• Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    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/


    IWD: Keeping Girls Safe at Home, at School and in Their Communities

    08 Mar 2012

    By Equality Now*

    “To be able to realise their full potential in society as women, girls need to be empowered to raise their voices against injustices committed against them and they need a system that will support their quest for justice.”

    Young girls in the village of Sonu Khan Almani in Pakistan's Sindh province perform most of the household chores, like making bread. Credit: Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS

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    IWD: How the Kafala System is Failing Domestic Workers in the Middle East

    08 Mar 2012

    By Simba Shani Kamaria Russeau*

    “For developing countries, female migrants are becoming the main export as the labour market demand for a new form of modern-day slavery – domestic servitude – increases in the Middle East.”

    Libyan domestic worker Hawiyah Awal. Credit: Simba Russeau/IPS

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    Reporting Gender Based Violence and Gender Relations in Productive and Reproductive Work, New IPS Media Handbooks

    23 Dec 2009

    covmanual61IPS has long sought to support and strengthen informed reporting on gender across the world, also through the production of media tools for effective gender reporting.

    Since the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995 and the production of the first edition of the “Fighting Violence Against Women” manual, coverage has improved and there has been a drop in reporting that stereotypes women, but challenges remain.

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    MEDIA-LATIN AMERICA: Women Deserve Better Press

    01 Dec 2009

    First day of "Women at Work, Women as Leaders" seminar.  Credit:Luis Gamero/IPS

    First day of "Women at Work, Women as Leaders" seminar. Credit:Luis Gamero/IPS

    By Ángel Páez

    LIMA, Nov 30 (IPS) – “The press will change when they cease to report exclusively from a masculine point of view,” Peru’s deputy Minister for Women, Norma Añaños, told participants at an international seminar for journalists on “Women at Work, Women as Leaders”, held in the Peruvian capital.

    Añaños’ reproach referred especially to the way the media reported the 116 femicides (gender-based murders of women) perpetrated by the victims’ partners in Peru between January and October, mostly within the home setting.

    “Nearly all the murders were reported in the crime sections, which is in itself a form of discrimination,” said Añaños. “It gives the impression that, for the press, women are only important and make the front page when they are killed. This must change,” she insisted.

    The Nov. 26-28 seminar was organised by the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defence of Women’s Rights (CLADEM) and the Calandria Association of Social Communicators, and was sponsored by the Dutch government’s Third Millennium Development Goal Fund (MDG3 Fund).

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    RIGHTS-LAOS: Lapses with Labour – Part 2

    26 Nov 2009

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    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 »

    Employment and Women’s Political Participation, IPS MDG3 Seminar in Peru

    11 Nov 2009

    seguridad-alimentaria-43-200x3001IPS América Latina will hold its first seminar about the Third Millennium Development Goal, on November 26-28 in Lima, Peru. The seminar is about “Equidad de género, objetivo esencial del milenio – igualdad laboral y participación política, dos de sus prioridades” (Gender Equality, a key goal of the Millennium – Job equality and political participation, two priorities).

    Calandria and Cladem NGOs, both partners of IPS MDG3 project, will co-organise the meeting, which also has the support of a key Peruvian women’s rights organization, the Asociación de Desarrollo Comunal (to support women in the informal economy), Demus, and the 9000-memberAsociación Nacional de Periodistas de Perú, which actively promotes gender perspective within  the media. More »

    “CEDAW is UNIFEM’S Entry Point”, IPS interviews JOANNE SANDLER, Deputy Executive Director, UNIFEM*

    09 Nov 2009

    Joanne Sandler - Credit: UNIFEM

    Joanne Sandler - Credit: UNIFEM

    By Andrea Borde

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 9 (IPS) – On Sep. 14, the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly adopted a resolution that opened the door for the creation of a new U.N. agency specifically for women.

    It will draw together under one umbrella all of the existing entities for women in the U.N. – U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), International Training and Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) and Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues (OSAGI).

    The new women’s entity comes at a particularly exciting time in the women’s empowerment movement at the U.N. as another report has just been released by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) highlighting the lack of women’s control over economic and financial resources in both the developing and developed world.

    The U.N. World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2009, published by UNDESA addresses increasingly progressive issues such as women’s unpaid work in the household, the urgency of women’s financial empowerment, especially in current times of economic turmoil, and the long-standing inequalities of women in care giving, the labour market and within central financial institutions of the state such as financial ministries and central banks. More »

    IPS América Latina: Un seminario sensibilizará a los periodistas peruanos sobre el MDG3

    06 Nov 2009

    IPS América Latina desarrollará su primer seminario nacional sobre el Tercer Objetivo de Desarrollo del Milenio entre los días 26 y 28 de noviembre en Lima. El título del seminario es “Equidad de género, objetivo esencial del milenio” y tiene como subtítulo “igualdad laboral y participación política, dos de sus prioridades”. More »

    RIGHTS-JAPAN: Women Talk: ‘We Want Greater Gender Equality’

    29 Sep 2009

    By Mutsuko Murakami

    TOKYO, Sep 29 (IPS) – “I hope to see a society where women can comfortably work and raise a family … at the same time.”

    University student Eri Ochiai’s words may well echo the sentiment of many a Japanese woman, hopeful for a change that has eluded them for many years under the previous administration.

    When Ochiai, 20, trooped to the polls for the first time in late August, she was resolute to give her vote to her district’s female candidate, who had pledged “to improve the social environments for women.” More »