Phionah Musumba – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™   is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader, one that is taking every resource available to her for the further empowerment of girls with education and women with skills for enterprise development. This woman is so devoted to her cause that she left Kenya alone, leaving three children of her own behind to seek assistance in developing an education centre for the children of her community. Her dream is to buy a 50 acre piece of land on which to … [Read more...]

Women and Democracy: Past, Present, Future

Women Mobilizing the Third Wave of Democratization For the past twenty-five years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of women who are politically mobilized, a trend that has coincided with the so-called Third Wave of Democratization. These “notes for discussion” address two basic questions: What is the impact of women’s mobilization on the process of democratization? How has the process of democratization affected women’s movements and agendas? The analysis is … [Read more...]

Last Day of 2012 to Take Action

Celebrating … a Year of Achievements From A Celebration of Women™'s platform to the ratification of a United Nations convention on domestic worker rights to landmark laws on harassment to the conviction of a former president for war crimes … a true year of firsts. This timeline is a snapshot of some of the gender equality achievements in 2012. A Celebration of Women™ is the first and only global forum where Women Leaders are being ‘celebrated’ for spearheading positive … [Read more...]

DESA, Digital Bridge to a Civil Society – ‘…a collective global good’

A digital bridge to civil society “Our times demand (…) a new constellation of international cooperation – governments, civil society and the private sector, working together for a collective global good”. In line with this statement of the UN Secretary-General, DESA and its UN partners continue to enhance their services to civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the globe. Civil society and non-governmental organizations play a vital role as partners to the … [Read more...]

HAITI 2012 – Women and Girl’s Rights, REBUILD Globally

  REBUILD Globally     Women’s and Girls’ Rights High rates of sexual violence existed before the earthquake, but the precarious safety and economic situation after the earthquake has left some women and girls even more vulnerable to such abuse. Many women lost their homes and livelihoods in the quake and now live in informal settlements or rely on host families for shelter. The UN and HNP have increased their security presence in some camps, and the UN Population … [Read more...]

WOMEN, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

Dear colleagues, The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the August 2012 version of our Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council. For August, in which the France has the Security Council presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Central African Region, Haiti, Lebanon, Middle East, and Sudan / South Sudan. The MAP also provides recommendations for the Security Council's … [Read more...]

RWANDA, Women Taking Action against legal barriers of birth rights

RWANDA, Women Taking Action against legal barriers of birth rights When Thabita Mukamusana’s partner died shortly after the birth of their child, she raised their son without hope of connecting him to his paternal family, or his inheritance, in her village in south-west Rwanda. Because the boy had been born outside of marriage, she believed that any claim would be impossible. Yet things recently turned around when she was able to access free legal aid for herself and her son, now 19. With … [Read more...]

UN Women on Twitter, let’s chat!

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct … [Read more...]

Marcia Selva – WOMAN of ACTION

A Celebration of Women is elated to Celebrate the Life of this world reknown philanthropist. This woman has devoted her life to helping others with her focus on HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE—INCLUDING HEALTHCARE,EDUCATION AND INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES—TO THE PEOPLE OF VIETNAM, BURMA AND OTHER SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES. Join us as we share the story of all the works done, the plans in action and the woman behind it all.   WOMAN of ACTION Marcia … [Read more...]

Perry Yeatman, Kraft Foods, S.V.P. – "Power of Women"

      "Make women the focus of our work in Africa"   Perry Yeatman, senior vice president of Kraft Foods, gives her thoughts on the "Power of Women" in the fight against hunger and recalls a popular American saying:     " If you want to get a job done, give it to a busy woman. "       Yeatman was one of 15 women from the worlds of business, politics and aid who gathered in the WFP tent on Friday to find innovative approaches to helping women fight hunger. WFP Executive Director … [Read more...]

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