Balkans struggle ~ Women suffer

A new UNHCR report reveals that over 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq are headed by women alone. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres paid a visit to Awah, who is raising her children on her own in Amman. Explore Woman Alone “Syrian refugee women are the glue holding together a broken society. Their strength is extraordinary, but they are struggling alone. Their voices are an appeal for help and protection which cannot be ignored.” Keep up … [Read more...]

Ms. Lakshmi Puri – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ has been inspired to Celebrate the Life of yet another woman leader, one that has devoted her career and life to the betterment of others. Working her magic through a career with The United Nations, this powerhouse has promoted the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda in various capacities in the context of peace and security, human rights and sustainable development and has pursued studies in history, public policy and administration, international … [Read more...]

Seada Vranic ~ WOMAN of ACTION™

A Celebration of Women™ has been inspired to Celebrate the Life of one of our World's Bravest Women, this journalist takes the journey with Bosnian RAPE SURVIVORS that has chosen to Speak Out! Her Courage is part of a force started within the Bosnian women to Take Action and STOP VIOLENCE in WAR against Women. WOMAN of ACTION™ Seada Vranic Seada Vranic is a journalist who documented over 300 hundred cases of women and men raped, and the locations of … [Read more...]

The Whistleblower: The movie the U.N. would prefer you didn’t see

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to Hollywood last year to cajole filmmakers and movie stars into making pictures that portray the U.N.'s good works. The Whistleblower, a scathing full-length account of the U.N. peacekeeping effort in Bosnia during the late 1990s, is not what he had in mind. The Samuel Goldwyn Films movie, which is due out in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Aug. 5, stars British actress Rachel Weisz as a U.N. policewoman who stumbles into the sordid … [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...]

BOSNIA: Healing the Wounds of War – Twitter Q & A

Sexual Violence in Conflict: Guidance for Mediators The United Nations is enlisting its peace envoys in stepped-up efforts by the organization to combat the scourge of sexual violence in warfare, unveiling new guidelines to help mediators address the problem in peace agreements and cease-fires. Sexual violence to be included in ceasefire and peace agreements The new guidance by the Department of Political Affairs will be issued to all UN mediators and mission chiefs and incorporated … [Read more...]

UN report, sexual violence during conflict, singles out worst offenders

Special Representative Margot Wallström presents the Secretary-General’s report on conflict-related sexual violence to the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine     The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of being among the worst offenders.The groups listed in the report include the Lord’s Resistance Army … [Read more...]

World Humanitarian Day – Celebrating this August 19th, 2011

August 19, 2011 The FINANCIAL -- Brussels, 18 August 2011 – 19 August is World Humanitarian Day and as every year since 2008, tomorrow the European Commission will honour those who dedicate their lives to preserving and improving the lives of others who need assistance to survive. World Humanitarian Day - a Celebration of people helping people.   Today, the 19th of August, is World Humanitarian Day and as every year since 2008, tomorrow the European … [Read more...]

UN WOMEN – Jobs

Jobs Position:Location: Contract: Post Level: Languages: Deadline Start Date: Duration: TOR and application: Project CoordinatorSarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Service contract SB-5 Bosnian and English 7 February 2011 1 March 2011 1 year with possibility for extension http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=21305 Position: Location: Contract: Languages: Deadline Start Date: Duration: TOR and application: Local Consultant for Support and … [Read more...]

Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign Kicks Off in the Western Balkans

      JANUARY is ...  Cervical Cancer Prevention Month      SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Although it is preventable and treatable, cervical cancer continues to be a major killer of women. Caused by sexually-acquired infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical cancer claims the lives of more than 270,000 women every year, most of whom (85 per cent) live in developing countries. It is also a major cause of death for women in the Western Balkans. In response, a social mobilization … [Read more...]

Bosnia: Legacy of Sexual Violence

Dealing with the Legacy of Sexual Violence in Bosnia    The war in Bosnia was the first time the United Nations had been faced with mass rape as a weapon of war. Fifteen years after the Dayton Accords peace agreement, Sophie Arie talks to doctors in Sarajevo and discovers a culture of denial.   13 December 2010   In the summer of 1992, Sreko Simic, one of Bosnia’s leading gynaecologists, worked without electricity, anaesthetics, or oxygen and with only a skeleton staff, to keep delivering … [Read more...]

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