In the News, May 3, 2010

Of Values, Veils and Mistresses

By ALAN COWELL (NYT)

Debate about what it means to be French and what it means to be French and Muslim

Roundtable Discussion on the Status of Women in the Arab region

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 09:02 AM PDT

L to R: Khawla Mattar, Aida Bouras, Hanaa Souror, Fatma Khafaga and Samiha Abu Setiet during the roundtable discussion The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Cairo organized a roundtable discussion on the Status of Women in the Arab region 15 years after Beijing in light of the Consolidated…

United States: Nicholas Kristof tackles gender inequity

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 05:09 PM PDT

Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has told a UNICEF conference that gender inequity is the central moral challenge of the 21st century.

Sri Lankans Play Around with Gender Stereotypes

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 09:17 AM PDT

HILL COUNTRY, Sri Lanka — In mid-April as the sun moves directly overhead and the harvest comes to an end, Sri Lankans celebrate their New Year, one of the most important times in the cultural calendar. The occasion calls for gifts, new clothes, traditional sweets, time with friends and relatives, fire crackers and special games. This year’s festivities for plantation workers at the Hope estated in the hill country took a gender-bending twist. In a New Year Festival organized by the local Women Development Centre, with UNFPA support, men and women exchanged typical roles, as a way to heighten awareness of gender issues.

Local women’s group takes on gender based violence

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 09:17 AM PDT

Remarks by Inés Alberdi at Briefing on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (Speech)

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 10:00 PM PDT

Speech by Inés Alberdi, Briefing on the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business during the resumed organizational session of ECOSOC, 29 April 2010. 29 April 2010

UNIFEM Welcomes UN Security Council Support for Comprehensive Set of Indicators on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (Press Release)

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 12:56 AM PDT

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is very encouraged by the UN Security Council’s intention to take action on a comprehensive set of indicators on the implementation of its resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, by October 2010, the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Security Council …

Tolerating sexual terror makes mockery of UN Charter: UN official

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 12:42 AM PDT

Governments and armed groups that tolerate sexual terror make a mockery of the United Nations Charter and the Security Council action to enforce it.

G-8 Summit to focus on maternal and child nutrition

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 12:57 AM PDT

The head of the World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on development ministers from the Group of 8 developed countries meeting in Halifax, Canada this week to focus on maternal and child nutrition.

Creating Good CARMMA for African Mothers

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 12:37 AM PDT

NEW YORK — Beginning today, all medical treatment and medicines for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five will be provided free of charge in all government health facilities in Sierra Leone, currently one of the most dangerous places on earth to get pregnant.  The new programme is expected to cover some 250, 000 women and a million children. In addition, health workers will receive a general salary increase as part of the Free Health Care directive launched by President Ernest Bai Koroma with support from government and development partners, including UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Tackling sexual violence must include prevention and ending impunity – UN official

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 12:57 AM PDT

Fresh from her visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which she described as the “rape capital of the world,” a senior United Nations official today urged the Security Council to make the prevention of sexual violence a top priority, and stressed the need to end impunity for the scourge.

UNIFEM Supports the Government of Zambia to Implement Gender-Responsive Budgeting (News)

Posted: 28 Apr 2010 12:56 AM PDT

UNIFEM supported a consultative meeting organized by the Zambia Association for Research and Development (ZARD) in Lusaka on 18-19 April, where senior officials from the Government of Zambia and representatives from civil society organizations came together to develop a national action plan on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB). The Government and civil society …

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