Posted on 18 October 2013
The deadline to submit written statements for CSW 58 is 25 October, 2013
Online Submission: Written statements from NGOs in consultative status will be accepted between 10 October to 25 October via CSO-Net
Statements should not exceed: 2000 words: general consultative status (ECOSOC, DPI, etc.) 1500 words: special consultative status
UN Women suggests that you prepare your statement in Microsoft Word. Click here for a list of rules and guidelines: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/ngo-participation/written-and-oral-statements
The background papers for the UN Women Expert Group Meeting are posted. See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw58-2014/preparations/expert-group-meeting#backgroundpapers
Posted on 11 October 2013
For more than ten years now prostitution is just a job like any other in Germany.
The results – dramatic
The losers – the women in prostitution
Most of them
The winners – sex-buyers, panders, brothel-carriers, human traffickers, organized crime.
Sign here for the prohibition of sex-purchase in Germany, against the trade in women as goods and for equality of men and women. Other countries in Europe have already followed that path or do it now: Sweden, Norway, Ireland, France…
The aid and human rights organization SOLWODI helps women and girls who have become victims of human trafficking, forced prostitution or forced marriage and fights politically for the rights of victims of trafficking and women in prostitution.
The signatures collected in the campaign “Make the final stroke!” will be handed over to the German Government by SOLWODI.
Posted on 4 October 2013
Equality Now and 97 anti-trafficking organizations worldwide (including the EWL), many of which are survivor-led, are gravely concerned about two reports released last year with the backing of the United Nations (UN) and which are being seen as official UN policy. These reports not only make recommendations in direct opposition to international human rights standards, but also largely ignore the experiences and views of survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking.
Sign the petition to ask the UN to listen to survivors and promote human rights in the debate on prostitution and sex trafficking.
These two reports, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law’s report HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health (2012), published by UNDP, and the UNDP, UNFPA and UNAIDS-backed report, Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific (2012), tell countries that in order to support efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS and to promote the human rights of people in prostitution, all aspects of the commercial sex industry should be decriminalized, including brothel-keeping, pimping and the purchase of sex. The reports also recommend revising and narrowing the definition found in the main international instrument addressing trafficking, the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (the “UN Trafficking Protocol”).
These recommendations largely ignore the experiences and views of many survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking, are in direct opposition to international human rights standards, and also go against mounting evidence that decriminalization and legalization do not protect the human rights of people in prostitution or improve their situation.
Promoting the human rights of people in prostitution – including their right to health, safety and freedom from violence and exploitation – and protecting them from HIV, are imperative. However, the UN reports’ recommendations are in direct opposition to efforts and policies that have been and are widely supported throughout the UN. They also jeopardize efforts to prevent and address sex trafficking and promote gender equality. These cannot be side effects of efforts to prevent HIV.
Equality Now and its partners are calling on UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNDP to:
Posted on 20 September 2013
(Brussels 20 September) Take Action! “I have always had a dream for my country that includes equality and justice for all and for women to finally be given respect. I am very worried now about the continued exclusion of women from the constitutional process. Unless women are treated as real partners in deciding the future of Egypt, women and girls will suffer the consequences.” - Egyptian women’s activist, Azza Suleiman
On 8 September, a constitutional committee established by the interim Egyptian government began working on a new constitution for the country. However, the government only reserved five of the 50 committee member positions for “women and youth.” Also disturbing is that a 10-member so-called expert committee, which worked in secret to provide recommendations on constitutional amendments, did not include any women, let alone any experts in women’s rights. Drafts of the proposals leaked to the media are giving our partners cause for alarm as they are apparently rolling back on achievements already made for women.
These actions severely limit women’s full participation in the political process and ignore women’s demands to be real partners in deciding the future of Egypt. Therefore, please support our partners’ call for the government to change the composition of the constitutional committee so that, at minimum, 35% of its members are women from a broad spectrum of Egyptian society. Also call on the government to form a women’s rights committee to advise on incorporating women’s rights into the Constitution. This would help create an inclusive constitutional process that is transparent, fair and reflective of the rights of all of Egypt’s citizens.
