeting of aid groups to discuss how to tackle hunger in Sahel

The leaders of United Nations aid agencies, humanitarian organizations and donor governments will meet on Wednesday in Rome to discuss how to urgently scale up assistance in Africa's Sahel region, where drought and food shortages are threatening millions of lives. (...) 

 

 

01/04/2012

UN chief calls on countries to listen to voices of women and young people

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to empower women and youth, who have been at the centre of recent social protest movements worldwide, and warned countries against ignoring their voices as they are critical to countries' development. (...) 

 

 

19/10/2013

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. (...) 

 

 

02/07/2013

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

This year's report looks at the areas where action is needed most. For example, one in eight people worldwide remain hungry. Too many women die in childbirth when we have the means to save them. More than 2.5 billion people lack improved sanitation facilities, of which one billion continue to practice open defecation, a major health and environmental hazard. (...) 

 

 

18/03/2013

The Informal Economy: Definitions, Theories and Policies

Today, there is renewed interest in the informal economy worldwide. This is because a large share of the global workforce and economy is informal and because the informal economy is growing in many contexts and appearing in new places and guises. (...) 

 

 

14/11/2013

The Global Gender Gap Report 2013

The Global Gender Gap Index introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time. (...) 

 

 

25/10/2013

The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Since their adoption more than 13 years ago, significant and substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the eight Millennium Development Goals, including visible improvements in all health areas as well as primary education, and halving the number of people living in extreme poverty. However, progress is uneven, particularly for women and girls, and in many areas far from sufficient.  (...) 

 

 

29/10/2013

The 5-year Action Plan for Collaboration

Civil society looks to the next HLD in 2013 with great hope and expectations to find longer term solutions, commitments and institutional changes that address migration comprehensively at the global level. Also in French and Spanish (...) 

 

 

29/12/2012

The 2012 Ageing Report: Economic and budgetary projections for the 27 EU Member States (2010-2060)

This report analyses the economic and budgetary impact of an ageing population over the long-term. In 2010, the ECOFIN Council gave the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) a mandate to update its common exercise of age-related expenditure projections by 2012 on the basis of a new population projection by Eurostat.  (...) 

 

 

16/07/2013

Surrogate Motherhood- Ethical or Commercial

Nature has bestowed the beautiful capacity to procreate a life within women and every woman cherishes the experience of motherhood. Unfortunately, some women due to certain physiological conditions can not give birth to their own off-spring. The desire for motherhood leads them to search for alternative solutions, and surrogacy presents itself as the most viable alternative. (...) 

 

 

07/10/2013

Statement submitted to UN NGLS consultation on the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons Report "A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"

"We welcome the High Level Panel's Report on a sustainable development framework post-2015, which endorses the Rio+20 principle that the new development agenda should be grounded firmly in respect for universal human rights in order to achieve the objective of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030." (...) 

 

 

22/06/2013

Statement by 17 Special Procedures mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council on the Post-2015 development agenda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have played an important role in placing key issues on the development agenda that might have otherwise been neglected. Importantly, the MDGs have resulted in the generation and collection of more targeted data, which have been used to influence national and international development policies and measures. (...) 

 

 

09/07/2012

Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals

This fact sheet highlights the progress of rural women against key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators, pointing to some of the advancements made and gaps that still exist. It suggests that globally, and with only a few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and men for every MDG indicator for which data are available. (...) 

 

 

24/08/2012

Rural Women & Migration

Due to structural, cultural, social and economic barriers, rural women, who make up one fourth of the world's population, fare worse than rural men, urban men and urban women in virtually all of the Millennium Development Goals (Inter-Agency Task Force on Rural Women, 2012). (...) 

 

 

01/08/2012

Rio+20: The emerging challenge of an ageing world

This paper argues that a focus on older people in the outcomes of the conference and the post-2015 goals is critical as older people are affected by environmental change and are key contributors to sustainability. (...) 

 

 

28/02/2012

Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion - Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies

UN Women informs us that “women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”1 To shed light on why this grim statistic still holds true, Women, Business and the Law aims to examine legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 of the world's economies. (...) 

 

 

28/04/2012

Projets Sud

"Un développement sans les femmes est un développement contre les femmes". En Belgique comme dans les pays d'Afrique et d'Amérique Latine avec lesquels nous travaillons, notre approche repose sur une vision à long terme.  (...) 

 

 

27/03/2013

Principles of tolerance and respect can help address global challenges – UN officials

Top United Nations officials urged world leaders to promote tolerance and respect, adding that these principles can contribute to resolving conflicts, such as those in Syria and Mali, as well as addressing a host of other global challenges.  (...) 

 

 

03/05/2013

Off the balance sheet: the impact of the economic crisis on girls and young women

This report by Plan and ODI examines the continuing and deepening impact of the economic crisis on girls and young women worldwide. Long standing economic trends, entrenched gender inequality and austerity budgets have all left girls and their families bearing the brunt of fewer resources and reduced access to services.  (...) 

 

 

20/07/2012

NEXUS Shaping Feminist Visions in the 21st Century - Maximizing Resources to Realize Rights For All

As the world experiences increasing inequalities and gaps between and within countries, women's rights organizations are working to challenge current hegemonic systems and develop alternatives for change. (...) 

 

 

19/01/2012

Mitigating climate change through agriculture: An untapped potential

Agriculture is a major emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs). It accounts for 14% of global GHG emissions, or 25% if agriculture-driven deforestation is included. This makes agriculture as big a contributor to climate change as the energy sector. (...) 

 

 

26/08/2012

Missing Midwives

"Globally, we know that there is a shortage of midwives, and there is little doubt of the impact this is having on women and babies, their families and communities all over the world. The tens of thousands of women and millions of babies who die every year from childbirth-related causes are evidence of this." (...) 

 

 

30/06/2013

Migration In The UN – The World's Hot Potato

The current migratory routes are not just from the Global South to the Global North. Migration within the South is also on the rise. According to a UNHCR report in 2011 on asylum trends, 80% of the world's refugees are received and hosted by developing countries. This is clearly unbalanced, and there is a common misperception that because northern countries receive the most asylum claims, that they receive the most refugees, whereas in reality they provide refuge for a small minority. (...) 

 

 

02/11/2013

Migration and the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda

We live in an era of unprecedented human mobility. Not only has migration become an everyday reality, but there is supportive evidence that human mobility substantially contributes to progress for achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals. (...) 

 

 

23/10/2013

Les envois de fonds vers les pays en développement devraient dépasser les 410 milliards de dollars en 2013, selon la Banque mondiale

Les envois de fonds vers les pays en développement devraient connaître une croissance de 6,3 % cette année, pour s'établir à 414 milliards de dollars, et ils devraient franchir la barre des 500 milliards de dollars d'ici 2016, selon les estimations et prévisions révisées publiées ce jour par la Banque mondiale.  (...) 

 

 

17/11/2012

Lay of the land - Improving land governance to stop land grabs

Large-scale land acquisitions by investors, which are often called ‘land grabs', can deprive rural women and communities of their livelihoods and land, increasing their food insecurity. (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

La Dernière Ruée Vers Les Terres En Afrique: L'effet De La Saisie Des Terres Sur Les Droits Des Femmes

En Afrique, les droits fonciers sont un facteur critique du pouvoir économique. On recense, dans l'histoire récente, trois vagues de saisie de terres : la colonisation, l'ère post-indépendance et les saisies de terres actuelles pour des raisons commerciales et apparemment de préservation de l'environnement. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

22/09/2012

India: No longer newsworthy - The lethal role of women & the girl child as water carriers

Imagine your eight-year-old daughter carrying a five-litre pot of water on her head and making at least three trips a day in the scorching heat to the nearest water source. For those of us for whom water flows out of a tap, such a scene is unimaginable. (...) 

 

 

14/09/2013

In university lecture, Ban notes shared responsibility to protect rights, freedoms

Development, peace and security, and human rights are interdependent, mutually reinforcing dimensions of freedom, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said at the historic Leiden University in the Netherlands urging world leaders to make sure no person is left behind.  (...) 

 

 

17/01/2012

Human Development Report 2011 - Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All

The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals. (...) 

 

 

02/05/2013

Holding politicians to account for aid pledges

Humanitarian and development actors should develop a method to hold politicians to account for aid pledges, UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan said.  (...) 

 

 

12/12/2011

Governing Climate Funds: What Will Work for Women?

As the international community mobilizes in response to global climatic changes, climate funds must ensure the equitable and effective allocation of funds for the world's most vulnerable populations. (...) 

 

 

10/04/2013

Global Thematic Consultation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Addressing Inequalities - Synthesis Report of Global Public Consultation

“To deny groups the opportunity to flourish, on the basis of their identity (ethnic, religious or other) is to deny the entire human family the intellectual, social and moral benefits that derive from such opportunity." —Daniel Perell, United States (Contribution to E-discussion on Minorities and Inequalities) (...) 

 

 

01/07/2013

Given same opportunities as others, children with disabilities can be agents of change – UN report

Children with disabilities have the same rights as all children but are some of the most invisible and marginalized people in the world according to a United Nations report released today, which cites recommendations on how to actively include children with disabilities in civic, social and cultural affairs so that both they and their communities benefit.  (...) 

 

 

21/05/2013

Gender relations are changing along with climate

A changing climate will inevitably have an impact on gender relations in rural communities, but not enough is being done to boost the resilience of women - already disadvantaged by traditional inequalities.  (...) 

 

 

10/05/2012

Gender equality: it's your business

This Briefing for Business is intended for senior managers in global and national companies, especially those retailing and producing food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and which source goods or labour in developing countries. Although many companies already do much to protect human rights in their operations and value chains, there is more that they can and must do. (...) 

 

 

25/06/2012

Gender Equality and Climate Change: Report

Climate change is one of the key challenges of our times. Saving the climate for today and for the future generations belongs to one of the European Union priorities. Research shows that climate change affects women and men differently. (...) 

 

 

09/08/2013

Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development – Training Guide

FAO and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have jointly developed the Training Guide for Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development.  (...) 

 

 

27/11/2012

Gambia's first woman chief plants the seeds of change

The Gambia's first woman village chief is not only changing perceptions of what a chief looks like, but also of what they do. Fatou Danso, who is also a farmer, has redistributed land that previously was farmed solely by men so that women can grow crops to support their families.  (...) 

 

 

10/10/2012

From the ground up - Women's roles in local peacebuilding in Afghanistan, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sierra Leone

This important report showcases the voices and work of a large but forgotten group of women - those working locally, wherever they are, to rebuild society after war and lead their communities to peace. From Nepal to Liberia, from Pakistan to Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, a common thread of peace pulls women together, and compels them to act at local level for a just and equal future. (...) 

 

 

05/09/2012

Freiner la déforestation en RDC par la sensibilisation des populations

Malgré la mise en place d'une réforme du secteur forestier en République démocratique du Congo, corruption, absence de contrôles, fraudes et activités illicites caractérisent les activités d'exploitation forestière. (...) 

 

 

10/12/2012

Focus on Rwanda - A Conference on Gender Research and Activism: Proceedings

The publication of this report more than 18 months after the 2011 conference sessions is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on the progress made against the challenges and aims expressed, especially in the summing up. (...) 

 

 

08/01/2012

Fiches de données sur la population mondiale 2011

Aujourd'hui, la population mondiale augmente à un rythme inégalé dans toute son histoire. Malgré le fait que le taux annuel de croissance démographique ait baissé à 1,2 pour cent par an, la population mondiale croît d'environ 83 millions d'habitants par année. (...) 

 

 

08/04/2013

Empowering the Third Billion Women and the World of Work in 2012

This report sheds some much-needed light on the impact that hundreds of millions of women around the world are beginning to have as they enter the global economy—and the steps that government and business leaders can take to give them a stronger voice in their lives and in their societies. (...) 

 

 

16/12/2011

Despite Uneven Progress, Women Remain in the Promise of Economic Change

The business case for investing in the world's women is strong, and data illustrate the powerful market potential of women living in low- and middle-income countries. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2011

Delaying Marriage for Girls in India

This study examines the social norms surrounding child marriage, positive role models, community engagement and government-led efforts to prevent the practice in the states of Rajasthan and Bihar, which have some of the highest prevalence rates of early marriage in the country. (...) 

 

 

09/04/2012

CSOs from around the world in DPI/NGO Bonn Conference agree on 17 Sustainable Development goals to take to Rio+20

"To achieve the goals of Rio + 20 in an ambitious, time-bound and accountable manner, we call upon governments in accordance with human rights, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and respective capabilities to adopt the draft Sustainable Development Goals together with the sub-goals, reasons and clarifications relating to each goal."  (...) 

 

 

11/12/2012

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security

Rural cooperatives and farmers' organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is through their vocation to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. (...) 

 

 

28/12/2012

Climate Talks Adopt Gender Balance Goal

U.N. climate talks have approved a "gender balance" goal that would increase women's participation in the negotiations, with experts hoping this will make climate change policy more responsive to women's needs.  (...) 

 

 

30/01/2013

Climate extreme: how young people can respond to disasters in a changing world

Is climate change causing more disasters? Why are some people affected by disasters more than others? And what can we do to reduce the impact of disasters? Answering these questions requires us to understand what climate change is and how it interacts with people's lives. (...) 

 

 

06/04/2013

Aspiring Africa - The world's fastest-growing continent

Celebrations are in order on the poorest continent. Never in the half-century since it won independence from the colonial powers has Africa been in such good shape. Its economy is flourishing. Most countries are at peace. Ever fewer children bear arms and record numbers go to school. (...) 

 

 

28/08/2013

Analysis: The future of food aid

By the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world's poorest countries, according to a recent global forecast by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  (...) 

 

 

24/04/2013

All Work and No Pay: Recognizing Women's Unpaid Labor in the Global South

Women around the world spend a great deal of time on unpaid care work every day, but such work often remains invisible. (...) 

 

 

12/05/2012

Africa: Feeding the Planet by Leveling the Plowing Field for Women

In 1900, there were a mere 1.6 billion people on our planet. Today, there are seven billion and by 2050 we will be nine billion. One would expect that with such rapid population growth, occurring in the midst of soaring food prices and food-related crises, we would be doing everything we could to increase food security for our most vulnerable people.  (...) 

 

 

01/09/2012

Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (C4D)

Safer cities strive to create public spaces that are open and accessible to everyone, without exception. Most cities, however, are not totally safe for adolescent girls. What's more, they are run and developed predominantly without their needs being taken into account. (...) 

 

 

06/11/2013

Achieving Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and Human Rights For All: Challenges and Priorities for the Sustainable Development Agenda

This report proposes three interrelated targets, one specifically referring to universal coverage of quality health care, which would include sexual and reproductive health and family planning.  (...) 

 

 

18/07/2013

A Revolution for All - Women's Rights in the New Libya

Libyans are in the midst of dramatic change, trying to build a new political system after 42 years of dictatorship. The challenges to build a more rights-respecting state based on the rule of law are significant. (...) 

 

 

08/03/2012

8 March 2012: International Women's Day - 8 mars 2012: Journée internationale des femmes

Too often marginalised, women living in rural settings face steep challenges to the exercise of their human rights, their personal development and the pursuit of their aspirations. Across the world, this is weakening societies and holding back their development. Tackling this problem is the goal of the 2012 International Women's Day - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. (En français également) (...) 

 

 

18/04/2013

2012 Global Food Policy Report

This 2012 Global Food Policy Report is the second in an annual series that provides an in-depth look at major food policy developments and events. Initiated in response to resurgent interest in food security, the series offers a yearly overview of the food policy developments that have contributed to or hindered progress in food and nutrition security. (...) 

 

 


M2015-V14 – Poverty - Pauvreté


18/08/2013

UNICEF capitalized on innovation to reach the most disadvantaged in 2012 – report

Despite challenging economic times and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) boosted its innovation last year to create programmes and partnerships to reach those most vulnerable, the agency today said launching its annual report. (...) 

