Are you an ‘activist’?

Activism is quite simply Taking Action to effect social change; this can occur in a myriad of ways and in a variety of forms. Often it is concerned with ‘how to change the world’ through social, political, economic or environmental change. This can be led by individuals but is often done collectively through social movements. The activism industry consists of organizations and individuals engaged in activism. Activism is often done full-time, as part of an organization's core business. Many … [Read more...]

Hibaaq Osman – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this brave, envisioned activist and woman leader. Forging new paths for Arab Women, this powerhouse is the founder of KARAMA, RISING FOR DIGNITY; advancing women advancement, rights and human dignity in the Arab world.         WOMAN of ACTION™     Hibaaq Osman "Democracy without women is hypocrisy"         Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist, with … [Read more...]

Celebrating World Pulse: Voices of the Future 2013 Finalist

I am so humbled to be counted among the 31 finalists   It means a lot to me. It also scares me a bit. Before this, I have been raising my voice through a filtered gap - behind the safety of an anonymous name on an anonymous space - my personal blog. Being selected here means I no longer can continue that journey - at least the path diverges somewhat. From my experience of the application process - through those 4 assignments, I broke so many of my self-built safety walls - it … [Read more...]

Gender Matters – To Me and To Development

G-SPOTS Preetha Prabhakaran says: If asked to pick on one single moment or event in my life that has been influenced by my gender, I would find it an impossible task. This is because gender has worked like an invisible force, underlining my actions and behaviours for as long as I can remember. It claimed me at birth, like a second mother, and it has lived with me ever since. It has been a constant voice in my head, shaping my sense-of-self and moulding my capabilities, limitations, … [Read more...]

Morocco adapts UNESCO’s Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media

© UNESCO In order to integrate gender perspectives into policies and contents of Moroccan public service broadcasters, UNESCO’s Office in Rabat is organizing a workshop for the adaptation of Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) to Moroccan context. The workshop will be held in Rabat on 14 and 15 January 2013. Morocco (Arabic: المغرب‎ al-Maghrib ; Berber: ⴰⵎⵕⵕⵓⴽ or ⵍⵎⴰⵖⵔⵉⴱ Ameṛṛuk or Lmaġrib; French: Maroc), officially the Kingdom of Morocco. Arabic name al-Mamlakat al-Maghribiyyah … [Read more...]

The Lancet and Women Deliver – Call for Papers {Dec 14 deadline}

The Lancet and Women Deliver announce Call for Papers 06 SEPTEMBER 2012 - In light of the upcoming conference in 2013, Women Deliver and The Lancet have issued a call for submissions from research groups working on reproductive, maternal, and newborn health globally. Submissions should address the themes of the upcoming conference: investment in women, meeting women’s need for contraception, and the new architecture for the development goals and the effect on reproductive … [Read more...]

Women’s Equality Day – August 26

  Women's Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country on an equal basis with men. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women's Equality Day since 1971 when … [Read more...]

WOMEN: Men earn 20% more than female equals in Land of Opportunity

Canada is a land of equal opportunity, where women can work and excel in the same jobs as men. Just don't expect them to get paid the same. In fact, Canadian men earn on average 20 per cent more than their female colleagues, one of the largest gender wage gaps in the developed world. What jobs should Canadian women target to beef up their earnings? Here are the ten highest-paying careers for women in the nation, including the rare one where females earn more than their male … [Read more...]

The International Day of Cooperatives – celebrated on July 7th

The International Day of Cooperatives 2012  will be commemorated on 7 July under the theme  “Cooperative enterprises build a better world” This year’s theme links to the observance of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). It seeks to encourage the growth and establishment of cooperatives all over the world, and to recognize the actions of cooperatives in helping to achieve internationally agreed upon development goals, such as the Millennium Development … [Read more...]

Targeting efforts to meet MDG expectations by 2015

With three years remaining until 2015, the 2012 progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) released today highlights progress in many important areas including poverty reduction, access to safe drinking water and reduced levels of child mortality. “‘There is now an expectation around the world that sooner, rather than later, the Goals can and must be achieved,” stated Sha Zukang, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General. The Official MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS Goal 1: … [Read more...]

ARMENIA: “Gender inequality is unjust, unintelligent and expensive.” ???

GENDER EQUALITY IN ARMENIA: A PERCEIVED NEED OR IMPOSED CONDITIONALITY? “Gender inequality is unjust, unintelligent and expensive.” Terry Davis, former Secretary-General of the Council of Europe While the Soviet Union spearheaded, at least ideologically, what can be seen as a campaign-turned-policy of ‘State feminism’, proclaimed equality between the sexes and time and again took the lead in expanding social, economic and cultural rights of and opportunities for women, the overall … [Read more...]

EIGE – “Gender Equality and Climate Change”, 21 June

Research conducted by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that more women are needed in climate change decision making to respond to climate change efficiently. EIGE’s report introduces the first EU indicators in the area of women and environment. On 21 June, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) is expected to adopt conclusions on gender equality and climate change prepared by the Danish Presidency on the basis of EIGE’s report, including … [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...]

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