Share this petition on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere—look for the sharing tools at the top of the action page.
Please click on the following link for further information: http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/discrimination_in_law_action384
We hope that you will support this and our other Action campaigns.
Posted on 27 August 2013
(Brussels 28 August) Two Belgian Women’s associations; Vrouwenraad: beslist feminist (dutch speaking) and the Conseil des femmes francophones de Belgique asbl (french speaking) have come together to launch this petition about rape.
For more information see the website here.
Posted on 21 August 2013
Her name was Alice Guy-Blache, and you’ve probably never heard of her.
That’s understandable. Her heyday was a century ago. She was French and spent only a few years in the United States. Her work — what little of it has survived — generally lives on in museum collections.
But perhaps you should find out who she is. For Guy-Blache, who died in 1968, was a pioneer in the film industry. She was the first female director. She was perhaps the first to create a narrative film. She was an innovator in storytelling and in business.
Green and Jarik van Sluijs, her colleague at the Los Angeles design firm PIC, have created a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding for a documentary on Guy-Blache. The work-in-progress, called "Be Natural" - after a common Guy-Blache acting instruction - is attempting to raise $200,000.
Green was inspired by a special about female pioneers in cinema, which also included Mary Pickford and Lois Weber.
"Alice stuck with me," says Green. "And when it was over, I was surprised that I didn’t hear (more) about her."
Given her contributions to motion pictures, you’d think Guy-Blache would have attracted more notice.
She was present practically at the creation of the industry, joining French businessman Leon Gaumont — whose company was one of the first movie producers — as a secretary in 1894. Two years later, when she was just 23, she helmed a one-reel short, "La Fee aux Choux" ("The Cabbage Fairy").
She started her own company, Solax Films, in 1910, and set up a state-of-the-art studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey, two years later — the first woman to own a studio. She oversaw more than 1,000 films, many noted for their pioneering use of light, composition and even synchronized sound.
"She had a very important place in film history," says Thomas J. Slater, a film scholar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who specializes in the silent era. "She was more than just a filmmaker — she also knew how to organize a production company and get her work out there."
A number of film luminaries have gotten behind "Be Natural’s" Kickstarter campaign, including Robert Redford and Jodie Foster, but the campaign is still well short of its financial goal. (An FAQ explains that despite some stars’ participation, "this is not the type of project that gets traditional Hollywood funding, nor is it the type of film that qualifies for educational grants.")
Green is hopeful they’ll make it across the finish line. After all, just because she’s little known doesn’t mean that Alice Guy-Blache is any less inspirational, says Green.
"There’s an Alice in all of us," she says. "This is a piece of history, but that’s not the story. The story is about a woman who saw the opportunity in a time where she had nothing but obstacles, and she went and did it. The message is, if you have a dream, and you visualize it, you can do it."
To read the full article, in CNN News, please click here.
To know more about the campaign, and to donate, please click here.
Posted on 14 August 2013
[Brussels, 14 August, 2013] On 8 March 2013, International Women’s Day, the Sexual Violence Centre Cork marks 30 years of service provision to victims of sexual violence.
In the 30 year period, from 1983 to 2013, more than 30,000 victims of sexual violence have reported to the Garda Síochána (Irish police service). Research tells us that for every victim that reports another 3 victims have been unable, or felt unable to report. The true number of incidents of sexual violence in the past 30 years is therefore in excess of 120,000.
On March 8th, the Centre will launch its new campaign, called 30,000 + Reasons. The campaign will run throughout 2013. Our hope is that the campaign will lead to renewed dialogue on sexual violence in Ireland -a dialogue that may change attitudes leading to a reduction in sexual violence, leading to increased awareness of the services that are available to victims and to changes in the systems that may result in increased reporting. Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Rape Crisis Centre and 1 in 4 are also participating in the campaign.