 

 

20/11/2013

UN, World Bank boost support for women's health, girls' education in Africa's Sahel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged today to support an initiative to improve women's reproductive health and girls' education in Africa's Sahel region, and to invest $200 million in a new project to achieve these goals.  (...) 

 

 

21/03/2012

UN convenes meeting of aid groups to discuss how to tackle hunger in Sahel

The leaders of United Nations aid agencies, humanitarian organizations and donor governments will meet on Wednesday in Rome to discuss how to urgently scale up assistance in Africa's Sahel region, where drought and food shortages are threatening millions of lives. (...) 

 

 

06/11/2012

The unwanted girl

"In early June, Vijaymala Patekar, a mother of four girls, haemorrhaged to death at a hospital in Parli, Beed district, Maharashtra. She was reportedly in her second trimester of pregnancy. Her family had allegedly forced her to abort the foetus when they learnt it was a girl child."  (...) 

 

 

18/03/2013

The Informal Economy: Definitions, Theories and Policies

Today, there is renewed interest in the informal economy worldwide. This is because a large share of the global workforce and economy is informal and because the informal economy is growing in many contexts and appearing in new places and guises. (...) 

 

 

07/10/2013

Statement submitted to UN NGLS consultation on the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons Report "A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"

"We welcome the High Level Panel's Report on a sustainable development framework post-2015, which endorses the Rio+20 principle that the new development agenda should be grounded firmly in respect for universal human rights in order to achieve the objective of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030." (...) 

 

 

22/06/2013

Statement by 17 Special Procedures mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council on the Post-2015 development agenda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have played an important role in placing key issues on the development agenda that might have otherwise been neglected. Importantly, the MDGs have resulted in the generation and collection of more targeted data, which have been used to influence national and international development policies and measures. (...) 

 

 

15/06/2012

Son avenir... que vaut-il pour vous ?

Le rapport du LEF ‘Son avenir...que vaut-il pour vous ?' présente la variété des activités du LEF et de ses membres au cours des années 2010-2011, et appelle au soutien de la cause du LEF, les droits des femmes et l'égalité femmes-hommes en Europe. (...) 

 

 

09/07/2012

Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals

This fact sheet highlights the progress of rural women against key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators, pointing to some of the advancements made and gaps that still exist. It suggests that globally, and with only a few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and men for every MDG indicator for which data are available. (...) 

 

 

24/08/2012

Rural Women & Migration

Due to structural, cultural, social and economic barriers, rural women, who make up one fourth of the world's population, fare worse than rural men, urban men and urban women in virtually all of the Millennium Development Goals (Inter-Agency Task Force on Rural Women, 2012). (...) 

 

 

11/06/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health considers occupational health as an integral component of the right to health. (...) 

 

 

01/07/2012

Productive safety nets for women in extreme poverty: Lessons from pilot projects in India and Pakistan

The Discussion Paper assesses the success of two pilot projects—one in West Bengal, India and the other in Sindh, Pakistan—in ‘graduating' poor women out of extreme poverty. The projects were based on the successful experience of BRAC, the well-known NGO in Bangladesh, in overcoming the multiple constraints blocking women's empowerment. (...) 

 

 

09/02/2013

Off the balance sheet: the impact of the economic crisis on girls and young women

Girls are bearing the brunt of the global economic recession – being more likely to experience poverty, reduced life expectancy and drop out of school, according to a new report from Plan and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).  (...) 

 

 

02/01/2012

October 11 is Day of the Girl!

The United Nations has declared October 11 as ‘International Day of the Girl Child', following an extensive campaign by Plan. The move comes thanks to the passion and commitment of girls themselves who have lobbied the UN with support from Plan, the Canadian government and all the UN member states, as well as the thousands of people who signed the petition.  (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days - State of the World's Mothers 2012

Save the Children's thirteenth State of the World's Mothers report shows Niger as the worst place to be a mother in the world. Norway comes in at first place. The Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom ranking, which compares 165 countries around the globe, looks at factors such as a mother's health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition. (...) 

 

 

22/11/2011

Nepal: Gender discrimination fuels malnutrition

Gender discrimination lies behind much of the malnutrition found in under-five children in Nepal, say locals and experts.  (...) 

 

 

18/07/2012

Nepal : HIV widows on the edge

Widows living with HIV in Nepal's remote hill districts in some of the country's poorest and vulnerable communities face a particularly bleak future.  (...) 

 

 

07/01/2012

Mondialisation, prostitution et violences

Le 18 octobre avait lieu la journée européenne de lutte contre la traite des êtres humains, à cette occasion, Justice et Paix, encouragée par des volontaires, a organisé une rencontre ayant pour thème : "Mondialisation, prostitution et violences".  (...) 

 

 

23/12/2012

Marking Universal Children's Day, UN study shows one-in-three global births will be African

Marking Universal Children's Day today, the United Nations children's agency released a study forecasting just a four per cent increase in the global population of children by 2025, but adding that child population-growth will shift significantly to countries in the South.  (...) 

 

 

12/07/2012

Les jeunes filles victimes de l'esclavage moderne : le phenomène mpunda en RDC

Cet article a été proposé par Mme Mireille IDIAMASHI TSHIBANDA, éducatrice sociale en RDC. Elle aborde ici la question du placement des jeunes filles dans les familles d'accueil, et l'impact que cela a sur leur développement et leur autonomisation. Elle propose ici des pistes d'actions concrètes pour venir à bout des violences dont souffrent ces esclaves modernes.  (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

La Dernière Ruée Vers Les Terres En Afrique: L'effet De La Saisie Des Terres Sur Les Droits Des Femmes

En Afrique, les droits fonciers sont un facteur critique du pouvoir économique. On recense, dans l'histoire récente, trois vagues de saisie de terres : la colonisation, l'ère post-indépendance et les saisies de terres actuelles pour des raisons commerciales et apparemment de préservation de l'environnement. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

04/10/2012

India: Transforming poor rural women into successful business managers

Ten years ago Pushpa Devi Maurya joined a self-help group to make ends meet in the village of Chak Padri in the state of Uttar Pradesh, northern India. Today this 35-year-old mother of two manages the bulk milk chilling centre set up by the milk producers' company near her village. (...) 

 

 

22/09/2012

India: No longer newsworthy - The lethal role of women & the girl child as water carriers

Imagine your eight-year-old daughter carrying a five-litre pot of water on her head and making at least three trips a day in the scorching heat to the nearest water source. For those of us for whom water flows out of a tap, such a scene is unimaginable. (...) 

 

 

14/09/2013

In university lecture, Ban notes shared responsibility to protect rights, freedoms

Development, peace and security, and human rights are interdependent, mutually reinforcing dimensions of freedom, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said at the historic Leiden University in the Netherlands urging world leaders to make sure no person is left behind.  (...) 

 

 

16/03/2012

In Mauritania, help needed to protect children from emerging malnutrition crisis

Each year, the period between the rains and the new harvest is a lean season, when mothers like Fatima Mohammed struggle to feed their children – in Ms. Mohammed's case, seven of them.  (...) 

 

 

22/01/2013

ILO report highlights the value of domestic workers to families and society

More than 50 million people worldwide, mostly women, are employed as domestic workers, according to the latest figures from the International Labour Organization (ILO). But ILO says despite their numbers, domestic workers are among the least protected of employees. (...) 

 

 

10/04/2013

Global Thematic Consultation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Addressing Inequalities - Synthesis Report of Global Public Consultation

“To deny groups the opportunity to flourish, on the basis of their identity (ethnic, religious or other) is to deny the entire human family the intellectual, social and moral benefits that derive from such opportunity." —Daniel Perell, United States (Contribution to E-discussion on Minorities and Inequalities) (...) 

 

 

21/02/2008

Frida Kahlo, icono de la cultura mexicana

La biografía de Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón está llena de sufrimiento. Tras padecer un accidente realmente dramático tuvo que pasar por un total de 35 operaciones de cirugía, principalmente en su espalda y su pierna y pie derecho, incluyendo la amputación de una de sus piernas. Según ella misma afirmaba su espalda olía terriblemente "a perro muerto" y en muchas ocasiones fue colgada con la cabeza hacia el suelo para poder fortalecer su columna. (...) 

 

 

02/11/2011

Ending Child Marriage With This Generation

An adolescent girl living in poverty could be the most powerful person in the world. If she is reached early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.  (...) 

 

 

27/05/2012

Deprivation and vulnerability among elderly in India

"In this paper we try to document different aspects of human deprivation in the old age other than the measurement of income poverty. We mainly take up on aspects of economic, health and social aspects of deprivation and how it vary across space(sector and state) and gender and try to map how much it vary in relative terms. It further looks up on correlates and determines of old age deprivation in India." (...) 

 

 

31/12/2011

Dalit women

At the bottom of South Asia's caste, class and gender hierarchies, are Dalit women. They suffer multiple discrimination – as Dalits, as members of an impoverished underclass and as women. The endemic gender-and-caste discrimination that Dalit women face is the outcome of severely imbalanced social, economic and political power equations.  (...) 

 

 

11/12/2012

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security

Rural cooperatives and farmers' organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is through their vocation to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. (...) 

 

 

08/12/2012

Common position paper on poverty, gender and trafficking

Aretusa and its member organisations are committed to lobby for the transposition into national legislations of the recent European Union Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victim. (...) 

 

 

16/07/2012

Combating gender-based violence in Haiti's displacement camps

Nearly two years after the massive Haiti earthquake, half a million people remain in displacement camps that have become breeding grounds for gender-based violence (GBV). Why does this travesty persist and what is being done to stop it? (...) 

 

 

21/08/2012

Child deprivation, multidimensional poverty and monetary poverty in Europe

This document focuses on child deprivation in Europe and studies the degree to which it is experienced by children in 29 countries using a child specific deprivation scale. The paper discusses the construction of a child deprivation scale and estimates a European Child Deprivation Index for the 29 countries using 14 specific child related variables made available by the child module of the EU-SILC 2009 survey. (...) 

 

 

28/08/2013

Analysis: The future of food aid

By the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world's poorest countries, according to a recent global forecast by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  (...) 

 

 

12/05/2012

Africa: Feeding the Planet by Leveling the Plowing Field for Women

In 1900, there were a mere 1.6 billion people on our planet. Today, there are seven billion and by 2050 we will be nine billion. One would expect that with such rapid population growth, occurring in the midst of soaring food prices and food-related crises, we would be doing everything we could to increase food security for our most vulnerable people.  (...) 

 

 

01/09/2012

Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (C4D)

Safer cities strive to create public spaces that are open and accessible to everyone, without exception. Most cities, however, are not totally safe for adolescent girls. What's more, they are run and developed predominantly without their needs being taken into account. (...) 

 

 

14/05/2012

A study of humanitarian financing for older people and people with disabilities, 2010–2011

A new study by HelpAge International and Handicap International has found a significant disparity between the needs of older people and people with disabilities and the level of humanitarian assistance delivered to meet their needs. (...) 

 

 

18/04/2013

2012 Global Food Policy Report

This 2012 Global Food Policy Report is the second in an annual series that provides an in-depth look at major food policy developments and events. Initiated in response to resurgent interest in food security, the series offers a yearly overview of the food policy developments that have contributed to or hindered progress in food and nutrition security. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V16 – Education - Education


13/11/2012

Women 'Under-Represented' In Emerging Nations' Science & Technology

Women comprise less than a third of the computer science, engineering and physics fields in some of the world's key emerging economies, according to a report.  (...) 

 

 

09/03/2013

With Mount Kilimanjaro climb, UN-backed team seeks to highlight girls' education

With the support of the United Nations and partners, an all-female team will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to highlight the importance of women's rights and in particular, education for girls.  (...) 

 

 

06/09/2012

When When Getting Your Period Means Missing More than Gym Class

"Today's young girls will teach the next generation about puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. The conspiracy of silence will have been broken."  (...) 

 

 

24/07/2012

What's Sex Got to Do with It?

Girls are hot. Reproductive rights are not. This is the strange and yet unspoken contradiction endemic in the current development discourse about gender equality. (...) 

 

 

20/11/2013

UN, World Bank boost support for women's health, girls' education in Africa's Sahel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged today to support an initiative to improve women's reproductive health and girls' education in Africa's Sahel region, and to invest $200 million in a new project to achieve these goals.  (...) 

 

 

28/02/2013

Technology Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda

The report begins with a brief overview of the rationale for expanding and improving the use of ICTs in education. It stresses that participation in the global economy is increasingly dependent on the 21st-century skill of navigating the digital world. (...) 

 

 

01/03/2013

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. (...) 

 

 

04/09/2012

Senegalese women rewrite their future thanks to UNESCO and Procter&Gmable literacy partnership

Today one in five adults is still not literate and about two-thirds of them are women while 67.4 million children are out of school. Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. (...) 

 

 

28/04/2013

Secretary-General urges youth to help bridge the 'digital divide'

In a time of transition and turmoil, young people can help the world by being global citizens, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  (...) 

 

 

07/07/2012

Schools as Battlegrounds - Protecting Students, Teachers, and Schools from Attack

Of the 72 million primary school-age children not currently attending school worldwide, more than half—39 million—live in countries afflicted by armed conflict. In many of these countries, armed groups threaten and kill students and teachers and bomb and burn schools as tactics of the conflict. (...) 

 

 

09/07/2012

Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals

This fact sheet highlights the progress of rural women against key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators, pointing to some of the advancements made and gaps that still exist. It suggests that globally, and with only a few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and men for every MDG indicator for which data are available. (...) 

 

 

27/08/2012

Rising to the Top? a report on Women's Leadership in Asia

Asia lies at the heart of global growth, and women lie at the heart of Asia. Over the course of the last thirty years, nowhere has the progress been so rapid and yet the contrasts run so deep. While women have made significant advancements in health, education and employment, they continue to lag their male counterparts in reaching leadership positions. (...) 

 

 

30/04/2013

On ‘Girls in ICT Day,' UN encourages jobs in information and communications technology

In a world where more than 95 per cent of jobs have a digital component, more girls need to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math, the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency urged today, marking “Girls in ICT Day.”  (...) 

 

 

07/04/2012

OECD Gender Initiative

The OECD has launched the Gender data browser: a Ms-Excel interactive tool to explore and assess key gender outcomes in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship. The browser allows users to compare and contrast the outcomes among OECD countries and the enhanced engagement partners across 16 key indicators.  (...) 

 

 

02/01/2012

October 11 is Day of the Girl!

The United Nations has declared October 11 as ‘International Day of the Girl Child', following an extensive campaign by Plan. The move comes thanks to the passion and commitment of girls themselves who have lobbied the UN with support from Plan, the Canadian government and all the UN member states, as well as the thousands of people who signed the petition.  (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days - State of the World's Mothers 2012

Save the Children's thirteenth State of the World's Mothers report shows Niger as the worst place to be a mother in the world. Norway comes in at first place. The Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom ranking, which compares 165 countries around the globe, looks at factors such as a mother's health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition. (...) 

 

 

23/07/2013

NASA selects more women astronauts

NASA has selected another generation of astronauts to travel to new destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars, and for the first time in its history half of the new candidates are women.  (...) 

 

 

23/12/2012

Marking Universal Children's Day, UN study shows one-in-three global births will be African

Marking Universal Children's Day today, the United Nations children's agency released a study forecasting just a four per cent increase in the global population of children by 2025, but adding that child population-growth will shift significantly to countries in the South.  (...) 

 

 

11/10/2011

Link Between Fertility Declines and Women's Empowerment Could be Transformative

Empowering women – that is, creating conditions that build their confidence, self-reliance and ability to make strategic life choices – is increasingly seen as a key to achieving broad international development goals. (...) 

 

 

05/10/2013

Learning to read in Madagascar

Marie Louise, 46, from the village of Namakia-Ankilibe, about one hour's drive south of Toliara, in arid southwestern Madagascar, never saw the inside of a classroom as a child. (...) 

