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China Post-2015 中國郵政-2015. http://www.post2015women.com/ ————————————————————————————————— [GGCA] Iceland continues to top overall rankings in The Global Gender Gap Index Dear GGCA Colleagues, Iceland leads the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s http://www.templatelab.com/global-gender-gap-report/ Global Gender Gap 2014 Report published this week. That is big kudos to our friends that consistently support gender inclusive climate policy particularly in the UNFCCC arena. Do you want to know who joins them in the top 10? Learn more athttp://forumblog.org/2014/10/top-10-gender-equal-countries-world/ Best, Cara Beasley | Coordinator | Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) w: http://www.gender-climate.org ————————————————————————————————— Beijing+20: Violence against Women — Don’t miss Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Nicole Kidman and Midori on ending violence against women #MyWorldSurvey. For many of them it was an eye opening survey as they felt that this is the first time the public has a chance to give their inputs for a better world and contribute to the #post2015 agenda. World Youth Foundation is seeking the of everyone especially Malaysians to support and disseminate the My World Survey as widely as possible to get millions of people to VOTE. Together we can make it happen! The more we can engage, the more votes we drive, the more people around the world will participate in shaping the future of development. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY. To Vote Click: http://www.myworld2015.org/?partner=wrldyth WORLD YOUTH FOUNDATION JOINS UNV ONLINE VOLUNTEERING SERVICE World Youth Foundation is now a registered organization with UNV Online Volunteering service. The UNV Online Volunteering service connects development organizations and volunteers over the Internet and supports their effective online collaboration. It gives development organizations access to a broader pool of knowledge and resources to enhance their capacities, while it offers individuals worldwide additional opportunities to volunteer for development and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. YOUTH POLICY MUST BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN ‘HAVES AND HAVE NOTS,’ Deliberations on a modern youth policy framework continued in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku as hundreds of experts, policymakers, researchers and activists met of a United Nations-backed meeting, which is expected to usher in a set of focused guidelines to assist counties in defining, planning, financing, implementing and evaluating youth policy. On the penultimate day of the First Global Forum on Youth Policy policy experts, youth activists and Government delegations gathered in Baku pressed ahead with efforts to revive commitment to ensuring the nation and international policy frameworks take into account the needs of young people and provide for their participation in decision-making, as set out in the 1995 World Programme of Action on Youth. Read more here COME JOIN US AT WORLD YOUTH FOUNDATION AND GAIN AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME Various positions are now available at World Youth Foundation as part of our expanding exercise. We are now accepting applications for various positions (with more to come in the coming months) We are looking for diverse, highly skilled, dedicated, responsible approachable and compassionate individuals and encourage diversity and community representation.Those applying need to be proficient in English Language, IT savvy and preferable between the ages of 19 – 30 years old. Come join our team as: Online and Off-line Full-time Volunteers Preferred countries (Malaysia) and Global with special focus for volunteers from United Kingdom, New York, Geneva, Vienna (Austria), Africa (Addis Ababa, Ghana, South Africa) and Asia (Bangkok). The above positions are non-incentive based. To apply, please fill the Volunteer Form at www.wyf.org.my/index.php/get-involved/volunteering and submit the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Research and Communication Intern (Part-time / full-time) – Based in the World Youth Foundation Complex in Melaka, Malaysia. To apply, please fill the Internship Form available at http://www.wyf.org.my/index.php/get-involved/internship and submit the completed form to email@example.com. Campaign Coordinators and Campaign Volunteers for a MY World global campaign. This is a non-incentive based position open to all Malaysians or those residing in Malaysia. Those interested please email us your name, contact number, complete CV and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who have applied earlier need not reapply. COMMONWEALTH THEME FOR 2015: A YOUNG COMMONWEALTH A Young Commonwealth’ has been chosen as the theme for Commonwealth Day 2015. Announcing the theme, Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: ‘A Young Commonwealth’ recognises the capacity, contribution and potential of young people, particularly in 2015 when the world will define a new global development framework. Commonwealth Day take place each year on the second Monday of March. Celebrations offer an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations, which aim to improve the lives of citizens. See more here. THE POST-2015 YOUTH AGENDA: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? If the deluge of trend pieces tell us anything, it’s that the millennials are the most fussed over demographic in history. But behind the hype, there is real a tectonic shift. We are now witnessing the largest youth bulge in history. Over half the world’s population is now under thirty, with the majority living in developing and middle-income countries. A youthful population can be source of creativity, innovation and growth -but only if employed and engaged in their societies. Unfortunately, for much of the world’s young people, reality is very different. The longer young people are excluded from participating in their economic and political systems, the further we are from realizing the ‘demographic dividend’. It’s a no-brainer. A youth agenda, focusing on the issues that affect young people, must be a critical pieceof any post-2015 framework. Where do we start? View full story. GLOBAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT: HOPE IN A BLEAK LANDSCAPE The International Labor Organisation (ILO) released its latest report on global employment trends and it paints a grim picture of the world’s youth. Over 74.5 million young people are unemployed – a figure more than the entire population of the UK. They are also three times more likely to be unemployed than adults – a ratio that has “reached a historical peak”. 21-year-old Arbie Baguios, who works for UNICEF UK’s Building Young Futures programme, describes his generation’s struggles to find employment. Read more here ANGOLA, MALAYSIA, NEW ZEALAND, SPAIN AND VENEZUELA ELECTED TO SERVE ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL In three rounds of voting the United Nations General Assembly, elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015. The new members will serve on the Council until 31 December 2016. Angola Malaysia, Venezuela and New Zealand were elected in the first vote. The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. More info here. THE LAUNCHING OF OWG FINAL REPORT CONSULTATION As you are probably aware the Member State-led Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released their final report on 19 July 2014. The full OWG Report is available via the link: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html. The report serves as the main basis for integrating the sustainable development goals into the future development agenda and the Member State negotiations to take place over the next several months. An e-consultation also has launched on this OWG report, in order to gather your viewpoints and recommendations. To access the consultation, please click on the link www.worldwewant2015.org/inequalities AGEING POPULATION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A ‘TIME BOMB’ The catastrophe predicted to result from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is far from inevitable, said experts at a regional conference being held in Thailand recently. Making changes to economic and health policies can help countries head off disaster by minimizing the burdens and maximizing the contributions of older persons, noted attendees at the conference, organized by the HelpAge International with support from UNFPA and the