There are a number of ways that you can help and be part of the change
like us on Facebook and follow the campaign
get your friends to like us on Facebook and follow the campaign
buy a 30,000 + Reasons T-shirt, and submit your photograph - the photographs will be built into a wall of support for the campaign
organise a 30,000+ Reasons gathering of your friends or colleagues. They can purchase the T-shirts, take the photographs and submit them to the “wall”
organise a fundraising event.
T-shirts cost €10 or €5 euro if a photo is posted.
Contact us on Facebook, twitter, by email or phone.
Tell your friends.
Don’t forget to tag your photographs on the Facebook page.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Posted on 2 August 2013
[Brussels, 31 July 2013] Join people around the world demanding the release of the arrested members of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk music band in Russia, charged with "premeditated hooliganism performed by an organized group of people motivated by religious hatred or hostility".
The punk group members were arrested and accused of hooliganism after their political performance against President Putin in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
The detained members of Pussy Riot were recognized as political prisoners by the Union of Solidarity with Political Prisoners (SPP), and Amnesty International named them prisoners of conscience due to "the severity of the response of the Russian authorities".
More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week by signing an open letter calling for their release.
You can view the open letter and the petition here.
Posted on 2 August 2013
C’est important car aujourd’hui seules deux femmes y reposent, sur 73. C’est juste de leur rendre hommage et essentiel de graver leur parcours dans notre mémoire collective.
Choisissez les femmes auxquelles vous souhaitez rendre particulièrement hommage en "likant" les biographies sur le réseau social Facebook !
Alors que le Panthéon a vocation à honorer les grands personnages qui ont fait l’Histoire de France, seules deux femmes y reposent pour 71 hommes : Sophie Berthelot pour ne pas être séparée de son mari et Marie Curie, deux fois prix Nobel, pionnière de la physique nucléaire.
L’histoire française a rejeté dans l’oubli des milliers de femmes qui ont, par leur vie au service de la science, des arts, de la philosophie, de la politique ou encore par leur engagement politique ou militant, écrit l’histoire de notre pays et fait progresser l’humanité.
Parmi elles, Olympe de Gouges, Germaine Tillon, Louise Michel, Simone de Beauvoir, Solitude, Lucie Baud, Aimée Marie Eléonore Lallement, Lucie Aubrac…
C’est justice que de leur rendre hommage. C’est essentiel de graver leurs parcours exceptionnels dans notre mémoire collective afin qu’elles puissent être source d’inspiration pour les femmes et les hommes d’aujourd’hui et de demain.
François Hollande peut faire rentrer ces femmes dans l’Histoire : il décide de la panthéonisation. Il a le pouvoir de rompre le déséquilibre flagrant de la proportion des femmes et des hommes dans notre temple laïc et républicain.
Une mission confiée à Philippe Belaval, président du Centre des monuments nationaux, doit dresser d’ici fin septembre 2013 une liste de personnalités susceptibles d’entrer au Panthéon.
Nous souhaitons non pas qu’une ou deux mais que toutes ces femmes y soient accueillies. Pour donner du poids à nos propositions, chaque signature compte !
Il est temps d’opérer un grand rattrapage de l’Histoire.
Aidez-nous et engagez-vous pour l’égalité en signant et en relayant cette pétition.
Posted on 26 July 2013
Today: 1.300 feminists on the map. Tomorrow: 13.000? Spread the #FeministMap
There are already over 1,300 feminists - individuals and organizations - on the World Map of Feminists. We need your help to spread the word even further!
After taking into account your comments on the draft founding document of the network, the text is now final. You may find it here.
The network will be launched in November in every country around the world. If you would like to attend the network launch in your country or region, sign up here to receive instructions.
The founding text is also available in French, German, Spanish, Arabic.