 

 

06/02/2012

La participation des femmes peu qualifiées au marché du travail après la naissance d'un enfant: conceptions de la vie familiale différentiées et recours inégal aux services de garde d'enfants en Belgique

La forte augmentation de la participation des femmes à l'enseignement depuis la fin des années 60 a contribué à accroître leur participation au marché du travail. Bien que les politiques familiales se soient progressivement alignées sur le modèle du ménage à deux revenus, la manière dont les femmes peu qualifiées et les femmes hautement qualifiées combinent famille et travail varie fortement. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

18/11/2013

Indigenous women in Latin America remain invisible to society, warns UN

Indigenous women in Latin America continue to face great gaps in access to higher education, health services and employment, although there have been significant educational advances, according to a report by the UN's Economic Commission f or Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac).  (...) 

 

 

02/02/2013

Health knowledge in the hands of those who need it most

Provide a free personal video, audio and image reference library and guide to better health practices, on a microSD card, directly to health workers, families and communities, especially those who live in villages and slums, to use in their mobile phones, when they need it, where they are, and as they are. (...) 

 

 

09/12/2011

Harnessing the Power of Videos - A Video Story telling Training Toolkit for Organizations Working with Adolescent Girls

As advances in communication and technology bring people from all corners of the globe together to share their stories, opinions, and experiences, the role of visual tools such as video in spreading these messages cannot be overlooked. (...) 

 

 

02/04/2012

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

The Gender Equity Index (GEI) measures the gap between women and men in education, the economy and political empowerment. Social Watch computes a value for the gender gap in each of the three areas in a scale from 0 (when for example no women is educated at all and all men are) to 100 (perfect equality). The GEI, in turn, is the simple average of the three dimensions. (...) 

 

 

28/06/2013

Geena Davis joins hangout to empower young women through technology

Around the globe, women are less likely than men to have access to technology. This is a gap that exists in developing and developed countries alike. With an aim to address this issue and propose ways to empower young women, ECOSOC and ITU are hosting a Google+ Hangout on 6 June featuring Academy Award winning Actor and ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT, Ms. Geena Davis.  (...) 

 

 

10/12/2012

Focus on Rwanda - A Conference on Gender Research and Activism: Proceedings

The publication of this report more than 18 months after the 2011 conference sessions is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on the progress made against the challenges and aims expressed, especially in the summing up. (...) 

 

 

02/11/2011

Ending Child Marriage With This Generation

An adolescent girl living in poverty could be the most powerful person in the world. If she is reached early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.  (...) 

 

 

15/11/2012

Draft resolution on female genital cutting sent to United Nations

African member states of the United Nations have submitted a draft resolution on ending female genital mutilation (FGM) to the U.N. General Assembly, in what campaigners have hailed as a landmark step to end a practice that has been inflicted on up to 140 million women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2011

Delaying Marriage for Girls in India

This study examines the social norms surrounding child marriage, positive role models, community engagement and government-led efforts to prevent the practice in the states of Rajasthan and Bihar, which have some of the highest prevalence rates of early marriage in the country. (...) 

 

 

04/01/2012

Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School

Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School presents new evidence on sexual harassment, including cyber-harassment, in middle and high schools. It examines sexual harassment as reported in a nationwide survey of students in grades 7–12 conducted in May and June 2011. (...) 

 

 

20/01/2013

Countries must address lack of women in science and technology fields

Women and girls run the risk of being left behind in scientific and technological fields if countries do not put measures in place to address discrimination and change traditional attitudes, the United Nations said, warning that this gap constitutes an obstacle to nations' progress.  (...) 

 

 

20/04/2012

Code of Best Practices for Women and ICT

Attracting more women into ICT jobs will not just help to address a problem that risks damaging the whole economy, but also contributes to realising equal opportunities goals and empowers women by enhancing their capacity to participate fully in the information society and shape its development. (...) 

 

 

07/11/2011

Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle

While disparities in education, health and protection between boys and girls in developing countries are less stark than once thought during the early childhood years and in some cases have reached parity, significant gaps, mostly favouring males, grow through early adolescence to young adulthood, according to a UNICEF report.  (...) 

 

 

29/07/2013

Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law

The Human Rights Council, [...] Guided by the purposes and principles contained in the Charter of the United Nations, [...] Reminds States of their obligation to register births without discrimination of any kind and irrespective of the status of his or her parents. (...) 

 

 

01/09/2012

Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (C4D)

Safer cities strive to create public spaces that are open and accessible to everyone, without exception. Most cities, however, are not totally safe for adolescent girls. What's more, they are run and developed predominantly without their needs being taken into account. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V18 – Key positioning – Postes clés


23/11/2013

Women in Power: beyond access to influence in a post-2015 world

"From the highest levels of government decision-making to households, women continue to be denied equal opportunity with men to participate in decisions that affect their lives." (...) 

 

 

31/03/2012

Women in Politics: 2012

The poster is a "snapshot" of the presence of women in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government, in January 2012. (in English, en français, en español) (...) 

 

 

15/10/2013

Women in Politics in Slovenia

Slovenia is one of the newer European states. This year it marked the 22nd anniversary of the independence declaration. It joined the European Union in 2004. Over twenty years of establishing and consolidating the new government institutions is at the same time a period of more or less intensive efforts to enhance the political power of women.  (...) 

 

 

01/10/2013

Women in National Parliaments - Update

The data in the table below has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by National Parliaments by 1st July 2013. 189 countries are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House. (...) 

 

 

05/03/2012

Women in economic decision-making in the EU: Progress report - A Europe 2020 intiative

Gender imbalance on corporate boards remains an important challenge for all EU Member States, reveals the European Commission's progress report. It constitutes an untapped potential of skilled human resources, as evidenced by the discrepancy between the high number of female graduates and their underrepresentation in top-level positions. (...) 

 

 

13/11/2012

Women 'Under-Represented' In Emerging Nations' Science & Technology

Women comprise less than a third of the computer science, engineering and physics fields in some of the world's key emerging economies, according to a report.  (...) 

 

 

21/02/2013

Two Decades Of Indigenous Women's Leadership In Latin America

Indigenous women have and continue to play key leadership roles in their communities as well as in international spaces. AWID talked to Otilia Lux de Coti, Executive Director of the Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF) about how indigenous women leadership has evolved in the past decades.  (...) 

 

 

09/07/2012

Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals

This fact sheet highlights the progress of rural women against key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators, pointing to some of the advancements made and gaps that still exist. It suggests that globally, and with only a few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and men for every MDG indicator for which data are available. (...) 

 

 

27/08/2012

Rising to the Top? a report on Women's Leadership in Asia

Asia lies at the heart of global growth, and women lie at the heart of Asia. Over the course of the last thirty years, nowhere has the progress been so rapid and yet the contrasts run so deep. While women have made significant advancements in health, education and employment, they continue to lag their male counterparts in reaching leadership positions. (...) 

 

 

28/02/2012

Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion - Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies

UN Women informs us that “women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”1 To shed light on why this grim statistic still holds true, Women, Business and the Law aims to examine legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 of the world's economies. (...) 

 

 

12/07/2013

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa appointed as new UN Women Executive Director

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa as the new Executive Director of UN Women, the organization leading UN's work on advancing gender equality and women's rights.  (...) 

 

 

14/04/2012

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone, bulletin n°5

Le discours institutionnalisé sur le genre est convenu et non productif de changement, car centré sur la présence, la visibilité, et non sur la transgression, le changement : les institutions du système pénalisent les femmes qui osent. Les jeunes femmes africaines sont-elles prêtes aux efforts et violences qu'implique la transgression de l'ordre de la subalternité, si cela doit impliquer inéluctablement la mort du père, ou du frère ? (...) 

 

 

09/11/2011

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone

La participation politique est perçue par les jeunes femmes comme un devoir risqué. Leur engagement est fortement conditionné par leur environnement socioculturel et économique. Les jeunes femmes participent politiquement peu dans les institutions, mais massivement dans les espaces associatifs, avec des résultats marqués sur leurs capacités citoyennes (...) 

 

 

05/06/2013

Over 100 Million Women Lead Migrant Workers Worldwide

The face of migration is changing dramatically as women and girls now represent about half of the over 214 million migrants worldwide.  (...) 

 

 

30/04/2013

On ‘Girls in ICT Day,' UN encourages jobs in information and communications technology

In a world where more than 95 per cent of jobs have a digital component, more girls need to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math, the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency urged today, marking “Girls in ICT Day.”  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

18/02/2013

Here Are the Women - 2012

This publication contains 81 profiles of rural women and young women in Fiji, the experiences of women in local government as well as experiences of women in post conflict democratization processes in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville, bringing together a series of narratives of women who continue to demonstrate the capacity for leadership. (...) 

 

 

31/12/2012

Guidebook for mentoring young women in Europe

Equal access and participation of women and girls in decision-making processes at all levels is not a reality in today's Europe. Gender equality is not accomplished. Mentoring proved to be a tool for fostering empowerment of young women.  (...) 

 

 

12/10/2013

Gendered Innovations to inspire new discoveries using gender analysis

Professor Schiebinger emphasizes that gender bias is built into society and 'It is crucially important to identify gender bias in science and technology...' In turn, research institutions replicate unconscious gender bias in science and technology. (...) 

 

 

02/06/2013

Gender-Sensitive Parliaments

In 2008, the Inter-Parliamentary Union began a collaborative project to examine the gender sensitivity of parliaments around the world. The IPU worked in partnership with the UNDPParliamentary Development Initiative in the Arab Region and International IDEA in Latin America. (...) 

 

 

02/04/2012

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

The Gender Equity Index (GEI) measures the gap between women and men in education, the economy and political empowerment. Social Watch computes a value for the gender gap in each of the three areas in a scale from 0 (when for example no women is educated at all and all men are) to 100 (perfect equality). The GEI, in turn, is the simple average of the three dimensions. (...) 

 

 

18/11/2011

From Words to Action : Best Practices for Women's Participation in Latin American Political Parties

Even though women represent more than half of the voting population in many countries and have been widely incorporated into the economic sphere over the last decade, reality tells us that there is still an important gap between these advances and women's access to elected or political party positions. (...) 

 

 

10/12/2012

Focus on Rwanda - A Conference on Gender Research and Activism: Proceedings

The publication of this report more than 18 months after the 2011 conference sessions is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on the progress made against the challenges and aims expressed, especially in the summing up. (...) 

 

 

19/11/2012

Enhancing Women's Leadership in Peace and Security in West Africa

As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security, a two-day regional dialogue under the theme, “Enhancing Women's Leadership in Peace and Security in West Africa' took place in Monrovia on 6 & 7 November 2012. (...) 

 

 

04/02/2013

Empowering women for stronger political parties: a good practices guide to promote women's political participation

The right of women to participate in political life is guaranteed by several international conventions. But transforming an abstract right into a reality requires hard work on the ground. (...) 

 

 

26/09/2012

Current Woman Leaders

This site is dedicated to the women who have ruled since the beginning of times - or as long as the sources date back.  (...) 

 

 

01/02/2008

Aung San Suu Kyi, ideas democráticas dentro de una dictadura militar

Birmania vive en una dictadura militar desde 1962, sin celebrar elecciones desde hace 18 años, y con miles de presos políticos en la cárcel. Aung San Suu Kyi, premio Nobel de la paz en 1991, lleva 12 de los últimos 18 años bajo arresto domiciliario por defender la democracia desde su partido, la Liga Nacional por la Democracia (LND). (...) 

 

 

04/11/2013

Ambitious Women Face More Obstacles than Just Work-Life Balance

For the past year and change, the American conversation about women and leadership has revolved around challenges of work-life balance — which most of the time actually means "work-family balance."  (...) 

 

 


M2015-V19 – Human rights – Droits humains


05/11/2013

Women Teachers Defending Their Labor Rights Under Extremely Precarious Conditions In Mexico

Excluded from the debate on educational reform, women teachers, who represent more than 96% of teachers in preschool, 66% in basic education and 51% in secondary school, are protesting against a new law that will affect them negatively, especially those working in rural and indigenous communities. (...) 

 

 

20/10/2012

Women Journalists In The Eye Of The Storm

Threats and violence against women journalists are on the rise in many regions of the world. In their work exposing injustices and bearing witness to human rights violations, women journalists are women human rights defenders and as such are in need of better security and protection mechanisms.  (...) 

 

 

07/04/2013

Women in detention: a guide to gender-sensitive monitoring

This paper is addressed to monitoring bodies responsible for the external scrutiny of places of deprivation of liberty. It outlines the risks faced by women deprived of their liberty of being subjected to torture and ill-treatment and measures that can be taken to reduce such risks. (...) 

 

 

11/04/2012

Women and the Arab Spring: Taking their place?

On 18 January 2011, in Cairo, Asma Mahfouz, a 26-year-old blogger, posted a video on Facebook, calling for a demonstration in Tahrir Square to protest against the Mubarak regime. From Tunisia to Bahrain, from Egypt to Syria, women from all backgrounds came out in force to demand the right to democracy, social justice, freedom, dignity and equality. (...) 

 

 

02/09/2012

Whose Right to Life? Women's Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law

The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights. International human rights law recognizes this basic right as accruing at birth, and international and regional human rights bodies, as well as courts worldwide, have clearly established that any prenatal protections must be consistent with women's human rights. (...) 

 

 

20/04/2013

What works? Best practices to prevent human trafficking

"We have for 20 years provided grass root support to mainly women who Self-identify as having survived torture victimization including human trafficking perpetrated by private individuals or non-State actors." (...) 

 

 

04/07/2013

What women voters want

Pakistan has a total of 37, 560, 654 registered female voters in the coming general elections, a number of whom face several issues mostly on account of predefined and rigid gender roles.  (...) 

 

 

07/09/2013

Violence against Women

The European Court of Human Rights have updated their fact sheet on Violence against Women - providing detailed information about case law.  (...) 

 

 

03/08/2013

Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna on 25 June 1993

20 years ago the global community unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to human rights through the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. Building on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the VDPA recognised that the promotion and protection of human rights must be a matter of the highest priority both for States and the international community. (...) 

 

 

05/03/2013

UN experts urge US Congress to renew Violence Against Women Act

Two United Nations experts urged the United States House of Representatives to approve a revised bill which strengthens the legal options for female victims of violence and sexual abuse, and extends protections to indigenous, immigrant and gay victims.  (...) 

 

 

10/07/2013

Trafficking: Legislative changes and their implementation in Spain

Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of exploitation is a cruel reality that raises the concern of the people who work in the defence of human rights, international agencies and, more recently, of governments. The causes of the phenomenon of human trafficking are unseen and hidden. Women and girls are the most vulnerable to this state of slavery.  (...) 

 

 

08/06/2013

Thought Leader: Louise Arbour

As part of the Carnegie Council Centennial Thought Leaders Forum, Carnegie Council's David Speedie spoke with Louise Arbour, president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Previously she was United Nations high commissioner for human rights. (...) 

 

 

06/11/2012

The unwanted girl

"In early June, Vijaymala Patekar, a mother of four girls, haemorrhaged to death at a hospital in Parli, Beed district, Maharashtra. She was reportedly in her second trimester of pregnancy. Her family had allegedly forced her to abort the foetus when they learnt it was a girl child."  (...) 

 

 

03/09/2013

The Nexus between Displacement and Transitional Justice: A Gender-Justice Dimension

Although transitional justice processes are intended to help heal and restore society after conflict or authoritarian rule, marginalized groups often struggle to make their voices heard. These groups include those who have been displaced by conflict and, within that category, those who have specifically faced gender-based violence and injustice within the trajectory of displacement. This paper explores the relationship between transitional justice and forced migration from a gendered perspective. (...) 

 

 

08/07/2013

The forgotten plight of women behind bars

All over the world, women and girls living behind bars often face particular hardship in terms of protection, privacy and access to basic services, including health care. Consequences can be felt within their families and communities, well beyond prison walls. (...) 