European Union. Over 200 participants from 120 organizations in 29 Asian and Pacific countries are attending the conference to discuss how to respond to the demographic shift. For more information, please click here CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE AND NEGOTIATIONS Humanity has just about run out of time to address climate change. Scientists have pointed out that a rise in mean surface temperature of 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels will put the Earth in dangerous, uncharted territory. Yet we currently are on a path toward an increase of 4º or more this century. Either governments will agree to decisive action, as they have promised, or we will look back at 2015 as the year when climate sanity slipped through our fingers. “Climate Change Science and Negotiations” is a two-semester course, with the first semester launching in fall 2014. More info here. CREATING A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM The world’s current energy system – the way we produce, distribute and consume energy – is unsustainable, unjust and harms communities, workers, the environment and the climate. Friends of the Earth International’s new website www.goodenergybadenergy.org explores why a just, sustainable, climate-safe energy system is more urgent than ever. More info: http://gebe.foei.org DO CITIES WIDEN THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR? Why is income inequality greater in big cities? “At least one-quarter of the increase in earnings inequality in the US during 1979-2007 is explained by the high growth of earnings inequality in large urban areas,” write Kristian Behrens and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud. Read their piece on social fairness and “superstar cities” at http://wef.ch/1taPkKq DO YOU CARRY A PLAN FOR SOCIAL CHANGE? OECD YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME 2015 A kanthari is a small but very spicy chili plant that grows wild in every backyard in Kerala and confers a number of medicinal values. A kanthari is symbolic of those who have the courage, passion, creativity and vision to challenge the status quo and implement positive change. A kanthari represents a motivated problem solver, someone who emerges from the margins of society.The intake process for the 2015 #kanthari course is going on in full swing. In order to reach more applicants, please help by printing the flyer that can be downloaded on the following link and hang it up in a place where many people can see it. Of course sharing this post will also help tremendously! Thank you for your support! http://media.kanthari.org/pdf/en/kanthari-flyer.pdf APPLY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS DEMOCRACY FUND The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 15 November 2014 and 31 December 2014 at www.un.org/democracyfund. You can find guidelines FAQs and lessons learned from previous rounds at http://www.un.org/democracyfund/application-materials. Only on-line applications in either English or French will be accepted. OECD YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME 2015 The OECD Young Professionals Programme (YPP) brings talented entry-level professionals from diverse backgrounds into the OECD. The OECD Young Professionals Programme invites graduates interested in international policy co-operation to pick three job assignments and apply for position in PARIS. You can see the full list of assignments here. It is recommended that you choose the assignments that are suiting you the most and in which assignment you are eligible in, because they are different requirements for every selected task. You can only choose three job assignments. More info here. EVENTS 6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE Website: www.interfaithdialogueconference.org 1st ASIA -PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE GENERATION WORKSHOP (AP-SGW) 2014 Website: http://spacegeneration.org/index.php/en/eventstopics/ap-sgw-2014 KOREA-ASEAN COOPERATION PROJECT (KACP) ON EDUCATION AND EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG SCHOLARS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (PHASE 2) Website: http://www.aaws07.org GENEVA NGO FORUM FOR THE BEIJING+20 UNECE REGIONAL REVIEW Website: http://beijing20.unwomen.org YOUTH WORK WEEK 2014: “YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SOFT SKILLS” Website: http://www.nya.org.uk/supporting-youth-work/youth-work-week XY CONGRESS 2014 Website: https://www.gtcbio.com/register/xy-congress?utm_source=newsletter2&utm_medium=xy&utm_campaign=xy14I NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF IRELAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014 Website: www.youth.ie WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZED BY UNESCO Website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/events/calendar-of-events/education-global-conferences 18th IUSTI ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE Website: www.iusti2014bangkok.com/cms 7th WORLD YOUTH CONGRESS Website: http://peacechild.org/world-youth-congress BEYOND 2015 COPENHAGEN CSO CONFERENCE Website:http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014 WORLD CONFERENCE ON SCİENCE AND MATHEMATİCS EDUCATION Website: www.sci-math.org 6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE Website: www.interfaithdialogueconference.org INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGRICULTURE, BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (ICABES’14) Website: http://iaast.org/2014/12/09/48 GOI PEACE FOUNDATION FORUM 2014 “TOWARD A NEW HEART-BASED CIVILIZATION” Website: http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/lectures/lectures1411_01.html ISF 2014, 2nd INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC FORUM Website: www.isforum.us INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EARTH, ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES (EELS-2014) Website: http://www.iicbe.org/2014/12/24/53 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH Website: http://www.icer14.jerad.org ELEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY Website: http://onsustainability.com/copenhagen-2015 7th WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES Website: www.wces.info THE 2015 SOCIAL FORUM Website : http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/SForum/Pages/SForumIndex.aspx 7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPACTS AND RESPONSES Website: http://on-climate.com/the-conference-2015 HUMANITY IN ACTION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS Website: http://www.humanityinaction.org/pages/91-call-for-applications 14TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED PERSONS Website: http://www.transed2015.com ————————————————————————————————— Recap of September 24 – #MDG456Live conversations on women & children during the UN General Assembly
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Dr. Deane Marchbein Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans FrontièresNow into its fourth year, the war in Syria has killed more than 150,000 people and driven an estimated 9 million people from their homes. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working on the ground in Syria and in neighboring countries since the onset of the conflict, first supporting medical facilities with supplies, then establishing independent facilities. Unable to receive permission from Damascus to work in Syria, teams set up projects in opposition-held areas, primarily in the country’s northern border regions. All told, MSF teams in Syria had conducted more than 7,000 surgeries, 54,000 emergency room interventions, and 88,000 outpatient consultations. In addition to responding to mass casualty events, medical teams have also offered services ranging from primary health to maternal to chronic disease care. Dr. Deane Marchbein, joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in 2006 to work as an anesthesiologist in MSF’s surgical program in Ivory Coast and now serves as president of MSF-USA Board of Directors. She has recently worked with MSF in Afghanistan, Syria, and Lebanon. She served as an anesthesiologist with MSF in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Libya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Syria, and as a medical doctor in Libya and Lebanon. She was formerly the business manager and chairperson of the anesthesia department as well as the director of the intensive care unit at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Dr. Marchbein now works for Massachusetts General Hospital and the Cambridge Health Alliance.
