Gender News, May 26, 2010

Motherhood: Norway Tops List of the Best Places to Be a Mother; Afghanistan Rates Worst


The annual State of the World’s Mothers report ranks the United States 28th, below virtually all of Western Europe.

Three Palestinian girls win at world’s premier science competition

Three girls from the school run by the UN relief agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) at Askar refugee camp in Nablus have won the world’s premier youth science competition.

LIBERIA: Sexual violence projects could suffer post-UNMIL

MONROVIA, 18 May 2010 (IRIN) – Humanitarian workers in Liberia worry that as the UN and NGOs scale down aid operations, the fight against sexual violence will suffer, given a limited capacity in national institutions to take it on.

Inequality Costs Too Much, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Forum on Role of Leadership in Promoting Gender Equality

KENYA: Fighting the misery of fistula

Posted: 18 May 2010 07:28 AM PDT

NAIROBI, 18 May 2010 (IRIN) – Every Tuesday and Friday, a bus leaves Langata suburb, 5km south of Nairobi city centre, to pick up women from various points in the city and take them to Jamaa mission hospital in the eastern Buruburu suburbs.

Guest Commentary: No Woman Should Die Giving Life

On Mother’s Day, we shower women with flowers, cards and other expressions of love and affection. The holiday is a fitting reminder of the lifeline women extend to us all. But for far too many women, their own lifeline ends tragically. Every day, 1,400 women and adolescent girls die while giving birth or shortly thereafter &md…

Convincing Egyptian Doctors to ‘Do No Harm’

This year, the month of June will be a time of celebration in Egypt. Parties will be thrown for young girls who have reached the age of 13 with their sexual organs uncut, having escaped the age-old practice of female circumcision or, as it is now known, female genital mutilation/ cutting.  Among other things, the month-long festivities will honour the memory of Badour Shaker, a 12-year-old girl from southern Egypt who died in 2007 while a physician was performing the procedure. But most of all, the celebration will honour the mothers of today’s young girls who have taken the decision not to circumcise their daughters.

Senegal: UNICEF Executive Director speaks out on girls’ education and empowerment

NEW YORK, USA, 17 May 2010 – Speaking at an international conference on education and gender equality, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today called for accelerated efforts on behalf of “forgotten children” in the run-up to the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

World Bank : New plan to help poor countries prevent mothers’ and children’s deaths

12 MAY 2010 | WASHIINGTON DC – Yesterday, the World Bank released a 2010-2015 blueprint for its reproductive health work, which will help poor countries reduce their high fertility rates and prevent the widespread deaths of mothers and children.

Global conference on girls education focuses on preventing wasted opportunities

New ways to ensure that some 56 million children – most of them girls – do not miss out on their right to education is the focus of a conference which opened in Senegal Monday.

Women’s empowerment vital for economic development and peace, Migiro says

Sustainable development, economic growth, and peace and security cannot be achieved without gender equality, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today, citing evidence of the beneficial impact of women’s empowerment.

‘Leaders for Education’: Interview series on girls’ education and gender equality

NEW YORK, USA, 18 May 2010 – In the lead-up to the global ‘Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality’ conference now under way in Dakar, Senegal, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) has developed a series of web profiles called Leaders for Education. The series aims to raise awareness about girls’ education and gender equality, highlighting many of the issues that are being discussed by UNGEI partners in Senegal.

Panel discussion on Impact of Migration on Families

Rajiv Chandran deliveres opening remarks To commemorate Interna-tional Day of Families, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) New Delhi collaborated with the NGO Development, Welfare and Research Foundation and UNFPA in organizing a panel discussion on the impact of migration on f…

China Gender Facility: Stories of Women Overcoming Challenges (Stories from the Field)

The China Gender Facility for Research and Advocacy (CGF) was established in 2004 by the United Nations Theme Group on Gender (UNTGG). Administered by UNIFEM, its objective is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The CGF provides funds …

Media Awards: Changing the Perception of Girls and Women in India

NEW DELHI, India — The last (2001) census in India flagged a disturbing trend. According to the census, only 927 girls were born for every 1000 boys. Because the natural ratio favours more female than male births, experts say that each day some 2000 Indian girls are lost to prenatal sex selection.

