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17-23 January 2011 Media Clips
17-23 January 2011
Media Clips
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01/17/2011
Women Of The World Unite!!
bobbyramakant
NowPublic
No
Yes
01/17/2011
UD på bokmässan i Göteborg
Webfinanser.com
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Clinton proves that feminist foreign policy is
possible
Mail & Guardian
No
Yes
01/17/2011
The Right to be Equal
UPublish.info
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Nigeria: Anenih Explains Trust Fund for Female
Politicians
AllAfrica.com
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Modern Women Pursue Gender Equality
News Blaze
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Anenih Explains Trust Fund for Female Politicians
AllAfrica.com
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Paet to Meet with US Secretary of State and UN
Secretary General
Eesti Elu
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Women Of The World Unite!!
Modernghana.com
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Secretary-General, at Ceremony to Hand Over
Group of 77 Chair, Stresses Essential
United Nations News
Service
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Women Of The World Unite!!
Scoop Auckland
No
Yes
01/17/2011
Women Of The World Unite!!
Asian Tribune
No
Yes
01/17/2011
UN Women won't tread on others' toes, says
coordinator
Himalayan Times, The
No
Yes
01/17/2011
NON-PROFIT NEWS
Record, The
No
Yes
01/18/2011
Women Of The World Unite!! By Shobha Shukla
Pakistanchristianpost.
com
No
Yes
01/18/2011
Alberdi leaves UN post after two years
Euro Weekly Group, The
No
Yes
01/18/2011
Flashpoint human rights film festival comes to Delhi
PR Inside
No
Yes
01/18/2011
A united entity sets sights on working for the rights
of women
Rae, JULIAN
Dominion Post, The
No
Yes
01/18/2011
United Nations: It’s Brooklyn’s World
sent to (), published
online
Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
The
No
Yes
01/18/2011
USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
WIVB-TV - Online
No
Yes
01/18/2011
USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
WISH-TV - Online
No
Yes
01/18/2011
Man who told world of Pearl Harbor dies
WDTN-TV - Online
No
Yes
01/18/2011
USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
WLFI-TV - Online
No
Yes
01/18/2011
USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
WDTN-TV - Online
No
Yes
01/18/2011
USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
WOOD-TV - Online
No
Yes
01/18/2011
Economic and Social Council Can Contribute
Where it Counts — in Field, in Areas
United Nations News
Service
No
Yes
01/18/2011
Department of Political Affairs
United Nations News
Service
No
Yes
01/18/2011
in Remarks to Organizational Session of Economic
and Social Council
United Nations News
Service
No
Yes
01/18/2011
TOPIC: Nicole Kidman
Canada.com
No
Yes
MADELEINE BUNTING
World Crisis
[email protected]
euroweeklynews.com
(Kevin Hicks
Nicole Kidman
Text
Date
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01/18/2011
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Former Jamestown woman to attend United
Nations forum
Northern Argus - Online,
The
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Palestinian Cabinet Endorses First National
Strategy to Combat Violence against Women
ReliefWeb
No
Yes
01/19/2011
OPT: Strategic Plan for Combating Violence
against Women (VAW) 2011 - 2019
ReliefWeb
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Sensational gestational gossip
Australian, The - Online
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Vivalla - platsen i Ansams hjärta
No
Yes
01/19/2011
The Expanding Your Horizons Network (EYH/N)
Speaks on the Status of Women at the United
Nations
SBWire
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Pascoe défend le rôle des femmes dans la
prévention des conflits
United Nations News
Service
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Afrique: Pascoe défend le rôle des femmes dans la
prévention des conflits
AllAfrica.com
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Pascoe défend le rôle des femmes dans la
prévention des conflits
AllAfrica.com
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Council bolsters UNOCI by 2,000, Dr. Chan
addresses WHO Executive Board, PGA previews
key GA activity for 2011 and more from UN Direct |
UN Dispatch
UN Dispatch
No
Yes
01/19/2011
Become a Godmother - Case Study: Bangladesh
MSN Video
No
Yes
01/20/2011
Sensational gestational gossip leaves women's
mags holding the baby
Weekend Australian, The No
(VIC)
Yes
01/20/2011
Progress in role of women in mediation activities:
UN
Newkerala.com
No
Yes
01/20/2011
Asian nations urged to help UN body's tasked with
promoting women's rights
Business Recorder
No
Yes
01/20/2011
Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão
Comunitária
Agência Brasil
No
Yes
01/20/2011
Asian nations urged to help UN body tasked with
promoting women’s rights
Associated Press of
Pakistan (APP) - Online
No
Yes
01/20/2011
UN political affairs chief notes progress on role of
women in mediation activities
Webnewswire.com/
No
Yes
01/20/2011
Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão
Comunitária
Folha da Região - Online No
Yes
01/20/2011
Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão
Comunitária
UOL
No
Yes
01/20/2011
Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão
Comunitária
Portal ORM
No
Yes
01/20/2011
UN POLITICAL AFFAIRS CHIEF NOTES
PROGRESS ON ROLE OF WOMEN IN
MEDIATION ACTIVITIES
Modernghana.com
No
Yes
01/20/2011
UN Notes Progress on Role of Women in
Mediation Activities
News Blaze
No
Yes
01/20/2011
UN notes progress on role of women in mediation
activities
Uzreport.com
No
Yes
Christina Eriksson
Nerikes Allehanda
019-15 50 36
[email protected]
UN Insider
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Date
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01/20/2011
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Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with UNIFEM
rendered aid to low-income female-head
Times of Central Asia,
The
No
Yes
01/21/2011
what's up this week...
Straits Times, The
No
Yes
01/21/2011
and the weeks ahead
Straits Times, The
No
Yes
01/21/2011
UN WOMEN
Early Day Motions
No
Yes
01/21/2011
‫»ﺭﻳﺎﺩﺓ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ« ﲣﺮﺝ ﺩﻓﻌﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺭﺟــﺎﻝ ﺍﻷﻋـﻤــﺎﻝ‬
‫ﺍﻟﺼـﻴـﻨـﻴـﻴـﻦ‬
Al Ayam - Online
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Women's rights now!
Centretown News Online
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Idealizar el modelo nuclear no garantiza el
bienestar de las familias mexicanas
La Jornada - Washington No
D.C. Bureau
Yes
01/21/2011
Prêmio reconhece empresas que investem nos
direitos das mulheres
G1
No
Yes
01/21/2011
: Teachers play important role to achieve gender
equality
M2 Presswire
No
Yes
01/21/2011
UN and partners open new front in war on sexual
violence against girls
Webnewswire.com/
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Women and Foreign Policy Program
Council on Foreign
Relations
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Point de presse quotidien du Bureau du
Porte-parole du Secrétaire général de l'ONU: 21
janvier 2011
United Nations News
Service
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Congolese commander arrested over rape
allegations, DSG and SG prepare for Europe
travel, OCHA appeals for $208 million more from
UN Direct
UN Dispatch
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Project Director - Jordan
ReliefWeb
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Communication Specialist, SSA, International
Consultant
ReliefWeb
No
Yes
01/21/2011
Eighty-one inmates die in Chile's deadliest prison
fire.
Sourcemex - Economic & No
Political News & Analysis
of Mexico
Yes
01/22/2011
[call for solidarity] Police brutality against Afghan
women and children in Greece asylum seekers
CMAQ
No
Yes
01/22/2011
Paet lükkab Eestit ÜRO inimõiguste ja julgeoleku
nõukogusse
Eesti Päevaleht - Online
No
Yes
01/22/2011
Se entrevistará canciller española con Clinton y
Ban Ki-moon en EUA
Provincia
No
Yes
01/22/2011
Jawa : Perempuan Belum Menjadi Bagian Proses
Penulisan Sejarah
Metro Banjar
No
Yes
01/22/2011
Se entrevistará canciller española con Clinton y
Ban Ki-moon en EU
Zócalo-Ciudad Acuña
No
Yes
01/22/2011
Se entrevistará canciller española con Clinton y
Ban Ki Moon en EE.UU.
El Diario de Yucatán Online
No
Yes
01/22/2011
Canciller española se entrevistará con Clinton y
Ban Ki-moon en EU
Milenio Diario - Online
No
Yes
01/22/2011
Eesti otsib pƤƤsu Ć?RO inimƵiguste
nƵukokku
Delfi
No
Yes
Laing, Eleanor
Richard Vieira
UN Insider
Benjamin, Witte-Lebhar,
Notimex
Text
Date
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01/23/2011
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España/EEUU.- Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana
su primera visita a EEUU con el Sáhara como telón
de fondo
Interbusca.com
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita
a EEUU con el Sáhara como telón de fondo
La Voz Libre - Online
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para
Ideal Digital
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Ministra española de Exteriores se reunirá en
EEUU con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Terra Networks
Argentina, S.A
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para verse con
Hillary Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
ADN - Online
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para entrevistarse
con Hillary Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Canarias7
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para verse con
Hillary Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
El Comercio - Online
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Ministra española de Exteriores se reunirá en
EEUU con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Yahoo! Noticias
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita
a EEUU con el Sáhara como telón de fondo
Siglo XXI
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Trinidad Jiménez 'intentará' defender la postura de
España ante el Sáhara en su visita a EE UU
Inter Economia
No
Yes
01/23/2011
España/EEUU.- Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana
su primera visita a EEUU con el Sáhara como telón
de fondo
Europa Press - Online
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Jiménez viaja por primera vez a EEUU para
desbloquear el conflicto saharaui
El Mundo - Online
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Ministra española de Exteriores se reunirá en
EEUU con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
MSN Latino
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Ministra española de Exteriores se reunirá en
EEUU con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Daily Press - Online, The No
Yes
01/23/2011
Canciller española inicia primera visita a Estados
Unidos
Prensa Latina - Cuba
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita
a EEUU con el Sáhara como telón de fondo
Periodista Digital
No
Yes
01/23/2011
Cabinet Endorses National Strategy to Combat
Violence against Women
WAFA- Palestine News
Agency
No
Yes
01/23/2011
EEUU-ESPAÑA: PRIMERA VISITA OFICIAL DE
CANCILLER JIMENEZ
ANSA Spanish Service
No
Yes
01/23/2011
ESPAÑA: PRIMERA VISITA OFICIAL DE
CANCILLER JIMENEZ A EEUU
ANSA.it - Online
No
Yes
01/23/2011
World Food Programme: 2011-2012 operation
facing a shortfall of $9.3 million
Express Tribune
No
Yes
[email protected]) EFE
Text
Headline:
Women Of The World Unite!!
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
bobbyramakant
Media Outlet:
NowPublic
Attachment Link:
http://news.vocus.com/click/here.pl?z3943259772&z=1250248928
The United Nations General Assembly has created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in July 2010 -- a new agency solely focused on women's
rights with a view to invest in women's equality. In the words of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-SecretaryGeneral and Executive Director of UN Women, "This is a time of great promise. We have a historic
opportunity to accelerate the achievement of what champions of gender equality have worked towards for
years."
These encouraging words assume a lot of significance for us women in India where women are still ill
treated and discriminated against. Three recent happenings reveal the Dark Age environment in which
most of the modern Indian women are living.
The first one relates to the Kerala Police charge sheeting Kannada actress Jayamala, alleging that she
had made a fake claim that she was pushed into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple and
accidentally touched the deity of Lord Ayyappa in 1987. The charge sheet alleges that the fake claim hurt
the religious sentiments of devotees, as this was deemed to be contrary to Sabarimala custom, which
currently restricts entry for women over 10 and less than 50 years of age in the shrine. While some say
this has to do with the celibate status of the deity Ayyappa , other say it is just a practice which evolved
into a custom, as the gruelling trek to this jungle shrine in the past was life-threatening. Even if one were
to believe the latter, it still means that the lives of under 10 and over 50 women are not worth saving. This
apart, in India there are religious sanctions against women entering a temple/performing any religious
ceremony during their monthly menstrual cycle. They are deemed unclean for those 5 days of the month.
And here I thought that normal menstrual flow was indicative of a healthy female.
The second is a news item which reiterates the Indian couples' preference for male heirs. As Gender
selection tests are illegal in India, many are flocking to Thailand where there are no laws against it.
Doctors use pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a method that involves producing embryos
through IVF and implanting only those of the desired gender into the womb. "I don't remember an Indian
couple ever asking for a girl. Also, with Indian couples, around 80% of enquiries are from the husband
and not the wife," acknowledges Richard Burtan-Sanchez, a consultant at Gender Selection Bangkok.
Others who can't afford the cost of treatment in Thailand are still resorting to traditional, but banned
methods of gender selection in India, like having an ultrasound, amniocentesis or fetal blood test. Women
then have (or are rather forced to have) abortions if they discover that it is a female foetus. These sex
selective abortions/female infanticides have resulted in a highly skewed up masculine sex ratio in India
(932 women against 1000 men).
The third derogatory incident relates to Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, the only woman judge in the
Supreme Court, who recently listed her "two daughters to be married" in the liabilities column on the
court’s website. The other entries in the judge's liabilities column include "guarantor for education loan of
my daughter" and residential house to be built post- retirement. While the last two do qualify as liabilities
in the legal context, it is indeed regressive to brand daughters (or the expenditure in their marriage, as
this is perhaps what the Honourable Lady meant) as liability, by a SC judge, who is expected to give an
impartial opinion on women's rights and other social issues.
0f course, despite these and other occurrences one cannot deny that women indeed have come a long
way from the days when they were not allowed to step out of the house unchaperoned. In India lot many
things have changed socially and legally in her favour in the last decade. A 2005 amendment to the
Hindu Succession Act 1956 has ensured that daughters also receive their share in agricultural
land/property—thus removing one gender bias, and giving her right to her own money. Similarly The
Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005 protects her from physical abuse from her
family members and gives her the right to live without fear. The Women’s Reservation Bill (ensuring 33%
reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies), and a landmark Supreme Court
judgement legalising live-in relationships are two other bonanzas which she managed to wrench last
year.
But the benefits have yet to percolate from the court room files to the woman on the street. Crimes again
women are on the rise, and economic empowerment has yet to translate into sexual empowerment. It
may sound unbelievable (but is true) that even economically independent women rarely have a control
over their own reproductivity. In many so called rich and modern homes, a woman’s clothes, food
preferences and recreational avenues are decided by the man of the house. As a society we put more
pressure on our boys to succeed than on our girls. This has to change. Parents will have to take a
proactive role in teaching their son that the daughter is as good as him. It is not enough to let the
daughter opt for professional courses. It is equally important to teach the son the dignity of household
chores. Laws can only restore constitutional rights. They have to be backed by a change in the mindset
at the societal level to battle the gender biases ingrained in our psyche.
Perhaps, women are not taken seriously enough even in the developed countries, especially in the
workforce. Face book COO Sheryl Sandberg , in her very inspiring recent TED talk laments: "We are not
making to the top in any profession anywhere in the world. Out of 190 heads of state, only nine are
women; only 13% parliamentarians are women in the world. In the corporate sector only 15-16% occupy
high positions. These numbers have not moved up since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction. They
have to make a hard choice between professional success and personal fulfilment. A recent US study
shows that of all senior managers two thirds of married men had children, while only one third of married
women had children."
Sandberg has three pieces of advice for women if they want to become the next generation’s leaders: (i)
Women need to be more assertive. Too many women systematically underestimate their own abilities.
They need to be more confident and aggressive. Success and likeability are positively correlated for men
and negatively for women. Aggressive women are more likely to be disliked, while aggressive men are
liked. The challenge is to believe in ourselves despite these clichéd notions. (ii)If women have husbands,
make sure they're helping equally at home. Too often women are working twice or thrice as hard at home
as the male counterpart. This makes it harder to work at your job. Both genders need to work inside the
home, if both are working outside the home. (iii)Always keep your foot on the gas pedal. Do not leave
before you leave. Don't start thinking about leaving your job months or years ahead of when you feel the
need of it, because it will hold you back. Just charge full steams ahead from the word go.
According to Ann M. Veneman Executive Director, UNICEF “Empowering women and eliminating gender
discrimination produces a double dividend – fulfilling the rights of women and also helping to save and
improve the lives of children. Evidence shows that when women are educated and empowered to
participate in decision-making in the household, workplace and political sphere – secure from violence,
exploitation and discrimination – children and families benefit."
Shobha Shukla - CNS
(The author is the Editor of Citizen News Service (CNS) and also serves as the Director of CNS Diabetes
Media Initiative (CNS-DMI).She is a J2J Fellow of National Press Foundation (NPF) USA. She has
worked earlier with State Planning Institute, UP. Email: [email protected], website: www.citizennews.org)
Headline:
UD på bokmässan i Göteborg
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
Webfinanser.com
Attachment Link:
http://news.vocus.com/click/here.pl?z3943232970&z=1250248928
Temat på årets bokmässa är Afrika. UD kommer att finnas på plats med en monter på bokmässans
Internationella Torg. På stora scenen kommer vi att presentera dagens svenska afrikapolitik.
Ambassadör Sten Rylander berättar om sina 30 år med Afrika och vi lyfter fram projektet "Kosmopolit"
som är regeringens särskilda satsning för att ta tillvara utlandsföddas unika kompetens för att öka
utrikeshandeln, skapa fler jobb och högre tillväxt. Dessutom är UD medarrangör till ett frukostseminarium
om millenniemålen; 5 år kvar - hinner vi halvera fattigdomen?Besök oss på Internationella Torget på
Svenska Mässan i Göteborg!På lördag förmiddag finns även demokratiambassadör Maria Leissner i
UD:s monter och talar om vikten av öppenhet och demokrati.Tid och plats:Svenska Mässan,
GöteborgTorsdag 23/9 10.20-10.40Dagens Afrikapolitik - mer än biståndDagens Afrikapolitik innebär
också handel, näringsliv och politik. Pereric Högberg, vid UDs Afrikaenhet ger en aktuell bild.Moderator:
Mats SundgrenFredag 24/9 9.15-10.00 Vi bjuder på frukost!5 år kvar - hinner vi halvera fattigdomen?
2015 ska FNs 8 millenniemål om att halvera fattigdomen ha nåtts. Margareta Winberg, ordförande i
svenska UNIFEM, Carolina Klüft, ambassadör Sv FN-förbundet, Lars-Göran Engfeldt, f d
miljöambassadör och Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, generaldirektör vid Sida samtalar. Moderator Barbara
Voors. Samarrangemang med Sida, Svenska Unicefkommittén, UNIFEM, Svenska Unescorådet, UNDP
och Svenska FN-förbundet.Lördag 25/9 13.40-14.0030 år med AfrikaAmbassadör Sten Rylander gör en
exposé över de år han arbetat med och i Afrika och den utveckling som skett under denna tid. Moderator:
Mats SundgrenLördag 25/9 16.20-16.40Invandrare ökar svensk utrikeshandelI projekt "Kosmopolit" tar
man tillvara utlandsfödda företagares kompetens. Företagare födda utomlands besitter goda kunskaper
om affärskultur, politik, språk och religion i sina forna hemländer. Medverkande: Oleg Zastenker,
Svenska Exportrådet och Mass Sarr, GM Travel i Kosmopolitnätverket.
Headline:
Clinton proves that feminist foreign policy is possible
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
MADELEINE BUNTING
Media Outlet:
Mail & Guardian
Attachment Link:
http://news.vocus.com/click/here.pl?z3943642891&z=1250248922
Back in the heady days of 1970s feminism there was an argument that once women achieved political
power, there would be no more war. Margaret Thatcher and her Falklands war exploded that myth, and
along with it any residual notion that women might do foreign policy differently from men. Indeed, it
became a credibility requirement for any women with a senior foreign or defence brief to give a wide
berth to anything with a whiff of being a woman's issue. Women had to work extra hard to look tough on
the world stage. Meanwhile, women's issues were parked in the softer brief of international development.
