Karima Bennoune – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this female activist of Human Rights, a learned powerhouse that has taken on the world by storm, author, philanthropist, woman. Experiencing childhood in Algeria then moving to California for further study with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, this brave soul has taken on the legacy of her father in making a life of speaking out against fundamentalism and terrorism.       WOMAN of … [Read more...]

Women in Tunisia are Taking Action!

The Code of Personal Status (CPS) (Arabic: مجلة الأحوال الشخصية‎) is a series of progressive Tunisian laws aiming at the institution of equality between women and men in a number of areas. It was promulgated by beylical decree on August 13, 1956 and came into effect on January 1, 1957. This Code is one of the best known deeds of Habib Bourguiba, who was Prime Minister and later President. He gave women a unique place in Tunisian society, notably abolishing polygamy, creating a judicial … [Read more...]

Expert Group calls on Tunisia to strengthen Women’s Rights

Expert Group calls on Tunisia to strengthen women's rights Kamala Chandrakirana The Working Group on Discrimination against Women has called on Tunisia to adopt stronger measures in its draft constitution to combat gender inequality and discrimination. The Group has just completed a five day visit to the country where two years ago, civil resistance led to the fall of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the subsequent holding of democratic elections. The head of the Working … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Attack on Female Protesters

  Attack on Female Protesters     I was shocked when I read about the attack on the female protesters in the Ivory Coast. Thousands of women were protesting because of President Laurent Gbagobo’s refusal to step down when tanks showed up and soldiers opened fire. These women were unarmed. They didn’t stand a chance against these tanks. Seven of the demonstrators were shot—six died on the spot while one died on the way to the hospital. Gbagobo has crossed the line and over “to a new level … [Read more...]

Arab States Share Lessons in Improving Maternal Health

Arab States Share Lessons in Improving Maternal Health Morocco Serves as Model in Reducing Maternal Deaths   RABAT, Morocco --- While high rates of maternal mortality continue to plague some Arab States, Morocco has made remarkable improvements in maternal health. The country is among a small group of low- and middle-income nations on track to meet Millennium Development Goal 5 – to reduce by three quarters the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth by 2015. Morocco’s … [Read more...]

Morocco Forum on Maternal Mortality: Sharing Experience and Sustaining

The Moroccan Ministry of Health hosted an international forum on maternal mortality in Rabat, from 29 June to 1 July. This scientific meeting, opened by Madame Yasmina Baddou, the Minister of Health and the Director of the Arab States Regional Office of the UNFPA, Mr. Hafedh Cheikh, was held to share Morocco’s experience in reducing maternal mortality and to gain expert input into the next phase of Morocco’s health policies. The meeting brought together leaders in research, policy, and … [Read more...]

UN Radio Series, Celebrating 15-year-old Girls Wins Medal!

UN Radio Series on 15-year-old Girls Wins Medal       Being a 15-year-old girl can be difficult no matter where you live. But in many parts of the world, the difficulties are compounded by poverty, coerced sex, HIV or early pregnancy. The UN Radio series “15,” which won a Bronze medal for best documentary in the category of social issues at the New York Festivals International Radio competition this month, captures the resilience of adolescent girls from around the world … [Read more...]

JAPAN Takes US$4.5 Million Action! ~ “Aid to Afghanistan”

Japan Contributes US$4.5 Million to Support UN Women Project Ending Violence against Women in Afghanistan The Government of Japan has contributed US$4.5 million this year to support a UN Women project in Afghanistan on ending violence against women, the largest non-core contribution to UN Women by Japan to date. Japan has also pledged US$446,808 in core contributions to UN Women for 2011. “Japan, as one of the initial members of the Executive Board of UN Women, is committed … [Read more...]

Reform to Reality: Empowerment of Women in the Middle East

Reform to Reality: Empowerment of Women in the Middle East Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at a lunch event hosted by the governments of the United States, Tunisia, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, the Maldives and Norway, titled “Women’s Political Participation in the Middle East,” held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, 10 June 2011. [Check against delivery.] I thank our hosts — the US, Tunisia, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, the Maldives and Norway — … [Read more...]

Women Taking Action at Frontline in Mideast Protests!

    Women Taking Action!         Women Step to Frontline in Mideast Protests     Women's political gains will be a litmus test for fledgling governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Bahrain, says Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock without wi-fi for the past month, you know the world has witnessed waves of political change in the Middle East. On February 11, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak relinquished control of the country to the military, and stepped … [Read more...]

UNHCR: Civilians being prevented from fleeing Libya

  UNHCR worried that civilians being prevented from fleeing Libya, significant progress in evacuation of Egyptians from Tunisia     The number of civilians fleeing the violence in Libya to Tunisia has dropped significantly since Wednesday afternoon. Compared to earlier in the week when between 10,000 and 15,000 people were crossing into Tunisia daily, less than 2,000 made it across yesterday. UNHCR is very concerned that the security situation in Libya may be preventing people from … [Read more...]

Women in Science – Celebrate 2011 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards!

  A Celebration of Women  is excited to share more Women Taking Action!        Outstanding Women Scientists to receive   2011 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards (3 March) and Fellowships (2 March)         Five exceptional women scientists, one from each continent, will receive the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards at a ceremony on 3 March at UNESCO Headquarters (Room I, 6.30 p.m.). The day before, on 2 March, 15 women post-doctoral researchers – three from each continent - will be … [Read more...]

UN rights chief tells Egypt – "End violence and free those detained"

    "End violence and free those detained", UN rights chief tells Egypt.   High Commissioner Navi Pillay briefs press in Geneva     February 2011 – The United Nations human rights chief today called for an end to the “shocking” violence in Egypt and the immediate release of detained journalists and rights advocates, attributing much of the chaos to the security and intelligence services. “Egypt must implement its international human rights obligations and prevent further violence,” the … [Read more...]

Brookings: Don't Make Egyptian Upheaval About Washington

  Egyptian Upheaval     Ever since Egypt’s public demonstrations calling for regime change began, Washington has been debating what the White House should or should not say, as if American words in the middle of an upheaval that is not our doing can affect the outcome in Egypt and turn the tide of Arab public opinion in favor of the United States.   But if there is any lesson to be learned from Tunisia, and from the U.S. policy in the region in the past few years, it is that these historic and … [Read more...]

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