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    Ondas de mujeres desde una favela de Brasil

    30 Jun 2011

    Tambores de paz comenzaron a reemplazar el sonido de las balas de los
    enfrentamientos entre las fuerzas policiales y los narcotraficantes en
    el Complexo Alemao, un conjunto de favelas o barrios pobres de Río de Janeiro. Y en este proceso participan activamente las Mujeres de Paz, reclutadas por las autoridades entre líderes comunitarias, que promueven los derechos los derechos de la gente de sus comunidades, en especial de las mujeres, y facilitan alternativas laborales y de formación para los jóvenes en situación vulnerable.

    Ahora esas Mujeres de Paz han creado “Radio Mujer, un ambiente comunitario”, una emisora cuyo primer programa: “En las ondas del medio ambiente” les permite hablar de la situación de la favela, de su entorno y de los problemas de las mujeres, como la violencia de género, para aportar soluciones y lograr que la paz llegue también por el dial.

    Una cooperativa teje un modelo para artesanas mexicanas

    30 Jun 2011

    Dieciséis millones de mujeres trabajan fuera de sus hogares en México y constituyen 40 por ciento de la población económicamente activa, según datos oficiales. Detrás de esas cifras persiste una realidad cotidiana de desigualdad salarial, precariedad laboral -con 56 por ciento de las mujeres ocupadas en el sector informal- y agresiones sexuales y psicológicas.

    En ese escenario, las microempresas y los proyectos de autogestión son una alternativa fundamental, como demuestra Mitz (Para ti, en lengua náhuatl), una cooperativa de artesanas de Palo Solo, un municipio pobre del extrarradio de la capital del país, que a partir de desechos industriales y con base en una técnica indígena de trenzado, elabora bolsos y otros muchos accesorios, que comercia internacionalmente. Las ganancias permiten sustentar la economía familiar de las participantes y financiar una escuela con unos 2.500 alumnos.

    Nicaragua: Women, Work and Leadership

    09 Nov 2010

    Nicaragua: Women, Work and Leadership
    Isabel Green, Director of Nicaraguan Women Institute. Credit:IPSIsabel Green, Director of Nicaraguan Women Institute. Credit:IPS

    IPS Latin America, in collaboration with UNDP and Fundación Puntos de Encuentro, organised the national media seminar “Women, Work and Leadership in Nicaragua. Gender equity, a key development goal”.

    The seminar, held on 3-4 November in Managua, analysed the implementation of the 3rd Development Goal in the country, with a focus on the issue of gender equality in the employment sector.

    The opening session was animated by Isabel Green, director of the Nicaraguan Womens institute; Pablo Mandeville, UNDP representative in Nicaragua and UN coordinator in the country; Silvia Porras of the Dutch Embassy; Irela Solórzano, director of “Puntos de Encuentro”, an IPS NGO partner in the MDG3 programme; and Joaquin Costanzo, Director of IPS Latin America.

    Journalists attending the MDG3 seminar in Managua. Credit:IPSJournalists attending the MDG3 seminar in Managua. Credit:IPS

    Some 30 journalists from Managua and other cities and several local NGOs attended the seminar and the two-days work which ended with a field visit to the project Quincho Barrilete, realised by the women of Puntos de Encuentro.

    The seminar was part of the IPS programme of work ‘Communicating for Change: Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality financed by the Dutch MDG3 Fund.

    In the press (Spanish):

    Medios deben promover enfoque de género

    País más lejos de Objetivos del Milenio

    In Women’s Words: Electing Alternatives

    11 May 2010

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    May 10, 2010 – In this podcast:

    * A winning vote for women in Sudan’s controversial multiparty elections;

    * Zambian women’s struggle for constitutional reforms;

    * Domestic worker rights legislated but not protected in South Africa.

     

    Gender and Migration – Stories from the Gender Wire

    23 Apr 2010

    imageiom1April’s edition of  “IOM Gender and Migration News”  from the International Organization for Migration in Geneva features three articles from the IPS Gender Wire archive.  Click on the image to access the full newsletter.

    In the story Paraguay: Nurses seeking greener pastures in Italy Natalia Ruiz Diaz explains the brain drain of trained nurses and the impact on Paraguyan health care – for example ICU units are unable to open because of a lack of experienced nurses. At the same time the opportunities for migrants in countries like Italy enable them to support their families back home. More »

    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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    BOLIVIA: Women Clamour for Right to Land

    28 Nov 2009

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

    Franz Chávez

    LA PAZ, Nov 27 (IPS) – Despite major advances in land distribution in Bolivia, single, widowed and undocumented women in this South American country have little chances of owning rural lands due to the patriarchal traditions and customary practices of indigenous peoples, in violation of international instruments and conventions protecting women’s rights.


    The struggle of Bolivian women to own productive land is only just beginning, representatives from such diverse geographical areas as the Andean highlands, the Amazon jungle and the dry Chaco lowlands said to IPS at a women’s movement meeting in La Paz earlier this month.  More »

    Honduran Feminist Human Rights Advocates Denounce Violations

    11 Nov 2009

    jass_movements_newsletterFour prominent human rights advocates, including two members of Honduran Feminists in Resistance, testified before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission on Monday November 2nd on the precise nature and scope of human rights violations that women have experienced at the hands of the police, military and other security agents of the defacto regime. Violence against women has increased in the past four months as women’s leadership in the resistance to the coup has grown.

    As part of the testimony, the Honduran Feminists in Resistance presented a summary of a report compiled from a fact-finding mission and from the Observatorio de Trangresión Feminista (Feminist Transformation Watch) organized by the Petateras, Radio Feminista, JASS, and other allies.

    The advocates also met with members of Congress and the US State Department on Tuesday November 3rd to caution them that elections held in a context of repression and without the reinstatement of constitutional order will not be legitimate and could only lead to further unrest.

    For further information visit: http://www.justassociates.org/actions/honduras_action_coup.html.

    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 »