It is these unspoken rules that Hillary Clinton has been dismantling since becoming US secretary of state
two years ago. She is the most powerful politician to advance an explicitly feminist agenda. Even in that
most delicate and crucial relationship with China -- on which the world's attention will be fixed this week
for the Chinese president's visit to the US -- Clinton has gone out of her way to press feminist issues. In
China's case, she has highlighted the country's growing gender imbalance caused by the high abortion
rate of female foetuses. Inevitably, some see it as a recasting of US imperialism, others as a force for the
progressive good. I'll come on to what it stacks up to, but the first point is to marvel at how she has got
away with it. On countless occasions since arriving at the state department, Clinton has asserted that the
rights of women and girls are now core to US foreign policy. It's hard to imagine any British foreign
secretary ever saying such a thing. Many of her statements can be routed back to the idealistic
internationalism of 70s feminism. Astonishingly, she has managed to bring the feminism for which she
was loathed in the early 90s (as the first lady who didn't stay home and bake cookies) into the heart of
the state department and foreign policy, and is still clocking high opinion poll ratings. Signature issue
From the start Clinton left no one in any doubt where she stood: women's rights are "the signature issue"
of this administration's foreign policy, she said. She mentioned women 450 times in speeches in the first
five months in office. "Transformation of the role of women is the last great impediment to universal
progress," she declared, and began to develop what is her standard line: women's issues are integral to
the achievement of every goal of US foreign policy. Or put more simply: the empowerment, participation
and protection of women and girls is vital to the long-term security of the US. Last month this rhetoric was
translated into policy in the long awaited Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which aimed
to redefine US foreign policy around civilian power. "We are integrating women and girls into everything
we do ... in all our diplomacy with other governments… in our work on conflict and crisis," said the state
department's briefing. For a security agenda traditionally dominated by weaponry and military expertise,
this is radical stuff. It draws on a powerful consensus built up behind the overwhelming evidence that
women are vital to a range of key global concerns. Links have been drawn between gross gender
inequality and political extremism. Women are crucial on issues such as food security (women produce
most of the food that feeds the world), health, education and democracy. The World Bank picked up this
agenda long ago, and a raft of unexpected allies have emerged, such as the economist Lawrence
Summers, who said that the most effective investment in development is the education of girls. Clinton
has been riding a wave of optimism that women hold the key to global development and peace. Platform
for change She makes this abstract thinking concrete on her foreign visits. Her press entourage finds
itself dragged around meetings with micro-credit groups, activists and politicians -- all women. It's
strategic, she admitted in an interview -- "It's a constant effort to elevate people who, in their societies,
may not even be known by their own leaders. My coming gives them a platform, which then gives us the
chance to try and change the priorities of governments." When she visited South Africa, she spent twice
as much time with a women's housing project as she did with the president. She has carefully chosen
key issues and pushed hard. Perhaps her greatest success so far has been to highlight sexual violence
as a weapon of war. Anne Marie Goetz of UN Women argues that sexual violence is an "even more
destructive weapon than landmines or cluster bombs on communities because its effects are so long
term", but repeatedly the issue was marginalised or ignored in conflict resolution or peacekeeping. In
2009 Clinton visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo and talked to rape victims, and she has been
instrumental in the passage of a series of UN security council resolutions that have put real teeth into
tackling the issue: the appointment of a special representative last April -- Margaret Wallström -- the
naming of perpetrators, and a dedicated team of experts to pursue them. Clinton was also key to setting
up UN Women, which started work last week. In particular, she is credited with persuading the former
Chilean president Michele Bachelet to take the top job. Take another issue for which women's groups
had struggled to get recognition. One of the biggest killers of women and children in the developing world
is cooking stoves. Inhalation of smoke from open fires kills 1,9-million a year. Plus, gathering firewood
makes women and girls vulnerable to sexual violence, quite apart from the environmental consequences
of chopping down trees. Yet the issue has had a fraction of the attention of Aids/HIV or malaria. Last
September, Clinton launched a global alliance for clean stoves with a US pledge of $50-million and a
target of 100-million stoves by 2020. One observer said: "It was classic Clinton, very practical; it's modest
but makes a massive difference -- but it took a woman to get it." Game-changer Observers on both sides
of the Atlantic acknowledge "she's a game-changer". They say the prominence she gives key issues
enables them to be taken seriously. But for all the enthusiasm, it's clear there are major constraints on
this agenda. It gets nowhere in the Middle East, while Afghanistan presents a big challenge – Clinton has
insisted peace cannot come at the cost of women's rights. But the signs aren't good that she can hold
this line. Meanwhile, there are critics who worry that her advocacy could backfire and antagonise
conservative societies, and even prove inimical to US interests. It could generate resentment and
suspicion, says Stephen Walt, a professor of international relations at Harvard. He points out the US
can't even sort out its own problems of sexual inequality, so it is "overly optimistic" to think it can have
much impact in Yemen, Congo or India. Clinton is careful to couch her feminism in talk of US interests
and splice it into a hawkish toughness to reassure her domestic audience. She has picked her issues
carefully, and made some big compromises to keep people on side. Her feminism has obviously been
helpful for the Obama administration, which is anxious to redesign US foreign policy in the midst of two
disastrous foreign wars. It could still reap dividends for women, but the question is: will it be quietly
sidelined when no longer useful? - guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2011
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David Porter One of the most challenging tasks the United Nations has ever set out to accomplish is the
Millennium Development Goals. By all standards these goals will be little realized in any timely fashion.
Under goal number three, "promote Gender Equality and Empower Women" , Afghanistan has one the
most difficult roads to travel. "Afghanistan has one of the lowest female literacy rates, violence against
women is a pervasive and silent epidemic due to the low status of women". Throughout history women
and men have strived for a society that is perfect. Since everyone may have a different perception of
perfect, there exists the inherent conflict of individual pursuits. Thomas Hobbes has described this
individual world as the state of nature. In this state of nature Hobbes envisioned a world that is sad,
nasty, brutish and short. For some people that is exactly what life is and because we live in a
dichotomous world, others live in the opposite of what Hobbes described. If the balance of a peaceful
society is to be maintained, there has to be a great effort and focus towards equal human rights. The
impact and results of our intensions and actions will need to be corrected at some points and changed.
The pursuits of perfection is a balancing act that must be diligently acted upon everyday. For most of our
history the balance has been tipped mostly in the favour of men. As we look into the past we can see
where the equal balance of human rights has been completely one sided. In the course of history the
balance of human rights has just begun to be noticed as a serious issue. Just recently The Universal
Declaration of Human Rights became a reality in the overall time frame of our existence. Not only have
we realized the need for a declaration on human rights, we have come to understand that we have a
responsibility to protect those rights. Those that are forced to live in a state that openly violates the basic
human rights set out in the declaration are no doubt praying that we do our level best to bring equality
into their lives. The issue of women's right in reality has also been brought to our attention just recently.
Women's rights have lead society to a greater understanding of human rights the world over. It is quite
apparent that the world is a balance of female and male. We as a species can not survive without each
other. Here in Canada we have made great steps towards the unending task of achieving equal human
rights for women. The social changes that have come about through efforts for change are in part due to
many great accomplishments of individual women. The goals of each woman started out as a desire to
have women and men treated as equals. Their desire for women's rights quickly leads to the abolition of
slavery and the goal of human rights in general for all. Today this fight continues in many other areas of
the world. To get a deeper understanding of the vast differences that still exist, we need to look at where
the efforts of human rights have taken hold and an area where human rights is just beginning to take
shape. For the purpose of this exercise I will compare the struggles of the women we have studied to the
situation in Afghanistan. During 2001 a declaration on women's rights in Afghanistan was put together
and sent around through email. The declaration set out seven points of minimum requirements of the
new government of Afghanistan. These seven points are: 1. An end to Islamic rule and the establishment
of a secular government 2. Complete and immediate abolishment of sexual apartheid 3. The immediate
abolishment of compulsory veiling. The recognition of freedom of dress 4. Prohibition of torture,
execution, lashing, retribution and other Islamic punishments 5. Equality of men and women 6.
Recognition of women's civil liberties including the right to work, education, travel and divorce 7.
Recognition of the freedom of activity of women's rights organisations in Afghanistan. These seven points
will require a great deal of patience and education. The most important stage of any change is education.
Every person that is studied in this course has leaned into the fact that education must take place. The
education of society must support the reality that women and men are equal and the target audience for
lasting change has to be delivered to the children. In order for the children to be taught, a general
understanding in society of human rights (not just women's right) has to take place so that disruption of
education does not happen. During this course we have read about the transformation of women's
equality and rights in everyday society. We have also learned through recent events that everyday life
can be easily usurped by tragedy. That is why a diligent mind needs to maintain a constant vigil for the
pursuit of equality for everyone. The above seven points are an indicator to the depths into which human
rights can be ignored. Those seven points have already been extolled by activists for women's rights and
are quite similar to those demanded by Maria Steward, Sarah Grimke, Nellie McClung and others. Before
we go further into the seven points a brief background on each woman and the plight of women in
Afghanistan should be provided. Maria Steward was born during 1803 in Hartford. She was orphaned at
the age of five and bound out to home in Boston headed by a clergy man. Steward accomplished two
firsts, one being the first American born women to lecture in public (1832) and the other being the first
black American to lecture in defence of women's rights. Steward saw herself as a "warrior" for God. Her
main point was that resistance to oppression is the highest form of obedience to God. She warned that
forces of rebellion and destruction would act as instruments of God's punishment, although she did see
herself as a passive instrument of God. Steward also advocated for the abolition of slavery and linked the
freedom of slaves to rights of women. Steward knew the bible extensively and used the scriptures to
support her ideology. Sarah Grimke was born in South Carolina to slave owners in 1792. She worked
towards the abolition of slavery and the equality of the sexes. Grimke urged women to be more active in
the interests of their communities. She also encouraged women to obtain a greater education other than
in domestic labour. Her letters to the president of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society (Mary Parker)
were advertised in 1834 and drew support form other women to denounce slavery. Nellie McClung was
born in Ontario during 1873. She was instrumental in obtaining the right to vote for women in Canada as
a member of the "Famous Five" and having women recognized as people before the eyes of the court.
This case is known as the "Persons Case" in 1929. McClung worked tirelessly to improve society in her
numerous writings and public apreances. Her work towards the temperance movement, equality of
women and the right to vote provided her with wide recognition. McClung was an elected member of the
Alberta Legislator, took the Manitoba Premier, Rodmond Roblin to task on the issue of women's suffrage
and represented Canada at the League of Nations. These three women combined have lectured at one
time or another on the topics covered in the Declaration on Women's Rights in Afghanistan. Although
they lived some time ago, Afghanistan history was being shaped through wars. More recently,
Afghanistan has been in a state of chaos for over thirty years. Under the Taliban women were not
allowed to be seen in public without a chaperone and even then that may not have been allowed.
Punishment for such a crime included beheading, stoning, amputations and flogging. According to the
United Nations Consultative Group on Human Rights a women was not allowed to wear white socks or
shoes because that was the colour of the flag or shoes that made noises. To get a further understanding
of the oppression of the Taliban, Shari'a law had outlawed any depiction of human life. Even medical
books had to be destroyed. During the past thirty years, war has resulted in a change of ruling factions in
Afghanistan at least three times. Currently Afghanistan is in a state of flux. Depending on where you live
you can be ruled by the Afghanistan government or the Taliban. Under the Taliban the governing laws
are a mixture of Shari'a or Islamic law and tribal laws. While the Taliban ruled, women had been banned
from education, healthcare, employment, freedom of movement as well, they had to wear hejabs or
chadari. The reality of the comparison is that the women we study in this course would have been
executed if not severely tortured in public view under the Taliban. Barbaric though the situation in
Afghanistan has been, the support of the international community has come to their aid. The only sad
part about such struggles is that we allow situations, (as women have to endure in Afghanistan) to reach
such appalling levels we can no longer turn away. One of the major steps towards supporting Afghan
women was their arrival at the Global Women's Conference of 2005. Social change is not just for the
neighbourhood that we live in, it is the entire world that we live with. Changing the laws of an entire
country is no small task yet it is the first point in the Declaration on Women's Rights in Afghanistan. The
establishment of a secular government is the first point. In the reading we have been assigned the idea of
differing opinion came up many times. Both Sarah Grimke and Maria Steward discussed the
misinterpretations of the bible. For the Afghan women as well as the men the interpretations of Islamic
law has had dire consequences. Not only are the punishments for breaking laws poorly understood but a
more common practice of forced marriages also has taken its toll. Up to eighty percent of marriages in
Afghanistan occur without consent of those being married. The results of these marriages are felt
throughout the community and often destroy the lives of those forced to be married. Arranged marriages
have been practiced by many cultures yet it is slowly being phased out. According to Islamic law,
marriage contracts have to be consensual. Being told what to do based on misinterpretations was also
discussed in our readings. We have read in a number of our readings the misinterpretation of the Bible in
Genesis i 27, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and
female created he them". Maria Steward also references Genesis and makes a point of interpreting of the
Bible, "...he hath made all men free and equal. Then why should one worm say to another, Keep you
down there while I sit up here; for I am better than you" Not only was there an issue with the
interpretation of the bible, the fact that women were being told how to think by the clergy compounded
the error. Activist like Steward and Grimke pleaded for people to educate themselves by reading the
Bible, in an effort to have a greater understanding of what scriptures actually preach. Education and
understanding of the Koran as well as the Bible has produced extremist and fundamentalist. These
interpretations of Islam have produced the similar situation in Afghanistan as the spheres of public versus
private. The role of woman belongs in the house. The role of man is in the public sphere. The roles of the
sexes are dealt with in point number two of the declaration. The discrimination based on sex is still
evident in Canadian society today. We are all familiar with the term "glass ceiling". We also learned about
the degrees in separate spheres or woman's work. Nellie McClung wrote about this segregation of girls
and boys as well. "It is a poor preacher who has not a lengthy discourse on Women's True Place" she
continues on to state "...the fine scorn with which a boy regards a girl". McClung continues on in this
article to explain that it is the education of the children by mothers to think and act in this manner that is
most disturbing. The segregation of women in Afghanistan is at such a level where they must hide
themselves completely in clothing. The problem of segregation in Afghanistan came to a great deal of
attention in 2002. "When Rights & Democracy hired an Afghan woman as its first Project
Coordinator in Kabul, she became the first Afghan women to be hired by an International NGO". This
indicates that progress is slow and that education and awareness are important tools to success. The
environment that we are working in sometimes takes over and we act in ways that we would never have
intended. This is described as the "power of the situation" For such examples as Afghanistan, it is difficult
to understand how an entire society could be motivated to act in such atrocious ways. In the case of the
Rights & Democracy organization they were shocked to learn that no other international NGO had
hired an Afghan woman. The same can be said of those that witnessed the horrors of slavery yet still
thought of themselves as very pious individuals. Psychologists relate these attitudes to "Attribution
theory". They attribute the actions of an individual or a group based on the situation or their disposition.
On point three of the Declaration on Women's Rights in Afghanistan the issue here is with clothing. The
strict rules of what women are allowed to wear seems ridiculous yet we have touched upon this as well in
our course. There was a time when women were not allowed to enter a church at all. This was relaxed to
allow women only if they were veiled. "The Western Diocese of New York, refused the sacrament to
those women whose heads were uncovered". Even to this day the veil exists in wedding ceremonies.
Now of course we see the absurdity of such rules yet it makes you wonder what rules we follow today
that will be seen as ridiculous in the future. As the Declaration is studied there are areas of overlap,
which is preferable to gaps or loopholes. The fourth point will encompass other points as well yet it is still
quite a serious matter that needs to be on its own. The fourth point deals with the issue of punishment or
atonement of sins. This point has been in the news as of late because of the book the Da Vinci Code.
There has been some discussion about the Catholic organization named Opus Dei. This group engages
in ritual lashings and acts of subordination to atone for sins. Obviously there are degrees of atonement
and what point four is dealing with is the executions, lashings, floggings, amputations and other forms of
torture. Another form of punishment is the devaluing of women. Devaluing of women had been discussed
earlier yet it is also an area that women are punished for giving birth to a girl. Matilda Joslyn Gage
discusses this issue, "The birth of girls even under Christianity has everywhere been looked upon as an
infliction and thousands have been immured in convents, there to die or linger through years". Having to
leave a newly born child at the door of a church because it is a girl could result in untold mental abuse or
torture, that is missing form this Declaration. Having to live in a society that idolizes one sex and vilifies
another baffles us in Canada yet it continues today. Ownership of women is one such example. There
are passages in our readings that refer to the ownership of women, "Who gives this woman away?" is a
phrase in a wedding ceremony that Nellie McClung mentions. Seeing women as property, leads to the
issue of slavery and the caste system. Moving down the declaration we can amalgamate points five, six
and seven. These points are the equality of men and women, the recognition of civil liberties, the right to
employment, education, travel, divorce, and the freedom of activity of women's organisations. Every item
on this list is an attempt to balance the equality of men and women. Sarah Grimke sums up the view that
needs to be realized sooner than later, "My idea is that whatever is morally right for a man to do is
morally right for a women to do. I recognize no rights but human rights." It is the last sentence that is the
most poignant. The advancement of woman's rights or men's rights is in essence the advancement of
human rights. In Canada we have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In this charter we have a section
that is titled "Fundamental Freedoms". This section outlines four basic freedoms which are, "freedom of
conscience and religion, freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the
press and other media of communication, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association".
This section of our charter sums up points six and seven of the above declaration. When the Taliban
emerged in 1994, they quickly struck down any form of social interaction with and between women. Life
for women in Afghanistan has been a trying ordeal. Access to healthcare, education, employment and to
a certain degree even their friends had been banned. The sphere of association had diminished within
moments. The restrictions of rights and freedoms were not only placed on women, the men suffered as
well. Using Afghanistan as a case study we can see how women's rights are in fact human rights. This
understanding is reaffirmed in article 2, section a, paragraph 4, of the Convention on the Elimination of all
Forms of Discrimination Against Women, "Aware that a change in the traditional role of men as well as
the role of women in society and the family is needed to achieve full equality between men and women"
As new governments form, the rights and freedoms will have further support, as well as be challenged
and perhaps restricted. There is also the threat of war as we have seen in Afghanistan and more recently
the restrictions enacted because of threats of violence. The greater the understanding of religion and all
the individual perceptions of what the scriptures intend the more we can work to avoid the infringements
of human rights. Are we going to stop these violations of human rights? That I would have to say is near
impossible, the best we can do is curtail the cases that do arise. Here we are today in Canada, we have
achieved such great accomplishments only to realize that our diligence can never subside. The struggle
for equality will ebb and flow as most balancing acts will do. Yet with the supportive words of Sarah
Grimke, Maria Steward, Nellie McClung and others, we have ample tools to continue on. These strong
and influential people preached the need for education both in the family and in society so that some day
the balancing act can be a subtle swaying motion instead of large violent jerky motions. Because of the
work of these women, everyone is now born with the right to be treated equal. These rights have been
enshrined in many charters, declarations and documents around the world. The only task we have now is
to live up to those documents and make sure that as many people as possible enjoy them freely.
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Nigeria: Anenih Explains Trust Fund for Female Politicians
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All successful female political candidates who have clinched their party tickets at the various Primaries
will soon have a cause to smile in their political ambition.
This is because arrangements have been concluded by Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social
Development to give financial support to the candidates through a Women Political Trust Fund to be
inaugurated any moment from now.â-‚
Women Affairs and Social Development Minister, Iyom Josephine Anenih, gave this assurance in Abuja
at a Steering Committee Meeting to approve the structure of the Fund, decide on the membership of its
Board of Trustees, and set up the Technical Committee to drive the implementation process.
According to the minister, the essence of setting up the structures is to fast-track the process for the
immediate take-off of the Fund.
The Committees are those of the Goodwill Ambassadors, Board of Trustees and the Central Working
Committee, respectively.
The Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent Nigerians of high personal integrity with sufficient clout to
attract more resources and funds to the Trust Fund.
The Board of Trustees comprises 12 members, and will be chaired by a woman of great substance
whose identity and those of other members will be made known to members of the general public soon.
There is also a Central Working Committee of 10 members who are accomplished individuals with very
rich backgrounds in their professional callings.
Anenih said female candidates who scaled through their party primaries will be invited to Abuja for a twoday brain-storming session to share experience on what happened during the primaries, and review
strategies for the attainment of the 35% Affirmative Action;
"We will also do a proper documentation for those to benefit from funds that will be released to them as a
mark of support and encouragement towards the realisation of their political ambitions, and the
advancement of the cause of women," she added.
She explained that in addition to the 100 Million Naira Seed Money made available by the Federal
Government, it is expected that other funds would come from UN Women Agencies, other Development
Partners and well meaning Nigerians and Organizations that believe in the cause of women involvement
in politics and governance.
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Modern Women Pursue Gender Equality
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By Shobha Shukla
The United Nations General Assembly has created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in July 2010 - a new agency solely focused on women's
rights with a view to invest in women's equality. In the words of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-SecretaryGeneral and Executive Director of UN Women, "This is a time of great promise. We have a historic
opportunity to accelerate the achievement of what champions of gender equality have worked towards for
years."
These encouraging words assume a lot of significance for us women in India where women are still ill
treated and discriminated against. Three recent happenings reveal the Dark Age environment in which
most of the modern Indian women are living.
The first one relates to the Kerala Police charge sheeting Kannada actress Jayamala, alleging that she
had made a fake claim that she was pushed into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple and
accidentally touched the deity of Lord Ayyappa in 1987. The charge sheet alleges that the fake claim hurt
the religious sentiments of devotees, as this was deemed to be contrary to Sabarimala custom, which
currently restricts entry for women over 10 and less than 50 years of age in the shrine.
The second is a news item which reiterates the Indian couples' preference for male heirs. As Gender
selection tests are illegal in India, many are flocking to Thailand where there are no laws against it.
Doctors use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a method that involves producing embryos
through IVF and implanting only those of the desired gender into the womb.
Others who can't afford the cost of treatment in Thailand are still resorting to traditional, but banned
methods of gender selection in India, like having an ultrasound, amniocentesis or fetal blood test. Women
then have (or are rather forced to have) abortions if they discover that it is a female foetus. These sex
selective abortions/female infanticides have resulted in a highly skewed up masculine sex ratio in India
(932 women against 1000 men).
The third derogatory incident relates to Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, the only woman judge in the
Supreme Court, who recently listed her "two daughters to be married" in the liabilities column on the
court's website. The other entries in the judge's liabilities column include "guarantor for education loan of
my daughter" and residential house to be built post- retirement.
0f course, despite these and other occurrences one cannot deny that women indeed have come a long
way from the days when they were not allowed to step out of the house unchaperoned. In India lot many
things have changed socially and legally in her favour in the last decade.
A 2005 amendment to the Hindu Succession Act 1956 has ensured that daughters also receive their
share in agricultural land/property-thus removing one gender bias, and giving her right to her own money.
Similarly The Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005 protects her from physical abuse
from her family members and gives her the right to live without fear. The Women's Reservation Bill
(ensuring 33% reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies), and a landmark Supreme
Court judgement legalising live-in relationships are two other bonanzas which she managed to wrench
last year.
