Cairo, Making sure Every Woman Counts!

Cairo - Population and development in the Arab region were issues discussed this week in Cairo, during a three-day conference that ended with a declaration highlighting the need to empower women, promote gender equality, and step up efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals. “The status of women is the measure of a nation,” said Sima Bahous, Regional Director of Arab States from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the opening of the event. “A truly developed and truly … [Read more...]

Egypt, Study on Ways and Methods to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

Authors/editors: Bouthaina El Deeb, Ph.D. This first widespread governmental study on sexual harassment in Egypt has revealed that an astounding 99.3 per cent of women and girls surveyed report having been subjected to one form or another of harassment. This study focuses on attitudes, perceptions and reactions to harassment as well as suggesting methods to eliminate sexual harassment in Egypt, which is identified as a growing problem since the revolution of January 2011. Sponsored by UN … [Read more...]

EARTH DAY 2013

International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009 by the General Assembly under Resolution A/RES/63/278. The Resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and endorsed by over 50 member states. It recognizes that "the Earth and its ecosystems are our home" and that "it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth." The term Mother Earth is used because it "reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we … [Read more...]

EGYPT, Sexual Violence must Stop!

April 2013 – A United Nations envoy today expressed dismay at the sexual attacks on women protesters in Egypt, as well as the messages from prominent religious and political leaders that women are to blame. “Egypt’s story in the post-revolutionary period cannot be that of a country whose women marched in support of democracy, only to find their own freedoms denied, their lives directly threatened, and their vibrant political activism stamped out in a climate of fear and insecurity,” said the … [Read more...]

Navi Pillay calls for an end to the violence in Egypt

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on all sides in the current unrest in Egypt "to refrain from resorting to violence and to resolve their differences peacefully." More than 50 people are believed to have been killed in Egypt since January 24th, when thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to commemorate the second anniversary of their revolution. Three days later, President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency. Rupert Colville, UN … [Read more...]

Employment Trends for Women 2012, Strategies for Change

Global Employment Trends for Women 2012 Reversal of gains in women's employment Women are still more likely to be unemployed than men around the world. That's one of the conclusions of the ILO's Global Employment Trends for Women 2012. And the report also found that, while the numbers vary from region to region, the steady progress being made by women in the workplace slowed, stopped or reversed as a result of the global economic crisis.     Strategies for Change - One … [Read more...]

Safe Cities: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 2012

"Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls." Port Moresby is one of five pilot cities -- along with Quito, Kigali, New Delhi and Cairo -- participating in UN Women's Global Programme "Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls." Operating successfully since its December 2010 launch, the project, entitled "Port Moresby: A Safer City for Women and Girls," aims to develop, test, evaluate and disseminate a model that makes cities safer for women and girls. Port Moresby … [Read more...]

EGYPT, Cairo – Landmark Cairo Population Conference

ISTANBUL—Lawmakers from 110 countries reaffirmed today their support to the principles and goals of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), emphasizing their continued centrality to efforts to reduce poverty and safeguard people’s health and rights, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. At the fifth global parliamentarians’ conference on population and development, held here on 24-25 May, some 400 delegates, including more than … [Read more...]

Women’s Rights, Cairo: ‘The New Back of the Bus?’, Aleks Deejay

  The New Back of the Bus?   My first time waiting for a bustling metro in Cairo, I nearly unknowingly walked into a “women-only” section, a section located in various parts of the metro that is, as the name implies, for women only. After my flush faced returned back to its natural pasty whiteness, my immediate thought was confusion – not over what was occurring or why, but over my own stance on whether such a section was beneficial. In a country that has long denied … [Read more...]

Embassy of Israel in Egypt – PMO makes Statement

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo     September 10, 2011 Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo: "Our Government strongly condemns the attack on the Embassy of Israel in Egypt. "We call upon the Government of Egypt to abide by its responsibility under the Vienna Convention and take all measures necessary to protect … [Read more...]

Yemen’s Dangerous Hunger Crisis

Yemen’s Dangerous Hunger Crisis The embattled nation is struggling to find food and water while the world focuses on ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s violent campaign to keep power, writes Ellen Knickmeyer. In one of the cities at the center of Yemen’s revolution, tanks and soldiers of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’sloyalist forces occupy the main hospital, turning away the civilian sick and wounded, and using the hospital as a vantage point to shell residential neighborhoods at … [Read more...]

UNFPA: Statement by Ms. Purnima Mane, Deputy Executive Director

Calling for Greater Attention to Family Planning   “Family Planning: Key to Saving Lives”     Statement by Ms. Purnima Mane, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme), at Commission on Population and Development side-event; “Family Planning: Key to Saving Lives”   " Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues and friends, Good afternoon and thank you for joining us today at this very important event.   Seventeen years ago, in Cairo, 179 … [Read more...]

Michelle Bachelet Taking Action in Europe!

    Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Addresses European Parliament       UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet is in Brussels 24–25 March 2011 to discuss strengthening the partnership between the European Union and UN Women.       Ms. Eva-Britt Svensson, Ms. Eva Joly, Mr. Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Members of the European Parliament, Thank you for this opportunity to address you as the first Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the … [Read more...]

Blackout-Proof Cairo – 17,000 donors, Wow!

  Wow - over 17,000 donors,  and we've got 15 blackout-breaking satellite internet kits  -- some already in Libya and more headed to other countries now!   Let's keep going into Cairo -- donate below!   Dear friends, An extraordinary wave of people power is flooding the Middle East, but autocratic regimes are responding with violence -- and Egypt-style internet blackouts. Let's blackout-proof the protests by providing satellite communications technology and support teams to key … [Read more...]

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