Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan
KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN) - When Shaharzad completed her law degree and announced she wanted to get a job, her younger brother did what he could to stop it. Coming from the culturally conservative Badakhshan region, the siblings had left their parents behind to move to the capital Kabul and her brother was technically the head of the household. Even still, she was determined to stand on her own feet.
Argentina - The IOM Mission in Argentina and Argentina’s Secretariat for Social Promotion of the City of Buenos Aires this week kicked off a series of workshops focusing on migrant women and gender violence.
The five half-day sessions, each targeting 25 participants, are designed to provide the necessary tools and training for Secretariat staff, civil society organizations, early childhood centres and community kitchen workers, who work with migrant women on a daily basis.
04 December 2014 – A three-day training on Amnesty, Human Rights and Gender today opened at the Parliament with the support of UNIOGBIS.
The first vice-president of Parliament, Inacio Correia, hosted the opening ceremony, followed by OiC Human Rights/Chief Human Rights Sector of Uniogbis, Madam Guadalupe Sousa Reis, which delivered a key note speech.
28 November 2014 - UNIOGBIS Public Information Unit finished today in Bissau, a two-day training on "Building Public Opinion in a Democratic State”, the fourth and last covering all the nine regions of the country, within the framework of the Peacebuilding Fund’s program titled "Strengthening the Media’s Watchdog Role".
This last training brought toghether 16 participants, all of them editors in chief of all media in Guinea-Bissau’s capital.
Government Accountability and Donor Support for Rights Essential
The Malawi Gender Mainstreaming Training and Policy Harmonization workshop was held from 6-10 October 2014 in Lilongwe. The training was conducted at a time when Malawi had just finalised the review of its National Gender Policy which is about to be validated by stakeholders before it is formally submitted to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). This was therefore an opportune time for the country to harmonise the policy priority areas with the provisions of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
The main objectives of the training workshop were to:
As politicians from around the world arrive in London to discuss Afghanistan’s future, CAFOD warns that more support must be given to grassroots organisations that empower women.
On Thursday 4 December, around 70 foreign ministers from around the world will gather for the London Conference on Afghanistan, co-hosted by the British and Afghan governments.
Para que los sobrevivientes de violencia sexual reciban la atención integral en salud que necesitan, ésta debe tratarse como una urgencia médica y ser una prioridad para el Estado, que debe garantizar su disponibilidad y accesibilidad, afirma Médicos Sin Fronteras con motivo del Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer que se celebra hoy.
By Jenna Stern:
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, MSF alerts on the need for an emergency focus across all institutions involved in the response
Bogotá, Colombia - Sexual violence should be treated as a medical emergency. If we want the survivors to receive the comprehensive medical attention that they need, guaranteeing its availability and accessibility should be a priority for the government, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
24 - 25 Nov 2014
One year on from Typhoon Yolanda, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Wilton Park will organize a workshop on Disaster prevention, preparedness and response in South and Southeast Asia: maximizing a gender-inclusive approach on 24−25 November.
Over 120 gender experts and disaster risk reduction practitioners from across the region, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam, will come together to discuss how to make disaster risk management more gender-inclusive.
Women must become equal partners for rural development in Asia-Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand, 20 Nov 2014 -- The obstacles blocking women from more equal and accessible participation in the food and agriculture sectors should be removed to empower rural women and help the Asia-Pacific region achieve its food security needs, an FAO convened meeting heard today.
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
(CNS): There are political, economic and cultural constructs that have marred the realisation of the promises made 20 years ago in Beijing around gender justice. The tall tree of injustice and oppression that shades gender justice and equality, has thick foliage and deep roots according to Kamala Chandrakirana of Asia Pacific Women's Alliance For Peace And Security. But there are warm, though feeble, rays of hope, thawing the ice of extraordinary barriers that women face in full enjoyment of their human rights.
Equality, human rights and full access to reproductive health must be priorities for Asia-Pacific nations meeting at the UN in Bangkok next week for the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review.
That’s the view of leading parliamentarians from the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) who have been working to progress gender equality in their national parliaments throughout the region and at AFPPD workshops, said Pakistan MP and AFPPD delegation spokesperson Mrs Mahtab Akbar Rashdi.
Kabul, 16 November 2014 – Today the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan and the World Health Organization, with the support of UN Women, launched Afghanistan’s first-ever gender-based violence (GBV) treatment protocol for health care providers at an event held in Kabul.
The Gender Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) initiative - initiated in 2011 - was re-launched in Nepal following the signing of a GBV Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) on 10 November 2014 by eight NGOs, the National Women Commission (NWC) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The GBVIMS is a global initiative that started in 2009 and has been piloted to date in approximately 20 countries worldwide.
Thursday 6 November 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea
The multi-dimensional impacts of climate change and the need to put people at the centre of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies were highlighted at the launch of the Pacific Gender and Climate Change Toolkit on the occasion of the 44th Committee of Regional Governments and Administrations (CRGA) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. An estimated 16.1 million people were affected, with 1.1 million damaged or destroyed homes and as many as 4.1 million people displaced - nearly four times as many as those left homeless by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. At least 6,300 people were killed and another 5.9 million workers lost their livelihoods and sources of income.
The Kenya Red Cross Society responded to the Kapedo Attacks and has been since 1st November 2014 assisted in evacuating the victims and provision of first aid services among the casualties. Also a rapid assessment was conducted where 34 Houses were found to be burnt, 5 shops, including the only posho mill in the area, a church and staff quarters at Lonyangapuo Primary School were razed down in Chesitet Location.