But the benefits have yet to percolate from the court room files to the woman on the street. Crimes again
women are on the rise, and economic empowerment has yet to translate into sexual empowerment. It
may sound unbelievable (but is true) that even economically independent women rarely have a control
over their own reproductivity. In many so called rich and modern homes, a woman's clothes, food
preferences and recreational avenues are decided by the man of the house. As a society we put more
pressure on our boys to succeed than on our girls.
Perhaps, women are not taken seriously enough even in the developed countries, especially in the
workforce. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg , in her very inspiring recent TED talk laments: "We are not
making to the top in any profession anywhere in the world. Out of 190 heads of state, only nine are
women; only 13% parliamentarians are women in the world. In the corporate sector only 15-16% occupy
high positions. These numbers have not moved up since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction. They
have to make a hard choice between professional success and personal fulfilment. A recent US study
shows that of all senior managers two thirds of married men had children, while only one third of married
women had children."
Sandberg has three pieces of advice for women if they want to become the next generation's leaders: (i)
Women need to be more assertive. Too many women systematically underestimate their own abilities. (ii)
If women have husbands, make sure they're helping equally at home. Too often women are working
twice or thrice as hard at home as the male counterpart. (iii)Always keep your foot on the gas pedal. Do
not leave before you leave. Don't start thinking about leaving your job months or years ahead of when
you feel the need of it, because it will hold you back. Just charge full steams ahead from the word go.
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Jan 17, 2011 (This Day/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX News Network) -- All successful female
political candidates who have clinched their party tickets at the various Primaries will soon have a cause
to smile in their political ambition.
This is because arrangements have been concluded by Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social
Development to give financial support to the candidates through a Women Political Trust Fund to be
inaugurated any moment from now.aWomen Affairs and Social Development Minister, Iyom Josephine Anenih, gave this assurance in Abuja
at a Steering Committee Meeting to approve the structure of the Fund, decide on the membership of its
Board of Trustees, and set up the Technical Committee to drive the implementation process.
According to the minister, the essence of setting up the structures is to fast-track the process for the
immediate take-off of the Fund.
The Committees are those of the Goodwill Ambassadors, Board of Trustees and the Central Working
Committee, respectively.
The Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent Nigerians of high personal integrity with sufficient clout to
attract more resources and funds to the Trust Fund.
The Board of Trustees comprises 12 members, and will be chaired by a woman of great substance
whose identity and those of other members will be made known to members of the general public soon.
There is also a Central Working Committee of 10 members who are accomplished individuals with very
rich backgrounds in their professional callings.
Anenih said female candidates who scaled through their party primaries will be invited to Abuja for a twoday brain-storming session to share experience on what happened during the primaries, and review
strategies for the attainment of the 35% Affirmative Action;
"We will also do a proper documentation for those to benefit from funds that will be released to them as a
mark of support and encouragement towards the realisation of their political ambitions, and the
advancement of the cause of women," she added.
She explained that in addition to the 100 Million Naira Seed Money made available by the Federal
Government, it is expected that other funds would come from UN Women Agencies, other Development
Partners and well meaning Nigerians and Organizations that believe in the cause of women involvement
in politics and governance.
Copyright © 2011 This Day. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com).
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Paet to Meet with US Secretary of State and UN Secretary General
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EMFA
This week Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will be on a visit to the United States of America, where he will
meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in
New York.
On 19 January Foreign Minister Paet will meet in Washington with the Republican chairwoman of the
Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
On 20 January Foreign Minister Paet will meet in Washington with Secretary of State of the United States
of America Hillary Clinton. At the meeting they will discuss matters related to Afghanistan. They will also
discuss NATO matters, including relations with Russia. Other topics to be addressed are Eastern
Partnership and energy security.
On 21 January Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will meet in New York with UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon. At their meeting they will discuss issues related to Afghanistan and the newly created UN agency
for the rights of women, UN Women. They will also discuss the situation in the world’s crisis areas,
including in Sudan and the Ivory Coast. Estonia’s activities and contributions in the UN will also be
addressed.
SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE
Headline:
Women Of The World Unite!!
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
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The United Nations General Assembly has created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in July 2010 -- a new agency solely focused on women's
rights with a view to invest in women's equality. In the words of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-SecretaryGeneral and Executive Director of UN Women, "This is a time of great promise. We have a historic
opportunity to accelerate the achievement of what champions of gender equality have worked towards for
years."
These encouraging words assume a lot of significance for us women in India where women are still ill
treated and discriminated against. Three recent happenings reveal the Dark Age environment in which
most of the modern Indian women are living.
The first one relates to the Kerala Police charge sheeting Kannada actress Jayamala, alleging that she
had made a fake claim that she was pushed into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple and
accidentally touched the deity of Lord Ayyappa in 1987. The charge sheet alleges that the fake claim hurt
the religious sentiments of devotees, as this was deemed to be contrary to Sabarimala custom, which
currently restricts entry for women over 10 and less than 50 years of age in the shrine. While some say
this has to do with the celibate status of the deity Ayyappa , other say it is just a practice which evolved
into a custom, as the gruelling trek to this jungle shrine in the past was life-threatening. Even if one were
to believe the latter, it still means that the lives of under 10 and over 50 women are not worth saving. This
apart, in India there are religious sanctions against women entering a temple/performing any religious
ceremony during their monthly menstrual cycle. They are deemed unclean for those 5 days of the month.
And here I thought that normal menstrual flow was indicative of a healthy female.
The second is a news item which reiterates the Indian couples' preference for male heirs. As Gender
selection tests are illegal in India, many are flocking to Thailand where there are no laws against it.
Doctors use pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a method that involves producing embryos
through IVF and implanting only those of the desired gender into the womb. "I don't remember an Indian
couple ever asking for a girl. Also, with Indian couples, around 80% of enquiries are from the husband
and not the wife," acknowledges Richard Burtan-Sanchez, a consultant at Gender Selection Bangkok.
Others who can't afford the cost of treatment in Thailand are still resorting to traditional, but banned
methods of gender selection in India, like having an ultrasound, amniocentesis or fetal blood test. Women
then have (or are rather forced to have) abortions if they discover that it is a female foetus. These sex
selective abortions/female infanticides have resulted in a highly skewed up masculine sex ratio in India
(932 women against 1000 men).
The third derogatory incident relates to Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, the only woman judge in the
Supreme Court, who recently listed her "two daughters to be married" in the liabilities column on the
court's website. The other entries in the judge's liabilities column include "guarantor for education loan of
my daughter" and residential house to be built post- retirement. While the last two do qualify as liabilities
in the legal context, it is indeed regressive to brand daughters (or the expenditure in their marriage, as
this is perhaps what the Honourable Lady meant) as liability, by a SC judge, who is expected to give an
impartial opinion on women's rights and other social issues.
Of course, despite these and other occurrences one cannot deny that women indeed have come a long
way from the days when they were not allowed to step out of the house unchaperoned. In India lot many
things have changed socially and legally in her favour in the last decade. A 2005 amendment to the
Hindu Succession Act 1956 has ensured that daughters also receive their share in agricultural
land/property—thus removing one gender bias, and giving her right to her own money. Similarly The
Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005 protects her from physical abuse from her
family members and gives her the right to live without fear. The Women's Reservation Bill (ensuring 33%
reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies), and a landmark Supreme Court
judgement legalising live-in relationships are two other bonanzas which she managed to wrench last
year.
But the benefits have yet to percolate from the court room files to the woman on the street. Crimes again
women are on the rise, and economic empowerment has yet to translate into sexual empowerment. It
may sound unbelievable (but is true) that even economically independent women rarely have a control
over their own reproductivity. In many so called rich and modern homes, a woman's clothes, food
preferences and recreational avenues are decided by the man of the house. As a society we put more
pressure on our boys to succeed than on our girls. This has to change. Parents will have to take a
proactive role in teaching their son that the daughter is as good as him. It is not enough to let the
daughter opt for professional courses. It is equally important to teach the son the dignity of household
chores. Laws can only restore constitutional rights. They have to be backed by a change in the mindset
at the societal level to battle the gender biases ingrained in our psyche.
Perhaps, women are not taken seriously enough even in the developed countries, especially in the
workforce. Face book COO Sheryl Sandberg , in her very inspiring recent TED talk laments: "We are not
making to the top in any profession anywhere in the world. Out of 190 heads of state, only nine are
women; only 13% parliamentarians are women in the world. In the corporate sector only 15-16% occupy
high positions. These numbers have not moved up since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction. They
have to make a hard choice between professional success and personal fulfilment. A recent US study
shows that of all senior managers two thirds of married men had children, while only one third of married
women had children."
Sandberg has three pieces of advice for women if they want to become the next generation's leaders: (i)
Women need to be more assertive. Too many women systematically underestimate their own abilities.
They need to be more confident and aggressive. Success and likeability are positively correlated for men
and negatively for women. Aggressive women are more likely to be disliked, while aggressive men are
liked. The challenge is to believe in ourselves despite these clichéd notions. (ii)If women have husbands,
make sure they're helping equally at home. Too often women are working twice or thrice as hard at home
as the male counterpart. This makes it harder to work at your job. Both genders need to work inside the
home, if both are working outside the home. (iii)Always keep your foot on the gas pedal. Do not leave
before you leave. Don't start thinking about leaving your job months or years ahead of when you feel the
need of it, because it will hold you back. Just charge full steams ahead from the word go.
According to Ann M. Veneman Executive Director, UNICEF “Empowering women and eliminating gender
discrimination produces a double dividend – fulfilling the rights of women and also helping to save and
improve the lives of children. Evidence shows that when women are educated and empowered to
participate in decision-making in the household, workplace and political sphere – secure from violence,
exploitation and discrimination – children and families benefit."
Shobha Shukla - CNS
(The author is the Editor of Citizen News Service (CNS) and also serves as the Director of CNS Gender
Initiative. She is a J2J Fellow of National Press Foundation (NPF) USA. She has worked earlier with
State Planning Institute, UP. Email: [email protected], website: www.citizen-news.org)
Headline:
Secretary-General, at Ceremony to Hand Over Group of 77 Chair, Stresses
Essential
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
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Need to Reform, Strengthen Global Economic Governance
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the ceremony marking the handover of
the chairmanship of the Group of 77 in New York today, 12 January:
I am pleased to join you for today’s ceremony marking the handover of the chairmanship of the Group of
77 and China. I commend the Republic of Yemen, and especially you, Ambassador [Abdullah] Alsaidi,
for your successful leadership of the Group this past year.
The year saw continuing economic, social and environmental problems, among other challenges. But
the Group of 77 stood with the United Nations in tackling them. I appreciate your support.
Today, Argentina assumes leadership of the Group, with a special burden falling on Ambassador [Jorge]
Argüello in articulating the Group of 77’s voice, views and interests. I congratulate Argentina for taking
on this responsibility, and offer my best wishes and support in the year ahead.
I am confident that the transfer of chairmanship between Yemen and Argentina will be like an expert
baton pass between runners in a relay race, with good communication and a sense of common
purpose. Such cooperation is vital as we take stock of 2010 and brace ourselves for the challenges that
lie ahead — those we know are coming, and those that will no doubt surprise us.
Important trends continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for
all. We have seen a gradual shift in economic power from mature to emerging economies. From Sao
Paulo to Shanghai, many developing countries are becoming engines of global growth. In contrast,
recovery from the financial crisis in some developed countries is proving to be slower and more
problematic than anticipated.
Changing times require changing institutions. Gone are the days when a few could claim to speak for the
many. Reforming and strengthening international economic and financial governance will continue to be
difficult. But it is essential. The United Nations has a central role to play in seeing that it is done — and
that it leads the way to prosperity and social justice for all. The voice of the Group of 77 and China must
also be heard as we advance this agenda.
Efforts to combat climate change must also continue as a top priority for 2011. We all know that climate
change affects everything, from the health of the world economy to the health of our citizens. It also has
a disproportionate impact on the citizens of Group of 77 nations.
Last month’s United Nations Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico, breathed new life into climate
negotiations. Governments agreed on a plan for a new green climate fund. Developed countries
committed to $100 billion a year in mitigation assistance for developing countries. They also reached
important agreements on preventing deforestation, on an adaptation framework and on technology
cooperation. There was also progress on formalizing mitigation pledges and ensuring greater
accountability for them.
I look to the Group of 77 and China to help build on this foundation as we look to the Seventeenth
Conference of States Parties in South Africa, and as we prepare for the 2012 “Rio+20” Summit
Conference on Sustainable Development. At the same time, we must strengthen national efforts. I urge
countries to step up what they are doing on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate
resilience. Such action need not wait for the negotiations to advance. In fact, the more you do on the
ground, the more you will help your negotiators produce the agreements and progress we need.
I will also look to you to sustain our momentum on the Millennium Development Goals. The MDG Action
Agenda gives us a road map. We must implement this agenda and be accountable for all the promises
that have been made, including on official development assistance. In particular, I count on the Group of
77 to strongly support the Fourth Conference on Least Developed Countries, to be held in May in
Istanbul.
Indeed, the most vulnerable have a special claim on our attention. Not just because they face the
greatest need, but because by investing in them — by ensuring jobs and food security and opportunity —
we can make the greatest inroads against extreme poverty.
Women’s empowerment must be at the core of such an approach. Here, too, the past year saw political
milestones. Brazil elected its first female President. Australia and Trinidad and Tobago elected their first
female Prime Ministers. The creation of UN Women was another notable step for gender equality, and
will strengthen our efforts to advance the status and rights of women across the world. We must also do
even more in our efforts against the discrimination and violence that deny women their fundamental
human rights.
Lastly, ladies and gentlemen, as we look to the year ahead, I want to emphasize the need for
strengthened multilateralism. Multilateral cooperation is the linchpin to meeting the challenges of our era
— especially as resources become tighter and demands on the United Nations grow.
We must forge broader alliances and pioneer new forms of cooperation if we are to conquer poverty,
disease, and climate change. We must connect the dots among issues and partners. We must invest
wisely, not just to save money but to save lives.
I look forward to working with the Group of 77 in our collective race to tackle these problems. In 2011, let
us strengthen the United Nations presence on the world stage and, most of all, deliver results for the
world’s people.
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Women Of The World Unite!!
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
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The United Nations General Assembly has created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in July 2010 -- a new agency solely focused on women's
rights with a view to invest in women's equality. In the words ...
Headline:
Women Of The World Unite!!
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
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Tue, 2011-01-18 04:23 — editor
The United Nations General Assembly has created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in July 2010 -- a new agency solely focused on women's
rights with a view to invest in women's equality.
In the words of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women,
"This is a time of great promise. We have a historic opportunity to accelerate the achievement of what
champions of gender equality have worked towards for years."
These encouraging words assume a lot of significance for us women in India where women are still ill
treated and discriminated against. Three recent happenings reveal the Dark Age environment in which
most of the modern Indian women are living.
The first one relates to the Kerala Police charge sheeting Kannada actress Jayamala, alleging that she
had made a fake claim that she was pushed into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple and
accidentally touched the deity of Lord Ayyappa in 1987. The charge sheet alleges that the fake claim hurt
the religious sentiments of devotees, as this was deemed to be contrary to Sabarimala custom, which
currently restricts entry for women over 10 and less than 50 years of age in the shrine. While some say
this has to do with the celibate status of the deity Ayyappa , other say it is just a practice which evolved
into a custom, as the gruelling trek to this jungle shrine in the past was life-threatening. Even if one were
to believe the latter, it still means that the lives of under 10 and over 50 women are not worth saving. This
apart, in India there are religious sanctions against women entering a temple/performing any religious
ceremony during their monthly menstrual cycle. They are deemed unclean for those 5 days of the month.
And here I thought that normal menstrual flow was indicative of a healthy female.
The second is a news item which reiterates the Indian couples' preference for male heirs. As Gender
selection tests are illegal in India, many are flocking to Thailand where there are no laws against it.
Doctors use pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a method that involves producing embryos
through IVF and implanting only those of the desired gender into the womb. "I don't remember an Indian
couple ever asking for a girl. Also, with Indian couples, around 80% of enquiries are from the husband
and not the wife," acknowledges Richard Burtan-Sanchez, a consultant at Gender Selection Bangkok.
Others who can't afford the cost of treatment in Thailand are still resorting to traditional, but banned
methods of gender selection in India, like having an ultrasound, amniocentesis or fetal blood test. Women
then have (or are rather forced to have) abortions if they discover that it is a female foetus. These sex
selective abortions/female infanticides have resulted in a highly skewed up masculine sex ratio in India
(932 women against 1000 men).
The third derogatory incident relates to Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, the only woman judge in the
Supreme Court, who recently listed her "two daughters to be married" in the liabilities column on the
court’s website. The other entries in the judge's liabilities column include "guarantor for education loan of
my daughter" and residential house to be built post- retirement. While the last two do qualify as liabilities
in the legal context, it is indeed regressive to brand daughters (or the expenditure in their marriage, as
this is perhaps what the Honourable Lady meant) as liability, by a SC judge, who is expected to give an
impartial opinion on women's rights and other social issues.
0f course, despite these and other occurrences one cannot deny that women indeed have come a long
way from the days when they were not allowed to step out of the house unchaperoned. In India lot many
things have changed socially and legally in her favour in the last decade. A 2005 amendment to the
Hindu Succession Act 1956 has ensured that daughters also receive their share in agricultural
land/property—thus removing one gender bias, and giving her right to her own money. Similarly The
Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005 protects her from physical abuse from her
family members and gives her the right to live without fear. The Women’s Reservation Bill (ensuring 33%
reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies), and a landmark Supreme Court
judgement legalising live-in relationships are two other bonanzas which she managed to wrench last
year.
But the benefits have yet to percolate from the court room files to the woman on the street. Crimes again
women are on the rise, and economic empowerment has yet to translate into sexual empowerment. It
may sound unbelievable (but is true) that even economically independent women rarely have a control
over their own reproductivity. In many so called rich and modern homes, a woman’s clothes, food
preferences and recreational avenues are decided by the man of the house. As a society we put more
pressure on our boys to succeed than on our girls. This has to change. Parents will have to take a
proactive role in teaching their son that the daughter is as good as him. It is not enough to let the
daughter opt for professional courses. It is equally important to teach the son the dignity of household
chores. Laws can only restore constitutional rights. They have to be backed by a change in the mindset
at the societal level to battle the gender biases ingrained in our psyche.
Perhaps, women are not taken seriously enough even in the developed countries, especially in the
workforce. Face book COO Sheryl Sandberg , in her very inspiring recent TED talk laments: "We are not
making to the top in any profession anywhere in the world. Out of 190 heads of state, only nine are
women; only 13% parliamentarians are women in the world. In the corporate sector only 15-16% occupy
high positions. These numbers have not moved up since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction. They
have to make a hard choice between professional success and personal fulfilment. A recent US study
shows that of all senior managers two thirds of married men had children, while only one third of married
women had children."
Sandberg has three pieces of advice for women if they want to become the next generation’s leaders: (i)
Women need to be more assertive. Too many women systematically underestimate their own abilities.
They need to be more confident and aggressive. Success and likeability are positively correlated for men
and negatively for women. Aggressive women are more likely to be disliked, while aggressive men are
liked. The challenge is to believe in ourselves despite these clichéd notions. (ii)If women have husbands,
make sure they're helping equally at home. Too often women are working twice or thrice as hard at home
as the male counterpart. This makes it harder to work at your job. Both genders need to work inside the
home, if both are working outside the home. (iii)Always keep your foot on the gas pedal. Do not leave
before you leave. Don't start thinking about leaving your job months or years ahead of when you feel the
need of it, because it will hold you back. Just charge full steams ahead from the word go.
According to Ann M. Veneman Executive Director, UNICEF “Empowering women and eliminating gender
discrimination produces a double dividend – fulfilling the rights of women and also helping to save and
improve the lives of children. Evidence shows that when women are educated and empowered to
participate in decision-making in the household, workplace and political sphere – secure from violence,
exploitation and discrimination – children and families benefit."
Headline:
UN Women won't tread on others' toes, says coordinator
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
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KATHMANDU: UN Women, the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality and women
empowerment, today said its creation would not curtail the responsibility of any other UN organisation
working for gender equality.
Created by the UN General Assembly in July 2010 to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of
women and girls worldwide, UN Women has been fully operational from January 1.
It was formed by merging the Division for Advancement of Women, International Research and Training
Institute for the Advancement of Women, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and
Advancement of Women and UN Development Fund for Women.
Sangita Thapa, programme coordinator at UN Women, said the organisation would help develop
expertise, programming and budget in support of gender equality and women empowerment.
“UN Women will enhance, not replace efforts of other bodies of the UN system. It will continue to work for
gender equality and women’s empowerment,” said Thapa.
At an interaction in the Capital today, she said UN Women would be a lead driver and voice advocating
gender equality and women’s empowerment globally, regionally and in the countries where it is operating
and added that UN Women would focus on violence against women, peace and security, leadership and
participation, economic empowerment, national planning and budgeting, human rights and Millennium
Development Goal.
UN Women also supports inter-governmental bodies such as Commission on the Status of Women in
formulating policies, global norms and helps member states implement these policies by providing
suitable technical and financial support, apart from supporting member countries in implementing and
monitoring inter-governmental agreements.
It will act as a ‘hub’ for knowledge and experience as it is a part of the United Nations reform agenda,
bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact, Thapa informed.
