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Video: “A Considerable Difference: Women and Representation in Southern Sudan”

A new documentary from UN Women explores women’s impact in creating South Sudan:

“After more than 20 years of civil war and a long struggle for independence, South Sudan officially became Africa’s 54th nation on 9 July 2011. In the making of the nation, women played a significant role in achieving independence — making their voices heard, particularly in the political arena.”

Watch the video: http://www.unwomenuk.org/a-considerable-difference-women-and-representation-in-southern-sudan/

July 19, 2011 at 12:26 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

Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights

This week, the Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights met in Vilnius, Lithuania.  The Working Group was established in April 2010 with this mission statement:

“The status of the world’s women is not only a matter of morality and justice, but a political, economic and social imperative. When women are free to develop their talents and contribute fully to their societies, everyone benefits. Most of the world is now in agreement that women’s rights are human rights. We say a further step is needed: women’s progress is human progress.”

The Working Group focuses on 4 priorities:

  • Women and governance
  • Women and economic development
  • Women and violence
  • Women, peace and security 

Read more: http://community-democracies.org/images/stories/WGGE_press_release.pdf

July 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Highlights, Part 1

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

David Chavern: “Business is the answer, not the problem.”

David Chavern: “Countries that treat women badly, do badly.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Women make sure there’s a community to go back to when the war is over.”

Gayle Lemmon: “In tough parts of the world, women turn to business to make sure their children get fed.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Unsung heroines and aspiring entrepreneurs are all around us.”

Mary Schnack: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”

Mary Schnack: “We need to help women recognize themselves as leaders and be honored as leaders”

Gayle Lemmon: “Afghan women are desperate for peace, but afraid it will come at the price of their right to go to work and school.”

More to come!

June 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Live on Twitter

For even more updates from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, check out my Twitter feed!  Search for handle @hwhtw or click here: http://twitter.com/#!/hwhtw

June 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “We need to think beyond microenterprise”

More from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

This morning’s panel featured three women with expertise in women’s entrepreneurship efforts, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: For women to move forward, the focus must move from microenterprise to mainstream small and medium businesses – and beyond. 

Selima Ahmad, President and Founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offered a provocative question: “We need to give deep thought to micro entrepreneurs – are they part of the mainstream economy?”  She added, “We need to think beyond microenterprise.”

Mary Schnack of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) agreed: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”  Women who are already running businesses need additional skills to scale up, she noted.

Gayle Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, identified access to markets and financing as the biggest obstacle to growing women’s businesses.  She noted that in countries where women cannot legally own property, they cannot get financing because they cannot offer collateral.

June 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference

Coming soon to HWHTW: live coverage of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, June 20-21.  The conference will feature speakers such as Melanne Verveer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Diana Villiers Negroponte on topics including “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” and “Women and Rebuilding Conflict Areas.” Check back often June 20-21 for updates!

To seethe agenda or register to attend the conference: http://www.democracythatdelivers.com/node/23

June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

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