• Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Women Empowering Women

    by prize winning feminist researcher Wendy Harcourt

    Why has ‘gender’ emerged as a key area of development funding in these days of reduced funds for development? How has the MDG3 Fund helped catalyze progress towards achievement of the 2015 MDG3 on gender equality and women’s empowerment? How are women overcoming violence against women, gaining economic independence, fighting for land rights and becoming more involved in decision making?

    10 inside stories on ten projects reveal how the MDG3 Fund has helped women to help end social discrimination and rights injustices and to catalyze transformative changes in women’s and communities lives worldwide.

    Breaking the silence: Stories from Fiji and South Africa, AWID

    08 Aug 2011

    By Wendy Harcourt*

    How do sex workers speak out in an increasingly violent island state where authoritarian decrees make their work illegal? How do women who have been violated find the courage to speak out when deep control of women’s sexuality and femininity is emblazoned as part of a nation’s culture?

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    Women Lead Protests, in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Italy

    14 Feb 2011

    Women in the forefront of protests in Tahrir Square.  Credit:Mohammed Omer

    Women in the forefront of protests in Tahrir Square. Credit:Mohammed Omer

    Across the Arab world, women have stepped into the forefront of dangerous anti-regime protests.

    They have visibly been in the forefront in demonstrations at Tahrir Square, Cairo – in a society where women traditionally have taken a back seat.

    In Tunisia, human rights leader and blogger Lina Ben Mehenni was among the first to get word out about the Tunisian protests early in December through her tweets and blogs – despite police threats.

    In Yemen, another country that has seen major anti-government protests, young woman activist Tawakul Abdel-Salam Karman was leading the charge.


    Women protest in Rome. Credit:Sabina Zaccaro

    At little geographical distance, a pro-democracy and anti-corruption national movement was simultaneously born in Italy, where the one million women march filled the streets on 13 February.

    Read IPS reports:

    Arab Women Lead the Charge

    It’s a Lot Worse Than Sex Parties

    Dutch Worldconnectors Issue Statement on “Gender and Diversity”

    02 Dec 2009


    Worldconnector Sylvia Borren says we live in a world that treats girls, women, indigenous people, migrants, lesbians and gays very unfairly. That has to change!

    Sylvia Borren, co-chair of the Worldconnectors, was a panelist at the recent IPS seminar in Rome. She took the chance to introduce a new resource on gender and diversity from this inter-disciplinary group based in The Netherlands and focused on international cooperation and the global community.

    Apart from being co-chair of Worldconnectors Sylvia is also co-chair of GCAP’s Global Council and former Executive Director of Oxfam Novib.

    Here is the opening presentation of the Gender and Diversity theme:

    ” We are extremely concerned that as a result of the global economic crisis the rights and dignity of women and minorities across the globe are under increasing threat. This trend can and must be urgently reversed. But this should not be done based on a philosophy of charity; instead, a rights based approach is needed based on universal agreements of human rights, rule of law and justice. At the same time, we also draw inspiration from enlightened self-interest, that is, securing our collective social, cultural and economic needs.”

    Read the full statement here: Justice and Solutions for All: through gender and diversity.

    Find further resources and links on gender and diversity in the “Quick Scan“.

    Worldconnectors also links to photos and videos.

    To react or comment on the statement use this contact form on the Worldconnectors site.

    MDG 3 and the Role of the Media, IPS Seminar in Rome on November 26

    20 Nov 2009

    MDG3 -- What is the role (and responsibility) of the media?

    MDG3 -- What is the role (and responsibility) of the media?

    During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December) an Inter Press Service (IPS) seminar will give voice to journalists and gender experts from around the world debating how information and communication can contribute to stop violence.

    Representatives of the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) and the Global Media Monitoring Project will introduce innovative ways of getting messages across. Prominent journalists Laila Al Shaikhli anchorwoman of Al Jazeera, Najiba Ayubi, Director of the Killid Group (the most important Afghan news agency) and Francesca Caferri reporter of La Repubblica of Italy will be present as respondents. More »

    HUMAN RIGHTS: Ominous Silence About Domestic Violence

    22 Apr 2009

    By Kester Kenn Klomegah
    MOSCOW, Apr 22 (IPS) Over a quarter of Armenian women have been hit or
    beaten by a family member and about two thirds have experienced
    psychological abuse, yet the state grossly fails to prevent, investigate
    and punish domestic violence, say researchers and rights activists.

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    ROMANIA: Media Spotlight on Domestic Violence

    11 Apr 2009

    By Claudia Ciobanu
    BUCHAREST, Apr 11 (IPS) Campaigners in Romania have very effectively used
    the media to break the public silence around the issue of domestic
    violence against women, and lobby for changes in laws.

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