“It will work for elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women,
achievement of equality between men and women as partners and beneficiaries of development, human
rights, humanitarian actions and peace and security,” said the programme coordinator.
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NON-PROFIT NEWS
Date:
1/17/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
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EVENTS
Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey and the "For a Day Foundation" invite children and teens living with
cancer, or who are in remission, along with their family and friends to join them at their "For a Day" party
Jan. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. at 575 Main St. in Hackensack. Snow date is Jan. 30. To register, contact
Brooke Laster at 201-457-1670 or e-mail [email protected] For information, visit
gildasclubnnj.org.
The annual Play for the Cause will be held Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bergen County YJCC,
605 Pascack Road in Washington Township. The event raises money for a worthwhile cause while
bringing together YJCC members and friends for a day of games, food and fun. The fee is $40. Proceeds
will benefit local community needs. For information, contact Jill Brown at 201-666-6610, ext. 222, or
[email protected]
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus School benefit dinner dance will take place Feb. 12 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
in the auditorium, 127 Paterson Ave. in Wallington. Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit the creation of a
MSH School Resource Center. For information, call Sister Vicky Bartkowski at 973-777-9505, Carol
Puzio at 201-935- 0273 or Elizabeth Wargacki at 973-445-3285.
WHAT'S NEW
The YMCA of Greater Bergen County in Hackensack will offer a "Schools Out" vacation program for
children ages 5 to 13. The programs will be held today, Feb. 21 to 25 and April 11 to 15 from 8 a.m. to 6
p.m. The program fee is $30 per day, per child and YMCA membership is not required. For information,
call Danielle Rattacasa at 201-487-6600, ext. 220, or e-mail [email protected]
Angels of Animals in Clifton will hold its pet adoptions Jan. 21 and 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at PETCO,
Route 3 west in Clifton. Cats and kittens will be available for adoption. All pets are spayed and neutered
and are up-to-date on vaccinations. For information, call 973-287-7797 or visit angelsofanimals.org.
The Flat Rock Brook Nature Association is presenting "Species on the Edge," prize-winning art by fifthgraders from each New Jersey county, now through Jan. 24 at 443 Van Nostrand Ave. in Englewood.
This art is used to create the Conservative Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's annual calendar. The
2011 "Species on the Edge" calendar may be ordered at the Conserve Wildlife Foundation's website for
$8. For information, visit conservewildlifenj.org.
The National Institute for People with Disabilities of New Jersey's Asperger's Adult Support Group will
have free presentation workshops for consumers, parents and professionals in New Jersey and New
York. They will be held Jan. 25 and 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bergen County Special Services CAPE
Resource Center, Community Services Building, Suite 212, 327 E. Ridgewood Ave. in Paramus. For
information, call Nancy O'Reilly at 845-358-5700, ext. 147.
The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood will present a free screening of "Freeheld," the 2008 Oscar-winning
documentary of short subjects, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. Light
refreshments will be served and a voluntary $5 donation would be appreciated.
On Feb. 1 and 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the society will also feature two seminars by Arnold Brown
entitled "African American Footprints in Bergen County." For information on either event, call 201-4446225 or visit uuridgewood.org.
The Rotary District 7490 Walter D. Head Foundation is seeking applicants for its 2011-12 academic year
scholarships, which provide up to $10,000 to students entering their junior or senior year in college who
reside in Bergen, Passaic or Hudson counties.
Students must also be studying journalism, environmental studies or courses involving assistance to
people with disabilities. Applications are due by Feb. 28 and applicants must be available for interviews in
April. Contact a local Rotary club president or download an application from www.rotarydistrict7490.org to
apply.
Christian Health Care Adult Day Services at the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff is holding a
caregiver support group Feb. 8 from noon to 1 p.m.. The meeting is open to the public and reservations
are not necessary. The meeting will take place at CHCC, 301 Sicomac Ave. in Wyckoff. For information,
call Ms. Sherer at 201- 848-5830 or visit chccnj.org.
Hackensack Riverkeeper is accepting applications for the 2011 Ron Vellekamp Environmental
Scholarship for college-bound seniors who excel academically and demonstrate a commitment to
environmental conservation and preservation. The application and criteria are available at
hackensackriverkeeper.org or call 201-968-0808. Applications must be postmarked by Earth Day, April
22.
VSA New Jersey, a non-profit dedicated to helping the handicapped realize their artistic abilities, will hold
a 10-week parent-child Workshop in the Arts for Children with Autism or Autistic Behaviors, Saturdays
beginning Feb. 19 through April 23 from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at the Civic Center, 19 Warren St. in Little Falls.
For information, call 732-745-3885.
The recently established Jane Quinn Davis Memorial Fund will be giving grants to Leonia-based civic arts
or cultural organizations. Applications must be submitted by March 1. For information, e-mail Marilyn
Torre at [email protected], Ginny Brown at [email protected], or Marion Komar at
[email protected]
PEOPLE
Mary Ann Tarantula of Bergenfield, a member of the Zonta Club of Northern Valley, has been appointed
a United Nations Committee Chairman by Zonta International. Tarantula will be ensuring Zonta members
are kept informed about issues to advance the status of women, such as the work and mission of
UNIFEM.
NewBridge Services has announced the officers for its board of trustees for 2011. Bonnie Holmes of
Pompton Plains was named president; Mary Ameen of Wanaque, vice president; William Eckert of
Pompton Plains, treasurer; Nancy Grimbilas of Pompton Plains, recording secretary and Doren Greene
of Mountain Lakes, corresponding secretary.
VOLUNTEERS
Students of Life at William Paterson University is a mentoring program by experienced adult volunteers
for the university's students. Volunteers may devote as much time as they have available to the program.
For information, call 973-720-3690 or e-mail [email protected]
The YWCA Bergen County Rape Crisis Center will conduct its next Volunteer Training program Feb. 1.
Volunteers must obtain an application prior to training. Interested individuals should call the center at 201
-881-1753.
The Passaic Valley Hospice needs volunteers for various duties. Volunteers work with patients and
families providing respite for caregivers, companionship for patients and families, and run errands. For
information, call 973-785-7329.
Copyright © 2011 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.
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Women Of The World Unite!! By Shobha Shukla
Date:
1/18/2011 12:00:00 AM
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The United Nations General Assembly has created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in July 2010 -- a new agency solely focused on women's
rights with a view to invest in women's equality. In the words of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-SecretaryGeneral and Executive Director of UN Women, "This is a time of great promise. We have a historic
opportunity to accelerate the achievement of what champions of gender equality have worked towards for
years."
These encouraging words assume a lot of significance for us women in India where women are still ill
treated and discriminated against. Three recent happenings reveal the Dark Age environment in which
most of the modern Indian women are living.
The first one relates to the Kerala Police charge sheeting Kannada actress Jayamala, alleging that she
had made a fake claim that she was pushed into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple and
accidentally touched the deity of Lord Ayyappa in 1987. The charge sheet alleges that the fake claim hurt
the religious sentiments of devotees, as this was deemed to be contrary to Sabarimala custom, which
currently restricts entry for women over 10 and less than 50 years of age in the shrine. While some say
this has to do with the celibate status of the deity Ayyappa , other say it is just a practice which evolved
into a custom, as the gruelling trek to this jungle shrine in the past was life-threatening. Even if one were
to believe the latter, it still means that the lives of under 10 and over 50 women are not worth saving. This
apart, in India there are religious sanctions against women entering a temple/performing any religious
ceremony during their monthly menstrual cycle. They are deemed unclean for those 5 days of the month.
And here I thought that normal menstrual flow was indicative of a healthy female.
The second is a news item which reiterates the Indian couples' preference for male heirs. As Gender
selection tests are illegal in India, many are flocking to Thailand where there are no laws against it.
Doctors use pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a method that involves producing embryos
through IVF and implanting only those of the desired gender into the womb. "I don't remember an Indian
couple ever asking for a girl. Also, with Indian couples, around 80% of enquiries are from the husband
and not the wife," acknowledges Richard Burtan-Sanchez, a consultant at Gender Selection Bangkok.
Others who can't afford the cost of treatment in Thailand are still resorting to traditional, but banned
methods of gender selection in India, like having an ultrasound, amniocentesis or fetal blood test. Women
then have (or are rather forced to have) abortions if they discover that it is a female foetus. These sex
selective abortions/female infanticides have resulted in a highly skewed up masculine sex ratio in India
(932 women against 1000 men).
The third derogatory incident relates to Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, the only woman judge in the
Supreme Court, who recently listed her "two daughters to be married" in the liabilities column on the
court’s website. The other entries in the judge's liabilities column include "guarantor for education loan of
my daughter" and residential house to be built post- retirement. While the last two do qualify as liabilities
in the legal context, it is indeed regressive to brand daughters (or the expenditure in their marriage, as
this is perhaps what the Honourable Lady meant) as liability, by a SC judge, who is expected to give an
impartial opinion on women's rights and other social issues.
0f course, despite these and other occurrences one cannot deny that women indeed have come a long
way from the days when they were not allowed to step out of the house unchaperoned. In India lot many
things have changed socially and legally in her favour in the last decade. A 2005 amendment to the
Hindu Succession Act 1956 has ensured that daughters also receive their share in agricultural
land/property—thus removing one gender bias, and giving her right to her own money. Similarly The
Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005 protects her from physical abuse from her
family members and gives her the right to live without fear. The Women’s Reservation Bill (ensuring 33%
reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies), and a landmark Supreme Court
judgement legalising live-in relationships are two other bonanzas which she managed to wrench last
year.
But the benefits have yet to percolate from the court room files to the woman on the street. Crimes again
women are on the rise, and economic empowerment has yet to translate into sexual empowerment. It
may sound unbelievable (but is true) that even economically independent women rarely have a control
over their own reproductivity. In many so called rich and modern homes, a woman’s clothes, food
preferences and recreational avenues are decided by the man of the house. As a society we put more
pressure on our boys to succeed than on our girls. This has to change. Parents will have to take a
proactive role in teaching their son that the daughter is as good as him. It is not enough to let the
daughter opt for professional courses. It is equally important to teach the son the dignity of household
chores. Laws can only restore constitutional rights. They have to be backed by a change in the mindset
at the societal level to battle the gender biases ingrained in our psyche.
Perhaps, women are not taken seriously enough even in the developed countries, especially in the
workforce. Face book COO Sheryl Sandberg , in her very inspiring recent TED talk laments: "We are not
making to the top in any profession anywhere in the world. Out of 190 heads of state, only nine are
women; only 13% parliamentarians are women in the world. In the corporate sector only 15-16% occupy
high positions. These numbers have not moved up since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction. They
have to make a hard choice between professional success and personal fulfilment. A recent US study
shows that of all senior managers two thirds of married men had children, while only one third of married
women had children."
Sandberg has three pieces of advice for women if they want to become the next generation’s leaders: (i)
Women need to be more assertive. Too many women systematically underestimate their own abilities.
They need to be more confident and aggressive. Success and likeability are positively correlated for men
and negatively for women. Aggressive women are more likely to be disliked, while aggressive men are
liked. The challenge is to believe in ourselves despite these clichéd notions. (ii)If women have husbands,
make sure they're helping equally at home. Too often women are working twice or thrice as hard at home
as the male counterpart. This makes it harder to work at your job. Both genders need to work inside the
home, if both are working outside the home. (iii)Always keep your foot on the gas pedal. Do not leave
before you leave. Don't start thinking about leaving your job months or years ahead of when you feel the
need of it, because it will hold you back. Just charge full steams ahead from the word go.
According to Ann M. Veneman Executive Director, UNICEF “Empowering women and eliminating gender
discrimination produces a double dividend – fulfilling the rights of women and also helping to save and
improve the lives of children. Evidence shows that when women are educated and empowered to
participate in decision-making in the household, workplace and political sphere – secure from violence,
exploitation and discrimination – children and families benefit."
(The author is the Editor of Citizen News Service (CNS) and also serves as the Director of CNS Gender
Initiative. She is a J2J Fellow of National Press Foundation (NPF) USA. She has worked earlier with
State Planning Institute, UP. Email: [email protected], website: www.citizen-news.org)
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Alberdi leaves UN post after two years
Date:
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INES ALBERDI, director of the UN’s Unifem agency, which supports worldwide projects promoting
women's economic security, human rights and status is about to lose her post two years after taking
over. Equality has been one of the present government’s key commitment since coming to power in 2004
and with Spain a high-level donor to Unifem – it has invested €225 million since 2006 - Alberdi was
named director in 2008.
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Flashpoint human rights film festival comes to Delhi
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2011-01-18 12:25:44 - The three-day Flashpoint Human Rights Film Festival, which brings together eight
extraordinary films from around the world that deal with human rights issues, gets under way in New
Delhi on Thursday. The films urge people to reflect, react, revolutionalise and act as a ‘flashpoint’ to
usher in change.
The festival has already been held in Mumbai from December 8-10, 2010. The New Delhi edition would
include special focused thematic screenings and panel discussions.
The eight documentaries to be screened at Flashpoint (www.flashpointfilmfestival.com/), which were part
of the ‘Matter of Act’ programme at the Movies That Matter Film Festival 2010 in the Netherlands,
highlight the extraordinary work done by human
rights defenders across the world, and their fight against injustice and oppression. These films show what
great dangers these activists have to face to do their work where freedom of speech, the right to a fair
trial and the right to life are violated.
The films look at human rights issues like human trafficking and child prostitution; violation of
international laws on war and peace; atrocities under military regimes; religious fundamentalism and
homophobia; political annexation/occupation and oppression; women disempowerment and honour
killings; ravages of civil war and hostilities; and war crimes and killing of innocents.
The films being screened are Redlight by Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni; Song For Amine by Alberto
Bougleux; Suddenly, Last Winter by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi; The 10 Conditions Of Love by Jeff
Daniels; The Sari Soldiers by Julie Bridgham; To Shoot An Elephant by Alberto Arce and Mohammed
Rujailah; Women In Shroud by Farid Haerinejad and Mohammad Reza Kazemi; and Women In White by
Gry Winther.
“Screening of these films along with panel discussion and media campaigns could possibly bring about a
change in perceptions and mindsets and initiate action. Flashpoint intends to spotlight human rights
issues and make a call for the audience to act as ‘Flashpointers” said Sridhar Rangayan of Solaris
Pictures, which is organising the festival.
Solaris Pictures has consistently been making films on issues such as homosexuality and gay rights,
films that engage the audience and initiate dialogues on issues dealing with health and sexuality, human
rights, and the gay and transgender communities.
The festival, which will be held at Alliance Francaise, is being co-organised by Magic Lantern Foundation
(www.magiclanternfoundation.org/), non-profit group working with culture and human rights. The
foundation is involved with production of documentary films that explore aesthetics and politics,
campaigning with films on issues of social justice, culture and censorship, media education to critically
assess the dominant media, intervening in the construction of media policy, dissemination of independent
films, and curation and organisation of film festivals.
There would also be two panel discussions. The first, on ‘Rising intolerance is being supported by the
Human Rights Law Network. The second, on ‘Gender and conflict is being supported by UN Women.
Contacts:
Sridhar Rangayan; Solaris Pictures; [email protected]
Gargi Sen; Magic Lantern Foundation; [email protected]
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A united entity sets sights on working for the rights of women
Date:
1/18/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Rationalisation at the UN increases its focus on the world's women, writes Rae Julian .
-------------------ON New Year's Day, a new United Nations agency was born. It was not, however, just another to add to
the accumulation of committees, divisions and funds that create confusion among those not familiar with
the inner workings of the UN.
It was instead an attempt to rationalise one section of the confusion by bringing together the four parts of
the UN system relating to women. UN Women, formally known as the UN Entity for Gender Equality and
the Empowerment of Women, brings together the UN Development Fund for Women, the Division for the
Advancement of Women, the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of
Women, and the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women.
This rationalisation of effort will lead to more efficiency and less overlapping of activities.
More importantly, it will create a focus for activities to assist and encourage the world's women to take
their rightful place alongside men in all spheres.
UN Women has a higher status than its predecessors because it is headed by an under-secretary
general. Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, has taken up the role, bringing a wealth of
diplomacy, governance and international contacts to ensure that the rights of women are remembered
throughout the operations of the UN.
The new agency will work throughout the world, with offices in regional centres, including Suva and
Bangkok. It will deal with development issues such as income-generating schemes for women. Barriers
to women's advancement include violence against women and the paucity of women in vital decisionmaking roles. The Pacific Island states, for example, have the second-lowest number of women
politicians in the world. In recent elections in Tonga and the Solomon Islands, no women gained seats
despite major efforts from women's organisations in each country.
Violence against women is a major problem in the Pacific Island states. They do not yet acknowledge
that empowering women fuels thriving economies spurring productivity and growth.
UN Women also reaches into the wealthier countries. As well as relying on them for financial support the
new agency has support networks in 18 countries.
The New Zealand National Committee for UN Women is one of these. A non-governmental organisation,
it includes organisations such as Zonta, Altrusa, Soroptimists, the Federation of Business and
Professional Women, the United Nations Association of NZ and the Federation of Graduate Women
among its organisational membership and links closely with both the National Council of Women and the
Women's Affairs Ministry.
NEW ZEALAND supports UN Women through direct contributions from the Foreign Affairs Ministry about $2 million for the year ended June 2010, not including a subsidy to Unifem NZ for a project in the
Marshall Islands.
This funding is essential to ensure that the agency can carry out its functions. The New Zealand National
Committee for UN Women also contributes financial support, mainly through its fundraising efforts, such
as breakfasts, on International Women's Day, on or near the March 8.
Funds raised by UN Women NZ are aimed at specific projects in the Pacific. Since 2004, with subsidised
funding from the previous NZAID, WUTMI, the national women's organisation in the Marshall Islands, has
been supported in their activities to increase the number of women in decision-making positions at local
and national levels.
UN Women NZ also provides funding together with UN Women Australia and with sponsorship from
Avon to the UN Women Pacific Fund for ending violence against women in the Solomon Islands. The
contestable fund is available to organisations working in this field. In 2009-10 it was awarded to three
organisations providing counselling and protection for women.
This year there will be a major push from the UN to promote UN Women. New Zealand will play its part
in this effort, especially through events to mark International Women's Day.
Rae Julian is national president of UN Women National Committee for Aotearoa New Zealand
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United Nations: It’s Brooklyn’s World
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1/18/2011 12:00:00 AM
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By Gabriel Levitt
Chairman Brooklyn Chapter
United Nations Association of the U.S.A.
BROOKLYN — Click into www.un.org, the web site for the United Nations, and you can take an armchair
visit through the hotspots of global crises: videos, photos, and reporting reveal the worst upheavals and
devastation afflicting humankind.
Yes, you may also see the latest goodwill celebrities, like Brazil’s World Cup star Ronaldo, Benin-native,
Brooklyn-resident and singer Angelique Kidjo or actors Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon,
Samuel Jackson, Angelina Jolie, American Idol winner Kris Allen, to name a few. But this virtual tour
gives a serious view of our planet — and a vivid reminder of why we need the United Nations.
The U.N., a joint enterprise among 192 nations, reflects the world’s compassion and competence, and at
times its failures, in delivering humanitarian relief, peace and justice to those in peril. Yet, while U.N.
efforts can fall short of their goals and idealism, the reality is that, more often, their scale and scope are
essential in a crisis, with the United States and rest of the world asking them to do more. “[T]here is no
entity matching the standing capacity of the U.N.’s agencies across the board,” according to the Council
on Foreign Relations.
Here in Brooklyn, where residents are a mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures, the suffering and
turbulence across the globe has real, not abstract, significance and, thus, so does the UN, with work
directly affecting hundreds of millions of people.
Just take a look at 2010, a year that witnessed earthquakes in Chile, China’s Qinghai Province, and Haiti;
flooding in Afghanistan, Colombia and Pakistan; volcanic eruptions in Indonesia; and a deadly heat wave
and drought in Russia so severe they affected world food markets. The U.N. continues work alleviating
those tragedies as it tries to stop horrific brutality and abuses and seeks to allay the economic turmoil
that steals standard-of-living gains from the poorest households.
With troops and negotiations amid growing violence in Ivory Coast, the U.N. supports that West African
country’s presidential election. With its watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency in places like
North Korea and Iran, it promotes nuclear disarmament. With its recent conference in Cancún making
progress on finance and forest issues, it battles climate change.
Also, last year, the U.N. won renewed international commitment to its signature initiative, the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs); aiming to slash extreme poverty by 2015, the MDGs have steered
development targets to actual measures of the health and wellbeing of people. In another long-range
advance, the U.N. bolstered efforts to improve the lives of women and end gender discrimination,
streamlining programs into a stronger agency, UN Women, headed by former Chilean President Michelle
Bachelet.
To support the rule of law, this world body now deploys a record of more than 120,000 troops to 16
peacekeeping operations across four continents, while its World Health Organization, Unicef and other
agencies help mitigate disasters in regions that also include Mexico’s Yucatan, the Gaza Strip and
Kyrgyzstan in south-central Asia. The World Food Program alone estimates that last year it delivered 3.7
million tons of food to 90 million beneficiaries in 73 countries. Other programs helped reduce new
infections from HIV, malaria and polio, the last of which is close to being wiped off the earth.
