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  • Bachelet statement to UN WOMEN Executive Board

    Bachelet statement to UN WOMEN Executive Board

    [Brussels, 26 January 2011] During the first UN Women Executive Board meeting on Monday 24 January 2011, Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, unveiled her vision and 100-day action plan for the organization. Read an exerpt of her speech below.
    Statement to the First Regular Session of the Executive Board, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
    UN Women’s vision is one where men and women have equal opportunities and capacities (...) Read more

  • Sexually abused children getting younger, says UK charity

    Sexually abused children getting younger, says UK charity

    LONDON, Jan. 17 (UPI) — The ages of sexually abused children are falling while the trafficking of British children for sexual exploitation is increasing, a British charity said.
    The average age for victims of sexual child abuse has dropped from 15 to 13 in five years, The Guardian reported.
    "Wherever we have looked for exploitation, we have found it. But the real tragedy is we believe this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Anne Marie Carrie, chief executive of Barnardo, the largest (...) Read more

  • European Parliament FEMM Committee issues draft report on female poverty in the EU

    European Parliament FEMM Committee issues draft report on female poverty in the EU

    [Brussels, 24 January 2011] The European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights & Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) has released its draft report on ’The Face of Female Poverty in the EU’.
    79 million Europeans live below the poverty line and 17% of all women in the EU’s 27 countries are classed as living in poverty. The Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on the face of female poverty in the EU, drafted by MEP Rovana Plumb (S&D, RO) and discussed during the 29 November FEMM (...) Read more

  • Women in high places: The EU’s diplomatic (gender) balancing act

    Women in high places: The EU's diplomatic (gender) balancing act

    [Brussels, 19 January 2011] Women in International Security (WIIS) today issued a Press Release calling for more gender balance in the new European External Action Service, an issue the EWL has consistently raised with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
    WIIS Press Release
    Baroness Ashton’s EEAS nominations this month must right the EU’s foreign service gender balance The European External Action Service was finally (...) Read more

  • AIDS-Free World criticises U.N. chief for leaving women out of year-end summing up

    AIDS-Free World criticises U.N. chief for leaving women out of year-end summing up

    By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service
    [UNITED NATIONS, Jan 5, 2011 (IPS)] When Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote a year-end op-ed piece for an Australian newspaper last week, he talked about the future of a world body facing a new generation of threats: climate change, poverty, nuclear disarmament and human rights.
    But, wittingly or unwittingly, he left out one of the biggest political success stories of the world body: the creation of a separate body, UN Women, to promote gender (...) Read more

  • Women call on the Security Council to include United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Mandates in all Resolutions related to Women and Peace and Security

    Women call on the Security Council to include United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Mandates in all Resolutions related to Women and Peace and Security

    [Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, 11 January 2010] An open letter to members of the Security Council calling for maintaining the mandates of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women and Peace and Security in all subsequent resolutions on women, especially those calling for the prevention of sexual abuse and rape, was issued yesterday by more than 65 organizations and women from around the world.
    The concern that motivated the letter was due to the lack of (...) Read more

  • New figures from Ireland show gendered and structural nature of sexual violence

    New figures from Ireland show gendered and structural nature of sexual violence

    According to statistics on sexual violence released by the Rape Crisis Network Ireland: 85.2% of all victims are female. 95.7% of perpetrators are male. The majority (60.7%) of sexual violence victims are children. 30.4% experience sexual violence as adults only and a further 8.9% suffer violence as both children and adults. For women, the risk of sexual violence does not decrease as much as for men with age. 84% of male victims experience sexual violence as children only. For females, (...) Read more

  • Ireland: New law to target demand for prostitution

    Ireland: New law to target demand for prostitution

    [Brussels, 04 January 2011] The EWL is delighted to learn that the Irish government is considering introducing legislation protecting women victims of the prostitutional system and targeting pimps and those who buy sex. Based on the highly successful Swedish model, such legislation works towards a society where equality between women and men is upheld as a fundamental right and value.
    Under current Irish law, prostitutes can face criminal charges for soliciting sex, as can pimps, but a man (...) Read more

  • UK Study - l/5 of Homeless Women Tried Prostitution for Survival

    UK Study - l/5 of Homeless Women Tried Prostitution for Survival

    Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com on 23 December 2010
    Nearly one in five homeless women has resorted to prostitution to escape a night on the streets, a study revealed today.
    The survey commissioned by homeless charity Crisis found individuals were resorting to crime and unwanted sexual relationships to avoid sleeping rough.
    The Hidden Homelessness report undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research found 19% of women and 3% of men said (...) Read more

  • European Parliament issues Human Rights report 2009 and calls for action on violence against women

    European Parliament issues Human Rights report 2009 and calls for action on violence against women

    [Brussels, 17 December 2010] The need for a strong and effective EU human rights policy, which ensures greater consistency among all EU external policies, is the key message of Parliament’s first human rights report since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, approved on Thursday. MEPs criticize the human rights records of, inter alia, China, Russia, Iran and Cuba. With the EU External Action Service now in place, Parliament’s rapporteur Laima Liucija Andrikien? (EPP, LT) called on the EU (...) Read more

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