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————————————————————————————————-OWG Final Report Consultation Reminder: 8 Days Left! Dear AINA Members, This is a reminder that the consultation on the recently released Open Working Group’s Report on the Sustainable Development Goals is currently underway and can be found here: www.worldwewant2015.org/inequalities The consultation is intended to gather and summarize your specific viewpoints on the OWG Report. The results of the consultation will be made available for all interested parties, including member state representatives, to reference and learn from during the deliberations process. The consultation ends on 15 October, 2014. We look forward to your continued recommendations and contributions to the consultation as well as the Post-2015 process. Sincerely, Tricia Callender Addressing Inequalities Networked Alliance (AINA) Manager firstname.lastname@example.org This message was sent by: Inequalities Consultation, email@example.com, World We Want 2015, 304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 ——————————————————————————————————– UN Women updates on the Beijing+20 campaign. WOMEN DELIVER View this email in your browser. UN WOMEN Beijing+20: Women and Poverty — Don’t miss Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, infographic on poverty and more Website: English | Español | Français View this email in your browser #dayofthegirl! Get facts & stories here: http://owl.li/Cp1tK ————————————————————————————————— firstname.lastname@example.org> Dear ECOSOC-accredited NGOs, Please note that the deadline for submission of written statements for CSW59 is COB 24 October 2014. The submission of written statements is open through CSO-Net athttp://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewStatements&nr=24923&type=8§ion=8 . Statements sent by e-mail cannot be accepted. Pre-registration will begin on 11 November 2014. In preparation for the session, we ask you to ensure that your organization’s contact data in iCSO is current and complete:http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/login.do The event page for CSW59 is available in CSO-net at http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=24923&type=8§ion=8 Best regards, UN Women Civil Society Section —————————————————————————————————- Join live-streatmed launch of Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox on 15 October Dear Colleagues, You are invited to join the live-streamed launch of Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox on International Day of Rural Women (15 October)! More information posted here and below. Download official event invitation and share with friends, colleagues and networks. Regards, Cara The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Gender and Equity theme is, together with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), organising a special event on Wednesday 15 October, looking at the development and use of gender-sensitive approaches in the context of climate change and agriculture research. The event will launch a Gender & Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change & Agriculture. The toolbox is a participatory methodology guide on how to create socially differentiated research for climate adaptation and mitigation projects. The event will feature speakers from ICRAF, CCAFS, CARE International, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), all involved in the development of the Gender Toolbox. How to join online? The event will be live-streamed to a global audience between 10:00-12:00 am East Africa Time [8:00-09:00 UK Time]. There will be opportunities to ask questions to the presenters via online chat using #gendertoolbox during the seminar. To get a reminder about the live-stream and to express your interest in joining, email Risper Nyairo: r.nyairo[at]cgiar.org. The web stream will be available on ICRAF’s live-stream page. Interested in joining in person? The launch will take place at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), in Nairobi, Kenya, in the Conference Hall. After the presentations, onsite participants will be able to join a Gender Networking Lunch. The afternoon will include fun games, activities and challenges, all reflecting on the value of gender and social differentiation in agriculture and climate change programming. Program outline [in East Africa Time] – 10:00-12:00 Livestreamed launch of Gender Toolbox – 12:00-13:30 Gender Networking Lunch for onsite participants – 13:30-15:30 Gender and Social inclusion discussions and games. Learn more about the Gender Toolbox: Coming soon: a gender and climate change manual made by many Reserve your seat by 8 October by sending an email to Risper Nyairo:r.nyairo[at]cgiar.org. Please indicate name, number of attendees, organization and contact information. More information about the presentations, featured speakers and outline of the meeting will soon be posted here! There is a need to move beyond an ‘add women and stir’ approach to climate change and development is imperative if we are to create relevant and useful gender-sensitive knowledge for a climate-resilient future. Therefore, join the gender-discussions on 15 October! The event is carried out in collaboration with CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Gender and Equity Theme, CARE International, and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The Toolbox has been put to the test. Learn more from this blog. —————————————————————————————————– World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development Dear Community of Educators, An update from our GGCA colleagues… UN Women recently released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment. Coming on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Survey 2014 provides an in-depth analysis of sustainable development issues, the challenges and the solutions, through a gender lens. See the announcement: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/10/world-survey-2014-press-release Download the Report:http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2014/unwomen_surveyreport_advance_16oct.pdf All the best, Pam Puntenney & Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs Co-Coordinators Climate Change Dr. P. J. Puntenney Environmental & Human Systems Management 1989 West Liberty Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA E-mail: email@example.com Cell: (734) 352 7429 Landline: (734) 994-3612 —————————————————————————————————- Call for Contributions: Women’s Leadership in Risk Resilient Development Do you have good practices on Women’s Leadership in Risk Resilient Development? Consider sharing your good practices to be published and presented at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015 – learn more at http://www.wcdrr.org. 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- Out of 32 current decisions that reference gender, 5 explicitly refer only to gender balance and enhancing women’s participation on boards and bodies. A further 8 decisions recognize both the need for gender balance and a gender-sensitive approach.
- Adaptation is so far the area in which the most robust gender-sensitive language has been integrated, with a total of 10 decisions integrating gender references.
- Out of the main areas of negotiations (adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology and capacity-building) mitigation has the lowest number of decisions that reference gender, with no guiding mandate for gender-sensitive mitigation actions. Gender considerations are only included in relation to REDD+ and response measures, with the latter only referring to women as a “vulnerable group”.
- While mandates on paper are crucial, mitigating and adapting to climate change in a gender-transformative manner requires that the full and appropriate implementation of these policies is realized. Implementation lags behind, even in meeting gender balance goals, which jeopardizes potential impact: the current composition of UNFCCC boards and bodies, for example, which are explicitly mandated to target gender balance, especially via Decision 23/CP.18, remains notably inequitable. (See graph below)
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UN Women Sets 2030 “Expiration Date” for Gender InequalityFrom: WUNRN LISTSERVE <email@example.com> Subject: [WUNRN] UN Women Sets 2030 “Expiration Date” for Gender Inequality To: WUNRN ListServe <WUNRN_LISTSERVE@lists.wunrn.com> WUNRN http://www.wunrn.com https://www.devex.com/news/gender-inequality-s-2030-expiration-date-83773 UN Women Sets 2030 “Expiration Date” for Gender Inequality