It’s no secret that the U.N. can stumble under the global burden it carries; there are valid criticisms of
some its programs, policies, and administration. But its difficulties do not justify chronic U.N. bashers,
who may feel empowered by the latest U.S. election cycle to derail multilateral progress. Today, with the
challenges of 2011 ahead, Brooklynites and other Americans must urge public officials to maintain
support of the U.N.’s global mission and the democratic ideals enshrined in its Charter. As the splash
page at www.un.org says: “United Nations — It’s your world! * *
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
San Diego-based ship in Gulf of Oman
Published : Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011, 1:35 PM EST
GULF OF OMAN (WAVY) - The U.S. Navy say American and British units are currently searching for a
sailor from the San Diego-based USS Halsey (DDG-97) who went missing while the ship was conducting
operations in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday.
According to the Navy, the sailor did not report to watch and after a search of the ship, man overboard
was called away.
Helicopters from the Halsey, the USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7), and the Royal Navy's HMS Cumberland are
conducting search and rescue operations to find the missing sailor. The Navy says F/A 18 Hornets from
the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and a P-3 maritime patrol aircraft are also involved in the search.
The Navy is withholding the sailor's name while the search is ongoing.
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
San Diego-based ship in Gulf of Oman
Published : Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011, 1:35 PM EST
GULF OF OMAN (WAVY) - The U.S. Navy say American and British units are currently searching for a
sailor from the San Diego-based USS Halsey (DDG-97) who went missing while the ship was conducting
operations in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday.
According to the Navy, the sailor did not report to watch and after a search of the ship, man overboard
was called away.
Helicopters from the Halsey, the USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7), and the Royal Navy's HMS Cumberland are
conducting search and rescue operations to find the missing sailor. The Navy says F/A 18 Hornets from
the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and a P-3 maritime patrol aircraft are also involved in the search.
The Navy is withholding the sailor's name while the search is ongoing.
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Man who told world of Pearl Harbor dies
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Man who told world of Pearl Harbor dies
Navy radio man sent out first message of attack
Published : Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011, 5:08 PM EST
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Ed Chlapowski, the man who notified the world that Pearl Harbor was being
bombed by the Japanese, has died at 88.
The former Navy radio man's family said he died Sunday at his home in Billings a few weeks after being
diagnosed with cancer.
In 2009, Chlapowski recounted the Dec. 7, 1941 attack that propelled the United States into World War II.
He said he had worked an early watch at the submarine base, had breakfast and had just sat down on
his bunk when he looked out the window and saw a hangar roof blown away. Then he saw the Japanese
planes.
Chlapowski says he ran to the radio room. A supervisor handed him a message, and in Morse code, he
sent out word that Pearl Harbor was under attack.
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
San Diego-based ship in Gulf of Oman
Published : Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011, 1:35 PM EST
GULF OF OMAN (WAVY) - The U.S. Navy say American and British units are currently searching for a
sailor from the San Diego-based USS Halsey (DDG-97) who went missing while the ship was conducting
operations in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday.
According to the Navy, the sailor did not report to watch and after a search of the ship, man overboard
was called away.
Helicopters from the Halsey, the USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7), and the Royal Navy's HMS Cumberland are
conducting search and rescue operations to find the missing sailor. The Navy says F/A 18 Hornets from
the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and a P-3 maritime patrol aircraft are also involved in the search.
The Navy is withholding the sailor's name while the search is ongoing.
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
San Diego-based ship in Gulf of Oman
Published : Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011, 1:35 PM EST
GULF OF OMAN (WAVY) - The U.S. Navy say American and British units are currently searching for a
sailor from the San Diego-based USS Halsey (DDG-97) who went missing while the ship was conducting
operations in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday.
According to the Navy, the sailor did not report to watch and after a search of the ship, man overboard
was called away.
Helicopters from the Halsey, the USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7), and the Royal Navy's HMS Cumberland are
conducting search and rescue operations to find the missing sailor. The Navy says F/A 18 Hornets from
the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and a P-3 maritime patrol aircraft are also involved in the search.
The Navy is withholding the sailor's name while the search is ongoing.
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USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
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An Army private suspected of passing hundreds of thousands of …
USS Halsey sailor missing at sea
San Diego-based ship in Gulf of Oman
Published : Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011, 1:35 PM EST
GULF OF OMAN (WAVY) - The U.S. Navy say American and British units are currently searching for a
sailor from the San Diego-based USS Halsey (DDG-97) who went missing while the ship was conducting
operations in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday.
According to the Navy, the sailor did not report to watch and after a search of the ship, man overboard
was called away.
Helicopters from the Halsey, the USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7), and the Royal Navy's HMS Cumberland are
conducting search and rescue operations to find the missing sailor. The Navy says F/A 18 Hornets from
the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and a P-3 maritime patrol aircraft are also involved in the search.
The Navy is withholding the sailor's name while the search is ongoing.
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Economic and Social Council Can Contribute Where it Counts — in Field, in
Areas
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Economic and Social Council
2011 Organizational Session
1st Meeting (AM)
Blighted by Poverty, War, Natural Disasters, Says Deputy Secretary-General
Says Council Should Hold Countries to Promises, Pave Way for UN to Help Make
Development Agenda Resounding Success; Meeting Elects 2011 President from Zambia
This year would be an important one for the United Nations and its work around the world, and the
Economic and Social Council would be an important actor in addressing the eight strategic opportunities
identified by the Secretary-General as capable of reaping the greatest gains, Deputy Secretary-General
Asha-Rose Migiro said today.
Addressing the first organizational meeting of the Economic and Social Council’s 2011 session, she said
the first strategic opportunity was advancing action on an inclusive and sustainable development. “This
Council can provide effectiveness where it counts — in the field, on the ground where we operate, in
areas blighted by poverty, war and natural disasters”. The Council’s responsibility, she added, was to
hold countries and partners to their promises, and to pave the way for the United Nations to do its part in
making its ambitious development agenda a resounding development success.
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang said that in the months ahead, the
Council would focus on actions and progress made towards achieving the education goals, within the
framework of the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All agenda. The ministerial
review would aim at promoting practical strategies to increase access to and quality of education around
the world as the basis for poverty eradication and sustainable development. The Department of
Economic and Social Affairs would tap into the resources of the United Nations system in support of that
work.
In his capacity as Secretary-General of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development, he said the Conference — also known as Rio+20 — must be a critical milestone in
renewing political commitment on sustainable development, especially against the background of
looming climate change and weakening global economic recovery.
In its primary business today, the Council elected by acclamation Lazarous Kapambwe of Zambia as its
new President, on the recommendation of the African States Group. Also by acclamation, it elected four
Vice-Presidents: Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh (Asian States Group); Miloš Koterec of
Slovakia (Eastern European States Group); Gonzalo Gutiérrez of Peru (Latin American and Caribbean
States Group); and Jan Grauls of Belgium (Western European and Other States Group). The Council
also adopted the provisional agenda for its 2011 organizational session (document E/2011/2).
Taking the floor after his election, Mr. Kapambwe emphasized the importance for the Council to
accelerate its review and coordination of implementation of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals
Summit outcome document, adopted during the 2010 high-level General Assembly meeting in
September. Equally important was the need for the Council to begin to pronounce itself on the post-2015
development framework, as the summit had clearly demonstrated that some regions, especially Africa,
would not achieve the Goals by the stipulated deadline.
Outgoing Council President Hamidon Ali of Malaysia noted that over the past year, the Council had
continued to grow stronger and had transformed itself into a more dynamic forum, including through its
2010 annual ministerial review, with its focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and its
Development Cooperation Forum. The Council had also taken on its responsibility of supporting the
operationalization of UN-Women. The Council was a Charter body of the United Nations and, as such,
its role in global economic governance should be maximized and built upon, he said.
In other business, the Council, following tradition, set the seating arrangements for the new session by
lottery. By the results, Ghana would take the first seat and be followed by Guatemala. Seating of the
remaining members would continue in the English alphabetical order.
The 54 members of the Economic and Social Council are: Argentina; Australia; Bahamas; Bangladesh;
Belgium; Cameroon; Canada; Chile; China; Comoros; Côte d’Ivoire; Ecuador; Egypt; Estonia; Finland;
France; Gabon; Germany; Ghana; Guatemala; Guinea-Bissau; Hungary; India; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Latvia;
Malawi; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Mongolia; Morocco; Namibia; Nicaragua; Norway; Pakistan; Peru;
Philippines; Qatar; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Rwanda; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saudi Arabia;
Senegal; Slovakia; Spain; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela; and Zambia.
Statements
Outgoing President HAMIDON ALI ( Malaysia) said that at the beginning of his presidency, he had stated
that the Council “must continuously prove its worth or be consigned to irrelevance”. Over the past year,
the Council had continued to grow stronger and had transformed itself into a more dynamic forum.
He said the Council’s 2010 annual ministerial review, with its focus on gender equality and women’s
empowerment, had served as a bridge between the 15-year review of the Beijing Declaration and
Platform for Action and the General Assembly’s high-level meeting in September 2010 on the Millennium
Development Goals. The Council’s ministerial-level review had continued to engage a broad range of
stakeholders and had helped amplify the development agenda.
The Development Cooperation Forum had also provided strategic input for the Assembly’s development
summit, he said. The Forum should strengthen its work on policy coherence and should conduct regular
assessments of trends in development assistance flows. The Forum had the potential to fill a gaping
hole in the development cooperation architecture by discussing development cooperation issues and
those related to the impact of aid in a universal and multi-stakeholder context. To deliver on its broad
mandate, the Forum should be held annually.
He said that as the Council sought to strengthen its position in global economic governance, it should
continue to engage with other mechanisms, such as the Group of 20. He welcomed the participation of
the Global Civil Society Network during 2010 as well as the first televised debate — “Face to Face” — on
the role of culture in women’s empowerment.
Although significant progress had been made in strengthening the Council’s interaction with the
Peacebuilding Commission, he said there was additional scope for strengthening of the institutional links
between the two bodies, in particular, regarding strengthening the development prospects for other
countries emerging from conflict not on the Commission’s agenda. The Council should continue to
highlight the linkages between development, peace and security during its annual sessions. Regarding
Haiti, he urged the Council to continue to support the country’s recovery from “a humanitarian disaster of
epic proportions”.
He said the 2010 ECOSOC Retreat, with its theme: “Building on Progress: Defining new Actions”, held
on 29 and 30 October 2010, had recommended that, as a Charter body of the United Nations, the
Council’s role in global economic governance should be maximized and built upon. The Council should
be seen in its entirety as a system, including its functional commissions and other subsidiary machinery,
and the system’s comparative advantages should be optimized. The Council’s role as a global
coordination body of the Organization should also be maximized.
In 2010, the Council had also been given the responsibility of supporting the operationalization of UNWomen, he noted. The Council had taken a leading role in the establishment of UN-Women’s Executive
Board. The Council’s role in that important new entity would continue in coordinating the linkages
between the normative aspects of its work through the Commission on the Status of Women.
In conclusion, he said that in 2011, the Council should continue to focus on increasing its profile in the
broader context of endeavours to strengthen the United Nations to achieve its objectives. The Council
must also look ahead to the critical task of implementing the internationally agreed commitments on
education.
Incoming President LAZAROUS KAPAMBWE ( Zambia) said he represented a region that was lagging
the most in terms of development in all socio-economic sectors and pledged to do his best to ensure that
Africa’s challenges, as well as those of other regions, were tackled in the best way possible.
He said that as Heads of State had adopted the Millennium Development Goals Summit outcome
document in September 2010, articulating an action agenda for the next five years, it was imperative for
the Council to accelerate its review and coordination of implementation. The annual ministerial review in
July, with its focus on education, would accomplish a comprehensive review of each of the main
Goals. The Development Cooperation Forum had helped to sharpen the understanding on how to
maximize the impact of policies and development assistance on the Goals.
Equally important was the need for the Council to begin to pronounce itself on the post-2015
development framework, he said. The Summit had clearly demonstrated that some regions, especially
Africa, would not achieve the Goals by the stipulated deadline unless more effort was exerted by the
international community. The Council’s deliberations would help to shed light on both progress to date
and on required actions.
He said an abiding strength of the Council lay in its composition as a forum of representatives of
Governments, civil society organizations and United Nations system partners. Missing, however, were
the insights of academia as an important stakeholder group, and effective ways should be found for the
Council to benefit more completely from that group’s input. Involving public policy actors, such as
parliamentarians, local governments and national and regional economic and social councils, could also
enrich the Council’s deliberations.
Last year, the establishment of UN-Women had been recorded in history as a significant event regarding
system-wide coherence, he said, encouraging the Council to advance the objective of system-wide
coherence, as its role in bringing together the normative and operational aspects of the system’s work
could not be overstated. To that end, the Council should promote closer collaboration between it and its
functional commissions and better link its work with that of the executive boards of funds and
programmes, as well as with the United Nations Development Group regional mechanisms.
The very nature of crises had changed, he said. Conflicts were now mainly within States, he added,
underlining their close links with development and other concerns. Climate change had exacerbated the
threat of natural disasters to development, peace and security, and it was imperative, therefore, that the
Council be properly seized of the connections with its policy-making and coordinating roles. In that
regard, he was committed to ensure that Haiti remained on top of the Council’s agenda. He also hoped
that the Council would contribute to the successful outcome of the forthcoming United Nations Fourth
Conference on the Least Developed Countries, to be held in May, in Istanbul, Turkey.
ASHA-ROSE MIGIRO, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, said “2011 will be an important
year for our Organization and our work around the world”. The Economic and Social Council could be an
important actor in addressing the eight strategic opportunities identified by the Secretary-General.
She said the first of those was advancing action on inclusive and sustainable development. The action
agenda adopted during the Millennium Development Goals Summit provided a road map towards
2015. The Council must closely monitor progress, which was “an arduous and sometimes tedious task”,
but also an essential one. Forging partnerships for development after the agreed target date of 2015 was
also a key task for the Council.
The world sorely needed greater global solidarity, she said. In order to create a more stable and
prosperous world for future generations, durable solutions were needed, based on a sustainable
approach that linked social, economic and environmental challenges. Plans and pledges had been
made, and the Council was critical in the process of holding all accountable in that regard.
Noting that during 2011, the Council would focus on education, she said that although greater progress
had been made on the agreed education Goal than on any other, there were still some 72 million children
missing out on primary education and one in six adults could not read, two thirds of them
women. “Greater progress is not enough progress,” she said. That was why empowerment of women
was another area where the Secretary-General saw great strategic opportunities, especially through UNWomen. Actions should also be stepped up on climate change, the promotion of human rights, and
improving response to major humanitarian crises.
In conclusion, she said, “All of our efforts must be underpinned by a strong United Nations. This Council
can provide effectiveness where it counts — in the field, on the ground where we operate, in areas
blighted by poverty, war and natural disasters. You may be meeting in New York, but your reach extends
around the globe. So does your responsibility — to hold countries and partners to their promises, and to
pave the way for the United Nations to do its part in making our ambitious development agenda a
resounding development success.”
SHA ZUKANG, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the
2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, highlighting last year’s accomplishments,
said the Ministerial Declaration adopted during the Council’s 2010 substantive session had served as
vital input to the Assembly’s summit on the Millennium Development Goals, particularly regarding gender
equality and women’s empowerment. That meeting’s outcome document had entrusted the Council to
monitor progress on the Millennium Development Goals, specifically through the annual ministerial
review and the Development Cooperation Forum. The establishment of UN-Women and the greater
participation of non-governmental organizations during the high-level segment of the Council’s
substantive session were other accomplishments.
He said that in recent years, the Council’s new annual ministerial review and the Development
Cooperation Forum had been firmly established and played a central role in the Council’s work. Through
them, the Council had provided critical leadership in promoting the implementation of internationally
agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. The review and Forum had
also strengthened the Council’s contribution towards enhanced coordination within the United Nations
system. He also commended the Council’s renewed relationship with international financial and trade
institutions.
In the months ahead, the Council would focus on actions and progress made towards achieving the
education goals, within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All
agenda, he said. The ministerial review would aim at promoting practical strategies to increase access to
and quality of education around the world as the basis for poverty eradication and sustainable
development. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs would tap into the resources of the United
Nations system in support of that work, among other things, through better utilizing the Executive
Committee on Economic and Social Affairs and redoubling efforts to assist in the dissemination of best
practices and lessons learned through national voluntary presentations and regional consultations.
Offering the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ continued support to the Development
Cooperation Forum, he said the importance of that Forum’s independent assessment of trends in
development cooperation and its work on policy coherence could not be overemphasized. The
Department stood ready to provide analytic support for Council consideration on how to make
sustainable development a solid pillar in peacebuilding situations.
In his capacity as Secretary-General of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development — also known as Rio+20 — Mr. Sha said he would do his utmost to support Member
States in the Conference’s preparation and organization. The Executive Committee on Economic and
Social Affairs had been enlisted to ensure system-wide support, as had the United Nations Development
Group and the Environmental Management Group. The coordination arrangement was now referred to
as “ECESA Plus”. The regional commissions were conducting preparations as well. Rio+20 must be a
critical milestone in renewing political commitment on sustainable development, he said, especially
against the background of looming climate change and weakening global economic recovery.
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Women in Mediation
Remarks to the Institute for Inclusive Security, Policy Forum 2011
B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs
First, let me thank Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Carla Koppell of the Institute for Inclusive Security for
the invitation to speak about the work of the United Nations in conflict mediation. Also, please allow me to
extend a warm greeting to the nearly two dozen women peacemakers who have come from many
corners of the globe to take part in this program. We are delighted that many of you are coming to New
York later this week.
In an address to the UN General Assembly last Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his top
priorities for 2011, placing women’s empowerment at the forefront. “Take any issue – climate change,
development, peace and security,” he said. “When women are part of the vision, the world sees better
results.”
We at the United Nations, and especially the Secretary-General, attach great importance to increasing
women’s participation in the resolution of conflict. The Department of Political Affairs is actively working
to bring this approach into the mainstream of our efforts. Before turning to the specific ways we are doing
this, I would like to look at the broader context shaping the environment and our involvement in conflict
mediation.
If I asked you to conjure an image in your mind of what successful UN mediation looks like, I suspect
most might produce some version of the classic peacemaking photo-op: an envoy flanked by former
adversaries as they sign a peace agreement or shake hands before the cameras.
Over the years, the United Nations has had the good fortune to be a part of a considerable number of
moments like these, from southern Africa to Southeast Asia to Central America. During the 1990s,
peacemaking flourished as the end of Cold War led to openings for negotiated settlements to
longstanding regional conflicts and to an unparalleled consensus in the Security Council for a UN role to
broker those deals. In the process, the organization accumulated substantial expertise in this area and
high expectations were placed on negotiating formal agreements.
But the truth is that the day-to-day work we do is usually not the stuff of those headlines, but a much
wider array of conflict prevention and mediation efforts without the formal trappings. For one thing – and
this is certainly not a complaint -- the successful resolution of many long-running conflicts over the past
two decades has reduced the number of formal peacemaking negotiations, leaving such classic
perennials as Cyprus or the Western Sahara.
This does not mean there is no work for preventive diplomacy or the classic mediation skills. Indeed, we
seem to be busier than ever, responding to different kinds of conflicts and flashpoints. Political crises in
recent years in places as diverse as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Guinea, Honduras,
Cote D’Ivoire, and Sudan have challenged the United Nations and the international community to develop
effective political and diplomatic responses to actual or potential post-electoral crises, coups and other
unconstitutional changes in government. Our political and peacekeeping missions abroad are engaged
every day in managing conflict, mediating disputes, and searching for long-term political solutions.
In almost all of the places I just mentioned, the United Nations has been working closely with regional
organizations and concerned states in seeking to resolve the conflicts. Let me mention two recent
successes: Guinea and Sudan. In Guinea, a steady two-year effort led by the Secretary General’s
Special Representative Said Djinnet working closely with the West African organization ECOWAS, the
African Union and several concerned countries has resulted in a dramatic transition in that country from a
long-time dictatorship to junta rule to a freely-elected President.
In Sudan, most observers expected the southern referendum to lead to war or perhaps never happen,
but my former deputy Haile Menkerios, who heads our peacekeeping mission (UNMIS) has led a
determined and successful effort (again with the African Union and several concerned countries,
including most prominently the United States) to bring off a smooth and fair vote. We are not out of the
woods in either country, but the UN’s diplomatic efforts at conflict prevention have helped produce
dramatic outcomes to date.
In much of our work today, mediation is not so much about stopping conflicts, but about making sure new
ones do not break out. The ultimate goal, of course, is to encourage policies that promote long-term
stability, reconciliation and functioning states.
Our focus has to be on preventive action, with the aim of stopping potential crises early before they
escalate to the point where massive and costly international interventions become necessary. There is
wide consensus on this point, which after all is only common sense, but it is a major challenge for us to
turn the theory into effective preventive action on the ground. Failure becomes all too visible in hindsight,
whereas successes can and do occur with little fanfare.
Let me add that conflicts and patterns of state breakdown are themselves becoming increasingly
complex to manage. Phenomena such as drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism have become
intertwined in some cases with traditional political conflicts, complicating prospects to address them
through political-negotiated means.
We are working on a number of fronts to rise to the challenge:
First, we have made a major effort to strengthen and sharpen the focus of the Department of Political
Affairs, which along with Jordan Ryan’s shop in UNDP, is responsible for much of the UN’s work in the
conflict prevention area. Some increases in resources and personnel have improved our ability to try to
stay up with developments, build critical networks to use when crises occur, and deploy quickly when our
services are needed.
Second, we are building more partnerships with regional organizations, which are at the frontlines of the
conflicts and may need our help. By sharpening our ties with these groups, such as the African Union,
and helping to strengthen their capabilities, we will be better able to detect potential crises early and to
mobilize coordinated responses. I should also mention in this context the close relationship we have with
the OSCE, the EU, and sub-regional African groups such as ECOWAS in West Africa, SADC in Southern
Africa, and IGAD in East Africa.
Third, we are putting increased attention on our field offices to increase our effectiveness in peacemaking
or mediation support. DPA currently oversees eleven field-based political missions in Asia, Africa and the
Middle East which are important platforms for mediation and preventive diplomacy. We have opened
regional offices conducting preventive diplomacy in West Africa and Central Asia, and will inaugurate a
third one soon in Central Africa.
Fourth, we are improving our own professional expertise in mediation. A Mediation Support Unit within
the Department is maintaining rosters of experts, establishing policy guidance, and training and debriefing envoys and their staff. We now have small team of senior mediation experts who can be
deployed on 72-hour notice to assist in peace talks around the world.
We believe that the inclusion of women and increased attention to gender issues in these efforts are vital.
Our Security Council mandates from Resolutions 1325 to 1960 (passed just last month) are clear and
direct. Equally important is the conviction we share with the members of this audience that this is
essential to our ultimate success.
One of our critical problems is to expand the domestic constituencies engaged in peacemaking, and
therefore build credibility and national buy-in. Issues from basic livelihoods to gender violence must be
addressed. And, if women’s participation results in solutions that meet the needs of society in general,
those solutions will be more sustainable.
Last year we made great strides at the UN with the establishment of UN Women and the office of the
Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. I earlier noted the Secretary-General’s statement
to the General Assembly last week. He also underlined the importance of UN Women as “a dynamic
force for change and women’s empowerment everywhere” and pledged to do more to combat violence
against women and continue to increase the number of women in the UN’s senior leadership.
He has backed up those words with action. Since coming into office, the Secretary-General has
increased the number of women in the UN’s highest ranks by more than 40%. Four years ago, when the
Secretary-General took office, the UN had one woman heading a field mission. Today there are five -- in
Burundi, Timor-Leste, Cyprus, Liberia and the Central African Republic (and until its closure last week, in
Nepal). Things are certainly moving in the right direction.
The Secretary-General has also taken important steps to improve the United Nations’ sensitivity to and
ability to respond to sexual violence in conflict. Margot Wallstrom, the first Special Representative on this
issue, is off to a fast start. The recent establishment of UN Women, under the leadership of former
President Michele Bachelet is a watershed for the UN. Michele brings a wealth of experience to the job,
and I can assure you that we are working closely with her to increase women’s participation in conflict
prevention and peacemaking.
These efforts received a welcome boost from the recent tenth anniversary of Security Council Resolution
1325. I was impressed with the effective platform it provided for taking stock of progress (and work still to
be done) and focusing renewed attention on the issues. I was pleased to see a large number of UN field
missions and senior envoys take part in the “open days” organized to stimulate dialogue with leading
women and women’s organizations.
While continuing to raise the numbers of senior appointments, we are also trying to increase the numbers
of qualified women on our rosters. Currently, 38% of the 200 people on the Mediation Unit’s roster are
women and 39% are from the global South. As I noted earlier, the issue today is less how many women
are on formal negotiating teams, but how many are in the system and actively involved in preventive
activities in the field and in headquarters. The participation of women is rising, but still has some way to
go, and gender issues need to be better inculcated in the process.
While we are making good progress inside the UN, the harder issue is to encourage greater participation
of women on the ground in the peacemaking or preventive efforts. I look forward to my discussion later
this afternoon with the international group of women mediators here today on this subject. We must
redouble our efforts in this area.
When Middle East envoy Robert Serry published op-eds in both the Israeli and Palestinian media
exhorting each side to bring more women to the peace table, he commented that he may just have come
across the one issue for which most people on each side could agree.
DPA has worked in number of recent cases to ensure that gender experts are deployed to peace talks in
order to shape their content and ensure strong channels of communication with women’s organizations.
We worked closely with the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNIFEM on the successful
Commission of Inquiry into the September 28, 2009, violence in Guinea. Our Standby Team’s Expert on
Gender and Mediation has helped the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in West Africa to
develop a broader strategy to involve more women in resolving the various conflicts in the region.
The Department has also been working with partners to develop measurable indicators in the
implementation of 1325, including on increasing the representation of women in peace processes.
Instructions have been sent to envoys in the field on how to comply with a new Security Council
resolution mandating them to engage in dialogue with parties to armed conflict on ceasing conflict-related
sexual violence.
In this connection, let me say how pleased I am that DPA and UNIFEM, which is now part of UN Women,
recently agreed on a Joint Strategy on Gender and Mediation which pulls these diverse strands into a
common three-year action plan for increasing women’s representation in peace processes, developing
guidance and training on gender-related issues, and improving partnerships within and outside the UN.
We are not interested in talk or long UN-style reports, but in results.
We are working on it, but we are not as good as we need to be. We need women’s talent in a mediation
role and we need strong involvement of women from all the conflicting parties. Only then, can we be sure
that we are paying appropriate attention to the gender dimensions of conflict and assembling our best
talent to resolve the conflict and keep it from re-emerging.
In closing, I should make one obvious point: greater inclusion of women is extremely important, but it is
not a guarantee of success in mediation. Frankly, there are very seldom any guarantees in this business.
Political will to make peace – or to include women in that process -- cannot be simply generated where its
lacking, but I can assure you that we will make every effort to press forward regardless of the obstacles.
There is no doubt in my mind, however, that your persistent efforts to bring women, their perspectives
and interests to the peace table are gaining traction and momentum. Slowly but surely, your work can
indeed change the face and more importantly the practice of peacemaking. We will continue to partner
with you to achieve that goal.
Thank you.
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro’s remarks to the organizational session of
the Economic and Social Council, in New York, today, 19 January:
I am pleased to attend this ceremony marking the handover of the presidency of the Economic and
Social Council. On behalf of the Secretariat, I thank His Excellency Ambassador Hamidon Ali for ably
leading the Council over the past year. Congratulations to the outgoing Bureau as well. I am confident
the new President and incoming Bureau will steer this Council just as effectively in the year ahead.
[The year] 2011 will be an important year for our Organization and our work around the world. The
Secretary-General has identified eight strategic opportunities where we can reap outsized gains. The
Economic and Social Council is an important actor in this effort.
The first is advancing action on inclusive and sustainable development.
The Action Agenda adopted at last year’s Millennium Development Goals Summit provides a road map
towards 2015. In order to meet our targets, we must closely monitor progress. This work, which falls
largely on the Economic and Social Council, is arduous. But it is essential if we are to redress social and
economic inequalities and help countries meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
We also need to look past this agreed target date. Indeed, world leaders concurred that we will need a
reinvigorated global partnership for development even after 2015. Forging this partnership will be a key
task for the Economic and Social Council.
Indeed, despite the hope and progress the Millennium Development Goals have generated, our world
sorely needs greater global solidarity. Spectacular progress and growth has taken place over these past
years, yet 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty and 5 million infants still die every year of
preventable diseases.
In order to create a more stable and prosperous world for future generations, we need durable solutions
based on a sustainable approach that links social, economic and environmental challenges. We already
have the plans and pledges. Now the challenge is to hold each other accountable.
The Economic and Social Council is critical to this process. Your Annual Ministerial Review and
Development Cooperation Forum can bring many partners to the table and promote wider engagement at
all levels, in different ministries, across sectors, and with businesses, foundations and non-governmental
organizations.
This year, the Economic and Social Council will focus part of its energies on education. Since the World
Education Forum in Dakar one decade ago, more children are getting a formal basic education than ever
before. We have seen greater progress on the education Millennium Development Goals than on any
other.
But greater progress is not enough progress. There are still some 72 million children missing out on
primary school. One in six adults cannot read, two thirds of them women. These are not just our
mothers and sisters and friends; these are the drivers of our economy — our best assets in the fight for
development. That is why the empowerment of women is another area where the Secretary-General
sees great strategic opportunities, especially as UN Women starts to function.
The Secretary-General has also called for stepped up actions to build on the climate change progress
that was achieved in Cancun; to promote human rights and to improve our response to major
humanitarian crises; and to seize the opportunity offered by this conference on the world’s least
developed countries to do more to protect the poorest and most vulnerable members of the human
family.
The Economic and Social Council has vast experience and great expertise in all of these areas. You can
help us make the most of this year’s strategic opportunities.
All of our efforts must be underpinned by a strong United Nations. That is why this year is also a time to
continue strengthening the United Nations from within. This Council can provide effectiveness where it
counts — in the field, on the ground where we operate, in areas blighted by poverty, war and natural
disasters.
You may be meeting in New York, but your reach extends around the globe. So does your responsibilty
— to hold countries and partners to their promises, and to pave the way for the United Nations to do its
part in making our ambitious development agenda a resounding success.
In that spirit, I wish you a most productive session. And beyond offering wishes, I give you my strong
pledge that the Secretariat will be engaged with this Council every step of the way.
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and humanitarian.After starring in a number of small Australian films and TV shows, Kidman's
breakthrough was in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Her performances in films such as To Die For.Kidman
has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM since 2006. She is also known for her marriage to Tom
Cruise, to whom she was married for 11 years and adopted two children, and her current marriage to
country musician Keith Urban, with whom she has a biological daughter.
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Former Jamestown resident Catriona Standfield has been selected as the UN Women Australia’s Youth
Delegate to attend the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
She is the sole youth representative heading to New York along with the UN Women Australia delegates.
Ms Standfield will fly out to New York from February 22 to March 4 and she will be part of international
discussions, negotiations and decision-making and understand how global governance works in action.
UN Women is the UN’s premier body dedicated to advancing women’s rights and achieving gender
equality.
“It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies that foster women’s
empowerment.
“UN Women works on the premise that it is the fundamental right of every woman to live a life free from
discrimination and violence, and that gender equality is essential to achieving development and to
building just societies,” Ms Standfield said.
Ms Standfield said she has been involved with UN Women since 2009, when she attended their Young
Women’s Leadership Forum in Sydney.
“Later that year, I helped to found the Adelaide Chapter of Young UN Women Australia and I have been
its secretary since then.
“I have been involved in several youth and volunteer organisations over the past few years and have a
great interest in women’s rights and development, so UN Women seemed like an excellent way of uniting
these interests and contributing to the community,” she said.
Ms Standfield had to apply for the role of youth delegate, she had to submit a two-page plan of what she
would do with the role, before, during and after the conference in New York.
“This had to show clearly that I was motivated, passionate and innovative and that I would do an
outstanding job.
“I was then shortlisted along with four other people for a phone interview, where I was asked to
demonstrate my knowledge of gender and development issues and my vision for the role of youth
delegate.
“I was successful and was notified in late November,” she said.
UN Women Australia is one of 17 National Committees worldwide and Ms Standfield said it was a great
opportunity and she is looking forward to it.
Prior to departing for New York Ms Standfield will meet with relevant community stakeholders to promote
the role and to learn about key issues facing women in Australia.
Headline:
Palestinian Cabinet Endorses First National Strategy to Combat Violence against
Women
Date:
1/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Source: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)
The Palestinian Cabinet endorsed a nine-year national strategic plan to combat violence again women in
the occupied Palestinian territory, the first of its kind in the Arab region. Officially adopted on 11 January
2011 and announced at the Palestinian Ministry of Women's Affairs at a press conference today, the
strategy takes on a cross-sector approach, recognizing violence against women as a development issue
affecting the social, economic and political systems of Palestinian society.
The Palestinian Ministry of Women's Affairs, with the support UN Women, led the development process
of the region's National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women (2011-2019).
UN Resident Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Maxwell Gaylard stressed the importance
of such a strategy for women in the context of Palestine's current political state, and assured strong UN
involvement in supporting the implementation of the Strategic Plan. Gaylard was one of a number of
participants at the press conference, attended by the Palestinian Prime Minister H.E. Salam Fayyad and
Palestinian Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Diab.
While Palestinian men are most vulnerable to conflict-related violence, women are frequently exposed to
violence from a wide range of sources, including the conflict with Israel, the intra-Palestinian conflict and
domestic violence. According to a World Bank gender study of the region in 2010, the conflict has
permeated various aspects of Palestinian life, from the economic to the domestic level. For instance,
based on the limited data available, unemployment rates among men and their diminishing roles in the
economic sphere has heightened tensions in the private sphere, influencing rates of domestic violence,
states the report.
The work behind the Strategic Plan took part within the framework of the three-year Millennium
Development Goals Trust Fund Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment programme, financed by
the Government of Spain and bringing together six UN agencies. The Strategic Plan is complementary to
the Palestinian Authority's 2011-2013 Cross-Sectoral National Gender Strategy, which considers
violence as one of its main themes.
For more information, contact Julien Vaissier, UN Women, Media and Communications Officer, occupied
Palestinian territory, julien.vaissier[at]unwomen.org, 05 43 44 23 58
Headline:
OPT: Strategic Plan for Combating Violence against Women (VAW) 2011 - 2019
Date:
1/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Source: Palestinian National Authority (PNA); United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the
Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)
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Introduction:
This document is a strategic plan to combat violence against women (VAW) in territories under the
Palestinian Authority (PA) for the period of 2011 - 2019. A Medium-Term Plan for the years 2011 - 2013
has also been developed with partner institutions to determine the priorities for implementing the
Strategic Plan over the next three years. At the end of this period and every three years subsequent, the
overall Plan's priorities will be reassessed and a new Medium-Term Plan developed.
The approach of this Strategic Plan is to combat VAW by "promot[ing] the principle of the rule of law
based on women's rights and improving institutional mechanisms in Palestinian society in order to protect
and support abused women to live in a society free from all forms of discrimination based on equality,
dignity, and respect for human rights." To achieve this goal, the Plan adopts a cross-sectoral approach
as it deals with a developmental issue that not only affects women, but also influences the social,
economic, and political systems of the Palestinian state as a whole. Hence, the implementation of the
Plan will depend on the government's commitment to ensuring that ministries adhere to the necessary
procedures, as well as on the commitment of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the Plan's
general framework. The private sector and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) also
have responsibilities and roles to play in the Plan's implementation and follow-up with the National
Committee on Combating VAW1. UNRWA particularly bears direct responsibility for the provision of basic
rights to Palestine refugee women.
The National Committee on Combating VAW was established in 2008 by the Palestinian Council of
Ministries and is led by the Ministry of Women's' Affairs. The Committee is responsible for following up
and monitoring the implementation of this proposed Strategic Plan. Its wide-ranging membership includes
a variety of governmental institutions, as well as non-governmental institutions represented by the NGO
Forum for combating VAW (Al Muntada) and the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW). The
Strategic Plan generally aims to mainstream work on combating VAW into the different governmental
institutions through the National Committee's endorsement of the Plan and each ministry's adoption of
Strategy goals specific to their mandate. In following stages, each ministry must work on determining
priority intervention policies from those proposed under each Strategy goal, followed by the development
of work plans and appropriate indicators within this general framework.
Headline:
Sensational gestational gossip
Date:
1/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
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SURROGACY extends to sources when it comes to gossip mags reporting on celebrity babies. This
week's Woman's Day cover story on Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's "adopted Haitian baby": OUR
insider reveals the actress was touched by the plight of orphans in Haiti during an emotional trip to the
disaster-stricken country last July, where she visited tent cities and shelters for abused women in the
devastated capital of Port-au-Prince as a UN goodwill ambassador. "It broke her heart when she saw
babies and kids who needed a mum and dad, and she realised she had to do something to help," our
insider explains. "When she got home and talked about those helpless tots with Keith, she broke down in
tears. They decided there and then they wanted to adopt." Blame the paparazzi. US-based celebrity
website TMZ explains yesterday:
NICOLE and Keith were frank about their choice: that in Australia they live in a fishbowl and they can't do
anything on the down low. The couple told people connected with the birth that the US is so
"entertainment oriented", they're just two of many celebs and aren't scrutinised the way they are in
Australia . . . making it a lot easier to have the baby without anyone noticing. And it worked. Before TMZ
broke the story, we called some of Nicole's reps, who were totally unaware she had hired a surrogate
who had given birth.
Kidman on helping women in USA Today, August 20 last year:
IT'S not what I get out of it. I feel like I can never put enough into it. The greatest thing my parents did
was give me a social conscience.
Tuesday's Crikey.com slams The Australian for looking hard at the role Brisbane's Wivenhoe Dam may
have played in the flood disaster:
THE Australian's ego continues to distort its coverage.
Too early to ask tough questions? Interviewed on ABC TV's Breakfast program yesterday about
coverage of the floods, Crikey journalist Andrew Crook urges the media to follow The Australian's
example:
JOURNALISTS should be looking at these questions quite early on. I don't think they should be resting
on their laurels. If there's an issue there that needs to be explored . . . definitely.
Black Swans? Wayne the prophet interviewed by Sunrise's David Koch on August 18 last year:
KOCH: OK, so, again, just clear it up for me. Would you be prepared to delay us getting back into surplus
if we needed to fight another global financial crisis?
Treasurer: Well we're getting back into surplus in three years, Kochie.
Koch: OK. Come hell or high water?
Treasurer: Come hell or high water, but we've got the judgment to handle these situations. If we had
gone into recession we wouldn't be in this position and that's where we would have been if the Liberals
had been in power.
She has a point. Annabel Crabb on ABCOnline's The Drum yesterday:
WITH all this uncertainty, the 2012-13 budget surplus seems a curiously precise thing to be certain
about. But it's a pretty good lesson in the way political realities can insert some blunt certainty into the
elastic science of economics. Why is the surplus such a big deal? The simplest answer is that it's a big
deal because the government has made it a big deal.
Queensland CFMEU spokesman Jim Valery in today's The Australian slams Greens leader Bob Brown's
comments blaming last week's floods on the coal mining industry:
THESE sorts of comments are not only insensitive.
They reek of desperation and opportunism. He should at least recognise that the comments were very illinformed.
Too many people. An editorial in The West Virginia Gazette, January 8, praises China's one-child policy
and India's past forced sterilisations:
THESE are ruthless measures, but necessary . . . More birth control, more sterilisation plus more
education and prosperity: these are urgently needed to halt humanity's lemming-like rush towards misery.
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Vivalla - platsen i Ansams hjärta
Date:
1/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Ena dagen har Ansam Al-Hassan varit med och ordnat en utställning vid Vivallabiblioteket där några
kvinnor från olika kulturer visar upp sina vackraste ägodelar. Den andra jobbar hon tillsammans i Unifem
för att föra fram de mänskliga rättigheterna. Och den tredje arrangerar hon en fest för barnen som är med
i den lokala Vivallaföreningen Idrott och framtid. Lite tyst och eftertänksam finns hon med på flera olika
håll. Visar gärna och berättar men är inte den som syns och hörs mest.
Vi träffas på ett kafé i Örebro. Ansam ska berätta om sin bakgrund och det blir en lång och ibland ganska
svår resa tillbaka i minnet. – Jag är född i Basra i södra Irak. När jag var fyra år bröt kriget ut mellan Iran
och Irak.
Ansam och hennes småsyskon fick flytta runt mellan olika städer tillsammans med sin mormor. Ansams
mamma stannade i Basra där hon arbetade som sjuksköterska. Pappan, som hade två fruar, valde också
att stanna. Men Ansams mamma var orolig för att något skulle hända barnen. Basra var för osäkert och
därför fick de ge sig av. Men för Ansam var det här mycket jobbigt. – Åh, vad jag saknade mamma. Jag
minns hur jag satt i fönstret och väntade på henne, hela nätterna satt jag så.
Ansam avbryter sig och torkar några tårar. Vet att hennes mamma ville att de skulle vara säkra och
trygga under kriget men själv minns hon bara en enda lång längtan.
1987 flyttade de tillbaka igen. Ansam och hennes syskon kunde bo hos sin mamma och det var lugnt i
några år. Sedan bröt Kuwaitkriget ut och USA invaderade Irak. Bomberna föll och för Ansam kom allt
tillbaka igen. – Jag oroade mig så att jag blev psykiskt dålig. Jag trodde vi skulle dö, satt bara inne. Mina
småsyskon var ute och lekte men jag gick inte ens till skolan.
Efter några månader beslöt Ansams storebror, som var vuxen och hade egen familj, att de skulle försöka
fly. Ansam, hennes syskon, mamma och mormor följde med. Deras pappa ville inte åka. – Han trodde
ingen skulle hjälpa oss som flyktingar, säger Ansam.
I april 1991 gav de sig iväg, kom till en flyktingförläggning mellan Irak och Kuwait och sedan vidare till
Saudiarabien. – Där bodde vi i tält i öknen i flera år. Vi trodde vi skulle få uppehållstillstånd och kunna
leva vanliga liv men det blev aldrig så.
1997 kom FN till lägret som skulle tömmas. Irakierna som bodde där hade chans att få uppehållstillstånd
i en rad olika länder. Ansams familj valde Sverige. Ansam hade då hunnit bli 21 år, gift sig och fått två
barn. I april kom hon hit, till Gävle, till ett land hon aldrig hört talas om och skulle lära sig att hitta i ett nytt
bostadsområde där gatskyltarna var obegripliga. – Jag förstod inte hur jag skulle hitta. Vi var ju också
vana att bo alla tillsammans, hela stora familjen. Nu hamnade bara jag och min man och våra barn i en
lägenhet. Jag kände mig så ensam utan mamma och mina syskon.
@NA Fråga:Vad tänkte du om Sverige? – Allt var så nytt. Jag ville veta och lära mig en massa men hade
ingen att fråga. Jag minns att det var en festival i Gävle, folk dansade och spelade musik. Jag stod och
tittade och skulle så gärna haft någon jag kunde fråga om vad det var som hände.
Ansam återkommer till det flera gånger, om vikten av att bli introducerad i ett nytt land. Inte bara om
kulturen utan också om vilka regler och lagar som gäller. Som det är nu, påpekar hon, är det många
invandrare som är osäkra, vad gäller för barnuppfostran till exempel. – När man kommer hit, redan när
man läser svenska, så borde det vara obligatoriskt att gå på en informationskurs, speciellt för kvinnorna.
Där de fick reda på sina rättigheter. Där de fick höra om jämställdhet och vilka regler som gäller i Sverige.
Sedan sju år tillbaka bor Ansam i Örebro och Vivalla. – Här har jag fått två barn till och det är här jag
äntligen har börjart hitta mig själv lite mer. Jag har utbildat mig till undersköterska och börjat engagera
mig. Jag vill jobba för jämställdhet och hjälpa andra kvinnor. Speciellt vi invandrarkvinnor som ofta har så
svårt att komma in i det nya svenska samhället.
Headline:
The Expanding Your Horizons Network (EYH/N) Speaks on the Status of
Women at the United Nations
Date:
1/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
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EYH/N on panel discussing economic opportunities for women and girls
Oakland, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/19/2011 -- The Expanding Your Horizons Network (EYH/N) participated
on a panel discussion at the United Nations on January 13, 2011, as a preview to the Conference on the
Status of Women. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/55sess.htm
The roundtable addressed the access and participation of women and girls, regarding education and
training in science and technology. It also addressed the importance of women’s equal access to full
employment and decent work.
Stacey Roberts-Ohr, Executive Director of the Expanding Your Horizons Network, spoke about
employment opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
worldwide and how Expanding Your Horizons Conferences help empower middle school girls to learn
about new STEM career options through participation in hands-on activities, such as building robots and
solving forensic medical “crimes.”
Ms. Roberts-Ohr states, “Participating on this panel was a tremendous opportunity to learn from
organizations who share our mission and commitment to empower women and girls. We were also
pleased to share our important work and spread the word about how other organizations can bring
Expanding Your Horizons Conferences to their own communities, both in the United States and
internationally. What a great day it was!”
Additional panelists included: Major General Silva Shevenda, Deputy Permanent Representative of the
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN and Dr. Jerobeam Shaanika, Deputy Permanent
Representative of the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the UN. The panel was moderated by Sylvia
Hordosch, Acting Chief of the Gender Analysis Section, UN Women.
About The Expanding Your Horizons Network
The mission of EYH is to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) careers. Through Expanding Your Horizons Network (EYH/N) Conferences
worldwide, the Network provides STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school
girls. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st
century challenges. The Network was founded in 1974, and since that time more than 800,000 young
women have attended and benefited from EYH Conferences.
Headline:
Pascoe défend le rôle des femmes dans la prévention des conflits
Date:
1/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
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19 janvier 2011 – « Nous attachons, à l'Organisation des Nations Unies, et en particulier au Secrétariat,
une grande importance à l'augmentation de la participation des femmes dans la résolution des conflits »,
a souligné mardi le Secrétaire général adjoint de l'ONU aux affaires politiques, B. Lynn Pascoe, lors d'un
forum sur le rôle des femmes dans la médiation, organisé à l'Institut for Inclusive Security, à Washington.
Dans son intervention, il a souligné le rôle crucial de l'ONU ces deux dernières décennies dans la
résolution de conflits qui ont suivi la fin de la guerre froide, notant « l'expertise considérable accumulée
dans ce domaine » et « les attentes élevées placées dans l'ONU pour la négociation d'accords de paix
formels ».
Les crises politiques de ces dernières années, dans des pays aussi divers que le Kenya, le Zimbabwe, le
Kirghizistan, Madagascar, la Guinée, le Honduras, la Côte d'Ivoire et le Soudan, ont imposé à l'ONU et à
la communauté internationale « de développer des réponses politiques et diplomatiques adaptées à des
crises électorales, des coups d'Etat et d'autres changements anticonstitutionnels de gouvernement », a-til ajouté.
Il a cité les succès obtenus par l'ONU, en Guinée et au Soudan, en étroite collaboration avec les
organisations régionales comme la Communauté économique des Etats d'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO)
ou l'Union africaine.
Aujourd'hui, une grande partie du travail de médiation de l'ONU n'est plus consacrée exclusivement à
l'arrêt de conflits, mais aussi à la prévention de nouveaux conflits, a-t-il expliqué. L'objectif ultime est «
d'encourager les politiques qui favorisent la stabilité à long terme, la réconciliation et le bon
fonctionnement des Etats ».
L'un des principaux défis se situe donc dans « l'action préventive, pour empêcher les crises potentielles,
avant qu'elles ne dégénèrent » et « nécessitent des interventions internationales massives et coûteuses
». « Il y a un large consensus sur ce point », a-t-il poursuivi, avant de souligner l'autre dimension de ce
défi, le fait que « les conflits et les modes d'effondrement des États sont aujourd'hui de plus en plus
complexes à gérer ». « Des phénomènes comme le trafic de drogue, le crime organisé et le terrorisme
sont devenus étroitement liés, dans certains cas, aux conflits politiques traditionnels, ce qui complique
encore les possibilités d'y remédier par des moyens politiques négociés », a-t-il ajouté.
Le responsable onusien a énuméré les différents fronts sur lesquels l'ONU travaille pour renforcer la
diplomatie et la résolution préventives des conflits : du renforcement des moyens humains et financiers
du Département des affaires politiques pour améliorer les capacités d'intervention en amont, en passant
par le développement de réseaux sur lesquels s'appuyer en cas de crise, la construction de partenariats
avec les organisations régionales ou sous régionales (Union africaine, Union européenne, OSCE,
CEDEAO, etc), et le renforcement de ses onze missions politiques dans le monde qui sont «
d'importantes plates-formes de médiation ».
Selon le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires politiques, la participation des femmes et une attention
plus accrue aux questions de genre sont « essentielles » dans ces efforts de médiation préventive, dans
la mesure où les résultats des solutions trouvées dépendaient de l'adhésion des populations, dont les
femmes sont une composante évidente.
Après avoir rappelé la création en 2010 d'une nouvelle agence –ONU Femmes- il a insisté sur la priorité
de l'ONU de continuer à renforcer la présence des femmes à des postes de hauts fonctionnaires, en
particulier dans le domaine de la médiation.
« Actuellement, 38% des 200 personnes de l'équipe de médiation sont des femmes et 39% viennent de
l'hémisphère Sud. Aujourd'hui, la question est moins celle du nombre de femmes dans les équipes de
négociation formelle, que leur présence et leur participation active dans la prévention sur le terrain et au
siège de l'ONU », a-t-il déclaré, avant d'estimer que si la participation des femmes était en hausse, il y
avait « encore du chemin à parcourir », notamment pour « encourager une participation accrue des
femmes sur le terrain ».
Pour conclure, B. Lynn Pascoe a estimé qu'une plus grande implication des femmes était « extrêmement
importante », mais qu'elle n'en n'était pas moins « une garantie de succès des médiations ». « La volonté
politique de faire la paix - ou d'inclure les femmes dans ce processus - ne peut pas être simplement
créée par le fait qu'elle manque, a-t-il insisté, mais je peux vous assurer que nous fournirons tous les
efforts pour aller de l'avant, en dépit des obstacles », a-t-il ajouté.
« Il ne fait toutefois aucun doute dans mon esprit que les efforts persistants pour amener les femmes à la
table de la paix créent une force de traction et un élan. Lentement mais sûrement, votre travail peu
changer la pratique du rétablissement de la paix », a-t-il conclu, s'adressant aux femmes qui participaient
au forum.
Headline:
Afrique: Pascoe défend le rôle des femmes dans la prévention des conflits
Date:
1/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
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« Nous attachons, à l'Organisation des Nations Unies, et en particulier au Secrétariat, une grande
importance à l'augmentation de la participation des femmes dans la résolution des conflits », a souligné
mardi le Secrétaire général adjoint de l'ONU aux affaires politiques, B. Lynn Pascoe, lors d'un forum sur
le rôle des femmes dans la médiation, organisé à l'Institut for Inclusive Security, à Washington.
Dans son intervention, il a souligné le rôle crucial de l'ONU ces deux dernières décennies dans la
résolution de conflits qui ont suivi la fin de la guerre froide, notant « l'expertise considérable accumulée
dans ce domaine » et « les attentes élevées placées dans l'ONU pour la négociation d'accords de paix
formels ».
Les crises politiques de ces dernières années, dans des pays aussi divers que le Kenya, le Zimbabwe, le
Kirghizistan, Madagascar, la Guinée, le Honduras, la Côte d'Ivoire et le Soudan, ont imposé à l'ONU et à
la communauté internationale « de développer des réponses politiques et diplomatiques adaptées à des
crises électorales, des coups d'Etat et d'autres changements anticonstitutionnels de gouvernement », a-til ajouté.
Il a cité les succès obtenus par l'ONU, en Guinée et au Soudan, en étroite collaboration avec les
organisations régionales comme la Communauté économique des Etats d'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO)
ou l'Union africaine.
Aujourd'hui, une grande partie du travail de médiation de l'ONU n'est plus consacrée exclusivement à
l'arrêt de conflits, mais aussi à la prévention de nouveaux conflits, a-t-il expliqué. L'objectif ultime est «
d'encourager les politiques qui favorisent la stabilité à long terme, la réconciliation et le bon
fonctionnement des Etats ».
L'un des principaux défis se situe donc dans « l'action préventive, pour empêcher les crises potentielles,
avant qu'elles ne dégénèrent » et « nécessitent des interventions internationales massives et coûteuses
». « Il y a un large consensus sur ce point », a-t-il poursuivi, avant de souligner l'autre dimension de ce
défi, le fait que « les conflits et les modes d'effondrement des États sont aujourd'hui de plus en plus
complexes à gérer ». « Des phénomènes comme le trafic de drogue, le crime organisé et le terrorisme
sont devenus étroitement liés, dans certains cas, aux conflits politiques traditionnels, ce qui complique
encore les possibilités d'y remédier par des moyens politiques négociés », a-t-il ajouté.
Le responsable onusien a énuméré les différents fronts sur lesquels l'ONU travaille pour renforcer la
diplomatie et la résolution préventives des conflits : du renforcement des moyens humains et financiers
du Département des affaires politiques pour améliorer les capacités d'intervention en amont, en passant
par le développement de réseaux sur lesquels s'appuyer en cas de crise, la construction de partenariats
avec les organisations régionales ou sous régionales (Union africaine, Union européenne, OSCE,
CEDEAO, etc), et le renforcement de ses onze missions politiques dans le monde qui sont «
d'importantes plates-formes de médiation ».
Selon le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires politiques, la participation des femmes et une attention
plus accrue aux questions de genre sont « essentielles » dans ces efforts de médiation préventive, dans
la mesure où les résultats des solutions trouvées dépendaient de l'adhésion des populations, dont les
femmes sont une composante évidente.
Après avoir rappelé la création en 2010 d'une nouvelle agence -ONU Femmes- il a insisté sur la priorité
de l'ONU de continuer à renforcer la présence des femmes à des postes de hauts fonctionnaires, en
particulier dans le domaine de la médiation.
« Actuellement, 38% des 200 personnes de l'équipe de médiation sont des femmes et 39% viennent de
l'hémisphère Sud. Aujourd'hui, la question est moins celle du nombre de femmes dans les équipes de
négociation formelle, que leur présence et leur participation active dans la prévention sur le terrain et au
siège de l'ONU », a-t-il déclaré, avant d'estimer que si la participation des femmes était en hausse, il y
avait « encore du chemin à parcourir », notamment pour « encourager une participation accrue des
femmes sur le terrain ».
Pour conclure, B. Lynn Pascoe a estimé qu'une plus grande implication des femmes était « extrêmement
importante », mais qu'elle n'en n'était pas moins « une garantie de succès des médiations ». « La volonté
politique de faire la paix - ou d'inclure les femmes dans ce processus - ne peut pas être simplement
créée par le fait qu'elle manque, a-t-il insisté, mais je peux vous assurer que nous fournirons tous les
efforts pour aller de l'avant, en dépit des obstacles », a-t-il ajouté.
« Il ne fait toutefois aucun doute dans mon esprit que les efforts persistants pour amener les femmes à la
table de la paix créent une force de traction et un élan. Lentement mais sûrement, votre travail peu
changer la pratique du rétablissement de la paix », a-t-il conclu, s'adressant aux femmes qui participaient
au forum.
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Pascoe défend le rôle des femmes dans la prévention des conflits
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Jan 19, 2011 (United Nations/AllAfrica Global Media via COMTEX News Network) -- « Nous
attachons, à l'Organisation des Nations Unies, et en particulier au Secrétariat, une grande
importance à l'augmentation de la participation des femmes dans la résolution des
conflits », a souligné mardi le Secrétaire général adjoint de l'ONU
aux affaires politiques, B. Lynn Pascoe, lors d'un forum sur le rôle des femmes dans la
médiation, organisé à l'Institut for Inclusive Security, à Washington.
Dans son intervention, il a souligné le rôle crucial de l'ONU ces deux dernières
décennies dans la résolution de conflits qui ont suivi la fin de la guerre froide, notant
« l'expertise considérable accumulée dans ce domaine » et « les
attentes élevées placées dans l'ONU pour la négociation d'accords de
paix formels ».
Les crises politiques de ces dernières années, dans des pays aussi divers que le Kenya,
le Zimbabwe, le Kirghizistan, Madagascar, la Guinée, le Honduras, la Côte d'Ivoire et le
Soudan, ont imposé à l'ONU et à la communauté internationale «
de développer des réponses politiques et diplomatiques adaptées à des
crises électorales, des coups d'Etat et d'autres changements anticonstitutionnels de
gouvernement », a-t-il ajouté.
Il a cité les succès obtenus par l'ONU, en Guinée et au Soudan, en étroite
collaboration avec les organisations régionales comme la Communauté
économique des Etats d'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO) ou l'Union africaine.
Aujourd'hui, une grande partie du travail de médiation de l'ONU n'est plus consacrée
exclusivement à l'arrêt de conflits, mais aussi à la prévention de nouveaux
conflits, a-t-il expliqué. L'objectif ultime est « d'encourager les politiques qui favorisent la
stabilité à long terme, la réconciliation et le bon fonctionnement des Etats
».
L'un des principaux défis se situe donc dans « l'action préventive, pour
empêcher les crises potentielles, avant qu'elles ne dégénèrent » et
« nécessitent des interventions internationales massives et coûteuses ».
« Il y a un large consensus sur ce point », a-t-il poursuivi, avant de souligner l'autre
dimension de ce défi, le fait que « les conflits et les modes d'effondrement des
États sont aujourd'hui de plus en plus complexes à gérer ». « Des
phénomènes comme le trafic de drogue, le crime organisé et le terrorisme sont
devenus étroitement liés, dans certains cas, aux conflits politiques traditionnels, ce qui
complique encore les possibilités d'y remédier par des moyens politiques
négociés », a-t-il ajouté.
Le responsable onusien a énuméré les différents fronts sur lesquels l'ONU
travaille pour renforcer la diplomatie et la résolution préventives des conflits : du
renforcement des moyens humains et financiers du Département des affaires politiques pour
améliorer les capacités d'intervention en amont, en passant par le développement
de réseaux sur lesquels s'appuyer en cas de crise, la construction de partenariats avec les
organisations régionales ou sous régionales (Union africaine, Union européenne,
OSCE, CEDEAO, etc), et le renforcement de ses onze missions politiques dans le monde qui sont
« d'importantes plates-formes de médiation ».
Selon le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires politiques, la participation des
femmes et une attention plus accrue aux questions de genre sont « essentielles » dans ces
efforts de médiation préventive, dans la mesure où les résultats des
solutions trouvées dépendaient de l'adhésion des populations, dont les femmes
sont une composante évidente.
Après avoir rappelé la création en 2010 d'une nouvelle agence -ONU Femmes- il
a insisté sur la priorité de l'ONU de continuer à renforcer la présence des
femmes à des postes de hauts fonctionnaires, en particulier dans le domaine de la
médiation.
« Actuellement, 38% des 200 personnes de l'équipe de médiation sont des femmes
et 39% viennent de l'hémisphère Sud. Aujourd'hui, la question est moins celle du nombre
de femmes dans les équipes de négociation formelle, que leur présence et leur
participation active dans la prévention sur le terrain et au siège de l'ONU », a-t-il
déclaré, avant d'estimer que si la participation des femmes était en hausse, il y
avait « encore du chemin à parcourir », notamment pour « encourager une
participation accrue des femmes sur le terrain ».
Pour conclure, B. Lynn Pascoe a estimé qu'une plus grande implication des femmes était
« extrêmement importante », mais qu'elle n'en n'était pas moins « une
garantie de succès des médiations ». « La volonté politique de faire
la paix - ou d'inclure les femmes dans ce processus - ne peut pas être simplement
créée par le fait qu'elle manque, a-t-il insisté, mais je peux vous assurer que nous
fournirons tous les efforts pour aller de l'avant, en dépit des obstacles », a-t-il
ajouté.
« Il ne fait toutefois aucun doute dans mon esprit que les efforts persistants pour amener les
femmes à la table de la paix créent une force de traction et un élan. Lentement
mais sûrement, votre travail peu changer la pratique du rétablissement de la paix », a
-t-il conclu, s'adressant aux femmes qui participaient au forum.
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Council bolsters UNOCI by 2,000, Dr. Chan addresses WHO Executive Board,
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Côte d'Ivoire: Today, the Security Council unanimously adopted the SG's proposal to authorize the
deployment of 2,000 additional UNOCI military personnel until June 30, 2011. The letter requesting the
augmentation in more detail is available here. Ambassador Rice (@AmbassadorRice) is tweeting that the
text also demands an end of the Golf Hotel blockade and for RTI to stop propagating hate speech. On
the ground, more violence incited by pro-Gbagbo forces has been reported, which occurred near
UNOCI's headquarters. On top of the $33 million appeal issued for Côte d'Ivoire and neighboring
countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, and Guinea) yesterday, the UN and IOM have launched an appeal
for $55 million to aid refugees and returnees in Liberia. OCHA reported that an estimated 30,000
Ivoirians have fled and sought refuge in Liberia, with nearly 600 people arriving per day, which UNHCR
said is putting a strain on Liberian communities with already limited resources. Special Advisers Francis
Deng and Edward Luck also briefed the press on the current situation in Côte d'Ivoire today in regards to
the prevention of genocide and the responsibility to protect, stating that it is the priority to ensure the
protection of civilians against genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic crimes. In the past few days,
there have been ethnic clashes and over 28,000 have fled the country. Deng and Luck discussed the
current situation in hopes that pressure will accumulate from relevant bodies such as the UN, ECOWAS,
and the Council. They urge all parties to refrain from hateful speech, adding that they will be held
accountable
WHO: speaking to the WHO Executive Board at its 128 session yesterday (which runs January 17-25 in
Geneva), DG Dr. Chan called 2010 a year of "big events for public health", enumerating developments
such as launch of a meningitis vaccine, an aggressive new polio eradication strategy and the Global
Strategy on Women's and Children's Health. On the Global Strategy, she highlighted the new
Accountability Commission, which she said "breaks new ground in terms of global health governance".
Dr. Chan also warned against funding shortfalls, the impact of climate change and effect of natural
disasters. On the latter point, she noted that "poverty and weak infrastructures increase the health impact
of disasters and extend recovery time", thus underlining the need for the achievement of the MDGs and
WHO's essential work of strengthening public health capacities. Due to the increasing demands on WHO
and overstretched capacities, Dr. Chan also called for "far-reaching reforms" in terms of WHO's
administration, budget and programs.
Middle East: Speaking at today's monthly Security Council debate on the Middle East, USG Pascoe
reported increased tensions in the OPT and Lebanon. In regards to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he
expressed his support for U.S. efforts to engage in parallel talks on substance with the parties, but
remains concerned due to a lack of progress in negotiations. The Quartet is set to meet in Munich on
February 5th. On Lebanon, Pascoe said that it is essential for Lebanese leaders to continue addressing
the current political situation through dialogue within the parameters established by the country's
constitution, noting the recent dissolution of its coalition government. On settlements, he reiterated the
SG's denunciation of settlement expansion. Yesterday, the Palestinians submitted a draft resolution to
the Council which demands that Israel cease all settlement activity, which the BBC is reporting is backed
by three Council members. Speaking to the Council, Ambassador DiCarlo explained that the U.S.
remains committed to a two-state solution and does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement
activity. Going further, she said that the fate of existing settlements must be dealt by the parties and is
concerned that Israel is planning to create 1,380 new units, which will delay the possibility of a two-state
solution. She added that the lack of a resolution harms Israel, the Palestinians, and the international
community. In regards to the Palestinian text, she said: "As we have consistently said, permanent-status
issues can be resolved only through negotiations between the parties-and not by recourse to the Security
Council. We therefore consistently oppose attempts to take these issues to this Council and will continue
to do so, because such action moves us no closer to the goal of a negotiated final settlement. Rather, we
believe it would only complicate efforts to achieve that goal." Her remarks also touched on the Special
Tribunal for Lebanon and unfolding political situation in Tunisia.
