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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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    MDG3 Summary & Highlights

    08 Feb 2012

    Dear friends,

    The IPS MDG3 programme 2009 – 2011 Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality has come to an end.

    We would like to thank all of you who have worked with us and inspired us with your work, ideas and energies in defence of women’s equality and empowerment.

    IPS has learnt a lot from the MDG3 project. Its legacy will stay with all of us, above all IPS reporters who will keep bringing gender perspectives and telling women’s stories.

    Here you can find a Summary and Highlights publication about the IPS programme and some of our partner organisations. It portrays the main areas of our work and we would be happy to share more on any interesting aspect you might find. We look forward to finding ways to work with many of you in the future, through new partnerships and initiatives.

    Dutch Tender on Reconstruction – Deadline 15 March

    07 Feb 2012

    The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a call for proposals under an Euro 120 million fund for financing reconstruction activities in post-conflict countries (Afghanistan, South Sudan, Burundi, Yemen and others).

    The overarching policy objective of the call for proposals is to contribute to reconstruction and development in post-conflict areas. To qualify for a grant, an application should focus on at least category 1 (improving human security) and besides that on either category 2 (legitimate government) or 3 (peace dividend):

    1) Improving human security and promoting rule of law. This approach fosters stability in fragile states.
    2) Activities concerned with developing legitimate government with sufficient capacity in the priority countries identified (see policy rules for the exact countries)
    3) Activities concerned with achieving a peace dividend by creating conditions for socioeconomic reconstruction in these priority countries.

    As gender is a cross-cutting issue in the tender all eligible women’s organisations are invited to apply.

    Applications need to be submitted before 15 March 2012 and the application form and the policy rules can be downloaded here.