 

 

03/07/2012

Tackling Gender Exclusion: Experiences From The Gender Inclusive Cities Programme

The safe cities for women field is still relatively new and knowledge gaps remain, mostly related to the dimensions of the problem, the interaction between gender and other factors in creating insecurity/exclusion, and the effectiveness of strategies for creating safer and more inclusive cities. (...) 

 

 

16/07/2013

Surrogate Motherhood- Ethical or Commercial

Nature has bestowed the beautiful capacity to procreate a life within women and every woman cherishes the experience of motherhood. Unfortunately, some women due to certain physiological conditions can not give birth to their own off-spring. The desire for motherhood leads them to search for alternative solutions, and surrogacy presents itself as the most viable alternative. (...) 

 

 

12/08/2012

Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice

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22/06/2013

Statement by 17 Special Procedures mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council on the Post-2015 development agenda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have played an important role in placing key issues on the development agenda that might have otherwise been neglected. Importantly, the MDGs have resulted in the generation and collection of more targeted data, which have been used to influence national and international development policies and measures. (...) 

 

 

25/11/2012

State of World Population 2012 - By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development

All human beings—regardless of age, sex, race or income—are equal in dignity and rights. Yet 222 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise the human right to voluntary family planning.  (...) 

 

 

04/05/2012

Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues

This toolkit is both a human rights reference guide and a workbook for journalists and civic activists who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way. (...) 

 

 

15/06/2012

Son avenir... que vaut-il pour vous ?

Le rapport du LEF ‘Son avenir...que vaut-il pour vous ?' présente la variété des activités du LEF et de ses membres au cours des années 2010-2011, et appelle au soutien de la cause du LEF, les droits des femmes et l'égalité femmes-hommes en Europe. (...) 

 

 

01/03/2013

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. (...) 

 

 

26/07/2012

Saudi Arabia Allows “Qualified” Women To Compete In Olympics

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time, following more than a year of Human Rights Watch reporting, campaigning, and high-level advocacy with the International Olympic Committee.  (...) 

 

 

15/05/2013

Roma Women Ditch the Script

When Katalin Bársony's grandmother wanted to send her daughter to high school in Budapest, her husband said she would become an “outsider whore.” Her grandmother didn't listen to him, went against tradition and as a result, Katalin's mother became a well-known activist for Roma rights.  (...) 

 

 

01/11/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

The present report is the second submitted by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, to the General Assembly, pursuant to resolution 65/187. The report provides an overview of the activities of the Special Rapporteur and discusses the issue of violence against women with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

30/08/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

The report comprises a thematic analysis of a human rights-based approach to the administration of criminal justice in cases of trafficking in persons. (...) 

 

 

11/06/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health considers occupational health as an integral component of the right to health. (...) 

 

 

02/05/2012

Reforming the “Sponsorship System” for Migrant Domestic Workers: Policy Paper on Reforming the "Sponsorship System" for Migrant Domestic Workers: Towards an Alternative Governance Scheme in Lebanon

In recent years, the “sponsorship system” (kafala) in Lebanon and in other countries in the region has been identified as a core problem leading to the exploitation and abuse of migrant domestic workers. This policy paper on the alternatives to the “sponsorship system” builds on previous research conducted by KAFA which called for the reform and/or abolition of this regulatory and customary system, and addresses gaps in existing research that fell short in proposing concrete measures. (...) 

 

 

10/09/2012

Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights: A Human Rights Framework

"Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights: A Human Rights Framework" 2012 highlights some of the gaps in and challenges to the implementation of the Programme of Action in relation to sexual and reproductive rights. The briefing ends with a series of recommendations to end exclusion, increase participation and accountability, and ensure sexual and reproductive rights as human rights.  (...) 

 

 

24/02/2012

Psychosocial Care for Women in Shelter Homes

The psycho-social rehabilitation of women who are brought to shelter homes is very essential to help them to return to a meaningful life in future. Often the staff of instiutions run by the government, who are solely responsible to take care of women, are not able to provide such care because of the large number of women in most of the institutions and the lack of adequate staff in providing care for the women. (...) 

 

 

16/05/2012

No Place for Children - Child Recruitment, Forced Marriage, and Attacks on Schools in Somalia

This report documents al-Shabaab's targeting of children for recruitment as soldiers, forced marriage, and rape, with a focus on abuses in 2010 and 2011. In addition, it documents how the group has targeted students, teachers, and school buildings for attack. (...) 

 

 

25/10/2011

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security: Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security is alarmed at the latest reports by its member organizations and the United Nations of mass rape and other crimes against civilians perpetrated in the Fizi area of South Kivu by troops of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (...) 

 

 

07/01/2012

Mondialisation, prostitution et violences

Le 18 octobre avait lieu la journée européenne de lutte contre la traite des êtres humains, à cette occasion, Justice et Paix, encouragée par des volontaires, a organisé une rencontre ayant pour thème : "Mondialisation, prostitution et violences".  (...) 

 

 

17/06/2012

MEPs give prostitution at sporting events the red card in support of EWL campaign

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from nine countries and all political groups gathered together on 30 May in support of the European Women's Lobby's campaign against prostitution around sporting events. Millennia2015 was present at the event to say "No to prostitution". (...) 

 

 

18/12/2012

Making hate crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims' rights

Discrimination and intolerance persist in the European Union (EU) despite the best efforts of Member States to root them out, FRA research shows. Verbal abuse, physical attacks and murders motivated by prejudice target EU society in all its diversity, from visible minorities to those with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

14/06/2012

Making Abortion Services Accessible in the Wake of Legal Reforms: A Framework and Six Case Studies

The passage of a liberalized abortion law is one of many changes that must take place if women are to gain access to safe and legal services. A study of the process following legal reforms in six settings in Asia, Africa and Latin America confirms that the practical work of establishing safe abortion services can take years and requires resources and commitment. (...) 

 

 

11/10/2011

Link Between Fertility Declines and Women's Empowerment Could be Transformative

Empowering women – that is, creating conditions that build their confidence, self-reliance and ability to make strategic life choices – is increasingly seen as a key to achieving broad international development goals. (...) 

 

 

19/06/2013

Les Mariages forcés à Bruxelles: Synthèse de l'étude portant sur les mariages forcés en région de Bruxelles-Capitale

La présente étude sur le phénomène des mariages forcés en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale a été réalisée dans le cadre du Plan d'Action National de lutte contre la violence (PAN) entre partenaires et d'autres formes de violences intrafamiliales. (...) 

 

 

06/12/2012

Le système prostitueur : violence machiste archaïque - Actes du colloque

Le colloque, organisé par Regards de Femmes, avait pour objectif d'informer sur la réalité de la violence et de l'archaïsme des rapports femmes-hommes sous-jacents au système prostitueur et de réfléchir ensemble aux actions à mener pour agir contre cette violence sexuelle, afin de construire un projet de société où la sexualité sera enfin délivrée des violences dans un souci de justice, d'égalité et de progrès.  (...) 

 

 

29/11/2012

Le féminisme et la critique juridique en Colombie et en Amérique Latine : Introduction à la réflexion

Cet article retrace certains sujets exposés dans la communication présentée par Isabel Cristina Jaramillo "Théorie juridique féministe comme intervention dans les études de développement », lors du colloque international « Sous le développement : le genre", qui a eu lieu à Genève, en septembre 2012. (...) 

 

 

14/07/2012

La Dernière Ruée Vers Les Terres En Afrique: L'effet De La Saisie Des Terres Sur Les Droits Des Femmes

En Afrique, les droits fonciers sont un facteur critique du pouvoir économique. On recense, dans l'histoire récente, trois vagues de saisie de terres : la colonisation, l'ère post-indépendance et les saisies de terres actuelles pour des raisons commerciales et apparemment de préservation de l'environnement. (...) 

 

 

17/05/2013

Kazak Women Fight Maternity Pay Cuts

A campaign against changes to the law on loss of earnings during pregnancy could coalesce into a broad movement fighting for the rights of women in Kazakstan, activists say. The campaign was triggered by a February 17 change to the law covering compensation for loss of earnings during pregnancy and maternity leave.  (...) 

 

 

10/12/2011

Journée des droits humains 2011

Cette année, des millions de personnes ont décidé que le moment était venu de revendiquer leurs droits. Elles sont descendues dans la rue et ont exigé un changement. Beaucoup ont trouvé leur voix en utilisant Internet et l'envoi de messages pour informer, inspirer et mobiliser des partisans afin de revendiquer leurs droits fondamentaux. (...) 

 

 

01/02/2013

Iraqi Women Seek a New Liberation

From full literacy declared in the seventies, Iraq is down to 40 percent literacy for women. From the first woman prime minister and the first woman judge in the Middle East in 1959, Iraq has slipped to a place where an abnormal number of widows struggle, and where child marriages are on the rise. Hanaa Edwar is putting up a fight to win Iraqi women their freedoms again.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

27/06/2012

Information note prepared by OHCHR for NGO participation

The Committee welcomes country-specific information from NGOs. Once received, OHCHR posts documents containing this information on its website, under the relevant CEDAW session. Coordination of report writing amongst NGOs is highly encouraged. (...) 

 

 

22/01/2013

ILO report highlights the value of domestic workers to families and society

More than 50 million people worldwide, mostly women, are employed as domestic workers, according to the latest figures from the International Labour Organization (ILO). But ILO says despite their numbers, domestic workers are among the least protected of employees. (...) 

 

 

05/06/2012

Identifying and Protecting High Risk Victims of Gender Based Violence

The project PROTECT aims at contributing to the prevention and reduction of the most serious forms of gender-based violence against girls, young women and their children, such as grievous bodily harm, homicide and attempted homicide, including so-called honour crimes and killings. (...) 

 

 

29/01/2012

Human Trafficking - A Human Rights-Based Approach

Article 1: "When transposing the Directive, Member States are encouraged to mention the gender-specific nature of trafficking in human beings, and thus the need for gender-sensitive provisions." (...) 

 

 

21/07/2013

How important is the minimum age of marriage legislation to end child marriage in Africa?

As a harmful traditional practice, child marriage is prohibited by several international and regional conventions. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC, 1989) clearly defines a child as a person below the age of 18, while the African Charter on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child (ACRWC, 1990) prohibits “the betrothal of girls and boys” and calls for appropriate measures to eliminate the practice. (...) 

 

 

27/05/2013

Girls affected by FGM down to one quarter in northern Somalia

Only one quarter of northern Somali girls under the age of 15 have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM), new data from Unicef shows - demonstrating a significant reduction in the country's FGM occurrence rates, which was previously seen practised almost universally.  (...) 

 

 

25/03/2013

Gender Justice Uncovered Awards (2013)

Thanks to the efforts made by feminist groups and other activists from around the world, women's rights have been recognized as human rights. However, these rights and judicial principles enshrined in national, regional and international instruments have yet to completely penetrate our legal culture.  (...) 

 

 

06/07/2013

Gender and Disability: An Overview of the Status of Women With Disabilities in Australia

Gender affects the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of their human rights. Gender refers to the social differences and relations between men and women which are learned, vary widely among societies and cultures, and change over time. (...) 

 

 

21/12/2013

Fostering Synergies for Advancing Women's Rights in Post-Conflict Islamic States: A Focus on Afghanistan, Egypt, and Libya

Finding common ground among diverse stakeholders on women's rights in Muslim-majority states is critical to advancing democracy and human development. This paper examines ways to champion and sustain progress on women's rights amid renewed Islamic constitutionalism by searching for common approaches among Muslim women activists, members of the ulama, and legal advocates.  (...) 

 

 

03/10/2012

Forgotten Sisters - A Report on Violence Against Women with Disabilities: An Overview of its Nature, Scope, Causes and Consequences

This report, prepared by scholars and human rights advocates who are members of the Working Group on Violence against Women with Disabilities, focuses on the prevalence and pervasiveness of violence against women and girls with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

10/12/2012

Focus on Rwanda - A Conference on Gender Research and Activism: Proceedings

The publication of this report more than 18 months after the 2011 conference sessions is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on the progress made against the challenges and aims expressed, especially in the summing up. (...) 

 

 

02/11/2011

Ending Child Marriage With This Generation

An adolescent girl living in poverty could be the most powerful person in the world. If she is reached early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.  (...) 

 

 

31/01/2012

Discriminatory laws leave stateless women open to abuse

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged countries to tackle a major cause of statelessness -- nationality laws that discriminate against women, saying without citizenship women are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.  (...) 

 

 

03/06/2012

Disability and Justice in Abortion Debates

Efforts to find a way to talk about abortion have historically caused strained relations and deep unease between disability and reproductive rights advocates. The disability rights movement is concerned about the number of pregnancies terminated solely because an expectant mother receives a diagnosis of a potential fetal disability. (...) 

 

 

08/12/2011

Dignity & Human Rights – The Missing Dialogue?

This report summarizes the contributions from hundreds of activists to the conversation about the potential for the concept of dignity to power our individual and collective dreams of realizing a life of justice, peace and hope for every human being. (...) 

 

 

27/05/2012

Deprivation and vulnerability among elderly in India

"In this paper we try to document different aspects of human deprivation in the old age other than the measurement of income poverty. We mainly take up on aspects of economic, health and social aspects of deprivation and how it vary across space(sector and state) and gender and try to map how much it vary in relative terms. It further looks up on correlates and determines of old age deprivation in India." (...) 

 

 

24/10/2011

Delaying Marriage for Girls in India

This study examines the social norms surrounding child marriage, positive role models, community engagement and government-led efforts to prevent the practice in the states of Rajasthan and Bihar, which have some of the highest prevalence rates of early marriage in the country. (...) 

 

 

10/06/2012

Communications Procedure of the Commission on the Status of Women

Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world by 1 August 2012. (...) 

 

 

08/12/2012

Common position paper on poverty, gender and trafficking

Aretusa and its member organisations are committed to lobby for the transposition into national legislations of the recent European Union Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victim. (...) 

 

 

31/10/2013

Collectif Féministe Contre le Viol - Bulletin 2013

Ce bulletin couvre les années statistiques 2008, 2009, 2010 et 2011, ainsi que les analyses des mêmes années. (...) 

 

 

22/07/2012

Chinese Woman Forcibly Aborted at Seven Months

Women's Rights Without Frontiers has learned that a woman was forcibly aborted at seven months of pregnancy on June 3, 2012.  (...) 

 

 

20/07/2013

Case Law Program - Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights

Femin Ijtihad (FI) stands for “critical thinking” of gender notions and laws. As a project for Strategic Advocacy of Human Rights, we work to bridge the gap between the flourishing academic research on Muslim women's rights and grassroots activism. (...) 

 

 

20/06/2013

Can Faith Substitute for Human Rights?

“While the international community and human rights activists emphasize that human rights are universal, inalienable and imprescriptible, the truth is that human rights are inherent only in places where the culture of human rights exists.”  (...) 

 

 

16/02/2012

Buadromo receives ‘Women Have Wings Courage Award'

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement Executive Director Virisila Buadromo is one of the proud recipients of the Women Have Wings inaugural Courage Award. She is one of three women from around the world – Rwanda's Aloisea Inyumba and Cameroon's Chi Yvonne Leina, are the others. (...) 

 

 

26/06/2013

Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women

This study offers a unique opportunity to rally behind the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign of the United Nations Secretary-General and to remain steadfast to the recommendations of his two 2006 global studies on violence against children and violence against women. (...) 

 

 

07/11/2011

Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle

While disparities in education, health and protection between boys and girls in developing countries are less stark than once thought during the early childhood years and in some cases have reached parity, significant gaps, mostly favouring males, grow through early adolescence to young adulthood, according to a UNICEF report.  (...) 

 

 

01/09/2013

Born Free and Equal - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Human Rights Law

The case for extending the same rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons as those enjoyed by everyone else is neither radical nor complicated. It rests on two fundamental principles that underpin international human rights law: equality and non-discrimination. (...) 

 

 

29/07/2013

Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law

The Human Rights Council, [...] Guided by the purposes and principles contained in the Charter of the United Nations, [...] Reminds States of their obligation to register births without discrimination of any kind and irrespective of the status of his or her parents. (...) 

 

 

14/10/2013

Because of who I am: homophobia, transphobia, and hate crimes in Europe

“They wanted to butcher me just because of who I am, because I have a face that is a bit masculine and because they understood I was a trans person from my voice” - Michelle, Italy, March 2013 (...) 

 

 

31/05/2012

Bearing children through rape in eastern Congo: Community and state responses

This executive summary is based on a research programme that examined women and girl's experiences of bearing children from rape and the health and justice responses to survivors in Goma, eastern Congo. (...) 

 

 

25/07/2013

Babies behind bars: A Palestinian fertility doctor has become an unlikely hero by helping women conceive – even though their husbands are in jail

Lydia and her husband were childhood sweethearts and in August they will have their second baby. It will be a boy, the doctors say, and the happy couple will call him Majd. A beaming Lydia is clearly delighted.  (...) 

 

 

15/08/2012

An EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in Human beings

Trafficking in Human beings is the slavery of our times. June 2012 estimates from the International Labour Organisation put the number of victims of forced labour, including forced sexual exploitation, at 20.9 million at a global level1. 5.5 million of these are children. Such global estimates are even considered to be conservative. (...) 

 

 

15/12/2012

Ageing and the protection of human rights: current situation and outlook

The use of a human-rights-based approach to the analysis and interpretation of age-related issues has marked a paradigm shift with regard to a stage of life that has traditionally been associated with a wide range of unmet needs, and the United Nations has made an extremely valuable contribution to this change. (...) 

 

 

29/10/2012

Acquérir le plein droit de disposer de son corps librement : des avancées, des reculs et beaucoup de résistances

Le 28 septembre dernier était declarée Journée d'action internationale pour l'accès à des avortements sûrs et légaux. Journée qui a été peu médiatisée. L'interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG) continue à alimenter débats et controverses, alors qu'on estime que la mortalité maternelle pourrait baisser d'environ 18% (quelle avancée potentielle en vue de l'OMD 5 !) dans les pays où ce droit n'existe pas ... (...) 

 

 

13/03/2013

Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women's Empowerment

The present study highlights the critical role legal empowerment strategies can play in changing and challenging oppressive gender relations that are justified under the name of culture. (...) 

 

 

10/11/2012

Abuse of a position of vulnerability and other "means" within the definiton of trafficking in persons

UNODC launched an issue paper on clarification of the meaning of the abuse of a position of vulnerability within the definition of trafficking in persons in the Trafficking Protocol.  (...) 

 

 

18/07/2013

A Revolution for All - Women's Rights in the New Libya

Libyans are in the midst of dramatic change, trying to build a new political system after 42 years of dictatorship. The challenges to build a more rights-respecting state based on the rule of law are significant. (...) 

 

 

09/08/2012

A practical guide for civil society - Universal periodic review

What is the Universal Periodic Review? Through a mechanism called the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights Council reviews, on a periodic basis, the fulfilment by each of the 193 United Nations Member States of their human rights obligations and commitments. (...) 

 

 

06/06/2013

2012 Annual report of the European Social Platform

2012: The economic crisis created more victims, with 26 million Europeans out of work, youth unemployment at a staggering 23.4% and 120 million people at risk of poverty and social exclusion.  (...) 

 

 

23/11/2010

"As If We Weren't Human" - Discrimination and Violence against Women with Disabilities in Northern Uganda

Women with disabilities in northern Uganda face serious abuse and discrimination by strangers, neighbors, and family members. Women interviewed for the report were denied basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter in the camps and in their communities. (...) 

 

 


M2015-V20 – Democracy - Démocratie


11/04/2012

Women and the Arab Spring: Taking their place?

On 18 January 2011, in Cairo, Asma Mahfouz, a 26-year-old blogger, posted a video on Facebook, calling for a demonstration in Tahrir Square to protest against the Mubarak regime. From Tunisia to Bahrain, from Egypt to Syria, women from all backgrounds came out in force to demand the right to democracy, social justice, freedom, dignity and equality. (...) 

 

 

04/07/2013

What women voters want

Pakistan has a total of 37, 560, 654 registered female voters in the coming general elections, a number of whom face several issues mostly on account of predefined and rigid gender roles.  (...) 

 

 

01/04/2012

UN chief calls on countries to listen to voices of women and young people

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to empower women and youth, who have been at the centre of recent social protest movements worldwide, and warned countries against ignoring their voices as they are critical to countries' development. (...) 

 

 

09/11/2011

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone

La participation politique est perçue par les jeunes femmes comme un devoir risqué. Leur engagement est fortement conditionné par leur environnement socioculturel et économique. Les jeunes femmes participent politiquement peu dans les institutions, mais massivement dans les espaces associatifs, avec des résultats marqués sur leurs capacités citoyennes (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

18/11/2011

From Words to Action : Best Practices for Women's Participation in Latin American Political Parties

Even though women represent more than half of the voting population in many countries and have been widely incorporated into the economic sphere over the last decade, reality tells us that there is still an important gap between these advances and women's access to elected or political party positions. (...) 

 

 

21/12/2013

Fostering Synergies for Advancing Women's Rights in Post-Conflict Islamic States: A Focus on Afghanistan, Egypt, and Libya

Finding common ground among diverse stakeholders on women's rights in Muslim-majority states is critical to advancing democracy and human development. This paper examines ways to champion and sustain progress on women's rights amid renewed Islamic constitutionalism by searching for common approaches among Muslim women activists, members of the ulama, and legal advocates.  (...) 

 

 

01/02/2008

Aung San Suu Kyi, ideas democráticas dentro de una dictadura militar

Birmania vive en una dictadura militar desde 1962, sin celebrar elecciones desde hace 18 años, y con miles de presos políticos en la cárcel. Aung San Suu Kyi, premio Nobel de la paz en 1991, lleva 12 de los últimos 18 años bajo arresto domiciliario por defender la democracia desde su partido, la Liga Nacional por la Democracia (LND). (...) 

 

 

03/12/2012

"No modern European democracy without gender equality"

In 2014, Europeans will elect a new European Parliament. Will there be gender balance among the MEPs? Will the President of the European Parliament be a woman after 13 years with male presidents? We will also see a new European Commission led by its President. Will the Commission consist of 50% women and 50% men? Will the President be a woman for the first time? (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V21 – Research - Recherche


13/11/2012

Women 'Under-Represented' In Emerging Nations' Science & Technology

Women comprise less than a third of the computer science, engineering and physics fields in some of the world's key emerging economies, according to a report.  (...) 

 

 

18/08/2013

UNICEF capitalized on innovation to reach the most disadvantaged in 2012 – report

Despite challenging economic times and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) boosted its innovation last year to create programmes and partnerships to reach those most vulnerable, the agency today said launching its annual report. (...) 

 

 

20/03/2012

TIC et systèmes de santé en Afrique

Le secteur économique des TIC (Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication) dans le domaine de la santé est en plein essor. Ces technologies ne peuvent à elles seules régler tous les problèmes. Cependant, en réduisant les distances et facilitant les échanges rapides, elles peuvent contribuer à une amélioration précieuse des services de santé. (...) 

 

 

24/06/2012

The e-Learning Africa 2012 Report

How do people define ICT-enhanced learning and training? What technologies are being used within the sector? In what contexts are they being used? What motivates people to use ICT and how do they make use of it? Each of these questions is explored through the Survey analysis of the e-Learning Africa 2012 Report (...) 

 

 

30/07/2013

Space-age technology to reduce maternal deaths

Space-age technology, neoprene (the same material used for wet suits) and Velcro have gone into an experimental garment health experts hope can treat postpartum haemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide.  (...) 

 

 

10/11/2013

Social media: weapon of masses

Social media often works as a tool to pressurize the government on several social, political and economic issues  (...) 

 

 

28/04/2013

Secretary-General urges youth to help bridge the 'digital divide'

In a time of transition and turmoil, young people can help the world by being global citizens, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  (...) 

 

 

30/04/2013

On ‘Girls in ICT Day,' UN encourages jobs in information and communications technology

In a world where more than 95 per cent of jobs have a digital component, more girls need to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math, the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency urged today, marking “Girls in ICT Day.”  (...) 

 

 

23/07/2013

NASA selects more women astronauts

NASA has selected another generation of astronauts to travel to new destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars, and for the first time in its history half of the new candidates are women.  (...) 

 

 

21/07/2012

Mobile Value Added Services: A Business Growth Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs

Women in the developing world are 21% less likely than men to own a mobile, leaving an estimated 300 million excluded from the social and economic opportunities that owning one might bring. If mobile phones do increase opportunity, then right now they're not increasing it for everyone. (...) 

 

 

25/01/2012

Media for and by women: an historical perspective

A major goal of the WPCC is to help develop a de-westernised and transcultural sphere that engages both young and established scholars from different parts of the world in a critical debate about the relationship between communication, culture and society in the 21st Century.  (...) 

 

 

08/10/2013

M-Health for pregnant women

Nomso of Traffina Foundation shares with MamaYe, her experience of using sms to motivate pregnant women on pregnancy care tips, nutritional facts and antenatal care attendance (...) 

 

 

04/11/2011

Low-Cost Healthcare Goes High-Tech

Cell phones and computer applications can help save the lives of thousands of mothers and children worldwide.  (...) 

 

 

27/07/2013

La dynamique d'internet - Prospective 2030

Une étude confiée à une équipe pluridisciplinaire de spécialistes du monde de l'internet, de Télécom ParisTech et de la Fondation internet nouvelle génération (FING) par le Commissariat général à la stratégie et à la prospective tente d'identifier les tendances, les incertitudes et les tensions liées à l'évolution d'internet à l'horizon 2030.  (...) 

 

 

09/09/2013

ITU Council sets stage for future operational plans - Gender Equality and Mainstreaming (GEM) policy endorsed

ITU's governing Council ended two weeks of deliberations which focused on the strategic and financial plans for the Union for 2016-2019 as well as the budget for the next biennium, 2014-2015.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

02/02/2013

Health knowledge in the hands of those who need it most

Provide a free personal video, audio and image reference library and guide to better health practices, on a microSD card, directly to health workers, families and communities, especially those who live in villages and slums, to use in their mobile phones, when they need it, where they are, and as they are. (...) 

 

 

12/10/2013

Gendered Innovations to inspire new discoveries using gender analysis

Professor Schiebinger emphasizes that gender bias is built into society and 'It is crucially important to identify gender bias in science and technology...' In turn, research institutions replicate unconscious gender bias in science and technology. (...) 

 

 

12/11/2013

Gender and ICT - In Brief

ICT represent critical tools and an infrastructure that are increasingly shaping our world, unerstandings, interactions and structures of society. They can also enable efforts toward realizing inclusive, equitable and just development. At the center of this is the empowerment of women and gender equality, where ICTs can play a catalytic role. (...) 

 

 

28/06/2013

Geena Davis joins hangout to empower young women through technology

Around the globe, women are less likely than men to have access to technology. This is a gap that exists in developing and developed countries alike. With an aim to address this issue and propose ways to empower young women, ECOSOC and ITU are hosting a Google+ Hangout on 6 June featuring Academy Award winning Actor and ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT, Ms. Geena Davis.  (...) 

 

 

26/09/2013

Femmes et sciences - Regards sur les femmes scientifiques d'hier et d'aujourd'hui

Pas toujours reconnues, elles ont compté pour la science. Pas toujours soutenues par la société, elles ont choisi le monde des sciences. Regards sur ces femmes scientifiques d'hier et d'aujourd'hui (...) 

 

 

21/01/2012

EGI-InSPIRE Gender Action Plan

EGI-InSPIRE has included a Gender Action Plan in its deliverables and is committed to working towards gender equality in its spheres of influence. This document outlines the activities and strategies that will be used during the project to achieve its goals in these areas. (...) 

 

 

20/01/2013

Countries must address lack of women in science and technology fields

Women and girls run the risk of being left behind in scientific and technological fields if countries do not put measures in place to address discrimination and change traditional attitudes, the United Nations said, warning that this gap constitutes an obstacle to nations' progress.  (...) 

 

 

20/04/2012

Code of Best Practices for Women and ICT

Attracting more women into ICT jobs will not just help to address a problem that risks damaging the whole economy, but also contributes to realising equal opportunities goals and empowers women by enhancing their capacity to participate fully in the information society and shape its development. (...) 

 

 

12/05/2013

Can technology help African women to fight corruption?

According to Transparency International Kenya, inadequate complaints handling mechanisms currently exist in institutions in Kenya and East Africa. Institutions are not responsive to complaints and this is reflected by the latest East African Bribery Index Report, which shows that only 5.5 percent of Kenyans bother to report complaints. (...) 

 

 

24/08/2013

A Girl's Guide to the Digital World - How to log-off of digital drama!

Cyberbullying. De-friending. Sexting. Mean Tweeting. To many moms and mentors these terms may seem like a foreign language. To girls, however, these words represent a new concern that they have to deal with daily: digital drama. Girls' self-esteem and confidence can be impacted immensely as they navigate social media and contend with these issues. (...) 

 

 


M2015-V23 – Equality - Egalité


05/03/2012

Women in economic decision-making in the EU: Progress report - A Europe 2020 intiative

Gender imbalance on corporate boards remains an important challenge for all EU Member States, reveals the European Commission's progress report. It constitutes an untapped potential of skilled human resources, as evidenced by the discrepancy between the high number of female graduates and their underrepresentation in top-level positions. (...) 

 

 

08/11/2012

Women and the European Union (2009-2012)

Following the joint conference of the European Parliament and of national parliaments on gender equality issues which took place the 3 October 2012 and in preparation for the 2014 European elections, the Directorate-General for Communication (the Public Opinion Monitoring Unit) has carried out a desk research on gender equality issues. (...) 

 

 

15/02/2013

Women and men in the EU - Facts and figures

In 1995, the Fourth World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Equality, Development and Peace (BPfA). The BPfA is an agenda for women's empowerment. It reaffirms the fundamental principle whereby the human rights of women and the girl child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. (...) 

 

 

13/11/2012

Women 'Under-Represented' In Emerging Nations' Science & Technology

Women comprise less than a third of the computer science, engineering and physics fields in some of the world's key emerging economies, according to a report.  (...) 

 

 

24/07/2012

What's Sex Got to Do with It?

Girls are hot. Reproductive rights are not. This is the strange and yet unspoken contradiction endemic in the current development discourse about gender equality. (...) 

 

 

29/05/2012

UN Women welcomes increased number of women in Algeria's Parliament

UN Women welcomes the increase in women's representation in the new parliament of Algeria. The percentage of women parliamentary members now stands at 31 percent, up from 8 percent during the previous period from 2007 through 2011. (...) 

 

 

08/06/2013

Thought Leader: Louise Arbour

As part of the Carnegie Council Centennial Thought Leaders Forum, Carnegie Council's David Speedie spoke with Louise Arbour, president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Previously she was United Nations high commissioner for human rights. (...) 

 

 

25/10/2013

The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Since their adoption more than 13 years ago, significant and substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the eight Millennium Development Goals, including visible improvements in all health areas as well as primary education, and halving the number of people living in extreme poverty. However, progress is uneven, particularly for women and girls, and in many areas far from sufficient.  (...) 

 

 

15/06/2012

Son avenir... que vaut-il pour vous ?

Le rapport du LEF ‘Son avenir...que vaut-il pour vous ?' présente la variété des activités du LEF et de ses membres au cours des années 2010-2011, et appelle au soutien de la cause du LEF, les droits des femmes et l'égalité femmes-hommes en Europe. (...) 

 

 

17/08/2012

Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

Contrary to modernist predictions that religion would retreat into a private zone of worship and practice, recent decades have seen religion become increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. Does this matter? From the point of view of women's rights and gender equality, much is at stake. (...) 

 

 

07/01/2013

OECD launches new Gender Equality website

The OECD Gender Data Portal includes 40 selected indicators shedding light on gender inequalities in education, employment and entrepreneurship -- the focus areas of the OECD Gender Initiative. Data and metadata for all the indicators are easily and freely accessible and displayed through interactive visualizations. (...) 

 

 

07/04/2012

OECD Gender Initiative

The OECD has launched the Gender data browser: a Ms-Excel interactive tool to explore and assess key gender outcomes in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship. The browser allows users to compare and contrast the outcomes among OECD countries and the enhanced engagement partners across 16 key indicators.  (...) 

 

 

13/08/2013

NGO Shadow report to CEDAW 2011

This Shadow Report is a joint initiative by 30 Norwegian NGOs. Each organisation has contributed their expertise and knowledge in their particular field. The issues raised in particular sections reflect the concerns and the expertise of these organisations. (...) 

 

 

11/10/2011

Link Between Fertility Declines and Women's Empowerment Could be Transformative

Empowering women – that is, creating conditions that build their confidence, self-reliance and ability to make strategic life choices – is increasingly seen as a key to achieving broad international development goals. (...) 

 

 

29/11/2012

Le féminisme et la critique juridique en Colombie et en Amérique Latine : Introduction à la réflexion

Cet article retrace certains sujets exposés dans la communication présentée par Isabel Cristina Jaramillo "Théorie juridique féministe comme intervention dans les études de développement », lors du colloque international « Sous le développement : le genre", qui a eu lieu à Genève, en septembre 2012. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

20/11/2011

Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey

The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project (MGEPP) is a multi-year, multi-country effort to build the evidence base on how to change public institutions and policies to better foster gender equality and to raise awareness among policymakers and program planners of the need to involve men in health, development and gender equality issues. (...) 

 

 

31/12/2012

Guidebook for mentoring young women in Europe

Equal access and participation of women and girls in decision-making processes at all levels is not a reality in today's Europe. Gender equality is not accomplished. Mentoring proved to be a tool for fostering empowerment of young women.  (...) 

 

 

03/03/2013

Gender Training for the Security Sector: Lessons identified and practical resources

On 4-6 June 2012, DCAF hosted a three-day workshop on gender training for the security sector in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop brought together thirty-six gender training experts from around the world to share and discuss good practices and lessons learned in delivering gender training to defence, police and other security audiences.  (...) 

 

 

17/04/2012

Gender inequalities in the European Union - European Parliament Eurobarometer Flash survey (EB flash 341)

This year, on International Women's Day (8 March), the European Parliament will be focusing on the pay gap between women and men. In this connection, Parliament asked TNS Opinion to carry out a Flash telephone survey, which was conducted on 19 and 20 January 2012 among 25 539 European citizens in the 27 EU Member States. (en français également) (...) 

 

 

02/04/2012

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

The Gender Equity Index (GEI) measures the gap between women and men in education, the economy and political empowerment. Social Watch computes a value for the gender gap in each of the three areas in a scale from 0 (when for example no women is educated at all and all men are) to 100 (perfect equality). The GEI, in turn, is the simple average of the three dimensions. (...) 

 

 

10/05/2012

Gender equality: it's your business

This Briefing for Business is intended for senior managers in global and national companies, especially those retailing and producing food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and which source goods or labour in developing countries. Although many companies already do much to protect human rights in their operations and value chains, there is more that they can and must do. (...) 

 

 

25/06/2012

Gender Equality and Climate Change: Report

Climate change is one of the key challenges of our times. Saving the climate for today and for the future generations belongs to one of the European Union priorities. Research shows that climate change affects women and men differently. (...) 

 

 

12/02/2013

Gender equality 'central' to all other development, say women's groups

Women and children play a major role in poverty alleviation and are expected to feature prominently in any future development goals, it emerged during debates in Liberia this week.  (...) 

 

 

24/09/2012

Gender and Health

The impact of gender inequalities on women's and men's health can take a number of forms, affecting not only health outcomes and health status, but also access to preventive and curative services. Moreover, the different health needs and opportunities available to men and women accompany them throughout their life course, from infancy to adolescence and adulthood. (...) 

 

 

06/07/2013

Gender and Disability: An Overview of the Status of Women With Disabilities in Australia

Gender affects the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of their human rights. Gender refers to the social differences and relations between men and women which are learned, vary widely among societies and cultures, and change over time. (...) 

 

 

18/11/2011

From Words to Action : Best Practices for Women's Participation in Latin American Political Parties

Even though women represent more than half of the voting population in many countries and have been widely incorporated into the economic sphere over the last decade, reality tells us that there is still an important gap between these advances and women's access to elected or political party positions. (...) 

 

 

10/12/2012

Focus on Rwanda - A Conference on Gender Research and Activism: Proceedings

The publication of this report more than 18 months after the 2011 conference sessions is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on the progress made against the challenges and aims expressed, especially in the summing up. (...) 

 

 

21/06/2012

Equinet good practice guide on promoting diversity in the workplace

Equinet wishes through this publication to support equality bodies in this endeavour and offer practical steps and guidance to usefully put the concepts of diversity and equality policies into practice. (...) 

 

 

21/01/2012

EGI-InSPIRE Gender Action Plan

EGI-InSPIRE has included a Gender Action Plan in its deliverables and is committed to working towards gender equality in its spheres of influence. This document outlines the activities and strategies that will be used during the project to achieve its goals in these areas. (...) 

 

 

13/10/2013

De nombreux pays évoluent progressivement vers l'éradication des discriminations fondées sur le sexe, mais il est possible de faire mieux, déclare Jim Yong Kim, président du Groupe Banque mondiale

Un nouveau rapport Banque mondiale/IFC révèle que les barrières juridiques et réglementaires qui entravent la participation des femmes à la vie économique ont globalement diminué durant les cinquante dernières années, même si de nombreuses lois défavorables aux femmes sont encore en vigueur. (...) 

 

 

31/03/2013

Data for the evaluation of the European semester process from a gender equality perspective

The study sets out 83 indicators for the inclusion of the gender perspective in the evaluation of the Europe 2020 Strategy during the European Semester process. The indicators encompass the five EU 2020 headline targets and will introduce a gender perspective into the indicators dashboard of the European Semester. (...) 

 

 

07/11/2011

Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle

While disparities in education, health and protection between boys and girls in developing countries are less stark than once thought during the early childhood years and in some cases have reached parity, significant gaps, mostly favouring males, grow through early adolescence to young adulthood, according to a UNICEF report.  (...) 

 

 

14/10/2013

Because of who I am: homophobia, transphobia, and hate crimes in Europe

“They wanted to butcher me just because of who I am, because I have a face that is a bit masculine and because they understood I was a trans person from my voice” - Michelle, Italy, March 2013 (...) 

 

 

23/11/2012

A first step towards meritocracy

European Women's Lobby welcomes Commission's legislative proposal for greater gender balance on boards of administration and calls on EU legislators to strengthen text (...) 

 

 

23/09/2013

2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index : Understanding the drivers of gender inequality

The 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) shows that countries have made promising progress in tackling discriminatory social institutions in some areas. Latin America and the Caribbean shows the lowest level of overall discrimination against women in the 2012 SIGI rankings. South Asia has improved its position from the lowest ranked region in 2009 to the fourth ranked region in 2012.  (...) 

 

 

11/09/2012

2012 SIGI (Social Institutions and Gender Index) - Understanding the drivers of gender inequality

Instead of measuring gender gaps in outcomes such as employment and education, the SIGI instead captures discriminatory social institutions, such as early marriage, discriminatory inheritance practices, violence against women, son preference, restricted access to public space and restricted access to land and credit. (...) 

 

 

03/12/2012

"No modern European democracy without gender equality"

In 2014, Europeans will elect a new European Parliament. Will there be gender balance among the MEPs? Will the President of the European Parliament be a woman after 13 years with male presidents? We will also see a new European Commission led by its President. Will the Commission consist of 50% women and 50% men? Will the President be a woman for the first time? (...) 

 

 


M2015-V24 – Media - Médias


20/10/2012

Women Journalists In The Eye Of The Storm

Threats and violence against women journalists are on the rise in many regions of the world. In their work exposing injustices and bearing witness to human rights violations, women journalists are women human rights defenders and as such are in need of better security and protection mechanisms.  (...) 

 

 

20/06/2013

Women and Girls as Subjects of Media's Attention and Advertisement Campaigns in EU (2013)

This study addresses the representation of women and girls in media and advertisement campaigns. In particular, the study focuses on ways the social imagery diffused by the media can lead to gender-based discrimination and hinder gender equality. (...) 

 

 

04/05/2012

Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues

This toolkit is both a human rights reference guide and a workbook for journalists and civic activists who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way. (...) 

 

 

10/11/2013

Social media: weapon of masses

Social media often works as a tool to pressurize the government on several social, political and economic issues  (...) 

 

 

13/01/2012

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone

"L'avenir est si sombre, qu'adviendra-il de nous ? Que nous reste t-il, à nous jeunes africains, avec nos Etats, on n'aspire plus à rien. Mais à qui nous plaindre, vers qui se tourner ? La colère nous monte car la honte est si profonde. On a échoué, il est temps de se réveiller. Jeunesse africaine, passe à l'action" (...) 

 

 

25/10/2012

MICA: visibilizando a las mujeres cineastas

Acaba de ser lanzada durante el Festival de San Sebastián (España) la Red de Mujeres Iberoamericanas de Cine y Medios Audiovisuales (MICA), cuyo objetivo es fortalecer la tarea de las realizadoras mujeres de la región. (...) 

 

 

05/05/2013

Media Impact on Girls in the US, China and India through a Gendered Filter

While infanticide or sex selective abortion in rural areas of the world may seem to have little to do with a famous musician who is a domestic abuser from the first world who avoids criminal punishment while being applauded and glamourized, the message going out to girls is consistent: they are not valued in the same way that boys are. (...) 

 

 

25/01/2012

Media for and by women: an historical perspective

A major goal of the WPCC is to help develop a de-westernised and transcultural sphere that engages both young and established scholars from different parts of the world in a critical debate about the relationship between communication, culture and society in the 21st Century.  (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

29/12/2011

IFJ Denounces Extreme Levels of Violence Faced by Women Journalists Worldwide

In a letter addressed to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to mark International Day on the Elimination of violence against women and girls, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) points at the extreme levels of violence women journalists face while carrying out their professional duties. (...) 

 

 

09/12/2011

Harnessing the Power of Videos - A Video Story telling Training Toolkit for Organizations Working with Adolescent Girls

As advances in communication and technology bring people from all corners of the globe together to share their stories, opinions, and experiences, the role of visual tools such as video in spreading these messages cannot be overlooked. (...) 

 

 

13/10/2012

Girl Power In Saudi: Female Filmmaker Creates Landmark Cinema

The Saudi female director of a new feature film, showing at the Venice film festival, has explained how she beat the odds to produce the heartwarming tale of a girl's quest to own a bicycle.  (...) 

 

 

22/01/2012

Courage in journalism awards

It takes courage to report the news in many parts of the world. Each year, the International Women's Media Foundation honors that courage and promotes the importance of a free press with its Courage in Journalism Awards, the only international awards that recognize the bravery of women journalists.  (...) 

 

 

11/07/2013

“Sound mixing is as easy as cooking a curry”: Q & A with Bianca Miglioretto

As the UN marks World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, UN Women speaks to the Vice-President of the Women's International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Asia Pacific Chapter, on her work and on introducing radio technologies to community radio producers.  (...) 

 

 


M2015-V25 – Violence - Violence


11/08/2013

Women without men vulnerable in South Sudan's refugee camps

Mahasa is one of many women who have fled, unaccompanied by their husbands, to Maban County in South Sudan's Upper Nile State, escaping the fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile State between government forces and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North. Mahasa's husband is still in Blue Nile, fighting alongside the rebels.  (...) 

 

 

20/10/2012

Women Journalists In The Eye Of The Storm

Threats and violence against women journalists are on the rise in many regions of the world. In their work exposing injustices and bearing witness to human rights violations, women journalists are women human rights defenders and as such are in need of better security and protection mechanisms.  (...) 

 

 

08/11/2012

Women and the European Union (2009-2012)

Following the joint conference of the European Parliament and of national parliaments on gender equality issues which took place the 3 October 2012 and in preparation for the 2014 European elections, the Directorate-General for Communication (the Public Opinion Monitoring Unit) has carried out a desk research on gender equality issues. (...) 

 

 

25/11/2013

Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women & How Can We Prevent?

The study aimed to deepen the understanding of the meaning and causes of men's violence against women. The study was premised on the well-documented hypothesis that violence against women is a manifestation of unequal gender relations and harmful manifestations of hegemonic masculinity governed by patriarchal beliefs, institutions and systems. Yet, it is a fact that not all men perpetrate violence against women and so the study sought to elicit the factors that may be implicated in why some men are more or less likely to abuse women. (...) 

 

 

04/06/2012

White Ribbon Campaign - Working to End Violence Against Women

The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women. (...) 

 

 

15/06/2013

When partnership becomes unbearable

Many older women live in a relationship. Some of them are based on partnership and mutual respect and appreciation of each other. Other older women live in relationships which have over time become unbearable, some were from the start. Those older women had and have a lot to endure. Doing something about this is often difficult or even unthinkable. (...) 

 

 

20/04/2013

What works? Best practices to prevent human trafficking

"We have for 20 years provided grass root support to mainly women who Self-identify as having survived torture victimization including human trafficking perpetrated by private individuals or non-State actors." (...) 

 

 

07/09/2013

Violence against Women

The European Court of Human Rights have updated their fact sheet on Violence against Women - providing detailed information about case law.  (...) 

 

 

05/03/2013

UN experts urge US Congress to renew Violence Against Women Act

Two United Nations experts urged the United States House of Representatives to approve a revised bill which strengthens the legal options for female victims of violence and sexual abuse, and extends protections to indigenous, immigrant and gay victims.  (...) 

 

 

19/12/2012

UN committee approves first-ever text calling for end to female genital mutilation

United Nations Member States have approved the first-ever draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation, in a move hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting millions of women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

19/03/2013

UN commission on women ends with adoption of global plan to end gender-based violence

The 17-page 'Agreed Conclusions' of the Commission “condemns in the strongest terms the pervasive violence against women and girls, and calls for increased attention and accelerated action for prevention and response,” said in a statement the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which supports the Commission.  (...) 

 

 

19/02/2013

Triple Jeopardy: Gender-based violence and human rights violations experienced by women with disabilities in Cambodia

The study found that women with disabilities and women without disabilities faced similar levels of sexual, physical and emotional violence by partners. However, the picture that emerged in terms of family violence (excluding partners) was starkly different.  (...) 

 

 

10/07/2013

Trafficking: Legislative changes and their implementation in Spain

Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of exploitation is a cruel reality that raises the concern of the people who work in the defence of human rights, international agencies and, more recently, of governments. The causes of the phenomenon of human trafficking are unseen and hidden. Women and girls are the most vulnerable to this state of slavery.  (...) 

 

 

29/03/2013

Too Much Pain: Female Genital Mutilation & Asylum in the European Union - A Statistical Overview (2013)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This harmful traditional practice is most common in the western, eastern, and north-eastern regions of Africa; in some countries in Asia and the Middle East; and among migrant and refugee communities from these areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America. (...) 

 

 

06/11/2012

The unwanted girl

"In early June, Vijaymala Patekar, a mother of four girls, haemorrhaged to death at a hospital in Parli, Beed district, Maharashtra. She was reportedly in her second trimester of pregnancy. Her family had allegedly forced her to abort the foetus when they learnt it was a girl child."  (...) 

 

 

04/06/2013

The true extent of violence against women remains hidden

To mark International Women's Day on 8 March, FRA announces that in early 2014, it will launch the main result report from its EU-wide survey on violence against women. (...) 

