UNIFEM Currents, May 2010

UNIFEM Welcomes Security Council Support for Indicators on Resolution 1325

UNIFEM welcomes the UN Security Council’s commitment on 27 April to take action on a comprehensive set of indicators on the implementation of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security by the resolution’s 10th anniversary in October 2010. These indicators address the impact of war on women and stress the importance of women’s involvement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Read more.

Support for UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign across All Regions

UNIFEM offices around the world continue to organize and contribute to the UN Secretary-General’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women, often through UNIFEM’s Say NO – UNiTE initiative.

Visit the Say NO – UNiTE website to learn more.

UNIFEM around the World

UNIFEM and the Government of Spain Sign Three-Year Agreement to Promote Gender Equality Worldwide

UNIFEM and the Government of Spain have agreed on a three-year Strategic Partnership Framework for close to EUR 100 million to promote gender equality worldwide. Read more.

Memorandum of Understanding between UNIFEM and the Inter-Parliamentary Union

UNIFEM and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the purpose of providing a framework for cooperation and facilitating collaboration in areas of mutual interest. These areas include gender-responsive budgeting, ending violence against women and girls, governance for gender equality, as well as the International Knowledge Network on Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics). Read more.

AFRICA

Seychelles: Action Plan on Ending Gender-Based Violence In the Seychelles, UNIFEM has worked with the Ministry of Health and Social Development and other key stakeholders to develop a two-year national action plan on ending gender-based violence. Read more.

South Africa: Countering Human Trafficking in Relation to the 2010 World Cup

More than 400 participants in a soccer tournament organized by UNIFEM in Johannesburg in April shared the message, “Say no to trafficking in women, say yes to women’s rights.” The event formed part of the UNIFEM-supported Red Light 2010 campaign, a regional civil society effort to counteract the trafficking of women and girls ahead of and during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Read more.

Sudan: Strengthening Women’s Capacities as Candidates and Voters

UNIFEM worked to strengthen the capacities of women as candidates and voters in the presidential, legislative and gubernatorial elections in Sudan in April, the first multiparty national poll in 24 years. Read more about UNIFEM’s work in the southern and northern parts of Sudan.

Zambia: Support to Implement Gender-Responsive Budgeting

UNIFEM supported a consultative meeting in Lusaka in 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. Read more.

AMERICAS & THE CARIBBEAN

Andean Region: Photo Exhibition Reveals Challenges Facing Young Women

UNIFEM has for the second year organized a photo exhibition that provides a perspective of the challenges faced by young women in the Andean region. Opened in Quito, Ecuador, in April, the exhibition features photographs selected from UNIFEM’s regional photo competition on gender issues. Read more.

Ecuador: Gender-Responsive Budgeting Programme Receives GTZ Prize The Gender-Responsive Budgeting initiative of the Ministry of Finance in Ecuador, supported by UNIFEM, has been awarded a prize for innovation in addressing gender inequalities by the German development cooperation agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ). Read more.

ARAB STATES

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Partnership Agreement with the Ministry of Education on School Canteens Programme

UNIFEM and the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) signed a partnership agreement in April on the implementation of the second phase of UNIFEM’s Women-Run School Canteens programme. Read more.

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

India: Empowering Women Leaders in Local Government

As part of UNIFEM’s programme on governance and women’s political empowerment in India, 100 women from districts where the programme is implemented received support to participate in Women’s Political Empowerment Day, organized by the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi. Read more.

Timor-Leste: Parliament Passes Law on Domestic Violence

The National Parliament in Timor-Leste has passed a law on domestic violence. Read more.

EUROPE & THE CIS

Georgia: New Gender Equality Law

The Parliament of Georgia passed a Gender Equality Law in March. The legislation provides for the establishment of a national women’s machinery, the enhancement of women’s security, equality in the labour market and the strengthening of women’s political participation. The law also introduces gender-responsive planning and budgeting. Read more.

Kyrgyzstan: Joint Efforts on a Rural Development Project

UNIFEM and Kumtor Operating Company in Kyrgyzstan have entered a partnership on a pilot project that aims to enhance the efficiency of rural development initiatives in Ton District in Issyk-Kul Province. The project focuses particularly on improving the livelihoods of rural women. Read more.

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