I am Aldijana Sisic and I wear orange because…‏

It’s the last day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. There's still time to#orangeurworld with actions! I am Aldijana Sisic, and I am the Campaign Manager for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign. I am wearing orange because women and girls fight their daily battles hoping that one day they will have their human right to live a life free of violence. For real changes in women’s and girls’ lives, actions have to take place at the … [Read more...]

Mandela, ‘man of many names’ … one Humantarian Heart

MANDELA IS KNOWN BY SEVERAL NAMES. EACH NAME HAS A STORY BEHIND IT CALL HIM TATA MADIBA, NELSON, KHULU! MANDELA FONDLY REVERED AS A WORLD ICON FOR HUMANITY AND FORBEARANCE Rolihlahla – Born on July 18, 1918, in the village of Mvezo in Transkei in the Eastern Cape province, he was given the name Rolihlaha Mandela by his father, a tribal chief. This is Mr Mandela’s birth name: it is an 'isiXhosa' name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means … [Read more...]

END VIOLENCE: ‘A Promise is a Promise is a Promise’

Lets End Violence Against Women The main roles of UN Women are: To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms. To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society. To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender … [Read more...]

Nicole Kidman honored for Advocacy on Women’s Rights!

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman honoured for advocacy on women’s rights UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman was awarded today by Variety magazine for her engagement to advance women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment. The Academy Award winner received the honour at Variety’s 5th Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, which aims at “shining a spotlight on the high-profile women in Hollywood who have used their platforms to make a difference”. “The honourees we … [Read more...]

NGOWG MAP – October 2013

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the October 2013 version of our Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.   For October, in which Azerbaijan has the Security Council presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Haiti, Mali, and Somalia. We will soon be releasing our annual report monitoring and analyzing the work of the UN Security Council on women, … [Read more...]

Advancement of Women

Women representatives of civil society rejoice at the signing of a peace accord in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Second Committee The Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) will deal with issues relating to economic growth and development such as macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system, and external debt sustainability), financing for development, sustainable development, human settlements, poverty eradication, … [Read more...]

VDAY ‘Takes Action’ on Syria!

V-Day Statement Against Possible U.S. Military Intervention in Syria The situation in Syria is dire with 100,000 dead, over 2 million having fled the country (half of them children), and 4.25 million internally displaced. V-Day calls on you, our community, to rise and make our voices heard against military intervention, as such an action would simply bring about more violence and suffering. Today, we call on the U.S. to uphold the unconditional right of the Syrian people to … [Read more...]

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day – Whitehouse – Aug 26

August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. We commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It’s hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard. As a result, historic change occurred, forever transforming our nation as we took … [Read more...]

Celebrating Women’s Day ( South Africa) – AUG 9

Women's Day (Public Holiday - South Africa) "If you strike a woman, you strike a rock" Every year on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa, a public holiday that pays homage to the women of our nation; - the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government. Inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, the public holiday commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen … [Read more...]

2013 Theme: THE GENDER AGENDA: GAINING MOMENTUM

What are YOU doing this coming year for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY? Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Many global corporations have … [Read more...]

Mary Goudie – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™   is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse of action as she sits Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations, where she launched the global initiative to fight human trafficking and is involved with the G8 and G20 promoting the role of women and children in the global economy. She is also an expert in both global issues and corporate social responsibility. As a senior member of the British House of … [Read more...]

Nazanin Afshin-Jam – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this artists, model, mother, wife and woman leader that has devoted her energy to the betterment of lives for all women and children. Inspired and sparked into the life of activism against death penalty for children around the world and philanthropy by being the “voice for the voiceless” and deliver her messages of freedom, peace and love worldwide.         WOMAN of … [Read more...]

CEDAW, “General discussion on rural Women” (contribution call)

On the occasion of its 56th session, to be held in Geneva from 30 September to 18 October 2013, on 7 October 2013 the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold a half-day general discussion on rural women (article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women). The aim of the half-day general discussion is to commence the Committee’s process of elaborating a "General Recommendation on Rural Women". The purpose of the general … [Read more...]

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