Monthly Archives: February 2012
Rural Women, Their Contributions and Challenges, to Be Highlighted at UN Commisssion on the Status of Women, 27 February – 9 March
The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will open on 27 February at United Nations headquarters, focused on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, sustainable development and current challenges.
A documentary film commissioned by UN Women has premiered at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. Cutting across class and geography, the film is an intimate portrait of four very different Egyptian women as they tell their stories of marriage, divorce, work, love and resistance — and what it means to be a woman in the wake of their country’s revolution.
A woman-run school canteen project that employs 200 Palestinian women is transforming not only individuals but also families and communities. It offers women and their families economic independence and represents a ray of hope for the future in this troubled land.
A new programme on improving access to social protection in rural areas is starting a change. Supported by UN Women and bringing together rural women, the initiative works on the establishment of Women’s Watch Groups, which monitor the situation of the most vulnerable households and identify ways to improve access to social protection.
Speech delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the panel discussion on “Leadership Views on Women in the World of Sports,” at the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, Los Angeles, 17 February 2012.
UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has joined a prestigious reference group for a new research project on the economic benefits of investing in women’s health. The Norwegian-led research will build on existing studies that refer to the positive “ripple effects” for families and communities when women’s health, education and employment are promoted.
Each year hundreds of organizations and civil society activists attend the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). They come from across the world to share and exchange ideas, make connections and push for change. Here are some of their voices on what they hope to achieve. Aristide Jean Francois Zongo, Burkina Faso Aristide Jean [...]
The Women’s Union building in Viet Nam’s Binh Dinh Province is afloat with music, as traditional songs about the province, the seasons, fishing and farming drift through its rooms. Yet those singing know that the life they celebrate is under threat. Each has gathered here to discuss plans and actions for tackling natural disasters.
Community radio uses the power of the medium, but redefines it to give a voice to the most marginalized communities. It creates a non-commercial platform, where ordinary people in rural communities, often the women of the community, own and produce the content they hear on the radio.
The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability released its report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” on 30 January 2012 in Addis Ababa. The report contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy.