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  • EIGE marks International Women’s Day with release of list of 100 Inequalities

    EIGE marks International Women's Day with release of list of 100 Inequalities

    [Brussels, 11 March 2011] On 8 March, The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), based in Vilnius, Lituania, issued a list of 100 facts and figures illustrating the remaining gaps in gender equality within the EU. Read the EIGE Press Release below, and download the factsheet.
    EIGE Press Release, Vilnius, 8 March 2011
    8 March 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has produced a list of 100 Inequalities to (...) Read more

  • Women’s rights one hundred years on: the fight continues in the EP’s FEMM Committee

    Women's rights one hundred years on: the fight continues in the EP's FEMM Committee

    [European Parliament, Brussels, 08 March 2011] Parliament marked the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March) with a debate and vote on two resolutions tabled by the Women’s Rights Committee: one on gender equality and the other on female poverty. A third resolution, on reducing health inequalities, was also adopted.
    In a special ceremony held on Tuesday to commemorate 100 years of campaigning for women’s rights, EP President Buzek said "There are too few women in the (...) Read more

  • Women Make the News

    Women Make the News

    [UNESCO, Paris, 8 March 2011] Launched annually on the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), Women Make the News (WMN) is a global initiative coordinated by UNESCO aimed at promoting gender equality in the media.
    The theme for this year’s - “Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Gender” – seeks to highlight good practices in this area and emphasize the importance of fostering media and information literate societies as a way to improve the understanding of women and men about (...) Read more

  • UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on the International Women’s Day Centennial

    UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on the International Women's Day Centennial

    [New York, 8 March 2011] A hundred years ago today, women across the world took an historic step on the long road to equality. The first ever International Women’s Day was called to draw attention to the unacceptable and often dangerous working conditions that so many women faced worldwide. Although the occasion was celebrated in only a handful of countries, it brought over one million women out onto the streets, demanding not just better conditions at work but also the right to vote, to (...) Read more

  • International Women’s Day Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

    International Women's Day Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

    [Geneva, 8 March 2011] On this day, I salute the women of the Middle East and North Africa, along with women all over the world who are taking great risks to stand up and fight for dignity, justice and human rights for themselves and for their compatriots. In Egypt and Tunisia, women were on Twitter, on Facebook, and on the streets. Women from all walks of life were marching alongside men, pushing boundaries and breaking gender stereotypes, just as eager for change, for human rights and for (...) Read more

  • Nepal Supreme Court: Abortion Is a Right

    Nepal Supreme Court: Abortion Is a Right

    [Center for Reproductive Rights, New York, 7 March 2011] In a recent decision in the case of Lakshmi Dhikta v. Nepal, the Supreme Court of Nepal ruled that the country’s government must guarantee access to safe and affordable abortion services. Specifically, it affirmed the need for a comprehensive abortion law and emphasized the government’s obligation to ensure that no woman is denied a legal abortion just because she cannot pay for it. The case, which was filed by the Forum for Women, (...) Read more

  • Is he 2in2u? Women’s Aid highlights abuse of young women on Valentine’s Day

    Is he 2in2u? Women's Aid highlights abuse of young women on Valentine's Day

    [Brussels, 07 March 2011] On 14 February 2011, the Irish association Women’s Aid launched its new national “2in2u” public awareness campaign on dating abuse. This interesting campaign has a website for the support young women affected and includes a relationship health check: visit http://www.2in2u.ie/. Read the Women’s Aid Press Release below.
    Today, Monday 14th February 2011, Women’s Aid will launch a ground breaking national public awareness campaign targeting young women experiencing abuse (...) Read more

  • European Parliament’s FEMM Committee calls for quotas for women

    European Parliament's FEMM Committee calls for quotas for women

    [Brussels, 07 March 2011] On the occasion of the 100th anniverary of International Women’s Day, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality calls for quotas for women. Read the FEMM Committee Press Release below.
    Quotas are needed to ensure equal representation of women in the private and public sectors, agreed most participants in a meeting held by the EP Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee with national parliaments’ representatives on Thursday, ahead of the 100th anniversary (...) Read more

  • Women’s Movements Present Alternatives at the World Social Forum

    Women's Movements Present Alternatives at the World Social Forum

    [AWID, 25 February 2011] Initiated in opposition to the exclusive World Economic Forum, the World Social Forum(WSF) has, since it began in 2001, converged as an important space for civil society movements to propose alternatives to the dominating economically and socially excluding systems, under the banner “Another world is possible”. Feminist movements have been a key force for change within the Forum, contesting gender blind policies and proposing new alternatives for women’s empowerment. (...) Read more

  • UN Women officially launched

    UN Women officially launched

    [UN Women, New York, 24 February 2011] The UN today celebrates the historic launch of UN Women, its newest organization, with an evening including luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, the media, music and film in the UN General Assembly Hall. UN Women, formally known as the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, combines four previous UN bodies and represents the United Nations’ most ambitious effort ever to accelerate actions to (...) Read more

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