 

 

03/07/2012

Tackling Gender Exclusion: Experiences From The Gender Inclusive Cities Programme

The safe cities for women field is still relatively new and knowledge gaps remain, mostly related to the dimensions of the problem, the interaction between gender and other factors in creating insecurity/exclusion, and the effectiveness of strategies for creating safer and more inclusive cities. (...) 

 

 

12/08/2012

Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice

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16/11/2013

Statement by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on its relationship with non-governmental organizations - 45th session

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (hereinafter “the Committee”) considers that its close cooperation with non-governmental organisations (NGOs)1 working on women's human rights is essential for the promotion and implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (hereinafter “the Convention”) and its Optional Protocol. (...) 

 

 

15/06/2012

Son avenir... que vaut-il pour vous ?

Le rapport du LEF ‘Son avenir...que vaut-il pour vous ?' présente la variété des activités du LEF et de ses membres au cours des années 2010-2011, et appelle au soutien de la cause du LEF, les droits des femmes et l'égalité femmes-hommes en Europe. (...) 

 

 

07/07/2012

Schools as Battlegrounds - Protecting Students, Teachers, and Schools from Attack

Of the 72 million primary school-age children not currently attending school worldwide, more than half—39 million—live in countries afflicted by armed conflict. In many of these countries, armed groups threaten and kill students and teachers and bomb and burn schools as tactics of the conflict. (...) 

 

 

07/08/2013

Resolution 2106 (2013) Adopted by the Security Council at its 6984th meeting, on 24 June 2013

The Security Council [...] Affirms that sexual violence, when used or commissioned as a method or tactic of war or as a part of a widespread or systematic attack against civilian populations, can significantly exacerbate and prolong situations of armed conflict and may impede the restoration of international peace and security, etc. (...) 

 

 

01/11/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

The present report is the second submitted by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, to the General Assembly, pursuant to resolution 65/187. The report provides an overview of the activities of the Special Rapporteur and discusses the issue of violence against women with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

30/08/2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

The report comprises a thematic analysis of a human rights-based approach to the administration of criminal justice in cases of trafficking in persons. (...) 

 

 

13/05/2013

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

Diverse Human Rights agreements and declarations affirm the rights and freedoms of all individuals, including rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion. However, they also affirm the right to a life free of violence, and the duty of States, notwithstanding diverse cultures, religions and traditions, to fulfill their obligations. (...) 

 

 

27/08/2013

Overwhelming opposition to female genital mutilation/cutting, yet millions of girls still at risk

A majority of people in most countries where female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is concentrated oppose the harmful practice, according to a new UNICEF report issued today. Despite that opposition, more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM/C and 30 million girls are still at risk of being cut in the next decade.  (...) 

 

 

16/05/2012

No Place for Children - Child Recruitment, Forced Marriage, and Attacks on Schools in Somalia

This report documents al-Shabaab's targeting of children for recruitment as soldiers, forced marriage, and rape, with a focus on abuses in 2010 and 2011. In addition, it documents how the group has targeted students, teachers, and school buildings for attack. (...) 

 

 

25/10/2011

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security: Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security is alarmed at the latest reports by its member organizations and the United Nations of mass rape and other crimes against civilians perpetrated in the Fizi area of South Kivu by troops of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (...) 

 

 

06/03/2012

Nearly 2,000 African communities end female genital mutilation

A new United Nations report shows that almost 2,000 communities across Africa abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) last year, prompting calls for a renewed global push to end this harmful practice once and for all. (...) 

 

 

07/01/2012

Mondialisation, prostitution et violences

Le 18 octobre avait lieu la journée européenne de lutte contre la traite des êtres humains, à cette occasion, Justice et Paix, encouragée par des volontaires, a organisé une rencontre ayant pour thème : "Mondialisation, prostitution et violences".  (...) 

 

 

09/11/2012

Mobilising Men in Practice - Challenging sexual and gender-based violence in institutional settings

Men need to be involved in reflective, in-depth discussions and comprehensive campaigns focused on ending violence against women. This report documents the work of one such effort, the Mobilising Men initiative, led by the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex in Britain) with support from UNFPA. (...) 

 

 

07/02/2013

Message of Michelle Bachelet for the International Day for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation and other messages

UN Women joined women and men, boys and girls around the world in a call to action for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM). The adoption of the landmark resolution banning female genital mutilation by the UN General Assembly this past December is a step in the right direction.  (...) 

 

 

17/06/2012

MEPs give prostitution at sporting events the red card in support of EWL campaign

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from nine countries and all political groups gathered together on 30 May in support of the European Women's Lobby's campaign against prostitution around sporting events. Millennia2015 was present at the event to say "No to prostitution". (...) 

 

 

27/11/2013

Masculinity, Son Preference & Intimate Partner Violence

In India, as well as in several other countries of Asia, son preference has been pervasive for centuries. Son preference is deeply rooted in patriarchal cultural and religious beliefs that uphold the essential value of having a son in a family. (...) 

 

 

18/12/2012

Making hate crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims' rights

Discrimination and intolerance persist in the European Union (EU) despite the best efforts of Member States to root them out, FRA research shows. Verbal abuse, physical attacks and murders motivated by prejudice target EU society in all its diversity, from visible minorities to those with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

08/11/2013

Let's End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Our Generation

Millions of girls around the world are still threatened by genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite a century of efforts to put an end to it. More than 125 million girls and women have been cut in almost 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. An estimated 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030, if current trends continue.  (...) 

 

 

19/06/2013

Les Mariages forcés à Bruxelles: Synthèse de l'étude portant sur les mariages forcés en région de Bruxelles-Capitale

La présente étude sur le phénomène des mariages forcés en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale a été réalisée dans le cadre du Plan d'Action National de lutte contre la violence (PAN) entre partenaires et d'autres formes de violences intrafamiliales. (...) 

 

 

12/07/2012

Les jeunes filles victimes de l'esclavage moderne : le phenomène mpunda en RDC

Cet article a été proposé par Mme Mireille IDIAMASHI TSHIBANDA, éducatrice sociale en RDC. Elle aborde ici la question du placement des jeunes filles dans les familles d'accueil, et l'impact que cela a sur leur développement et leur autonomisation. Elle propose ici des pistes d'actions concrètes pour venir à bout des violences dont souffrent ces esclaves modernes.  (...) 

 

 

06/12/2012

Le système prostitueur : violence machiste archaïque - Actes du colloque

Le colloque, organisé par Regards de Femmes, avait pour objectif d'informer sur la réalité de la violence et de l'archaïsme des rapports femmes-hommes sous-jacents au système prostitueur et de réfléchir ensemble aux actions à mener pour agir contre cette violence sexuelle, afin de construire un projet de société où la sexualité sera enfin délivrée des violences dans un souci de justice, d'égalité et de progrès.  (...) 

 

 

06/05/2012

Key Results and Highlights 2011

The 2011 annual report highlights the gains, challenges and best practices for the abandonment of FGM/C and offers select indicators on progress in policy and advocacy, capacity building, partnerships and media coverage. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

27/06/2012

Information note prepared by OHCHR for NGO participation

The Committee welcomes country-specific information from NGOs. Once received, OHCHR posts documents containing this information on its website, under the relevant CEDAW session. Coordination of report writing amongst NGOs is highly encouraged. (...) 

 

 

29/12/2011

IFJ Denounces Extreme Levels of Violence Faced by Women Journalists Worldwide

In a letter addressed to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to mark International Day on the Elimination of violence against women and girls, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) points at the extreme levels of violence women journalists face while carrying out their professional duties. (...) 

 

 

05/06/2012

Identifying and Protecting High Risk Victims of Gender Based Violence

The project PROTECT aims at contributing to the prevention and reduction of the most serious forms of gender-based violence against girls, young women and their children, such as grievous bodily harm, homicide and attempted homicide, including so-called honour crimes and killings. (...) 

 

 

29/01/2012

Human Trafficking - A Human Rights-Based Approach

Article 1: "When transposing the Directive, Member States are encouraged to mention the gender-specific nature of trafficking in human beings, and thus the need for gender-sensitive provisions." (...) 

 

 

18/09/2013

Head of UN Women condemns intimidation, targeted killings of female Afghan officials

The head of the United Nations body tasked with promoting women's rights today condemned the intimidation and targeted killings of female Afghan officials and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.  (...) 

 

 

29/03/2012

Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan

UNAMA Human Rights' 57-page report Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan documents particular customary practices that violate the rights of women and girls throughout Afghanistan, describes the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's response to these practices and makes recommendations to end such practices. (...) 

 

 

27/05/2013

Girls affected by FGM down to one quarter in northern Somalia

Only one quarter of northern Somali girls under the age of 15 have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM), new data from Unicef shows - demonstrating a significant reduction in the country's FGM occurrence rates, which was previously seen practised almost universally.  (...) 

 

 

17/04/2012

Gender inequalities in the European Union - European Parliament Eurobarometer Flash survey (EB flash 341)

This year, on International Women's Day (8 March), the European Parliament will be focusing on the pay gap between women and men. In this connection, Parliament asked TNS Opinion to carry out a Flash telephone survey, which was conducted on 19 and 20 January 2012 among 25 539 European citizens in the 27 EU Member States. (en français également) (...) 

 

 

27/12/2011

FRED et marie - La violence psychologique, c'est de la violence tout court

Moins visible que les coups...La violence psychologique n'en détruit pas moins celles et ceux qui en sont victimes. Contrairement à la violence physique, la violence psychologique est plus difficile à identifier mais tout aussi destructrice. (...) 

 

 

03/10/2012

Forgotten Sisters - A Report on Violence Against Women with Disabilities: An Overview of its Nature, Scope, Causes and Consequences

This report, prepared by scholars and human rights advocates who are members of the Working Group on Violence against Women with Disabilities, focuses on the prevalence and pervasiveness of violence against women and girls with disabilities. (...) 

 

 

23/02/2013

Fighting FGM: Girls' right to education versus traditional practices

Attaining primary and secondary school education for girls in Liberia remains a major challenge. Girls aged below 10 years are pulled out of formal education, by traditionalists, and forced to take part in traditional female initiation ceremonies, which include Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), in informal settings locally known as “bush schools”. (...) 

 

 

25/05/2013

Femmes et Filles pour la Reconstruction d'Haïti

travers le monde, les femmes demeurent marginalisées dans les sphères de décisions politique, économique et sociale. En Haïti, les femmes représentent 52% de la population et jouent un rôle fondamental dans leurs communautés et leurs familles. En effet, plus de la moitié des ménages haïtiens ont des femmes à leurs têtes. (...) 

 

 

11/05/2013

Female genital mutilation in the European Union and Croatia

This report aims to support policy makers and all relevant institutions by providing them with reliable and comparable data for evidence-based actions and policy improvement in the area of FGM. (...) 

 

 

02/11/2012

Eradicating sexual violence in conflict not ‘a mission impossible' – UN senior official

The elimination of sexual violence in conflict is not impossible, a United Nations senior official said today, stressing that to fully eradicate this scourge there needs to be a stronger political will from governments as well as adequate legal frameworks in place to prosecute perpetrators.  (...) 

 

 

23/12/2011

Elder Abuse Awareness Community Guide Tool Kit (2011)

Elder Abuse is a universal problem. It is prevalent everywhere. Abuse can occur anywhere, by anyone, but frequently it is familial, institutional and social. Raising awareness and prevention of elder abuse requires the involvement of everyone. (...) 

 

 

15/11/2012

Draft resolution on female genital cutting sent to United Nations

African member states of the United Nations have submitted a draft resolution on ending female genital mutilation (FGM) to the U.N. General Assembly, in what campaigners have hailed as a landmark step to end a practice that has been inflicted on up to 140 million women and girls.  (...) 

 

 

12/06/2012

Draft report on women's working conditions in the service sector

"In 2010, in the EU, employment in the service sector accounted for 69.4 % of all jobs, while in industry this figure was 25.4 % and in agriculture 5.2 %. Most of the female workforce is employed in the service sector: 83.1 % compared with 58.1 % of the male workforce." (...) 

 

 

31/01/2012

Discriminatory laws leave stateless women open to abuse

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged countries to tackle a major cause of statelessness -- nationality laws that discriminate against women, saying without citizenship women are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.  (...) 

 

 

04/01/2012

Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School

Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School presents new evidence on sexual harassment, including cyber-harassment, in middle and high schools. It examines sexual harassment as reported in a nationwide survey of students in grades 7–12 conducted in May and June 2011. (...) 

 

 

10/06/2012

Communications Procedure of the Commission on the Status of Women

Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world by 1 August 2012. (...) 

 

 

16/07/2012

Combating gender-based violence in Haiti's displacement camps

Nearly two years after the massive Haiti earthquake, half a million people remain in displacement camps that have become breeding grounds for gender-based violence (GBV). Why does this travesty persist and what is being done to stop it? (...) 

 

 

31/10/2013

Collectif Féministe Contre le Viol - Bulletin 2013

Ce bulletin couvre les années statistiques 2008, 2009, 2010 et 2011, ainsi que les analyses des mêmes années. (...) 

 

 

22/07/2012

Chinese Woman Forcibly Aborted at Seven Months

Women's Rights Without Frontiers has learned that a woman was forcibly aborted at seven months of pregnancy on June 3, 2012.  (...) 

 

 

18/03/2012

Cause of Death: Woman

Cause of Death: Woman is a unique investigative report on violence against women. One in three women around the world is subjected to physical, sexual or some other form of violence during her lifetime. Between 2010 and 2012, the situation in ten countries has been examined.  (...) 

 

 

12/05/2013

Can technology help African women to fight corruption?

According to Transparency International Kenya, inadequate complaints handling mechanisms currently exist in institutions in Kenya and East Africa. Institutions are not responsive to complaints and this is reflected by the latest East African Bribery Index Report, which shows that only 5.5 percent of Kenyans bother to report complaints. (...) 

 

 

26/06/2013

Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women

This study offers a unique opportunity to rally behind the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign of the United Nations Secretary-General and to remain steadfast to the recommendations of his two 2006 global studies on violence against children and violence against women. (...) 

 

 

31/05/2012

Bearing children through rape in eastern Congo: Community and state responses

This executive summary is based on a research programme that examined women and girl's experiences of bearing children from rape and the health and justice responses to survivors in Goma, eastern Congo. (...) 

 

 

15/08/2012

An EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in Human beings

Trafficking in Human beings is the slavery of our times. June 2012 estimates from the International Labour Organisation put the number of victims of forced labour, including forced sexual exploitation, at 20.9 million at a global level1. 5.5 million of these are children. Such global estimates are even considered to be conservative. (...) 

 

 

09/07/2013

An activist fights breast ironing, a ritual mutilation practice of girls in Cameroon

In Cameroon, the breast, one of the most conspicuous signs of a woman's femininity, is a target for ritual mutilation. Breast ironing, a practice that involves flattening a young girl's breasts with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells among other objects, is often carried out by an older female relative on a victim.  (...) 

 

 

12/02/2008

Amina Lawal, símbolo de la lucha contra la lapidación

Puede que sea el nombre propio que más se asocie al de “lapidación”. Amina Lawal consiguió gracias a la presión internacional ser absuelta y no morir lapidada. Su culpa, haber tenido un hijo fuera del matrimonio. (...) 

 

 

01/09/2012

Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (C4D)

Safer cities strive to create public spaces that are open and accessible to everyone, without exception. Most cities, however, are not totally safe for adolescent girls. What's more, they are run and developed predominantly without their needs being taken into account. (...) 

 

 

10/11/2012

Abuse of a position of vulnerability and other "means" within the definiton of trafficking in persons

UNODC launched an issue paper on clarification of the meaning of the abuse of a position of vulnerability within the definition of trafficking in persons in the Trafficking Protocol.  (...) 

