Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – WOMAN of ACTION™

A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this activist that has devoted her life to the betterment of all woman.  Throughout her career, this woman has been determined to equate 'women's rights as human rights'. She was the first woman to hold the position and at that point the highest ranking woman in the history of South Africa. We are excited to announce that she is now leading the charge as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and … [Read more...]

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Recounts 5-year-Old Girl’s Ordeal

SECURITY COUNCIL ADOPTS TEXT URGING TARGETED SANCTIONS AGAINST PERPETRATORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE DURING ARMED CONFLICT Rape Largely ‘Cost-free’, Says Special Representative As UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Recounts 5-year-Old Girl’s Ordeal   The Security Council today urged the United Nations sanctions committees to apply targeted sanctions against parties committing sexual violence during armed conflict. Ahead of a debate on the subject that attracted more than 60 speakers, the … [Read more...]

“Empowering Local Radios with ICTs”, UNESCO seeks evaluators

UNESCO invites external independent evaluators to assess the implementation of the project “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs” and to produce a mid-term external evaluation report. The report should evaluate the relevance of objectives and progress made to achieve them. It will be used by UNESCO to assess the implementation of activities gearing to results and consider adjustments. UNESCO, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), is executing a … [Read more...]

Celebrating decent work a reality for domestic workers in Africa!

The ILO is organising a Knowledge Sharing Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 28-30 May 2013 to share good practices, practical initiatives and new policies to promote decent work for domestic workers in Africa. In 2010, an estimated 5.24 million domestic workers were in Africa, accounting for 1.4 per cent of the total employed workforce and 4.9 per cent of paid employment. Around 70 per cent of domestic workers across Africa are women. Some 40 delegates from Tripartite delegations of … [Read more...]

Celebrating Africa’s Wealth: Building Businesses for Shared Prosperity

FACILITATING BUSINESS AND MARKET CREATION NOT ONLY GENERATES INCOME, BUT ALSO BASIC GOODS, SERVICES AND CHOICES, WITH IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS FOR EACH OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS. (PHOTO: UNDP BURUNDI) Cape Town – Involving low-income communities in markets and businesses across Africa is essential for economic growth to translate into sustainable development, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released today. “Realizing Africa's Wealth - Building … [Read more...]

Policy for domestic workers, ”a matter of urgency” says ILO

Domestic workers in India have more than doubled in number since 2005. Talking to BBC World News, ILO's, Tine Staermose stressed the importance of policies aimed at protecting a very vulnerable section of the society. India's domestic workers are considered to ''uphold the economy'', with a rising population of over 10 million. Making decent work a reality for domestic workers worldwide: Domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment … [Read more...]

Building capacities in Gender Statistics, WORLD EVENTS

Workshop on improving the integration of a gender perspective into official statistics will be arranged in Chiba, Japan on 16-19 April DESA’s Statistics Division and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) are organizing jointly a capacity building workshop on gender statistics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan. The purpose of the workshop is to train national statisticians on the production and use of gender … [Read more...]

Celebrating International Day of Forests – March 21, 2013

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. The Day will celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. Click here for the full text of the UN Resolution. Today is the first International Day of … [Read more...]

South Africa, ‘pandemic of sexual violence’ calls for Action

Atrocious rape and murder shows need for comprehensive approach to sexual violence in South Africa: Human Rights chief The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed her shock and deep sadness at the atrocious rape, mutilation and murder of Anene Booysen, a 17-year-old South African Woman. And Navi Pillay has called for a more comprehensive approach to tackling the "pandemic of sexual violence" affecting tens of thousands of women every year in South Africa. She said … [Read more...]

EVE ENSLER is Taking Action >>> 1 BILLION Rising on FEB 14

In Less Than One Week the World will RISE! We are less than five weeks away from ONE BILLION RISING on 14 February 2013! As we dance upon the path to ONE BILLION RISING, our email boxes are full of amazing stories, beautiful photos and messages of solidarity to RISE. Facebook is on fire with reasons to rise, and twitter is abuzz with thousands of tweets from South Africa to India. If you have not signed up to start a RISING in your community, or have not joined an existing RISING, … [Read more...]

Jean Houston – Awaken to Your Life Purpose, 7-week course – JAN 14

If you’re reading this, I suspect you are someone who is striving to make a difference in the world and trying to live as the highest expression of yourself. If you’d like to have more support to make this year a breakthrough for you in terms of achieving your highest goals and truly making the difference you know you were meant to make . . . You might benefit from working with me for the next 7 weeks, letting me show you how you can become that fulfilled and profoundly effective person you … [Read more...]

The Woman Within® 2013 Weekends, Australia/South Africa – Register Today!

The Woman Within® Training provides a safe and nurturing environment for you to explore how your life could be different and to reaffirm your wholeness as a woman. Since 1988, thousands of women from more than 20 countries have chosen to experience this powerful transformational weekend. About Us Woman Within International is a not-for-profit organization that offers educational opportunities for women to discover the power of who they are and encourages women to communicate this in their … [Read more...]

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