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    IPS Gender and Development Glossary, in Arabic

    06 Feb 2012

    The third edition of the IPS-Inter Press Service Gender and Development Glossary is now available in Arabic.

    The Glossary is meant to offer journalists and writers a guide for picking their way through the sometimes tricky terrain of gender, media and development, and the use of gender-related terms and language in media.

    “Some of these terminologies are very sensitive in this region,” wites Hibaaq Osman, founder and CEO of Karama in the intro. “However these are scientific terms and people need to understand what these terms are and how to use them.” More »

    Political and Economic Turmoil Threaten Women’s Progress

    03 Feb 2012

    Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet

    By Mathilde Bagneres

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 2, 2012 (IPS) – As UN Women celebrated its first birthday, its executive director Michelle Bachelet stressed that political upheveal and shrinking budgets are no excuse to push back the hard-won gains made by the women’s movement globally.

    “My top priority for 2012 will be to make a renewed push for women’s economic empowerment and political participation,” Bachelet said at UN Women’s one-year anniversary press conference Thursday.

    Formally known as the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting women and girls’ needs worldwide. Created by the U.N. General Assembly in July 2010, it became operational on Jan. 1, 2011.

    Its six priorities are advancing women’s political participation and leadership; improving women’s economic empowerment; ending violence against women and girls; expanding the role of women in peace talks, peace building, and recovery; making budgets and plans benefit women and men equally; and increasing coordination and accountability across the U.N. system for gender equality. More »

    Using Law for Rural Women’s Empowerment in West Africa (WiLDAF-AO)

    24 Nov 2011

    How to translate rights and legal entitlements into reality for many rural women who do not know how to claim their rights nor how to seek redress over unfair treatment? Credit: Suleiman Mbatiah/IPS

    Agriculture is key to women’s livelihoods in rural West Africa and to the survival of the national economies. But despite women’s crucial work on the farms women’s rights to land ownership, control and access to land continues to be neglected.

    The importance of African women farmers has been long recognized in international development since the famous study by Ester Boserup in 1970 a message that continues to be underlined in major reports such 2010-2011 UN State of Food and Agriculture Report on ‘Women and Agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development’. More »

    Building Feminist Resistance in Iraq: OWFI

    22 Nov 2011

    OWFI women demonstrate in Baghdad raising slogans of change, right to work, and equality.

    Whereas the world in 2011 has heard of the Arab Spring and the thousands who gathered in Cairo, very few have heard of the Feb. 25, 2011 Day of Anger in the other Tahrir Square – in Baghdad.

    Nor do people follow this weekly Friday gathering of Iraqi women and men who demand their basic rights to work, water and electricity – along with the establishment of true democracy and an end to corruption and the occupation.

    The Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) has been among those demonstrating at high risk to their own security. On Jun. 10 of this year, 100 days after the government promised to meet pro-democracy demands, activists who gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square were brutally attacked by plainclothes forces. Women meeting under the OWFI banner were sexually assaulted.

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    Mujeres en las ‘Primaveras Árabes’: Presente y Futuro

    15 Nov 2011

    Granada, Spain, is hosting a ten-days seminar on the key role of women in the “Arab Springs”. The seminar is organised by the Fundacion Euro-Arabe, the Universidad de Granada, and the Licee Francais. Background and agenda are below, in Spanish.

    Del 14 al 24 de noviembre se celebra en Granada las jornadas ´Mujeres en las primaveras árabes: presente y futuro’, jornadas que responden a la necesidad de conocer de primera mano, los procesos de refundación que se están dando en muchos de los países del marco árabe desde el punto de vista de las mujeres.  ¿Cuál ha sido el papel de las mujeres en estas dinámicas de reivindicación de justicia y dignidad colectiva? ¿Cuáles son sus expectativas? ¿Cómo se ha representado, cómo se ha ‘nombrado’ este protagonismo por parte de instituciones nacionales e internacionales y los medios de comunicación, propios y ajenos?

    You can find more information here.

    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.

    Building Feminist Democracy in Mesoamerica: Just Associates (JASS)

    14 Nov 2011

    JASS Mesoamerica Regional Allies

    Latin America is a region where the global community is increasingly looking for leadership in the search for alternatives to neoliberal capitalism. The term buen vivir, or ‘good living’, is at the heart of efforts in the region to forge a more democratic and just development that rejects the violence of modern economic and militarised development. The region has suffered a violent, racist and sexist past in the name of modernity.

    Rejecting this, countries like Ecuador and Bolivia are trying to balance indigenous ways of living with community and nature and local and global notions of  economic progress. Throughout the region, governments are learning – painfully at times – that it is crucial to work not just with powerful international forces but also with their own civil society, listening to the voices of the poor men and women. More »

    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.

    Strengthening Monitoring And Evaluation For Women’s Rights: Thirteen Insights For Women’s Organizations

    09 Nov 2011

    We are happy to share with our readers AWID’s most recent publication: “Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Women’s Rights: Thirteen Insights for Women’s Organizations“.

    The publication presents thirteen key insights into how women’s rights organizations and movements can strengthen capacity to track and assess the contribution of their organizations and interventions.

    These thirteen insights stem from AWID’s intensive research into the challenges faced by women’s organizations in effectively monitoring and evaluating women’s rights work, and the ways to enhance the collective capacity to assess the influence and impact of such work. More »