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Got Something to Say About Women? @NCRWorg #hwhtw

Then apply to lead a session at the National Council for Research on Women’s annual conference, June 20-22 at Georgetown University!

“The National Council for Research on Women invites professionals and students working on key research, policy, and advocacy issues relating to women, domestically or globally, to submit proposals to participate in breakout and poster sessions during the Conference. We encourage proposals that focus on advancing women’s leadership and strengthening economic security for low-income women as well as global women’s issues, such as human rights agendas and preventing violence against women, including research studies, economic analyses, and case studies. We welcome sessions and topics that include a gender, class, and race lens. Proposals must be submitted via email by 5 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to: contact@ncrw.org.”

For more information on submitting a proposal for a breakout session or a poster session: http://www.ncrw.org/sites/ncrw.org/files/NCRW%20CALL%20FOR%20PROPOSALS%20rev%206.pdf

For general info on the NCRW annual conference: http://www.ncrw.org/events/2012/06/20/ncrw-annual-conference-2012-strengthening-womens-economic-security-and-leadership

April 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

“Patrick Stewart Fights For Women’s Refuges” #hwhtw

It’s great to see a male celebrity raising awareness (and funds) in the effort to end violence against women.  HWHTW has to agree with Perez Hilton on this one: “We love you, Patrick Stewart!”

“The actor is standing up for women’s rights and against domestic violence.  Stewart’s mother was a victim of domestic abuse and he has become a advocate of Refuge, the U.K.’s first women’s shelter.

“However, Refuge is facing strict budget limitations and Stewart pleads with the public to help.”

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2012-02-07-patrick-stewart-tries-to-save-womens-refuges#.TzGk8WMc1wZ

February 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Secretary Clinton: “The way we build peace isn’t getting the job done” #hwhtw

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University on “Women, Peace, and Security.”  A striking excerpt:

“Now I know some of you may be thinking to yourself, ‘Well, there she goes again.  Hillary Clinton always talks about women, and why should I or anyone else really care?’  Well, you should care because this is not just a woman’s issue.  It cannot be relegated to the margins of international affairs.  It truly does cut to the heart of our national security and the security of people everywhere, because the sad fact is that the way the international community tries to build peace and security today just isn’t getting the job done.  Dozens of active conflicts are raging around the world, undermining regional and global stability, and ravaging entire populations.  And more than half of all peace agreements fail within five years.”

Read and watch video of the speech: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/12/179173.htm

December 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

“When Women Make Peace” @pbs #hwhtw

I had the honor of attending a private screening of this eye-opening documentary series last week at CFR, with a lively question-and-answer session with filmmaker Abigail Disney. 

“Are women inherently more peaceful than men? And are women’s interests always united when it comes to debates over war and peace?

“These are just some of the intriguing questions brought up by a new PBS documentary series, Women, War, and Peace.” 

Read more: http://www.nationinstitute.org/featuredwork/fellows/2431/when_women_make_peace/?utm_source=tweetdeck&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tweetdeck

November 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

“Yemeni women burn traditional female veils to protest regime crackdown” #arabspring #hwhtw

Women in Yemen are making their voices heard, through dramatic protests aginst the brutal government crackdown.

“In the capital, Sanaa, the women spread a black cloth across a main street and threw their full-body veils, known as makrama, onto a pile, sprayed it with oil and set it ablaze. As the flames rose, they chanted: ‘Who protects Yemeni women from the crimes of the thugs?’

“The women in Yemen have taken a key role in the uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s authoritarian rule that erupted in March, inspired by other Arab revolutions. Their role came into the limelight earlier in October, when Yemeni woman activist Tawakkul Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with two Liberian women, for their struggle for women’s rights.”

Read the full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/yemeni-women-burn-traditional-face-body-veils-to-protest-government-crackdown-on-protesters/2011/10/26/gIQAllQQIM_story.html

November 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me”

Here’s a fascinating article with video from CNN on Iraqi women’s rights activist Noof Assi.

Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me

By Arwa Damon, CNN

September 12, 2011 — Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT)

“The heading on 21-year-old Noof Assi’s blog page is the classic Gandhi quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

She is often at the forefront of demonstrations in Iraq demanding basic services and reforms — but her road from child to activist has been dogged by bloodshed and violence.

She said: “I have to be the change, not to change people and stay the same. So I did it, I am trying to do it. I am not the girl that goes to the protests from the beginning with the boys, all this stuff.”

Noof is a fabric design major turned activist and blogger, working at the human rights group, al-Amal, which means hope.

She shows us what she wrote a few years ago. “I dream to sleep without painkillers. I dream to wake up in a home that gives me love and hope, not to end up in a grave.””

Read more and watch the video: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/09/09/9.11.iraq/

October 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

“Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence” @humanrights1st #hwtw

This blog post from Human Rights First describes how women in Egypt are taking control of their futures by harnessing social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile apps.

Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence

8-17-2011

By Alison Searle
Administrative Assistant for Advocacy

 
A new generation of Egyptian women is speaking up to address long-standing gender and equality issues. Since the fall of President Mubarak, sexual harassment cases have become more public as women’s political participation becomes increasingly widespread. Campaigners stress the need for Egyptian women to unite as they face some of the worst treatment in the world…  According to the World Economic Reform’s Global Gender Gap Index, Egypt has ranked in the bottom 10 for the past 5 years…
 
In an effort to combat the rise in gender inequality and violence, women are using social media—a regional catalyst in the fight for democracy—as an advocacy and awareness tool. HarassMap is a website that allows women to report sexual harassment via email, text or Twitter to track where assaults are taking place throughout the country. Facebook and other media websites continue to promote dialogue about women’s issues with on-the-ground updates. The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights produces blogs in English and Arabic in an attempt to bridge the movement’s generation gap and appeal to a more international constituency.

Read the full article: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/2011/08/17/staying-connected-egyptian-women-use-social-media-to-combat-gender-iequality-violence/

August 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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