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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

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: “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

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

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