 

 

11/09/2012

2012 SIGI (Social Institutions and Gender Index) - Understanding the drivers of gender inequality

Instead of measuring gender gaps in outcomes such as employment and education, the SIGI instead captures discriminatory social institutions, such as early marriage, discriminatory inheritance practices, violence against women, son preference, restricted access to public space and restricted access to land and credit. (...) 

 

 

02/04/2013

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign - 2012 Analytical Summary

The 22nd annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign was the biggest in its history, with thousands of activists worldwide participating to promote an end to gender-based violence. (...) 

 

 

21/11/2012

"La loi était contre moi" - Accès des femmes migrantes à la protection contre la violence intrafamiliale en Belgique

Le rapport de 59 pages a décelé trois grandes lacunes dans la protection des femmes migrantes victimes de violence intrafamiliale dans ce pays. Les femmes qui migrent vers la Belgique pour rejoindre un mari ou un partenaire peuvent être menacées d'expulsion si elles dénoncent la violence pendant la période où leur statut est en cours de validation. (...) 

 

 

23/11/2010

"As If We Weren't Human" - Discrimination and Violence against Women with Disabilities in Northern Uganda

Women with disabilities in northern Uganda face serious abuse and discrimination by strangers, neighbors, and family members. Women interviewed for the report were denied basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter in the camps and in their communities. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V26 – Economy - Economie


01/06/2012

Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women's empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The "Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index" (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women's empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.  (...) 

 

 

03/07/2013

Why it's so difficult to measure progress and well-being in Africa

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the magical term often used to described the economic growth of a country. Governments, experts and news reports point to it as a measure of progress. In development, a field often dominated by economists, GDP is all but an obligatory part of the discussion when it comes to country level progress.  (...) 

 

 

14/11/2013

The Global Gender Gap Report 2013

The Global Gender Gap Index introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time. (...) 

 

 

07/10/2013

Statement submitted to UN NGLS consultation on the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons Report "A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"

"We welcome the High Level Panel's Report on a sustainable development framework post-2015, which endorses the Rio+20 principle that the new development agenda should be grounded firmly in respect for universal human rights in order to achieve the objective of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030." (...) 

 

 

15/06/2012

Son avenir... que vaut-il pour vous ?

Le rapport du LEF ‘Son avenir...que vaut-il pour vous ?' présente la variété des activités du LEF et de ses membres au cours des années 2010-2011, et appelle au soutien de la cause du LEF, les droits des femmes et l'égalité femmes-hommes en Europe. (...) 

 

 

28/02/2012

Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion - Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies

UN Women informs us that “women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.”1 To shed light on why this grim statistic still holds true, Women, Business and the Law aims to examine legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 of the world's economies. (...) 

 

 

16/02/2013

Quantifying the Impact of Women's Participation in Post-Conflict Economic Recovery

This report presents the results of a study commissioned by UN Women to the Institute of Development Studies on the integration of women in post-conflict economic recovery processes. (...) 

 

 

06/02/2013

Putting women at the centre of the post 2015 economic transformation agenda

As we approach the deadline for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), attention is being given to a successor framework. The High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) on Post 2015 in particular is working to identify future priorities given radically different contexts. (...) 

 

 

07/12/2011

Panorama de la société 2011 - Cuisiner, s'occuper des enfants, construire ou réparer: le travail non rémunéré à travers le monde

Ce chapitre spécial met en évidence l'importance du travail non rémunéré en tant qu'indicateur clé du bien-être, en s'appuyant sur des enquêtes détaillées sur l'emploi du temps réalisées dans 26 pays de l'OCDE, ainsi qu'en Chine, en Inde et en Afrique du Sud. (...) 

 

 

03/05/2013

Off the balance sheet: the impact of the economic crisis on girls and young women

This report by Plan and ODI examines the continuing and deepening impact of the economic crisis on girls and young women worldwide. Long standing economic trends, entrenched gender inequality and austerity budgets have all left girls and their families bearing the brunt of fewer resources and reduced access to services.  (...) 

 

 

23/10/2013

Les envois de fonds vers les pays en développement devraient dépasser les 410 milliards de dollars en 2013, selon la Banque mondiale

Les envois de fonds vers les pays en développement devraient connaître une croissance de 6,3 % cette année, pour s'établir à 414 milliards de dollars, et ils devraient franchir la barre des 500 milliards de dollars d'ici 2016, selon les estimations et prévisions révisées publiées ce jour par la Banque mondiale.  (...) 

 

 

14/09/2012

Investing in Women Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders is Smart Economics

"Investing in women's entrepreneurial leadership, and the empowerment of women, is smart economics - which is why women's empowerment is one of the most important development priorities for the countries of Asia and the Pacific," said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

02/04/2012

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

The Gender Equity Index (GEI) measures the gap between women and men in education, the economy and political empowerment. Social Watch computes a value for the gender gap in each of the three areas in a scale from 0 (when for example no women is educated at all and all men are) to 100 (perfect equality). The GEI, in turn, is the simple average of the three dimensions. (...) 

 

 

16/11/2011

Gender and Climate Finance: Double Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development

Climate change is real, it is happening already, and its impacts on people are not gender-neutral. It is affecting men and women all over the world differently, especially in the world's poorest countries and amongst the most vulnerable people and communities. (...) 

 

 

16/12/2011

Despite Uneven Progress, Women Remain in the Promise of Economic Change

The business case for investing in the world's women is strong, and data illustrate the powerful market potential of women living in low- and middle-income countries. (...) 

 

 

09/04/2012

CSOs from around the world in DPI/NGO Bonn Conference agree on 17 Sustainable Development goals to take to Rio+20

"To achieve the goals of Rio + 20 in an ambitious, time-bound and accountable manner, we call upon governments in accordance with human rights, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and respective capabilities to adopt the draft Sustainable Development Goals together with the sub-goals, reasons and clarifications relating to each goal."  (...) 

 

 

11/11/2012

Contribution to the European Commission Public Consultation on ‘Exploiting the employment potential of the personal and household services'

The EWL welcomes the European Commission's proposal to address the issue of personal and household services, a sector where employment is predominantly female. However, the EWL is deeply concerned that the way in which the issue is framed relates merely to cost effectiveness and the reduction of undeclared work.  (...) 

 

 

29/11/2013

Austerity Measures in Developing Countries: Public Expenditure Trends and the Risks to Children and Women

This study examines how austerity measures may have adversely affected children and women in a sample of 128 developing countries in 2012. It relies on International Monetary Fund (IMF) fiscal projections and IMF country reports to gauge how social assistance and other public spending decisions have evolved since the start of the global economic crisis. (...) 

 

 

06/04/2013

Aspiring Africa - The world's fastest-growing continent

Celebrations are in order on the poorest continent. Never in the half-century since it won independence from the colonial powers has Africa been in such good shape. Its economy is flourishing. Most countries are at peace. Ever fewer children bear arms and record numbers go to school. (...) 

 

 

24/04/2013

All Work and No Pay: Recognizing Women's Unpaid Labor in the Global South

Women around the world spend a great deal of time on unpaid care work every day, but such work often remains invisible. (...) 

 

 

23/11/2012

A first step towards meritocracy

European Women's Lobby welcomes Commission's legislative proposal for greater gender balance on boards of administration and calls on EU legislators to strengthen text (...) 

 

 

11/09/2012

2012 SIGI (Social Institutions and Gender Index) - Understanding the drivers of gender inequality

Instead of measuring gender gaps in outcomes such as employment and education, the SIGI instead captures discriminatory social institutions, such as early marriage, discriminatory inheritance practices, violence against women, son preference, restricted access to public space and restricted access to land and credit. (...) 

 

 

 

M2015-V27 – Politics - Politiques


15/10/2013

Women in Politics in Slovenia

Slovenia is one of the newer European states. This year it marked the 22nd anniversary of the independence declaration. It joined the European Union in 2004. Over twenty years of establishing and consolidating the new government institutions is at the same time a period of more or less intensive efforts to enhance the political power of women.  (...) 

 

 

01/10/2013

Women in National Parliaments - Update

The data in the table below has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by National Parliaments by 1st July 2013. 189 countries are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House. (...) 

 

 

12/09/2013

Women In Arts: Activism And Censorship

AWID spoke to Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour about how she addresses political issues in her art, the link between art and activism and why it is important to address censorship head on.  (...) 

 

 

08/11/2012

Women and the European Union (2009-2012)

Following the joint conference of the European Parliament and of national parliaments on gender equality issues which took place the 3 October 2012 and in preparation for the 2014 European elections, the Directorate-General for Communication (the Public Opinion Monitoring Unit) has carried out a desk research on gender equality issues. (...) 

 

 

29/05/2012

UN Women welcomes increased number of women in Algeria's Parliament

UN Women welcomes the increase in women's representation in the new parliament of Algeria. The percentage of women parliamentary members now stands at 31 percent, up from 8 percent during the previous period from 2007 through 2011. (...) 

 

 

01/04/2012

UN chief calls on countries to listen to voices of women and young people

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to empower women and youth, who have been at the centre of recent social protest movements worldwide, and warned countries against ignoring their voices as they are critical to countries' development. (...) 

 

 

21/02/2013

Two Decades Of Indigenous Women's Leadership In Latin America

Indigenous women have and continue to play key leadership roles in their communities as well as in international spaces. AWID talked to Otilia Lux de Coti, Executive Director of the Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF) about how indigenous women leadership has evolved in the past decades.  (...) 

 

 

15/06/2012

Son avenir... que vaut-il pour vous ?

Le rapport du LEF ‘Son avenir...que vaut-il pour vous ?' présente la variété des activités du LEF et de ses membres au cours des années 2010-2011, et appelle au soutien de la cause du LEF, les droits des femmes et l'égalité femmes-hommes en Europe. (...) 

 

 

09/05/2013

Shirin Ebadi Urges Arab Women to Keep the Faith

The 2003 Iranian Nobel Laureate said that the main obstacle for post-revolutionary Arab women is a "patriarchal culture" that imposes a false interpretation on Islam.  (...) 

 

 

17/08/2012

Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

Contrary to modernist predictions that religion would retreat into a private zone of worship and practice, recent decades have seen religion become increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. Does this matter? From the point of view of women's rights and gender equality, much is at stake. (...) 

 

 

14/04/2012

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone, bulletin n°5

Le discours institutionnalisé sur le genre est convenu et non productif de changement, car centré sur la présence, la visibilité, et non sur la transgression, le changement : les institutions du système pénalisent les femmes qui osent. Les jeunes femmes africaines sont-elles prêtes aux efforts et violences qu'implique la transgression de l'ordre de la subalternité, si cela doit impliquer inéluctablement la mort du père, ou du frère ? (...) 

 

 

09/11/2011

Participation politique des jeunes femmes en Afrique francophone

La participation politique est perçue par les jeunes femmes comme un devoir risqué. Leur engagement est fortement conditionné par leur environnement socioculturel et économique. Les jeunes femmes participent politiquement peu dans les institutions, mais massivement dans les espaces associatifs, avec des résultats marqués sur leurs capacités citoyennes (...) 

 

 

20/07/2012

NEXUS Shaping Feminist Visions in the 21st Century - Maximizing Resources to Realize Rights For All

As the world experiences increasing inequalities and gaps between and within countries, women's rights organizations are working to challenge current hegemonic systems and develop alternatives for change. (...) 

 

 

29/11/2012

Le féminisme et la critique juridique en Colombie et en Amérique Latine : Introduction à la réflexion

Cet article retrace certains sujets exposés dans la communication présentée par Isabel Cristina Jaramillo "Théorie juridique féministe comme intervention dans les études de développement », lors du colloque international « Sous le développement : le genre", qui a eu lieu à Genève, en septembre 2012. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

18/02/2013

Here Are the Women - 2012

This publication contains 81 profiles of rural women and young women in Fiji, the experiences of women in local government as well as experiences of women in post conflict democratization processes in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville, bringing together a series of narratives of women who continue to demonstrate the capacity for leadership. (...) 

 

 

02/06/2013

Gender-Sensitive Parliaments

In 2008, the Inter-Parliamentary Union began a collaborative project to examine the gender sensitivity of parliaments around the world. The IPU worked in partnership with the UNDPParliamentary Development Initiative in the Arab Region and International IDEA in Latin America. (...) 

 

 

21/02/2008

Frida Kahlo, icono de la cultura mexicana

La biografía de Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón está llena de sufrimiento. Tras padecer un accidente realmente dramático tuvo que pasar por un total de 35 operaciones de cirugía, principalmente en su espalda y su pierna y pie derecho, incluyendo la amputación de una de sus piernas. Según ella misma afirmaba su espalda olía terriblemente "a perro muerto" y en muchas ocasiones fue colgada con la cabeza hacia el suelo para poder fortalecer su columna. (...) 

 

 

10/12/2012

Focus on Rwanda - A Conference on Gender Research and Activism: Proceedings

The publication of this report more than 18 months after the 2011 conference sessions is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on the progress made against the challenges and aims expressed, especially in the summing up. (...) 

 

 

29/07/2012

Feminist Leadership for Social Transformation: Clearing the conceptual cloud

How can feminist leadership development equip women and men to lead differently, and transform the architecture of power both within their own organisations and movements, and the wider world? In order to consider this question, this paper sets out some existing definitions and concepts of leadership, looking at them through a feminist lens. (...) 

 

 

14/01/2012

Féminisme et multiculturalité

Le féminisme est un pur produit des sociétés développées. Comment est-il transposé dans les pays pauvres ? Et, surtout, comment est-il vécu par les femmes d'ici qui sont issues de l'immigration ?  (...) 

 

 

26/09/2012

Current Woman Leaders

This site is dedicated to the women who have ruled since the beginning of times - or as long as the sources date back.  (...) 

 

 

12/12/2012

Changer leur monde - Mouvements féministes,concepts et pratiques

Cette deuxième édition de Changer leur monde clarifie nos concepts des mouvements et des mouvements féministes en particulier par l'analyse de mouvements féministes forts et dynamiques des quatre coins du monde afin de comprendre leur évolution, leurs stratégies et leur influence.  (...) 

 

 

30/07/2012

Barbara Waxman Fiduccia and Disability Feminism

This collection of papers is named for Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, a pioneer in the field of Women and Disability Studies. Barbara lived her life boldly and gracefully on the cutting edge of disability and women‟s issues as they also intersected with many other realms. This piece offers recollections of Barbara‟s work and life, and reflections on disability feminism and the impact of activism on personal power. (...) 

 

 


M2015-V30 – Creativity - Créativité


12/09/2013

Women In Arts: Activism And Censorship

AWID spoke to Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour about how she addresses political issues in her art, the link between art and activism and why it is important to address censorship head on.  (...) 

 

 

15/05/2013

Roma Women Ditch the Script

When Katalin Bársony's grandmother wanted to send her daughter to high school in Budapest, her husband said she would become an “outsider whore.” Her grandmother didn't listen to him, went against tradition and as a result, Katalin's mother became a well-known activist for Roma rights.  (...) 

 

 

12/06/2013

Making art is more than intention: It's about communicating with the self

In the global upsurge of world creatives finding their way to the camera, the canvas, the clay pots as a means of not only creating art but of healing themselves and the world, women are creating art as a tool for personal and collective transformation. (...) 

 

 

24/10/2012

Interview of Marie-Anne Delahaut - "Women are the architects of their future"

"... Millennia2015's commitment is to highlight women's crucial role in society and their unrecognized capacity as builders of alternative futures, based on characteristics such as an innate future orientation, capacity to mediate and to network at all levels, capacity to be social actors, to face natural catastrophes and human conflicts by creating solidarity among women."  (...) 

 

 

12/10/2013

Gendered Innovations to inspire new discoveries using gender analysis

Professor Schiebinger emphasizes that gender bias is built into society and 'It is crucially important to identify gender bias in science and technology...' In turn, research institutions replicate unconscious gender bias in science and technology. (...) 

 

 

13/02/2013

Birthing Justice: The Link to Humanity -- Gift Economies

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