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women address journalists during a press briefing on the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which was held in Beijing in September 1995. Photo by: Evan Schneider / U.N.By Jenni Cardamone – 27 June 2014 Almost two decades after 189 governments made a historic commitment in China to a world of equality between women and men, it’s time to discuss progress made and challenges ahead. U.N. Women hosted on Thursday in New York a public event to launch their year-long campaign to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where tens of thousands of government, NGO and private sector officials produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a document lauded as visionary for its time and which today continues to pave the way for women’s empowerment and gender equality. “Progress has been made — but we need more, and faster,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. She pointed out, there is still “unfinished business” in the 12 critical areas of concern for women that were laid out in Beijing. For instance, although the prevalence of female genital mutilation has declined, 30 million girls are still at risk in the next decade. Likewise, 35 percent of women around the world today have experienced some type of physical or sexual violence, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization. “We are giving gender inequality an expiration date,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said, adding that men and boys must join the conversation and citing U.N. Women’s He For She campaign. At the event, other participants, like U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, reminded participants that the essence of the Beijing vision is to build a better world for all of us, not just women and girls: “Remember, nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.” Eliasson pointed out how even today only 21.8 percent of parliamentarian worldwide are women. One of them is Ine Eriksen Soreide, the Norwegian minister of defense, who cited her country as an example for gender equality. “We have full participation of women in all sectors of society — and that is why we are a wealthy country,” Soreide said. Gloria Steinem, a well-known U.S. advocate for women’s empowerment, noted that “we can’t be separated from the mainstream, we are the mainstream” and stressed that “the human race is like a bird with two wings. If one wing is broken, no one can fly.” So how do we move forward and put the principles laid out in the Beijing Declaration to action? It’s time to implement, according to Greta Gunnarsdottir, permanent representative of Iceland — another world leader on gender equality — to the United Nations. “Let’s move gender equality to the top of the global agenda,” she said. To contact the list administrator, send a message to WUNRN_LISTSERVEfirstname.lastname@example.org – To unsubscribe send a message to: email@example.com, with the message: unsubscribe WUNRN_LISTSERVE ck our work at web sites..***web del MUSEO AJA LINK: http://www.museoaja.org The wikipedia page for SIGLO XXIII is up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siglo_XXIII, The museo aha is already on Wikipedia as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Museo_Aja, in spanish: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Aja. marta benavides– SIGLO XXIII EL SALVADOR — TEL 503-7904-9886 —————————————————————————————————
Upcoming Event on Gender and REDD+ in IndonesiaDear Colleagues, In follow up to my e-mail below, I just wanted to share with you some information on the discussions and outcomes of the seminar that was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 June on “Achieving Gender Equality in REDD+ Implementation”. The participants discussed the necessity of promoting the equal participation of women in forest management schemes, and proposed various strategies for the expansion of women’s roles within REDD+ institutions, programmes and projects. They also emphasized the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders in order to mitigate existing challenges to the full inclusion of women in Indonesia’s pursuit of sustainable growth and equity. More information and details of the event, including speaker presentations and a summary report, can be found on the UNORCID website located here.” Many thanks and all the best, Elizabeth From: Elizabeth Eggerts <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [GGCA] Upcoming Event on Gender and REDD+ in Indonesia Dear Colleagues, I just wanted to pass some information along regarding an upcoming seminar being held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 June 2014 on the topic of “Achieving Gender Equality in REDD+”. The event is being co-hosted by Indonesia’s Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection, BP REDD+, the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) and UN Women. It aims to highlight the relevance of gender to REDD+ and to discuss strategic actions that can be taken to mainstream gender within REDD+ implementation. The event will be tweeted live, and discussions can be followed on Twitter at @UNORCID. More information on the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1oTUARU Media Advisory for the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1xXWW8s A report will also be prepared on the event and will be uploaded to the UNORCID website (http://www.unorcid.org/). Many thanks and all the best, Elizabeth —————————————————————————————————
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Third WMO Gender Conference 5-7 November 2014 Geneva, Switzerland
Additional informationGender at World Meteorlogical Organization About the 3rd Conference on The Gender Dimension of Weather and Climate Services Conference Programme Guide Conference Promotional Material
How to registerContact: Ms Assia Alexieva World Meteorological Organization 7 bis, Avenue de la Paix P.O. Box 2300 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland Tel. +41 22 730 8390 Email: aalexieva(at)wmo.int http://www.wmo.int/gender The Gender and Climate Forum of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) concluded that the effects of weather and climate are not gender-neutral. Women and men are frequently affected differently by weather and climate impacts, and therefore could benefit from more contextualized weather and climate services for resilience building. They should also enjoy equal access to available weather and climate information. The Forum recommended that the Global Framework for ClimateServices (GFCS) reflect a gender perspective in all its components and that the collection of gender disaggregated data be enhanced. At a time when WMO and its partners in the GFCS are forging ways to provide such user-driven, custom-tailored weather and climate information, it is essential to hear the voice of men and women, both as users and providers of climate services, with regard to their needs, gender-specific issues, and possible approaches of addressing them. As part of the implementation of the WMO Policy on Gender Mainstreaming, this Conference will advance analysis of the gender dimension of weather and climate services. It will also amplify the decision taken at UNFCCC COP 18 to advance gender equality and improve the active participation of women in climate action. It will further be in line with the consideration of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda as well as contribute to the preparations for the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) in 2015. Given the four GFCS initial priority areas, we want to generate discussion on the gender nuances of climate variability and climate change adaptation a s well as explore the ground for development of weather and climate services, taking equally into account the needs of women and men in the areas of health, food, water, and disaster risk reduction. A s the examples below illustrate, there are specific ways in which women and men are affected by climate change in these sectors: Food Security Women provide up to 80 per cent of agricultural labour and produce 45 to 90 per cent of domestically consumed food, depending on the region. In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more vulnerable, and women face potential loss of income as well as harvests. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to women and children whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. Overall, women’s scarcer economic resources, lower adult literacy, and smaller involvement in decision-making lessen their capacity to respond in situations of environmental risk to food security. At the same time, they play an important role in terms of family subsistence and managing the risk to global food supply in the face of an unprecedented world population growth. Disaster risk reduction Every year 100 million women and girls are affected by disasters. Female-headed households are often among the poorest and most vulnerable to disaster and climate change, as they may have little choice other than to live in precarious locations such as flood-prone lands or on steep slopes. Studies have shown that disaster mortality rates are higher for women than for men, and that this is caused by differences in vulnerability as a result of socially constructed gender roles, and inequalities between them in access to resources and decision-making power. Meanwhile, as mothers, community leaders, teachers, activists, social workers and role models, women are invaluable in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes. Water Management Gathering and transporting water in a number of developing countries, least developed and Small Island Developing States typically falls on women and girls, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water. A task that is taking increasingly longer as a result of climate change, especially in drought prone areas. This results in less time available for education or other socio- economic activities for women and girls decreases. The longer travelling distance further heightens the risk of being exposed to violence. Women also play an important role as educators at the family and community level on the efficient use of water resources. Health There are gender related differences in many of the health risks that are likely to be influenced by on-going climate variability and change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more women than men. Some diseases that women and children are especially vulnerable to, such as malaria and diarrhoea, are also expected to increase in prevalence as temperatures rise or as a result of floods and water contamination. Air pollution and climate change are also tightly linked, with close to two million premature deaths caused annually, mostly of women and children in developing countries, due to the inefficient use of organic materials for cooking. There are also differences in other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as malnutrition.
