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    Gender Masala - Notes on gender - A spicy mix

    This blog brings out the flavour of gender issues, from the network of IPS writers and friends. Gender Masala is part of the Inter Press Service project Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality. Check it at www.ips.org/mdg3/

    A Film Festival for the Marginalised

    03 Apr 2012

    Chihiro Amano

    Courtesy of Chihiro Amano

    By Suvendrini Kakuchi

    Chihiro Amano is an aspiring film director and at just 29 years old, is already an icon in the male-dominated Japanese film world. With less than two percent of female directors in Japan, Amano is daring to break gender barriers. And slowly she is going places.

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    From Our Mailbox: Advancing MDG3 in India by Including Boys

    02 Nov 2011

    Advancing gender equality means a shift in thinking — from seeing boys and men as part of the problem, to including boys and men as part of the solution. (Credit: Sujoy Dhar/IPS)

    Dear Editors,

    Thanks for the story on working with males and females on gender equality.

    You may also be interested in work that ICRW has done in this area. We developed and evaluated a program called “Gender Equity Movement in Schools” that is now being scaled up to 250 schools in Mumbai. Additionally, the project team has traveled to Vietnam for discussion on adapting the program to the Vietnamese setting.

    Ellen Weiss
    Senior Technical Advisor
    Research Utilization and Development
    International Center for Research on Women

    Out of 157 countries, India ranks in the bottom three for girls’ and women’s education, economic participation and empowerment in the latest Gender Equity Index compiled by international NGO Social Watch, followed only by Côte d’Ivoire and Yemen.

    ICRW’s two-year programme uses games and role-play to engage 12- to 14-year old boys and girls in fostering equitable relations and scrutinising the social norms that construct gender roles. The students also learn how to spot and combat gender-based violence.

    How are you advancing the third millennium development goal? We want to hear from you! Send us your ideas, examples and comments for making the world more gender equitable: mdg3 [at] ips [dot] org.

    Women Nobel Peace Laureates Congratulate Three New Women Laureates

    08 Oct 2011

    Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemini opposition leader Tawakkul Karman.

    Ottawa — The women Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative—Jody Williams (USA), Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Mairead Maguire (Ireland) and Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala)—sent letters of congratulations to the three women who today were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemini opposition leader Tawakkul Karman.

    “Your victory today is a victory for all women around the world struggling for peace, justice and equality,” said Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines.  “We are inspired by your example of nonviolent action in the face of brutal violence, discrimination and injustice.  You remind us that with women’s bold action, there is hope for a better world.” More »

    Creating a counter culture to violence: Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)

    03 Oct 2011

    By Wendy Harcourt

    Acid sprayed on two Afghani school girls on their way to school, a 15 year old Pakistani girl found dead, killed by her brother, a son killing his mother for a suspected affair in Uttar Pradesh, these are just a few of the ‘honour killings’ reported by Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) in 2011. ‘Violence is Not Our Culture’ campaign coordinated by Women Living Under Muslim Laws seeks to put an end to violence perpetrated in the name of religion and culture in Muslim countries. With the support of the MDG3 Fund WLUML strengthens women’s individual and collective struggles for equality and their rights, in Muslim contexts where women’s lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to be derived from Islam. The MDG3 Fund is supporting their work specifically in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal and Sudan. More »

    Lao Women Take A Bow

    13 Jul 2011

    Lao women artists have been trying to create more space in arts, literature and performance circles for discussion of issues relevant to women, but the path to doing this has not always been easy. Against this backdrop, the recognition that they got in the 2011 artist awards in Laos was a long-awaited one. Video report by Vannaphone Sitthirath for IPS Asia-Pacific.

    Gender and Migration – Stories from the Gender Wire

    23 Apr 2010

    imageiom1April’s edition of  “IOM Gender and Migration News”  from the International Organization for Migration in Geneva features three articles from the IPS Gender Wire archive.  Click on the image to access the full newsletter.

    In the story Paraguay: Nurses seeking greener pastures in Italy Natalia Ruiz Diaz explains the brain drain of trained nurses and the impact on Paraguyan health care – for example ICU units are unable to open because of a lack of experienced nurses. At the same time the opportunities for migrants in countries like Italy enable them to support their families back home. More »

    Gender Studies at the IPS Asia-Pacific Classroom

    13 Apr 2010

    The gender students from AIT

    The gender students from AIT

    BANGKOK – IPS Asia-Pacific’s offices became a classroom twice in recent weeks as two classes of graduate students from the Asian Institute of Technology came to discuss issues of journalism, gender, environment as well as the media mindset.

    On March 30, a class of 16 graduate students in the gender and development studies module spent two hours at the IPS regional office in the Thai capital, with their professor, Babette Resurreccion. The students were from varied courses, backgrounds and countries, ranging from Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Nigeria. More »

    Coming Soon: ‘Talking Gender In The Mekong Media’

    04 Feb 2010

    talking-gender-webBANGKOK – Do media organisations in the Mekong Region think that gender sensitivity, including giving voices to women, is part of doing better stories? How do they define it within the context of their societies and how do they report on different genders and sexuality? Do they include the use of gender-friendly language in their stylebooks and training programmes? How much is using a gender lens a news habit?

    These are some of the questions asked by ‘Talking Gender in the Mekong Media’, a report that IPS Asia-Pacific carried out as part of the IPS network’s ‘Communicating for Change’ project, in order to help identify areas for future news work and capacity-building, as well some practical and professional approaches to doing these.

    The 54-page report scans the media in the six Mekong countries – Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. More »

    RIGHTS-LAOS: Lapses with Labour – Part 2

    26 Nov 2009


    Melody Kemp*

    VIENTIANE, Nov 26 (IPS) – “Most workers have limited knowledge, ultimately you don’t know how many hidden killers are in your workplace. The boss knows, but he won’t tell you,” Wang Fengping, an engineer who was once employed by Hong Kong-based Gold Peak batteries at their factory in Guondong, China. 

    In 2008, Wang was unable to walk. Her kidneys had failed and she was dependent on dialysis. According to medical opinion she was unlikely to make old age.  More »