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Highlights: USNC-UN Women Annual Conference @USNC_UNWomen #USNCDC #HWHTW

Check out the highlights from the USNC-UN Women Annual Conference on Twitter with hashtag #USNCDC! My favorite so far: learning about community viewing events for the movie Half the Sky in October.

Learn more: https://www.twitter.com/#!/search/Usncdc

June 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

“Algeria: Increase of Women in Parliament Is a Step Towards Gender Equity” @iKNOW_Politics @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Congrats to Algeria!

“‘UN Women commends Algeria for reaching and surpassing the target of 30 per cent women in parliament as recommended in the Beijing Platform for Action and general recommendations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,’ said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michele Bachelet.”

Read the full article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201205170088.html

May 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

HWHTW in the News! @bethmonster @HealthyLiving @USNC_UNWomen #hwhtw

Here at HWHTW, I usually like to write about the news, not appear in it.  But when the delightful Elizabeth Kuster of the Huffington Post asked to interview me about the trip I took to India last summer, I couldn’t say no.  (Especially since it’s for the HuffPost’s “Becoming Fearless” series – flattery will get you everywhere!)  You can read the interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/grad-student-risks-3500_n_1491711.html?ref=healthy-living

Also, I’m delighted to be a new member of the US National Committee for UN Women’s Board of Directors!  Join us for our Annual Meeting in DC on June 2nd – get all the details here: Save the Date: USNC-UN Women 2012 Annual Meeting

May 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Indian Women Leaders Recognized for Accomplishments in Promoting Health @UN_Women #India #hwhtw

Since India’s implementation of quotas in local government, women have put in an impressive performance – bravo!  (See also: “Women as Policy Makers“)

“Puniben Rajpara from Gujarat has improved water facilities in her village, while Shashi Kiran from Himachal Pradesh has demanded one-year maternity leave for working women in her area. At the Women’s Political Empowerment Day Celebrations 2012, they were two of the four outstanding elected women representatives from panchayats (village councils) who were honoured for their efforts to improve health and provide basic social amenities in their villages.”

Read the full article: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/05/elected-women-representatives-in-india-are-awarded-for-their-efforts-to-improve-health/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Ban Ki-moon: “The Best Investment a Country Can Make” @UN #hwhtw #maternalhealth

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently spoke at a reception for the in support of “Every Woman Every Child”, in Mumbai, India.  He congratulated India on its efforts to eradicate polio, and challenged the crowd to put the same resources toward maternal and child health, calling it a “common sense approach”:

“[W]e share the same conviction that saving women’s and children’s lives is the best investment any country can make.  If a person is ill, or their child is sick, anyone with resources would not think twice about spending them on health care.  But, somehow, Governments often miss this common-sense approach to what matters in life.”

Read the full speech: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sgsm14261.doc.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Support the Walk to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls @USNC_UNWomen

The UN Women US National Committee is hosting annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls events across the country this spring!

If you’re in the D.C. area, join the National Capital Chapter’s walk on Saturday, April 28th: http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/natcapital/calendarofevents

To make a donation in support of the walk, click here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/allison-asplin/2012nationalcapitalwalk

To learn about walks in other cities, click here: http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/walks

From USNC:

“Why are we walking? — Violence against women and girls is a worldwide pandemic; — up to 70% of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime; — among women aged 15 to 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined; — the cost of intimate partner violence in the U.S. exceeds $5.8 billion per year; — 102 countries have no specific legal provisions against domestic violence.

This Trust Fund is the only global multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local, national and regional efforts of organizations to combat gender-based violence. Since it began operations in 1997, the Trust Fund has awarded more than US$19 million to 263 initiatives to address violence against women in 115 countries. UN Women administers the Trust Fund.”

April 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Speak Up for Women Worldwide – Call Congress on March 20, 2012” @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #USNCCall

An urgent appeal from USNC-UN Women: call your representatives today to support U.S. funding for UN Women!

Speak Up for Women Worldwide – join USNC-UN Women on Tuesday, March 20th, in letting Congress know that more financial support is needed for UN Women!

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, strengthens democracies, and increases the likelihood for sustainable peace.  As a symbol of the growing recognition of the role that women play in overall development, UN Women was created in 2010 to be the global champion for women and girls both. Its innovative and groundbreaking programs work from the bottom up and from the top down to ensure that not only do legal and constitutional frameworks spell out women’s rights but that these rights are realized and enforced.

UN Women is making an incredible difference with limited resources but the US can give more.  President Obama requested $7.5 million dollars for UN Women in the budget. While we all understand the tremendous requests for funding, UN Women is asking for a modest increase to $10 million dollars for FY 2013.  Every dollar given to UN Women is maximized locally in developing countries through education and violence prevention projects and economic empowerment programs.  Click here for instructions and a script for making a call to your elected representative.  In doing so, you will be joining the growing chorus of Americans who support women’s rights.

Investing in women is not only the smart thing to do but the right thing to do.  Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Maggie Forster Schmitz

President, U.S. National Committee for UN Women

March 20, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

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