Report of Joint Meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi Work Programme on ITK & Gender-Sensitive Tools and Approaches 1 – 4 April 2014Dear Colleagues, Please be informed that the report on the meeting on available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation has been made available online on the UNFCCC website. Kindly find below the respective link: http://unfccc.int/
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Indonesia Climate Change Education Forum & Expo 1 – 4 May 2014
WorldYouth] Press Release: International Mother Earth DayWORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH PRESS RELEASES INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY: ‘GREEN CITIES’ DATE: 22ND APRIL 2014 ‘We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’~ Native American Proverb For many years, she, our mother earth, has inhabited humans, animals and plants providing a haven to accommodate all living things without asking for much in return, merely a pledge to live in harmony. Regarding the vast benefits that have been rendered to us, it is sad to know that society has repaid with little or almost nothing; instead, society continues to act as an agent of destruction posing many challenges and annihilations suffered by her. To acknowledge the significance of Mother Earth, 22nd of April has been specially observed as the International Mother Earth Day, held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally. It recognizes that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also aims to raise awareness that humans have a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and to balance the economic, social and environmental needs of present as well as those of future generations. This year’s theme, ‘Green Cities’, focuses on making communities all over the world, green, healthy and sustainable. In fact, recent days are the high time when societies are mostly determined to invest in efficient and renewable energy, rebuild cities and towns, and solve the climate crisis. Over the next couple of years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to hasten the transition of blending a modern urban-lifestyle with a touch of nature. Its aim is to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future through improvement in efficiency, investment in renewable technology and regulation reform. In addition, all stakeholders will work on the ground by strategically placing cities and towns to organise grassroots efforts to improve local codes, ordinances, and policies that will help in realization of green cities. We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), are observing the selected theme “Green Cities” to highlight the awareness of measures taken to protect our mother earth. We strongly believe the time has come to halt all actions which degrade our mother earth; instead, we should seek proper ways of tailoring nature and green environment to the metropolitan life. We, especially young people, are all accountable and shall take up the responsibility by increasing efforts, raising awareness; taking initiative, and righting the wrongs of our ancestors. It’s time for youth to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Small efforts and contributions of youth such as usage of environmental friendly products and involvement as volunteers to conduct activities pertaining to green environment are highly encouraged. Today possesses a scared opportunity for all people to unite, to seek harmony and peace to nature, for our children, families, societies, and for all inhabitants of Mother Earth. Thus, let us join hands in love, compassion and understanding to call for a new era of green cities revolution. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY! -END- WAY Secretariat ———————————————————————————————————–
11 March at 1:15-2:30pm EST
Women’s Empowerment Principles Official Side Event of CSW58
Co-sponsored by the Government of Australia, UN Global Compact, UN Women, International Federation of Business and Professional Women and the NGO CSW Forum 2014, the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business Re-Visioning the Development Agenda – A Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue will be live-streamed internationally. Friends and colleagues that are unable to join us in person, please join via live webcast at http://webtv.un.org. See programme here.here ——————————————————————————————————— http://community.globalfundforwomen.org/o/6174/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1286291 ——————————————————————————————————— Dear GGCA Members, I am pleased to share an update on gender related news from CSW58 (below) from http://uncsd.iisd.org/news/csw-58-recommends-stand-alone-gender-goal/ A big “Thank you” to our colleagues who work tirelessly to advocate and ensure that gender will be reflected in the Post 2015 Development Agenda! Those on the ground and directly involved remotely in the CSW58 conference had a hand in the agreed set of conclusions that includes recommendations for both a stand-alone gender goal and having gender integrated into all goals through targets and indicators. To my knowledge, CARE, International Alliance of Women, MRFCJ, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, UN SD Education Caucus, UN Women, and WEDO were present and active at CSW58. Good work! But we know there is more to be done. Let’s celebrate this success and use its momentum to capitalize on opportunities this year to continue to influence a new climate deal that considers gender at its heart. Best regards, Cara Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email: email@example.com Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender
Invitation: “Caring for Women is Caring for the World: The challenges pre- and post- 2015CSW58 Flyer CSW58 BIOGRAPHICAL DATA ———————————————————————————————————-
UN CSW58 March 10 – 21, 2014 – Side Event Announcement “U.N. Women’s Circles Connecting” Fri. March 7th
“WAY”WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH PRESS RELEASE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: ‘EQUALITY FOR WOMEN IS PROGRESS FOR ALL’ DATE: 8 MARCH 2014
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights “Gloria Steiner
What could possibly be more hurtful than witnessing a woman full to the brim with potential, only to be hindered and constrained by gender-discrimination. Over the past decade, the issue of gender equality has attained widespread awareness, and has been addressed with increasing urgency in support of the rights of women. The discussion of women’s rights has been at the forefront of human rights endeavours, since the boom of industry in Europe and the USA in the late 1880s, particularly when women begun working in industry alongside men, combatting disparities in treatment, wages and entitlements. Celebrated annually on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day thrives for the recognition of the achievements of women without regard to segregation in linguistic, ethnicity, cultural, political or economic. It is a day set aside for us to look back on the past struggles of women, their accomplishments and the journey ahead towards attaining comprehensive gender equality. The new millennium has seen a significant transformation and attitudinal shift in society’s view on women emancipation, resulting in greater equality in legislative rights and an increased viability as impressive role models in all aspect of life, taking on roles and occupations initially dominated by the male gender. Today, however apparent progress in gender equality may seem, many efforts still need to be engaged towards a society where gender equality is absolute. Towards such efforts, we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) continue to partake in the global initiatives for enlivening the principle of gender equality. In line with this year theme ‘Equality for Women is Progress for all’, we urge young women to step up and work to realize their true potential as part of a gender neutral society, and strive even harder to alleviate the hardships still being faced by fellow women, around the world. As a global community, we cannot truly achieve progress and growth, until we address the concerns of those closest to us, let us work hand in hand towards levelling the playing field, let us work towards attaining gender equality. Change will always be what you make of it, and it starts with you. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! –END- WAY SECRETARIAT ———————————————————————————————————-
Third WMO gender conference 05-07 Nov 2014Dear Climate Colleagues, Below is an opportunity to attend the Third WMO gender conference 05-07 Nov 2014organized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) focusing on gendered aspects of climate change. The announcement comes from http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/trainings-events/events/v.php?id=36560&a=email&utm_source=pw_email. Let us know if you plan to attend. The WMO has been very supportive of Environmental Education and Educating for Sustainability. All the best, Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs Co-Coordinators Climate Change __________________ Dr. P. J. Puntenney Environmental & Human Systems Management 1989 West Liberty Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: (734) 330-0238 Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612 ======================
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· Date: 05-07 Nov 2014
· Location: Switzerland (Geneva)Main organizer · World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Description The Gender and Climate Forum of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) concluded that the effects of weather and climate are not gender-neutral. Women and men are frequently affected differently by weather and climate impacts, and therefore could benefit from more contextualized we ather and climate services for resilience building. They shou ld also enjoy equal access to available weather and climate information. The Forum recommended that the Global Framework for ClimateServices (GFCS) reflect a gender perspective in all its components and that the collection of gender disaggregated data be enhanced. At a time when WMO and its partners in the GFCS are forging ways to provide such user-driven, custom-tailored weather and climate information, it is essential to hear the voice of men and women, both as users and providers of climate services, with regard to their needs, gender-specific issues, and possible approaches of addressing them. As part of the implementation of the WMO Policy on Gender Mainstreaming, this Conference will advance analysis of the gender dimension of weather and climate services. It will also amplify the decision taken at UNFCCC COP 18 to advance gender equality and improve the active participation of women in climate action. It will further be in line with the consideration of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda as well as contribute to the preparations for the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) in 2015. Given the four GFCS initial priority areas, we want to generate discussion on the gender nuances of climate variability and climate change adaptation a s well as explore the ground for development of weather and climate services, taking equally into a ccount the needs of women and men in the areas of health, food, water, and disaster risk reduction. A s the examples below illustrate, there are specific ways in which women and men are affected by climate change in these sectors: Food Security Women provide up to 80 per cent of agricultural labour and produce 45 to 90 per cent of domestically consumed food, depending on the region. In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more vulnerable, and women face potential loss of income as well as harvests. