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Zainab Salbi wins the 2011 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award! @ZainabSalbi #hwhtw

Congratulations to Zainab Salbi of Women for Women International!  On Thursday, December 8th, she’ll receive the 2011 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.  Zainab is being recognized for “dedicating her life to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities.”  A well-deserved honor!

To learn more or register to attend the awards luncheon: http://unanca.citysoft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventID=52

November 10, 2011 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

“Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission” @gaylelemmon

gayle lemmon photoNew from Gayle Lemmon: her “first piece for Newsweek as a contributing editor at large writing stories about economics and development with a focus on women.”

Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission
The U.N. tapped Chile’s former president to help women. Will politicians let her succeed?

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

September 12, 2011 1:0 AM EDT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called July 2, 2010, a “watershed day.” That was when the General Assembly approved the creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women—known simply as U.N. Women. Intended to give (in Ban’s words) “a much stronger voice for women and for gender equality” around the world, the organization replaced four underfunded and obscure bureaucracies devoted to women with a single entity that would finally give half the world’s population the high-profile platform it deserved.

Leading the new organization and charged with boosting its profile would be one of the world’s most powerful and inspiring women, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile. Bachelet’s accomplishments are rooted in the traumatic experiences of her early adulthood. When Chile’s government was overthrown in a coup led by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Bachelet’s father (an Air Force general who backed the deposed Salvador Allende) was arrested and tortured in prison. He came home briefly under house arrest before being thrown back in detention, where he died of a heart attack under suspicious circumstances in 1974 at the age of 51.

In January 1975, state security forces arrested Bachelet herself, then a 23-year-old medical student, and her mother, taped their eyes shut, and jailed them in Villa Grimaldi, a mansion turned into a house of terror where prisoners were routinely beaten, shocked with electricity, raped, and killed. Despite the ordeal, Bachelet refused to break, reportedly singing with other prisoners to keep sane and helping to treat women raped by the guards. Bachelet has never spoken in detail about the period, other than acknowledging that she was beaten, noting instead that she was one of the “lucky ones” who survived before being sent into exile in Australia following the intervention of family members.

Read the full article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/11/michelle-bachelet-has-a-mission-to-help-the-world-s-women.html

September 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Pacific Islands Forum: “Leaders vow to improve gender equality record” @nzherald #hwhtw

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has just announced a commitment from the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to increase female political leadership. The New Zealand Herald notes that many of the PIF countries rank at the bottom of the Inter Parliamentary Union’s women-in-politics rankings:

“Many Pacific countries do not have any female MPs, let alone women in positions of leadership… Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is the only woman leader among the 16 countries of the forum.”

However, Mr. Ban reported “genuine commitment from the leaders to improve upon this record and ensure that Pacific Island countries can benefit from the power and potential of all of its citizens, particularly including women.”

Read the full article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10750187

September 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

UN Women is Hiring! @unwomen #hwhtw

UN Women is hiring for several positions in New York and worldwide, including Arab States Regional Director, Communications and Outreach Specialist (EVAW), and Programme Specialist (Gender and Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States).  Act fast – applications are due soon!

See the job postings: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/

August 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Follow-up: “Progress of the World’s Women” @unwomen

As a follow-up to the “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice”  report (see previous post New Report: “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice”), UN Women offers 10 recommendations to make the world’s justice systems work better for women:

10. Put gender equality at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals

9. Invest in women’s access to justice

8. Implement gender-responsive reparations programmes

7. Increase women’s access to courts and truth commissions in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

Read all 10 recommendations, with details: http://progress.unwomen.org/ten-recommendations-to-make-justice-systems-work-for-women/

July 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Q&A: South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare on Africa’s Newest Nation and its Women @unwomen

UN Women has posted an interview with South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Agnes Lasuba!

“On 9 July 2011 the world witnessed the birth of a nation — South Sudan, Africa’s 54th country. In an interview with UN Women, South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Agnes Lasuba weighs in on the country’s independence and what it means for women.”

Here’s an excerpt:

What does South Sudan’s independence mean for women?

“South Sudan means a lot for women because they went through hardships during more than 20 years of war. For those women who lost their husbands and sons, they are overjoyed because their spouses and sons did not die in vain, they fought for freedom and South Sudan got freedom. To women it also means peace and stability. It is time for them to develop themselves because during the war they could not progress. With freedom things will be different — things will be better. The independence will bring basic services, like access to health, education, sanitation and clean drinking water to name a few.”

Read the full interview: http://www.unwomen.org/2011/07/qa-south-sudans-minister-of-gender-child-and-social-welfare-on-africas-newest-nation-and-its-women/

July 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Take Action: “21 Words – Don’t Let Women and Children Suffer”

The Better World Campaign needs your help to keep Congress from de-funding UN women’s and children’s health programs:

21 words. Just 21 unfortunate words are in a new bill that has been introduced in Congress that would end funding for UN programs that promote the health of women and children in 150 countries around the world.

“The legislation, HR 2059, is just 21 words long:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State may not make a contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)”

Take action: https://secure.globalproblems-globalsolutions.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=303

For more info on UNFPA: http://www.unfpa.org/public/

June 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

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