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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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    CSW 56: Week Two

    09 Mar 2012

    Catch up on our coverage from the past week, below, as the United Nations’ 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women comes to a close. Click here for coverage from week one.

    Female construction workers in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian women have been making headway in traditionally male-dominated fields. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

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    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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    IWD: Women’s Empowerment in Traditional Communities

    08 Mar 2012

    By Melina Lito*

    “I am often caught between what my traditional community expects of me as a woman, and what I want to achieve in a society with a plethora of opportunities.”

    Bolivian Quechua leader in meeting on women's access to land. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPS

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    IWD: Visualising Gender and Media

    08 Mar 2012

    By Mapping Global Media Policy*

    “This is the first global initiative that adopts an innovative approach – data collection, organisation and visualisation – concerning [gender and media].”

    Gender and Media Sunburst. Credit: Mapping Global Media Policy

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    The 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

    05 Mar 2012

    As the second week of CSW 56 gets underway at the United Nations in New York, you can catch up with all of our related reporting on our gender page. Here’s a brief overview below…


    Opening of the fifty-sixth Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

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    Countdown to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

    14 Nov 2011

    11 days away!

    If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow this list of organisations that are planning events around the world for this year’s campaign and use #16days2011 to share what your group is doing!

    (Click to access list)

    Are we missing anyone from the list? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter at @thegenderwire, on our Facebook page or shoot us an e-mail at mdg3 [at] ips.org.

    Countdown to #16Days Against #VAW

    11 Nov 2011

    14 days away!

    Here’s a great resource for online activism specifically for women’s organisations from the Association for Progressive Communication Women’s Networking Support Programme and Violence is not our Culture.

    Their guide, below, offers tips for online campaigning, harnessing social networks and minimising security risks.

    What is your group planning – online or off? Tell us in the comments below, on Twitter at @thegenderwire or on our new Facebook page.

    Click to download.