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to women and children whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. Overall, women’s scarcer economic resources, lower adult literacy, and smaller involvement in decision-making lessen their capacity to respond in situations of environmental risk to food security. At the same time, they play an important role in terms of family subsistence and managing the risk to global food supply in the face of an unprecedented world population growth. Disaster risk reduction Every year 100 million women and girls are affected by disasters. Female-headed households are often among the poorest and most vulnerable to disaster and climate change, as they may have little choice other than to live in precarious locations such as flood-prone lands or on steep slopes. Studies have shown that disaster mortality rates are higher for women than for men, and that this is caused by differences in vulnerability as a result of socially constructed gender roles, and inequalities between them in access to resources and decision-making power. Meanwhile, as mothers, community leaders, teachers, activists, social workers and role models, women are invaluable in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes. Water Management . Gathering and transporting water in a number of developing countries, least developed and Small Island Developing States typically falls on women and girls, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water. A task that is taking increasingly longer as a result of climate change, especially in drought prone areas. This results in less time available for education or other socio- economic activities for women and girls decreases. The longer travelling distance further heightens the risk of being exposed to violence. Women also play an important role as educators at the family and community level on the efficient use of water resources. Health There are gender related differences in many of the health risks that are likely to be influenced by on-going climate variability and change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more women than men. Some diseases that women and children are especially vulnerable to, such as malaria and diarrhoea, are also expected to increase in prevalence as temperatures rise or as a result of floods and water contamination. Air pollution and climate change are also tightly linked, with close to two million premature deaths caused annually, mostly of women and children in developing countries, due to the inefficient use of organic materials for cooking. There are also differences in other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as malnutrition. Objectives – To provide a forum for hearing the voice of women and men as users and providers of weather and climate information; – To specify the challenges that women and men face due to climate variability and change; – To propose concrete actions in the provision of weather and climate services that can address the specific needs of women and men; – To formulate new mechanisms and showcase good practices to enhance the ability of women and men to access and use weather and climate services and information. Expected Outcomes – Better understanding of gender aspects in the provision, access and use of weather and climate services for resilience; – Firm commitments in the provision and use of gender-oriented weather and climate services in the context of the four GFCS priority areas; – Leveraged investment for addressing the gender dimension of weather and climate services; – Conference Statement/Recommendations to WMO and UN organizations Additional information http://www.wmo.int/pages/themes/gender/documents/3… Target audience Providers and users of weather, climate and related environmental services How to register Contact: Ms Assia Alexieva World Meteorological Organization 7 bis, Avenue de la Paix P.O. Box 2300 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland Tel. +41 22 730 8390 Email: aalexieva(at)wmo.int http://www.wmo.int/gender Related Links · View concept note [ext. link] Keywords · Themes:Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Food Security & Agriculture, Gender, Health & Health Facilities, Water · Countries/Regions:Switzerland · Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/36560 ————————————————————————————————
International Women’s Day
Educating for sustainability: Marta – Reflections for the 21st Century: On How t o Discern on the Importance of International Women’s Day
Reflections for the 21st Century: On How to Discern on the Importance of International Women’s DayBy Marta Benavides, GCAP Global Co Chair, and the Feminist Task Force/FTF, SIGLO XXIII Movement for Culture of Peace, El Salvador. The International day of Women was created in recognition and to celebrate the Rights of women workers, in order to promote their participation in the struggle for equity and equality, which presently is one of the UN Millennium Development Goals/MDGs.. and in the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals/SDGs, it is being considered as a possible stand alone goal, so, women can have an effective equal presence with men, for social and personal development. In the Sustainability and Social development Agenda, gender perspective and women rights are considered to be key to the eradication of poverty and hunger, and to the creation of the WORLD AND FUTURE THAT MUST BE CREATED FOR THE CARE OF PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THE URGENT CARE OF THE PLANET. It was first celebrated on 8th March1911, in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland The United Nations at its General Assembly in 1977, proclaimed 8th March as the International Day for Women´s Rights, and now this celebration and commemoration is in most countries a Nationally celebrated day. Today, in spite of all the work about it, the concern on all types of violence and discrimination against women continues to be a major issue and concern, to the point that in many countries there are offices to monitor them as feminicides. El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Mexico are concrete examples of this situation, which happen in many more countries and still does not seem to be effectively addressed. Violence against women is not just what is happening to individual women, we see that the educational, economic, social and cultural aspects of the current systems, at local, national and global levels must intentionally work with a transformational agenda to be able to achieve this urgently needed change, that not only robs women and societies of peace, but does not allow the qualitative development for the new paradigm to become a reality in our life time. There are aspects, many historical, many legal, many cultural, and economic that affect directly the maintenance of this reality: the colonial and slave enterprise, the international division of labor, the forced impoverishment that maintains people to live in survival, which in turn needs to force women into the care and the so called informal economy and to be cheap labor. All these conditions are based in ignorance and a culture of discrimination and the exploitation of peoples and whole nations, this is what we consider to be the extractive model of development, which is based in the violations of all human rights, the economic,social and cultural rights of peoples, and the rights of the planet and the environment. The structures of the state, must reflect the commitment to this understanding, that this is a matter of peace and of national security, thus there must be policies of state and administration of government that in fulfillment of the national constitution go about meeting in a timely manner, these demands for the well being of all, and the care of the planet. The national and international budgets must reflect this commitment. This is not about assistance, but about real transformation of all the endeavors of national and global society. If a country finds a way to meet the basic needs of women by taking loans that the whole society must pay, but the national constitution, and the various policies and services do not show the timely commitment for equity and equality, the chance to eradicate poverty and hunger will only be about the alleviation of these two major indicators of real development and sustainability It is then urgent and important not to fall in such a trap, which only comes to add to the financial and economic indebtedness of the society, and nations, to say the least, and to maintain the system of inequality and impoverishment as it basically exist.. If we are serious about this commitments and we keep our eyes wide open, and our eyes in the prize as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called us to be, we will be able to detect the countless very costly gimmicks that are being created and carried out today, under the guise for women equality and for the defense of their rights. It is time to go from the promises to real action, it can be done, and the enjoyment of the fullness of life can be a reality sooner rather than later.Now is the time… let us move now. A way to contribute to this societal change of paradigm about equity and equality for all, and in particular for women, it is most important to make sure we have clarity of the call, FOR THE WORLD AND FUTURE THAT ARE NEEDED FOR THE CARE OF PEOPLE AND PLANET, FOR THE ERADICATION NOT THE ALLEVIATION OF POVERTY AND HUNGER. In El Salvador we have been conducting consultations on the MDGs and toward the SDGs, with the very people that have been excluded for centuries, since the colonizers went global around the world. These are some of the considerations that are key to real, timely and relevant results: Women, youth/children, migrants, older adults, first nations, LGBTQ, people with special challenges, rural and coastal peoples, who have been and are traditionally excluded must be intentionally listened to, and brought into the circle of all. Use the correct language when referring to people in conditions of poverty– not the poor, the marginalized, the less fortunate, the disadvantage.. etc. etc.. you know all the names used to refer to people forced into poverty Do remember that there is lots of expertise in our communities, we know how to transform the situations we have to face, besides resisting them, we create possibilities. When we say we know how to end poverty and hunger, listen to us.. it is because of the illegal colonial practices, that we do not have our lands, water, seeds.. we know how to feed people, we have been doing this in spite of the land graving that is still going on. See our expertise. Do not continue to dismiss it, commit to not do it any more. Know that INGOs and NGOs can only accompany us in the social transformations that must happen, but each of person can choose to walk with us. Do not look down on us, nor use our situation to live privileged life. Be willing to see deeply on what has been going on.. we know of high level staff at the UN, who deny the impact of the historical colonial and slavery experiences.. these two are key to understand the conditions in which we are now, and to figure out the ways to move ahead. Cultural aspects are also very important factors of development For our communities peace and development are one and the same.. and happiness is what we see as a good result of them… success and progress do not mean the same to us as those people that see them as privilege, position and money. The UN is a peace organization, thus all its work must be for the enjoyment of a culture of peace. We understand that there is a critical financial and economic crisis, a crisis of employment and an environmental – climate change crisis that are impacting very negatively all aspects of life and that is also at the roots of conflict and violence, and wars. Especially we need to call attention to the following recommendation, which for our people is the most important and needed work that must carried out immediately: We are affirming the recommendation consumption and production patterns by Social Watch: Joint civil society action around Post-2015 has to focus on goals and commitments for the countries of the North, the necessary changes of the consumption and production patterns in these countries, and the structural framework conditions shaped by these countries, particularly in the global financial, investment and trade systems. This call to do this urgent work is best understood and underlined by a message from Bolivians on the terrible floorings they are suffering today: Therefore the Bolivian tragedy cannot be blamed only in climate change but in the fatal combination of causes all related to the thirst for energy of the occidental way of life. Here are suggested indicators to measure the effectiveness of this work, they were presented Feb 2014 to the UN by the Women Major Group and the Women Post 2015 Coalition working for the creation of the SDGs:
- Secure Safe and Sustainable and Just Production and Consumption Patterns and eliminate hazardous substances and technologies.
