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Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Blogs, General News

REPORT FROM INDIA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEET ON PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE

REPORT FROM INDIA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEET ON PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE

by Lyn Adamson , VOW Co-chair  150 women activists from India and around the world gathered for a four day conference on peace and nonviolence.  Of the 100 women from India 50 are being honoured for their dedication and long term community activism. I was a panelist in the session on emerging global crises and solutions.  My presentation on the urgency of climate action was well received and was followed up with a small group session the next day.  We learned about the impacts of climate change in several parts of India, and what ws most striking in that sharing was the impact of coal in Orissa.  Coal mining causes coal dust, air and water pollution as immediate impacts.  Farmers are feeling the impact of rising temperatures, increased extreme weather, including flooding of crops.  It’s very challenging to develop an effective response given the  political power of private companies, resulting in long term leases and no follow through on clean up or regulations despite legislation that should provide some...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blogs

Presentation by Jacqueline Burgoyne on the UN Commission on the Status of Women

See original presentation From 1947 to present, the Commission focused on setting standards and formulating international conventions to change discriminatory legislation and foster global awareness of women’s issues. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the: The elimination of discrimination against women and girls. Empowerment of women. Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. WILPF: 101YearsofCommitmenttoPeacebuilding Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF’s and MADRE’s Symposium: Implementing the Women, Peace & Security Agenda: A Roadmap for the 1325 Global Study Recommendations” at NY Law Cent,” The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non- governmental organization (NGO) with National Sections covering every continent, an International Secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations (UN). Since our establishment in 1915, we have brought together women from around the world who are...

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Blogs, General News

Women empowerment through journalism

Women empowerment through journalism

By Yusur Al-Bahrani  Away from Amman, 25 women journalists and reporters work on a publication in Zarqa reporting on several issues under tight deadlines. Compared to Amman, Zarqa is more conservative tied by cultural values that might hinder the work of women. However, the journalists of Hona Zarqa constitute a symphony with melodies breaking cultural barriers that stop women in Zarqa from working in a field like media. As I flip the pages of Hona Zarqa, I can’t recognize the gender of the writers from the topics. With my Arabic, I can guess from the names that they are women. Indeed, the stories reported are not expected to be works of women in a city like Zarqa. Going through history of journalism, the women’s angle would mean more domestic family or fashion related topics. Therefore, what I read is not what I expected. News and investigative reporting occupy most of Hona Zarqa despite the limited resources. “I work in a women-only media outlet,” says Kamla Abu Selha. “And we...

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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Blogs, General News

Manara Awards: all the winners are Palestinians!

Manara Awards: all the winners are Palestinians!

By Yusur Al Bahrani It doesn’t take many hours to travel from Palestine to Jordan, but that’s not what Palestinians tell. It takes them more than eight hours despite the short distance. They have to pass through the Palestinian, Israeli, and then, Jordanian checkpoints. And that’s their only way to the outside world. However, they were enthusiastic and filled with energy during their participation in Manara Award for Gender Equality. Despite the challenges that Palestinian participants face, they all come together to break the barriers of discrimination against women and gender inequality.   Under the patronage of her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal, and with the presence of H.E. the Minister of Labor, Dr. Nidal Qatamin, as her representative, the Manara Regional Competition for Gender equality was held on May 15. Three projects won and all of them were from Palestine. They competed against 60 initiatives from Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon within three categories: political empowerment, economic participation and knowledge production. The aim objective of this competition was...

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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blogs, General News

Women Cross the DMZ

Women Cross the DMZ

by Janis Alton editor’s note:  Janis Alton travelled in May, 2015  I was part of a recent international women’s walk for peace – not so unusual in itself except this time the context was Korea. The plan was to walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. For 70 years this has been a heavily mined and guarded no-man’s land (250 km long, approximately 4 km wide) intended to enforce the hasty decision made at the end of World War II to award the victors this obscure Korean peninsula occupied by Japan for 35 years. And so Washington slapped a line along the 38th parallel with the north portion’s administration, intended as a temporary trusteeship, handed over to the USSR and the southern portion to control by the USA. It was a decision which bore little relationship to Korean history or geography and before long provoked a violent push for unification, reputedly led by the North. For certain, the South was soon in tatters. The young United Nations...

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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blogs, General News

Through a Passionate Eye

by Ainun Afroza A fairy tale… •Once upon a time, there was a world without “Conflicts”.The leaders of each nation recognized the need for co-operation and met regularly to solve any potential problems before they could grow. •They never disagreed on matters needing attention or on ways to handle these matters, and so, there were never any international tensions,and of course there was no “War”. Read more here editor’s note:  Ainun made this presentation at the reportback in Toronto (CSW60) of her trip in 2016 to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women...

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