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28 Apr 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN / THE IRRAWADDY RANGOON — As elections near and Burma’s leading lady, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is still categorically barred from the country’s highest office, more and more political onlookers are raising the question of what role women will play in designing future policy.

Lway Aye Aung has some ideas, not just about how to increase women’s participation in guiding the country through its transition to democracy, but about how to make that participation both lasting and meaningful.

24 Apr 2015 description

KYIV, 24 April 2015 –The need for women, as active stakeholders in conflict, to be included in prevention and resolution processes was stressed during a workshop supported by the OSCE Project Co-ordination in Ukraine, OSCE Gender Section and UN Women on 23 and 24 April in Kyiv.

21 Apr 2015 description

15 April 2015 – Bissau-Guinean women are still facing many obstacles to achieve gender equality in Guinea-Bissau. Despite being more than half of the population, and although after last elections there was a slight increase of the number of women elected in the Parliament -14 over 102-, women continue to be underrepresented in decision-making processes.

15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

7428th Meeting (AM)

Nearly 70 Speakers Speak on ‘Great Moral Issue of Our Time’

In its fight against sexual violence in conflict, the world had arrived at a “new juncture”, characterized by ongoing, shocking crimes, but also by greater opportunity to respond to the scourge in a resolute and integrated manner, the United Nations’ top official on the issue told the Security Council today ahead of an open debate on women, peace and security.

13 Apr 2015 description

The Pacific Gender and Climate Change Toolkit was a highlight of a successful Pacific Gender and Climate Change Training that took place in Apia in March. The toolkit helps to provide real case studies and project documents as a focus point for activities and learning.

"The tools in the toolkit are so simple and easy to use, and can make the tiresome task of trying to mainstream gender into climate change responses and proposals so easy", stated Catherine Jones from United Nations Development Program.

09 Apr 2015 description
report UN Women

More than 700 young Palestinians have received leadership and gender-sensitivity training and several have collectively drafted an alternative constitution that challenges the status quo.

01 Apr 2015 description

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) poursuit sa célébration de la Journée internationale de la femme en organisant des rencontres sur les défis qui doivent être relevés pour accélérer la concrétisation de l’égalité des sexes.

01 Apr 2015 description

Les bancs se remplissent, les crayons s’aiguisent pour la prise de note… À l’UNIKIN (Université de Kinshasa), l’amphithéâtre se prépare studieusement. Près de 300 participants viennent assister à une conférence-débat sur "l’impact de l’autonomisation de la femme dans le développement de la RDC".

30 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

Ladies and gentlemen,

A very warm thank you from the African Union and my very sincere appreciation for your kind invitation to discuss a topic of great importance to us at the African Union : Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes.

27 Mar 2015 description

In announcing a report published today, Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, Chair of the Committee, said that Nepal has huge economic potential, but progress is held back by poor governance and corruption.

23 Mar 2015 description

JANUARY/FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS:

Registration of camp and non-camp Syrian refugees, under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior, continued to take place throughout January and February 2015. Figures of registered Syrian refugees continued to increase significantly, with approximately an additional 122,488 individuals registered during the reporting period.

20 Mar 2015 description

WOM/2035

Commission on the Status of Women, Fifty-ninth Session,
19th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council

The Commission on the Status of Women had a revitalized role to play in ensuring the 2030 “expiry date” for gender inequality across the world, as laid out in the Political Declaration adopted last week, said the United Nations top gender official at the closing of its fifty-ninth session today.

18 Mar 2015 description

Mounting evidence shows that women’s involvement not only speeds peace negotiations, it also leads to peaceful relations between states, according to a group of gender activists speaking at IPI on March 12th.

Discussing “Gender Equality and Peaceful Societies: From Evidence to Action,” a policy forum co-hosted by IPI and the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN and taking place on the sidelines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN headquarters, the panelists explained the nature of the link between women’s empowerment and peacemaking.

18 Mar 2015 description

ONU Mujeres y el Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica avanzan en su compromiso por integrar la perspectiva de género en los procesos de verdad, memoria y reparación.

Para dar continuidad al acuerdo de colaboración suscrito en 2012, la Representante de ONU Mujeres en Colombia, Belén Sanz y el Director General del Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica, Gonzalo Sánchez Gómez, sostuvieron un Memorándum de Entendimiento para trabajar coordinadamente en las áreas de interés mutuo hasta 2018.

18 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Zofeen Ebrahim

KARACHI, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - When a group of women in the remote village of Sadhuraks in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, some 800 km from the port city of Karachi, were asked if they would want to be born a woman in their next life, the answer from each was a resounding ‘no’.

They have every reason to be unhappy with their gender, mostly because of the unequal division of labour between men and women in this vast and arid region that forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan.

“A woman’s work is never done,” one woman says.

17 Mar 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

UNFPA PACIFIC, Suva (March 17, 2014) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO) has committed up to $35 million VATU and will provide essential emergency reproductive health supplies towards the United Nations Cyclone Pam recovery efforts, with the Government of Vanuatu.

UNFPA Pacific also informed the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in a meeting of all agencies March 17 (2015) that UNFPA staff will be available for deployment if the need for their field expertise is identified.

14 Mar 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

SENDAI, 14 March 2015 – Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe today announced that boosting women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction would be a key element of the country’s new programme of international support.

Prime Minister Abe said: “Today I announced Japan’s new cooperation initiative for disaster risk reduction. Under this initiative, over the next four years, Japan will train 40,000 officials and people in local regions around the world as leaders who will play key roles in disaster risk reduction and reconstruction.