- Guarantee (100%) application of the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle to policies and programs on sustainable production and consumption and to new and existing technologies, products and waste management processes.
- Ensure full application of prior free and informed consent: Indigenous and local knowledge systems and technologies are adequately recognized, protected, strengthened and used ensuring control by the indigenous communities. Women and other affected groups participate effectively in decision-making throughout all stages of technology development, including assessment.
- Eliminate (100%) hazardous substances: Phase out harmful substances and chemicals and radioactive substances linked with persistent and/or irreversible damage to humans and the environment.
- Harmful chemicals: hazardous pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals, CMRs, PB…etc.
- Harmful substances including so mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, asbestos in products and processes
- Eliminate (100%) all unsustainable tax incentives: Tax exemptions, subsidies, regulatory frameworks and other incentives are redirected towards sustainable, knowledge and employment-intensive sectors and local sustainable value chains and away from unsustainable activities, including industrial fisheries, forestry and agriculture, risky and otherwise unsustainable forms of energy production like fossil fuels, nuclear energy, unconventional energy production/franking and industrial bioenergy, extractive industries and chemical industry
- 100% Internalization of environmental costs for the full life-cycle of products; this includes full insurance costs for greatest expectable accidents in case of high-risk technologies. Currently, nuclear power operators and many other high-risk industrial complexes, are exempted from insurance obligations, which means that in case of accidents, the tax-payer/ citizens end up paying for the damage.
- Full environmental and social corporate reporting and accountability. Set binding criteria that industrial production and consumption practices, especially extractive industries, do not cause violence, toxic pollution, displacement, poverty, resource scarcity, gender disparity, or environmental degradation.
- Enact corporate social accountability standards are put in place to enforce decent labor conditions and prevent overuse and overproduction of resources and pollution by investors and corporations.
- Ensure access to environmentally sound technologies, developing countries have equitable access to technologies, agreement on lifting of intellectual property barriers and measures to ensure that knowledge is in the public domain.
- Full technology assessment and authorization: Ensure independent social and environmental impact assessments to monitor and evaluate new and existing industries by establishing a multilateral mechanism for ecological, social, cultural, and economic evaluation of technologies. Enact moratorium on all technologies that can damage Earth cycles, such as geo-engineering and deep sea mining.
Soka Gakkai International CSW58 Parallel EventDear Friends, Please join us on Thursday for this round table discussion on Women’s Leadership. It promises to take our conversation circle discussion and and allow us to explore the topic in more depth. I hope to see you there. Best, Mary Mack CSW58 Parallel Event Flyer FINAL 2014 ———————————————————————————————————–
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Empowerment for women and girls with disabilities through human rights protection In order for the new sustainable development vision to be truly transformative for all women and girls, including those with disabilities, it must ensure that human rights and equality and non-discrimination are recognized as core values. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and ratified by over 138 countries provides a normative framework, which promotes and protects the rights of women and girls with disabilities. So also do the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Convention! on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRPD takes a twin track approach in protecting women and girls with disabilities, ensuring that Articles in the Convention take account of issues specific to gender equality (Article 5, 8, 16 and 24), while also providing specific protection for women with disabilities (Article 6) and children with disabilities (Article 7). The Committee monitoring the CRPD has formed a working group to provide a General Comment on women and girls with disabilities to ensure a thorough understanding of the issue. Women and girls with disabilities – the key issues This section outlines five key issues and makes a number of recommendations on how to include women and girls with disabilities in the post-2015 sustainable development framework. 1. Exclusion from participating in a sustainable inclusive economy It is acknowledged that women and girls with disabilities face barriers in accessing traditional r! outes used to escape poverty, including education and employment. While precise data remains limited, it is generally accepted that women and girls with disabilities have less access to education, social services and employment opportunities than non-disabled women and disabled men. With respect to education, statistics from the World Report on Disability highlight that 50.6% of males with disability have completed primary school, compared with 61.3% of males without a disability. For females with disability the report notes that 41.7% completed primary school compared to 52.9% of females without a disability. Furthermore the UNDP reports the literacy rate for women with disabilities may be as low as 1% and UNICEF reports that women and children with disabilities receive 20% less rehabilitation services. However with appropriate access and support women and girls with disabilities are eager to take up education. In ! terms of employment opportunities, the World Report on Disability (highlighting findings from the World Health Survey) states that results for 51 countries gives employment rates of 52.8% for men with disability and 19.6% for women with disability and 19.6% for women with disability, compared with 64.9% for non-disabled men, and 29.9% for non-disabled women. This lack of access to employment opportunities becomes more acute for women with disabilities in rural areas, where research has found that more than 80% of women with disabilities have no independent means of livelihood, and are totally dependent on others for their very existence. Yet, there is some positive news with progress being made in areas such as entrepreneurship for women with disabilities and decent work for women with disabilities. Articles 24 (Education) and 27 (Work and Employment) of the CRPD protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities to access education, vocational and employment opportunities. Women and girls with disabilities are also protected by Article 10 (Education) and Article 11 (Employment) of CEDAW. Specific recommendation Inclusive growth strategies must address the barriers facing women and girls with disabilities in accessing education, employment and income opportunities. 2. Increased risk of violence and abuse Women and girls with disability, by virtue of being a woman as well as having a disability, are at an increased risk of violence17. While women and girls with disabilities face similar experiences to non-disabled women with respect to gender- based violence, they also face unique issues as a result of their disability. For example women and girls with disabilities can be at risk of violence and abuse by a caregiver, who is also responsible for providing them with assistance and support with daily living. Also women and girls wi! th disabilities institutionalized as a result of their disability are at an increased risk of violence and abuse, due to the closed nature of their living space18. Not only do women and girls with disabilities face an increased risk of violence and abuse in all spheres of life, they also face barriers in accessing the vital support services to recover and escape from violence. For example, a study by the UNDP found that women with disabilities were less likely to access support, refuge or legal redress than their peers without disabilities. Articles 15 and 16 of the CRPD protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and from exploitation, violence and abuse, with Article 17 protecting the integrity of women and girls with disabilities. CEDAW also provides protection for women and girls with disabilities. Specific recommendation Responses to gender based viol! ence must address the unique aspects of violence against women and girls with disabilities, including their access to vital support and recovery services. 