The 2010 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) will turn the spotlight on actions and progress made to meet the global agenda on women’s issues and to mainstream a gender perspective in all sectors. The purpose is to promote practical strategies to advance women’s participation as equal partners of sustainable development, peace and security, governance and human rights.
On the occasion of the AMR (28 June – 1 July 2010) IPS will produce a special TerraViva ‘Equality and Empowerment of Women’. A printed version will be distributed in New York on Monday, June 28, and include in-depth coverage of the main issues discussed at the meeting, filed from some of the countries that will voluntarily report their progress on development goal 3 at the meeting. More »
Shirin Ebadi. Credit: Arash Ashourinia/IPS
Women activists are at the forefront of the struggle for human rights in Iran. Again on June 12, in the one-year anniversary of the elections that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the presidency, they took the streets to peacefully demonstrate for democracy.
Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi tells some of the moving stories of women activists who keep the demand for rights alive, despite the repressive response from the authoritative Iranian regime. 2,500 political prisoners are currently being held in Iranian prisons. An imprecise number await their fate on death rows. More »
The gender students from AIT
BANGKOK – IPS Asia-Pacific’s offices became a classroom twice in recent weeks as two classes of graduate students from the Asian Institute of Technology came to discuss issues of journalism, gender, environment as well as the media mindset.
On March 30, a class of 16 graduate students in the gender and development studies module spent two hours at the IPS regional office in the Thai capital, with their professor, Babette Resurreccion. The students were from varied courses, backgrounds and countries, ranging from Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Nigeria. More »
Addressing the (scarce) presence of women in the media, the panel titled “What happened to Section J? Gender Equality in the World’s Media” attracted a highly engaged panel and audience at the UN CWS.
It was also the occasion for the launch of the preliminary findings of the Fourth Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP 2010).
Co-ordinated by WACC, the GMMP is implemented in 5-year cycles and brings together volunteers from women’s rights organisations, media associations and academia in a one-day global research on gender representation and portrayal in their local news media. More »
On International Women’s Day, IPS news agency talks to Iranian Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi and new UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova about their efforts to champion women. Both are in New York, with thousands of others, to review what progress women have made since the landmark Beijing Conference on Women, fifteen years ago.
An international team of IPS reporters is in New York where the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women is meeting to review the Beijing Platform of Action, with the IPS global network contributing local voices and viewpoints. More »
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women – and within the MDG3 programme of work – IPS is planning a special coverage of global efforts toward the support of democracy and human development through the empowerment of women.
A group of IPS reporters will be attending and covering the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York to produce a special TerraViva Beijing +15.
Meanwhile, the MDG3 Gender Portal will be the voice of women’s networks, to express their views and expectations about the meeting, and the next key reviews planned this year.
Check our News from Featured Partners page to read about our global MDG3 friends in New York.
Fifteen years after the Beijing World Conference on Women, IPS remains committed to in-depth reporting on progress achieved and challenges facing women and girls.
IPS has a long-standing editorial commitment to mainstreaming gender, which it has realised through training, editorial guidelines and targeted projects.
On the occasion of the 54th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York (1 – 12 March), an international team of journalists will provide special coverage from New York through the IPS TerraViva Beijing+15 website.
The IPS TerraViva Beijing +15 includes analyses of the latest developments from our team in New York, as well as gender stories from the global IPS Gender Wire.
Two printed editions of IPS TerraViva will be published and distributed in New York during the CSW (1 March and 8 March). These published editions will be available for download at the IPS TerraViva Beijing +15 webpage.
The TerraViva Beijing +15 is part of the IPS programme “Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality“. The IPS cast of stories includes independent coverage financed through the Dutch Government’s MDG3 Fund: Investing in Equality, and through the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
BANGKOK – Do media organisations in the Mekong Region think that gender sensitivity, including giving voices to women, is part of doing better stories? How do they define it within the context of their societies and how do they report on different genders and sexuality? Do they include the use of gender-friendly language in their stylebooks and training programmes? How much is using a gender lens a news habit?
These are some of the questions asked by ‘Talking Gender in the Mekong Media’, a report that IPS Asia-Pacific carried out as part of the IPS network’s ‘Communicating for Change’ project, in order to help identify areas for future news work and capacity-building, as well some practical and professional approaches to doing these.
The 54-page report scans the media in the six Mekong countries – Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. More »
Women Deepening Democracy: Transforming Politics for Gender Equality. New Dehli, 13-15 January
“Women Deepening Democracy: Transforming Politics for Gender Equality” brought together organisations supporting women’s participation in politics to identify innovations, analyse challenges to women’s political participation, assessing threats to democracies and their gendered impact and making a contribution to the UN’s system-wide efforts to promote democracy.
The meeting was hosted by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA).
UNIFEM’s chief advisor for Governance, Peace and Security, Dr Anne-Marie Goetz noted that women only got the vote in democracies in the 20th century and “have struggled to match this formal political equality with substantive political influence”. More »