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Human Rights Watch is hiring a Women’s Rights Researcher! #hwhtw

Courtesy of AWID, a job posting for a Women’s Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch!

Researcher, Women’s Rights Division

Closing date: March 4, 2012.

Description: Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Researcher for its Women’s Rights Division (“WRD”) to develop the division’s capacity to respond to crises, as well as provide enhanced support in priority areas of work.  The position may be based in one of HRW’s offices in Africa, Europe or the US, preceded by a training period in HRW’s New York office.

For all the details, and to apply:

March 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

“2011: A bitter-sweet year for the Ugandan woman” #hwhtw

Lots to celebrate for women in Uganda this year, but more progress to be made, too.

2011: A bitter-sweet year for the Ugandan woman

By Stephen Ssenkaaba

“This is the year that Uganda scored highly on the international scene when Justice Julia Ssebutinde, the calm yet firm former Uganda High Court judge was elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It was a tight race that pitted her against highly experienced ICJ judge from Sierra Leone, Abdul Koroma. Sebutinde becomes the third woman elected to the ICJ and the first African woman to assume this position.

“Nationally, women continued to assume influential positions in cabinet, parliament and at different levels of leadership. It was this year that Uganda got its first female speaker of parliament.

“Rebecca Kadaga, also the Kamuli woman MP beat opposition’s Nandala Mafabi to the helm of Uganda’s legislative body. Since her election, the outspoken lawyer has held the parliamentary bull by the horns so far steering the August house into fiery debates. Kadaga’s election seemed not to have gone down well with some legislators; indeed the press has reported unconfirmed attempts to bring her down.

“The Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association and the Uganda Women’s Network came out to rally behind her  one of their own and to call for support for Uganda’s most high ranking woman politician.

“Speaking politics, this year recorded an increase in number of women ministers appointed to cabinet from 16 last year to 22…”

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February 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Esraa Abdel Fattah, “Facebook Girl”: The World-Changer @glamourmag #hwhtw

Esraa Abdel Fattah, better known as the Tahrir Square “Facebook Girl”, has been named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year.

“In January 25, a young Egyptian woman known as Facebook Girl tucked her hair under a head scarf, pocketed her cell phone and met up with 20 other young people to march toward the center of Cairo. Soon hundreds, then thousands of others joined them, until 10,000-strong, they surged into Tahrir Square to make history.

“Over the next 18 days, Esraa Abdel Fattah live-updated on Facebook and tweeted her experiences in the Square—and the world followed along. ‘We feared being arrested or killed,’ recalls Abdel Fattah, 33, a project manager for an Egyptian youth organization, ‘but we were achieving the dream of justice and democracy.'”

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November 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Investing in Women Farmers #hwhtw

This new article from VOA makes the case that “investing in women farmers isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good business.”

“Women make up the majority of the agricultural workforce in 37 countries, 50 percent throughout much of Asia and Africa, and 43 percent of the agricultural workforce worldwide. However, there are well-documented gender disparities in access to credit, assets, seeds, fertilizers and technologies. Furthermore, women often lose access to their land in the event of a husband’s death and also have more limited access to markets.

“‘Given the same resources as their male counterparts, women farmers could produce 20 to 30 percent more food than they do currently, says a UN Food and Agriculture Organization in its biannual report released earlier this year. The report argues that closing the gender gap in resources would increase total agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent. That could translate to a 12 to 17 percent reduction in world hunger and the ability to feed up to 150 million more people per year.’

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October 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

Kenya ranked top globally in gender equality reforms @WorldBank #hwhtw

Bravo to Kenya!

Kenya ranked top globally in gender equality reforms


Posted  Tuesday, October 11  2011 at  21:55

Increased access by women to justice, property rights and top jobs has seen Kenya emerge as the leading reformer globally in a report released by the World Bank on Tuesday.

The report says women in Kenya were greatly empowered by the new Constitution as well as other legal reforms that have been taking place in recent years.

“Kenya has achieved a lot in gender parity because of the new Constitution which is now being studied by many countries in the world that want to carry out reforms,” said David Bridgman, regional manager for Investment Climate Advisory services in Africa at the World Bank.

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October 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

“Girls are key to food security in poor countries, report says” #hwhtw

According to this article from The Guardian, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs has issued a report, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies, underlining the importance of girls in food security.

“If the world is to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050, we must invest in the human capital of those with the potential to transform agricultural economies – adolescent girls,” said Catherine Bertini, the report’s lead author. “Already, they carry much of families’ burdens; with opportunity, they can be major change agents for rural communities and nations. As nations are rediscovering the importance of agricultural development, we want to ensure that the new definition of rural economies’ strengths includes the critical role of adolescent girls.”

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October 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Congratulations to Female Nobel Peace Laureates #Nobelpeaceprize

From Sec. Clinton:

“I am delighted to send heartfelt congratulations to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [see previous post “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: ‘A Victor of Circumstances’”], Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman and Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee for the prestigious honor of sharing this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. They are shining examples of the difference that women can make and the progress they can help achieve when given the opportunity to make decisions about the future of their societies and countries.

“The unflinching courage, strength and leadership of these women to build peace, advance reconciliation, and defend the rights of fellow citizens in their own countries provide inspiration for women’s rights and human progress everywhere. This recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments reflects the efforts of many other women who are promoting peace and security in their countries and communities. I want to commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing the powerful role women are playing in building peace and ending conflict around the world.”

October 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

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