3. Lack of access to justice Both the CEDAW and the CRPD protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities. However in practice many barriers exist for women and girls with disabilities in seeking justice, particularly in the area of redress for violence and abuse and control over their own bodies22. For example, in some instances there is a perception that woman with disabilities (particularly those with an intellectual disability) are not seen as ‘credible witnesses’. A study by Human Rights Watch in Uganda in 2010 reported that women and girls with disabilities they interviewed had tried to seek redress for sexual violence but failed. Also some court rulings have violated the rights of women and girls by enforcing sterilization. Other bar! riers to women and girls accessing justice include weak implementation of laws on disability, low levels of knowledge about law and the process of participating in the formal justice system by women and girls with disabilities and finally a lack of resources to promote laws that protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Article 12 (Equal recognition before the law) and Article 13 (Access to justice) of the CRPD and Article 15 (Law) of CEDAW protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities in accessing justice.
Want for All: Report to the Secretary General”. New York. 3 Ortoleva, S. and Lewis, H. (2012). “Forgotten sisters – a report on violence against women with disabilities: an overview of its nature, scope, causes and consequences”. School of Law Faculty Publications. Paper 184. 4 Ortoleva, S. and Frohmader, C. (2013). “The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities”. ICDP Beyond 2014, International conference on human rights, Issues paper, July 1st 2013. 5 For example, see “Issues brief prepared by the TST for the Open Working Group meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”, p. 6. 6 See Female Genital Mutilation on World Health Organization website: accessed January 20th 2014. http://www.who.int/
- Question on COP 19 POLAND WARSAW CONVERANCE 2013
- EU Parlement 12 maart 2013 inz gevolgen econ crisis vr Gendergelijkh en Rechten vd vrouw (2012.2301(INI))
- Climate, gender and education. On 16th November, side event at COP 19 in Warsaw — Climat, genre, éducation. Le 16 Novembre, rencontre à la COP 19 à Varsovie
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- Poland ranks highest worldwide in the category of ecosystem, but lowest in the livelihood category in the region.
- Liberia scores in the top tier of countries where women have equal access to credit, land and property, as does Algeria.
- Sweden ranks highest for women in policy-making positions.
- Jamaica ranks highest worldwide on women legislators, managers and senior officials.
- Mongolia is the top performer in the Asian region and ranks extraordinarily high globally, but is low on women in policy-making positions and protection of property rights.
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- Invitation to the UNFPA & MenEngage Alliance Reception and Launch of the 10 Point Call for Action
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- European Commission Gender balance in decision-making: database on women and men in decision-making, Highlights
- Women Health Issues. In Women’s Words HIV Priorities for Positive Change http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzfF-uF7hQM
- http://www.womendeliver.org/ (UN women Conference 2013)
- The report on gender composition. Note by the secretariat (FCCC/CP/2013/4).
- A miscellaneous document on options and ways to advance the gender balance goal. Submissions from Parties and observer organizations (FCCC/CP/2013/MISC.2).
UNFCCC Gender balanceSince COP 18 in Doha, the UNFCCC secretariat has been tracking gender balance in UNFCCC constituted bodies and at relevant meetings. The data is being compiled and will be available via this webpage in the second quarter of 2013. The report mandated in the COP 18 decision has been published: Report on Gender Composition. Note by the secretariat.Linking gender and climate changeGender and adaptation Integrating considerations of gender into medium- and long-term adaptation can help to ensure that adaptation is effective and implementable on the ground. It can help to ensure that the implementation of adaptation activities will not exacerbate inequalities and other vulnerabilities, it can help to fulfil the specific needs of the most vulnerable, and it can ensure the equal participation of men and women in the decision-making and implementation phases of these activities. Women can act as agents of change at different levels of the adaptation process.Gender and financial support A gender perspective needs to be taken into account when developing resource mobilization strategies, applying climate finance instruments, and ensuring equal participation in the deployment of financial resources, particularly at the local level.Gender and mitigation Action to mitigate climate change has the potential to also bring about local gender-positive impacts. This may be achieved by the general nature of a mitigation project or programme, such as clean energy for household lighting or cooking, or by gender equity impacts being specifically considered early in the project planning stage e.g. considering where revenues will flow. Projects under the Protocol’s flexible mechanisms, CDM and JI, have shown themselves to have potentially positive impacts on the lives of women – by improving livelihoods and health and allowing time for the pursuit of additional opportunities.Gender and technology support The development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies represent an opportunity to increase efforts on gender mainstreaming with regard to technology access and information and training on the use of appropriate technologies.Gender and capacity-building support A gender-sensitive approach to creating, developing and strengthening institutional, systemic and human-resource capacity-building can foster gender balance in decision-making on, delivery of and access to means and tools of implementation for mitigation of adaptation actions.In FocusMomentum for Change: Women for Results showcases women-led activities that address climate change. These “lighthouse activities” will demonstrate measurable impact on the ground, and the potential for replicability and scalability at the local, national and international levels.Upcoming events Events to take place at the upcoming COP 19 session in Warsaw include:
- An in-session workshop This workshop will be on gender balance in the UNFCCC process, gender-sensitive climate policy and capacity-building activities to promote the greater participation of women in the UNFCCC process. It was mandated by COP 18 (para 10 of decision 23/CP.18) and will take place on Tuesday 12 November 2013, 15:00-18:00. More information on the workshop can be found here.
- Gender Day on Tuesday 19 NovemberDuring this day, a high-level event, side events and other activities dedicated to the topic of gender will take place in Warsaw.
- The in-session high-level event under the Conference of the Parties, entitled Vision 50/50: Women for Action on Climate Change will take place in the conference premises in Warsaw, on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 from 11:30 to 13:00. The event will be open to Parties and observers. The provisional programme and additional information on the event will be announced on the UNFCCC website soon.