INDONESIA: Anti-malaria efforts focus on pregnant women, children

JAKARTA, 20 May 2010 (IRIN) – Health authorities are successfully battling malaria in remote eastern Indonesia by linking efforts to fight the mosquito-borne disease to maternal and child healthcare.

Getting girls a quality education

French First Lady and Global Fund launch campaign to free future generations from HIV

A new UN-suported campaign aims to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by the year 2015.

YEMEN: More women benefiting from antenatal health care

SANAA Wednesday, May 19, 2010 (IRIN) – There has been some increase in the number of women accessing antenatal healthcare services in Yemen over the past four years, but most mothers still deliver at home and their health situation remains rather bleak, according to new reports from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

KENYA: Growing self-esteem at farm schools

BURNT FOREST Wednesday, May 19, 2010 (IRIN) – Rural Kenyans affected by the post-election violence in 2008 are among thousands of beneficiaries of a programme that aims to improve food security and incomes and reduce women’s vulnerability to gender-based violence by teaching better farming techniques.

GLOBAL: More girls in school but dropout rates high

DAKAR Wednesday, May 19, 2010 (IRIN) – Education officials and advocates have helped get more girls into primary school worldwide but many girls are still dropping out before secondary level, say education experts meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

Committee for Development Policy Report

The report of the twelfth session of the Committee for Development Policy has been released (E/2010/33). During the session the Committee adressed the following issues: impact of global crises on gender equality and the empowerment of women; international support measures specifically availabl…

CAR: UNICEF urgently needs $4.2 mln to respond to pressing needs of children, women

UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman Raises more than US$175,000 for UNIFEM’s Programmes in China (Press Release)

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)’s Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman raised more than US$175,000 today for programmes to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in China. Attended by more than 200 guests, the charity fundraiser took place during her first visit to Hong Kong, and was organized in cooperation …

India: IKEA lights the path for girl students

When Mantasha was 13, her mother brought her to the home of a rich family to work. She told her daughter that if she worked hard the family would put her through school and eventually help her to marry.

Rwanda: Towards a better future for girls and women

Her Excellency Jeanette Kagame, the First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda, inaugurated the Kacyiru Police Hospital here earlier this week. With support from UNICEF, the Office of the First Lady and the Imbuto Foundation, Kacyiru Police Hospital delivers services to over 61,000 people – primarily women and children.

A mother’s joy, a mother’s challenge: Cameroon copes with mother to child HIV transmission

After almost ten years, 28-year old Angele is a mother again. “My daughter is my joy. She is such a wonder,” said the young woman who wishes to keep her identity a secret as she is living with HIV in Oug-ebe, a shantytown in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Pakistan: Woman Farmer Curbs Hunger Cycle With Food Aid

Bakhtawar Mai turned in a great harvest this year, which means she finally grew enough food to feed her family. This was possible because a little food aid at the right time enabled her to cover her immediate food needs and, at the same time, buy enough seeds for the year ahead.

Joint Response by UN Agencies to a Policy Statement on Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors from the American Academy of Pediatrics (Statement)

Statement by WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNIFEM,

Gender Equality Will Not Be Reached Only by Passing New Laws, but Rather by Making ‘Real Changes in the Real World’, Says Deputy Secretary-General at Baku Conference

Media must play role in pushing for gender equality, Migiro says

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today appealed to the media to take on the cause of gender equality, spotlighting it potential to overturn stereotypes of men and women.

WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA: Ending the silence on violence in schools

DAKAR Thursday, May 20, 2010 (IRIN) – Bullying, sexual violence and corporal punishment are still rife in West and Central African schools, according to an 18 May report which calls on governments to harmonize laws on child protection and education, and impose stricter standards on schools to reduce violence.

Niger: Women’s Cereal Bank Hedges Against Hunger

Risk is a way of life for traders on western commodity markets. But it’s even more so for farmers like Fatih who bet their livelihoods on every harvest. Cereal banks reduce the risk of disaster by loaning out grain when times are tough. Watch the clip

UNESCWA Officials, Delegates Meet Youth in Beirut

The Session concluded with recommendations that included a call to move forward on the launching of ESCWA’s regional technology centre in Jordan and to upgrade the Commission’s Centre for Women and the Emerging and Conflict-Related Issues Unit to Divisions.

Africa Eyes Carbon Market

African countries optimistic forest rejuvenation will yield revenues, environmental benefits. – In Kenya, reforestation project helps increase food supply, build skills and income, and empower women.

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