SG: Today, the SG returned to New York from Oman, where he met with the leaders including the Sultan
of Oman and the Deputy PM, and talked about issues surrounding Iran, the Middle East peace process,
Lebanon, and Tunisia.
SRSG Business & Human Rights: over the past couple of days, there's been some back and forth
between Amnesty International and SRSG Ruggie on his proposed "protect, respect and remedy"
framework for governing the rights practices of multinationals. Specifically, a piece in the FT Monday
highlights a statement issued by AI, HRW, and other rights group which says the standards - due to
come before States at the HRC in June for adoption - should not be adopted, as they fail to clearly spell
out how governments should regulate their business activity. The statement even goes as far as to
suggest that the framework could "risk undermining efforts to strengthen corporate responsibility and
accountability for human rights". The main reason for the opposition is that the standards are
recommended "human rights due diligence" procedures, rather than mandatory guidelines. In response,
Ruggie published a letter in the FT which strongly hits back at the statement, stating that AI and the other
signatories are the ones who have consistently criticized the lack of global standards governing business
and human rights and suggesting that the victims of rights abuses will continue to suffer without any
action.
DRC: today an army commander in eastern DRC was accused of leading the recent mass rape of at
least 50 women in Fizi, which MONUSO and Congolese officials had recently investigated. MONUSCO
has called for the removal of the commander and deputy commander of the unit responsible, and that
they be held accountable. The Governor of South Kivu told MONUSCO that the soldiers will be tried in a
court in Fizi, possibly as early as next week. At present, the commander has not yet been arrested and
BBC is reporting that he has been transferred to another post.
ECOSOC: yesterday, the 54 ECOSOC members elected Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe (Zambia) as
President for 2011 (replacing Ambassador Ali of Malaysia), as well as the Perm Reps from Bangladesh,
Slovakia, Peru and Belgium as Vice-Presidents. In his remarks, Ambassador Kapambwe looked ahead to
2011, noting the upcoming Annual Ministerial Review in July, which will focus on education, and
underlining the need to begin to develop a post-2015 development framework. He also highlighted the
establishment of UN Women as a significant development for system wide coherence, and called on
greater ECOSOC collaboration with academia. The DSG spoke at the session as well.
PGA: speaking to the press Monday, PGA Deiss enumerated his 2011 priorities - including Security
Council Reform, GA Revitalization, the HRC Review and Global Governance issues - and provided a
window into GA activity throughout the year. Highlights in 2011 will include debates on disaster risk
reduction (February), international migration and development (May), the green economy, sustainable
development (March 16), relations with the G20, and global governance. Major meetings include the
June 8-10 HL Review on HIV/AIDS, and September events on NCDs, desertification and the DDPA 10
year anniversary. The PGA also announced that he will travel to Addis Ababa to attend the AU Summit
January 30-31.
WFP/Afghanistan: On Tuesday, the WFP and the Government of Afghanistan met to map out a threeyear strategy to provide food security to millions of Afghans, with an aim to strengthen cooperation
between the two parties.
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Become a Godmother - Case Study: Bangladesh
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This film looks at issues affecting women in Bangladesh, and why the new UN Women's agency could
put a stop to the discrimination faced here and worldwide.
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Sensational gestational gossip leaves women's mags holding the baby
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Surrogacy extends to sources when it comes to gossip mags reporting on celebrity babies This week's
Woman's Day cover story on Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's "adopted Haitian baby": OUR insider
reveals the actress was touched by the plight of orphans in Haiti during an emotional trip to the disasterstricken country last July, where she visited tent cities and shelters for abused women in the devastated
capital of Port-au-Prince as a UN goodwill ambassador. "It broke her heart when she saw babies and
kids who needed a mum and dad, and she realised she had to do something to help," our insider
explains. "When she got home and talked about those helpless tots with Keith, she broke down in tears.
They decided there and then they wanted to adopt." Blame the paparazzi. US-based celebrity website
TMZ explains yesterday: NICOLE and Keith were frank about their choice: that in Australia they live in a
fishbowl and they can't do anything on the down low. The couple told people connected with the birth that
the US is so "entertainment oriented", they're just two of many celebs and aren't scrutinised the way they
are in Australia . . . making it a lot easier to have the baby without anyone noticing. And it worked. Before
TMZ broke the story, we called some of Nicole's reps, who were totally unaware she had hired a
surrogate who had given birth
Kidman on helping women in USA Today, August 20 last year: IT'S not what I get out of it. I feel like I can
never put enough into it. The greatest thing my parents did was give me a social conscience
Tuesday's Crikey.com slams The Australian for looking hard at the role Brisbane's Wivenhoe Dam may
have played in the flood disaster: THE Australian's ego continues to distort its coverage
Too early to ask tough questions? Interviewed on ABC TV's Breakfast program yesterday about
coverage of the floods, Crikey journalist Andrew Crook urges the media to follow The Australian's
example: JOURNALISTS should be looking at these questions quite early on. I don't think they should be
resting on their laurels. If there's an issue there that needs to be explored . . . definitely
Black Swans? Wayne the prophet interviewed by Sunrise's David Koch on August 18 last year: KOCH:
OK, so, again, just clear it up for me. Would you be prepared to delay us getting back into surplus if we
needed to fight another global financial crisis? Treasurer: Well we're getting back into surplus in three
years, Kochie
Koch: OK. Come hell or high water? Treasurer: Come hell or high water, but we've got the judgment to
handle these situations. If we had gone into recession we wouldn't be in this position and that's where we
would have been if the Liberals had been in power
She has a point. Annabel Crabb on ABCOnline's The Drum yesterday: WITH all this uncertainty, the
2012-13 budget surplus seems a curiously precise thing to be certain about. But it's a pretty good lesson
in the way political realities can insert some blunt certainty into the elastic science of economics. Why is
the surplus such a big deal? The simplest answer is that it's a big deal because the government has
made it a big deal
Queensland CFMEU spokesman Jim Valery in today's The Australian slams Greens leader Bob Brown's
comments blaming last week's floods on the coal mining industry: THESE sorts of comments are not only
insensitive
They reek of desperation and opportunism. He should at least recognise that the comments were very illinformed
Too many people. An editorial in The West Virginia Gazette, January 8, praises China's one-child policy
and India's past forced sterilisations: THESE are ruthless measures, but necessary . . . More birth
control, more sterilisation plus more education and prosperity: these are urgently needed to halt
humanity's lemming-like rush towards misery
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Progress in role of women in mediation activities: UN
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New York, Jan 20 : The United Nations is making progress in its efforts to incorporate women into its
conflict mediation activities - but much more still needs to be done. That was one of the key messages of
the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe, on
Tuesday, to the Annual Policy Forum of the Institute for Inclusive Security, a Washington D.C.-based
organization that advocates for the full inclusion of all stakeholders, especially women, in peace
processes and peace building around the world."We are working on it, but we are not as good as we
need to be; we need women's talent in a mediation role and we need strong involvement of women from
all the conflicting parties," Pascoe. "Only then, can we be sure that we are paying appropriate attention to
the gender dimensions of conflict and assembling our best talent to resolve the conflict and keep it from
re-emerging.Those attending the event included members of Washington's policy-making community and
also included twenty experienced women mediators from around the world who are participating in a
program organized by the Institute."We at the United Nations, and especially the Secretary-General,
attach great importance to increasing women's participation in the resolution of conflict," Pascoe said,
pointing to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address to the UN General Assembly last Friday, where he
outlined his top priorities for 2011, placing women's empowerment at the forefront.Pascoe added that
"the Department of Political Affairs is actively working to bring this approach into the mainstream of our
efforts."Expounding on changes to the way DPA approaches conflict resolution, the Under-SecretaryGeneral said that in much of its work on Wednesday, mediation is not so much about stopping conflicts
through preventive diplomacy or the classic mediation skills. Rather, it is about making sure new ones do
not break out with the ultimate goal being to encourage policies that promote long-term stability,
reconciliation and functioning states."Our focus has to be on preventive action, with the aim of stopping
potential crises early before they escalate to the point where massive and costly international
interventions become necessary," Pascoe said. "There is wide consensus on this point, which after all is
only common sense, but it is a major challenge for us to turn the theory into effective preventive action on
the ground - failure becomes all too visible in hindsight, whereas successes can and do occur with little
fanfare."The political affairs chief said DPA is working on several fronts to rise to the challenge: it has
strengthened and sharpened its focus, through increases in resources and personnel; it has built more
partnerships with regional organizations, which are at the frontlines of the conflicts and may need help; it
is putting increased attention in its field offices to increase its effectiveness in peacemaking or mediation
support; and, it is improving its professional expertise in mediation."We believe that the inclusion of
women and increased attention to gender issues in these efforts are vital," Pascoe said, noting Security
Council resolutions related to the importance and role of women in UN, such as resolution 1325 which
reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts."One of our critical
problems is to expand the domestic constituencies engaged in peacemaking, and therefore build
credibility and national buy-in. Issues from basic livelihoods to gender violence must be addressed," he
said. "And, if women's participation results in solutions that meet the needs of society in general, those
solutions will be more sustainable."Citing examples of the importance of women in the UN's activities,
Pascoe mentioned the recent establishment of UN Women, the UN body dedicated to gender equality
and the empowerment of women, and the office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in
Conflict, as well as the Secretary-General's increase of 40 per cent in the number of women in the UN's
highest ranks since coming into office.The Under-Secretary-General said that the UN is continuing to
raise the numbers of senior appointments, and it is also trying to increase the numbers of qualified
women on its rosters. Currently, 38 per cent of the 200 people on the DPA Mediation Unit's roster are
women and 39 per cent are from the global South - however, he painted a different picture outside of the
UN's structures."While we are making good progress inside the UN, the harder issue is to encourage
greater participation of women on the ground in the peacemaking or preventive efforts," Pascoe said.
"We must redouble our efforts in this area."The political affairs chief said that DPA has worked in a
number of recent cases to ensure that gender experts are deployed to peace talks in order to shape their
content and ensure strong channels of communication with women's organizations.He cited the
department's close cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and
UNIFEM - a predecessor of UN Women - on the successful Commission of Inquiry into the violence in
Guinea in September, 2009; and its work to develop measurable indicators in the implementation of
resolution 1325.After his speech, Pascoe held a discussion with the 20 women mediators attending the
forum.
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Asian nations urged to help UN body's tasked with promoting women's rights
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UNITED NATIONS (updated on: 2011-01-20 10:51:22 PST):
The head of United Nations Women (UN Women) has urged Asian countries to fund and facilitate the
activities of her newly created organization that are aimed at fighting discrimination and boost
opportunities for women and girls worldwide.
Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, was briefing members of the Asian Group on her priorities
for the work of UN Women. The meeting was organized by the Pakistan Mission to the UN in its capacity
as the chair of the 52-member group. Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon presided.
UN Women is the merger of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the
Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN
International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW).
Established on 2 July by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly, it is tasked to oversee all of the
world body's programmes aimed at promoting women's rights and their full participation in global affairs.
One of its goals is to support the Commission on the Status of Women and other inter-governmental
bodies in devising policies. It is mandated to help Member States implement standards, provide technical
and financial support to countries which request it, and forge partnerships with civil society.
Within the UN, it will hold the world body accountable for its own commitments on gender equality. In
carrying out its functions, UN Women is working with an annual budget of at least $500 million double the
combined resources of the four agencies it comprises.
Speaking to the Asian Group, Bachelet especially stressed the importance of assisting rural women in
adding value to the agricultural products. She underlined that violence against women was not only
harming women but carried an economic cost for their countries in terms of health costs, and lack of
productivity.
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Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão Comunitária
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Brasília - O 7º Congresso Nacional da Associação Brasileira de Radiodifusão Comunitária (Abraço)
começa hoje (20) e vai até sábado (22) no Museu Nacional, em Brasília. A abertura oficial será às 20h.
Os trabalhos, no entanto, começam no início da tarde (14h), com a aprovação do regimento interno.
Às 16h, haverá o Encontro Nacional dos Coletivos Estaduais de Mulheres Dirigentes de Rádios
Comunitárias, com a presença de representantes do Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria
(Cfêmea), da Entidade das Nações Unidas para a Igualdade de Gênere o Empoderamento das Mulheres
(Unifem) e da Secretaria de Políticas para as Mulheres.
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ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Former skipper Zaheer Abbas has suggested to Pakistan Cricket Board
(PCB) to hand over the reigns of stewardship of national team for the World Cup to a player whose
performance has remained consistent for quite some time. Pakistan’s coach Waqar Yunis and some
other former cricketers including former fast bowling great Wasim Akram criticised PCB’s decision for
delaying to announce the captain for the 2011 World Cup, starting from February, 19.
KARACHI, Jan 20 (APP): Pakistan Disable team will take on touring Afghanistan Under 19 cricket team
in One-day match at RLCA Ground Korangi on Friday, Secretary PDCA A miruddin Ansari announced on
Thursday.Salam Karim will be leading Pakistan disable team. Other players of the team included
Jahanzaib Tiwana, Matloob Qureshi, Umaizur Rehman, Farooq Ahmed, Abdullah Khan, Danish Ahmed,
Arif Richard, Muhammad Kalam, Farhan Ishaq, Ishaq Senior, Abdul Rehman (wicketkeeper), Rao Javed
and Aamir Hameed.Fareeduddin, Zafar iqbal (coaches) and Muhammad Nizam (manager) will be the
officials of the team.
PESHAWAR, Jan 19 (APP): The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has banned Pakistan’s No.1 player
Aamir Atlas Khan for six months for violation of its code of conduct.PSF Secretary Wing Commander
Irfan Asghar told APP on Wednesday that Aamir Atlas Khan was banned for violating PSF’s code of
conduct and misbehaving with coaches and officials.He said that the Federation had warned Aamir many
times to follow the rules of business and code of conduct. The decision to ban him was taken in the best
interest of the game.
ISLAMABAD, Jan 19 (APP): The sports volunteers of Pakistan Education Foundation on Thursday
launched country’s first ever guide on football coaching with an aim to polish hidden talent of young
budding players and improve coaching abilities of sports teachers.
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 (APP): The head of United Nations Women (UN Women) has urged Asian
countries to fund and facilitate the activities of her newly created organization that are aimed at fighting
discrimination and boost opportunities for women and girls worldwid.Michelle Bachelet, a former
president of Chile, was briefing members of the Asian Group on her priorities for the work of UN Women.
The meeting was organized by the Pakistan Mission to the UN in its capacity as the chair of the 52member group. Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon presided.UN Women is the merger of the UN
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office
of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the
Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW).
Established on 2 July by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly, it is tasked to oversee all of the
world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and their full participation in global affairs.
One of its goals is to support the Commission on the Status of Women and other inter-governmental
bodies in devising policies. It is mandated to help Member States implement standards, provide technical
and financial support to countries which request it, and forge partnerships with civil society.
Within the UN, it will hold the world body accountable for its own commitments on gender equality. In
carrying out its functions, UN Women is working with an annual budget of at least $500 million double the
combined resources of the four agencies it comprises.
Speaking to the Asian Group, Bachelet especially stressed the importance of assisting rural women in
adding value to the agricultural products.She underlined that violence against women was not only
harming women but carried an economic cost for their countries in terms of health costs, and lack of
productivity.
Headline:
UN political affairs chief notes progress on role of women in mediation activities
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
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The United Nations is making progress in its efforts to incorporate women into its conflict mediation
activities &#8211 but much more still needs to be done.
That was one of the key messages of the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), UnderSecretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe, on Tuesday, to the Annual Policy Forum of the Institute for Inclusive
Security, a Washington D.C.-based organization that advocates for the full inclusion of all stakeholders,
especially women, in peace processes and peace building around the world.
&#8220We are working on it, but we are not as good as we need to be we need women&#39s
talent in a mediation role and we need strong involvement of women from all the conflicting
parties,&#8221 Mr. Pascoe said. &#8220Only then, can we be sure that we are paying
appropriate attention to the gender dimensions of conflict and assembling our best talent to resolve the
conflict and keep it from re-emerging.&#8221
Those attending the event included members of Washington&#39s policy-making community and
also included twenty experienced women mediators from around the world who are participating in a
program organized by the Institute.
&#8220We at the United Nations, and especially the Secretary-General, attach great importance to
increasing women&#39s participation in the resolution of conflict,&#8221 Mr. Pascoe said,
pointing to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon&#39s address to the UN General Assembly last Friday,
where he outlined his top priorities for 2011, placing women&#39s empowerment at the forefront.
Mr. Pascoe added that &#8220the Department of Political Affairs is actively working to bring this
approach into the mainstream of our efforts.&#8221
Expounding on changes to the way DPA approaches conflict resolution, the Under-Secretary-General
said that in much of its work today, mediation is not so much about stopping conflicts through classic
negotiations. Rather, it is about making sure new ones do not break out with the ultimate goal being to
encourage policies that promote long-term stability, reconciliation and functioning states.
&#8220Our focus has to be on preventive action, with the aim of stopping potential crises early
before they escalate to the point where massive and costly international interventions become
necessary,&#8221 Mr. Pascoe said. &#8220There is wide consensus on this point, which after
all is only common sense, but it is a major challenge for us to turn the theory into effective preventive
action on the ground &#8211 failure becomes all too visible in hindsight, whereas successes can
and do occur with little fanfare.&#8221
The political affairs chief said DPA is working on several fronts to rise to the challenge: it has
strengthened and sharpened its focus, through increases in resources and personnel it has built more
partnerships with regional organizations, which are at the frontlines of the conflicts and may need help it
is putting increased attention in its field offices to ehance its effectiveness in peacemaking or mediation
support and, it is improving its professional expertise in mediation.
&#8220We believe that the inclusion of women and increased attention to gender issues in these
efforts are vital,&#8221 Mr. Pascoe said, noting Security Council resolutions related to the
importance and role of women in UN, such as resolution 1325 which reaffirms the important role of
women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.
&#8220One of our critical problems is to expand the domestic constituencies engaged in
peacemaking, and therefore build credibility and national buy-in. Issues from basic livelihoods to gender
violence must be addressed,&#8221 he said. &#8220And, if women&#39s participation
results in solutions that meet the needs of society in general, those solutions will be more
sustainable.&#8221
Citing examples of the importance of women in the UN&#39s activities, Mr. Pascoe mentioned the
recent establishment of UN Women, the UN body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of
women, and the office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, as well as the
Secretary-General&#39s increase of 40 per cent in the number of women in the UN&#39s
highest ranks since coming into office.
The Under-Secretary-General said that the UN is continuing to raise the numbers of senior appointments,
and it is also trying to increase the numbers of qualified women on its rosters. Currently, 38 per cent of
the 200 people on the DPA Mediation Unit&#39s roster are women and 39 per cent are from the
global South &#8211 however, he painted a different picture outside of the UN&#39s
structures.
&#8220While we are making good progress inside the UN, the harder issue is to encourage greater
participation of women on the ground in the peacemaking or preventive efforts,&#8221 Mr. Pascoe
said. &#8220We must redouble our efforts in this area.&#8221
The political affairs chief said that DPA has worked in a number of recent cases to ensure that gender
experts are deployed to peace talks in order to shape their content and ensure strong channels of
communication with women&#39s organizations.
He cited the department&#39s close cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights and UNIFEM &#8211 a predecessor of UN Women &#8211 on the successful
Commission of Inquiry into the violence in Guinea in September, 2009 and its work to develop
measurable indicators in the implementation of resolution 1325.
After his speech, Mr. Pascoe held a discussion with the 20 women mediators attending the forum.
Headline:
Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão Comunitária
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
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O 7º Congresso Nacional da Associação Brasileira de Radiodifusão Comunitária (Abraço) começa hoje
(20) e vai até sábado (22) no Museu Nacional, em Brasília. A abertura oficial será � s 20h. Os
trabalhos, no entanto, começam no início da tarde (14h), com a aprovação do regimento interno. Às 16h,
haverá o Encontro Nacional dos Coletivos Estaduais de Mulheres Dirigentes de Rádios Comunitárias,
com a presença de representantes do Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (Cfêmea), da Entidade
das Nações Unidas para a Igualdade de Gênere o Empoderamento das Mulheres (Unifem) e da
Secretaria de Políticas para as Mulheres.
Headline:
Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão Comunitária
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
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Publicado em 20.01.2011, às 09h36
O 7º Congresso Nacional da Associação Brasileira de Radiodifusão Comunitária (Abraço) começa nesta
quinta-feira (20) e vai até sábado (22) no Museu Nacional, em Brasília. A abertura oficial será às 20h. Os
trabalhos, no entanto, começam no início da tarde (14h), com a aprovação do regimento interno.
Às 16h, haverá o Encontro Nacional dos Coletivos Estaduais de Mulheres Dirigentes de Rádios
Comunitárias, com a presença de representantes do Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria
(Cfêmea), da Entidade das Nações Unidas para a Igualdade de Gênere o Empoderamento das Mulheres
(Unifem) e da Secretaria de Políticas para as Mulheres.
Headline:
Brasília sedia Congresso Nacional de Radiodifusão Comunitária
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
Portal ORM
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Tamanho da Letra
O 7º Congresso Nacional da Abraço (Associação Brasileira de Radiodifusão Comunitária) começa nesta
quinta-feira (20) e vai até sábado (22) no Museu Nacional, em Brasília. A abertura oficial será às 20h. Os
trabalhos, no entanto, começam no início da tarde (14h), com a aprovação do regimento interno.
Às 16h, haverá o Encontro Nacional dos Coletivos Estaduais de Mulheres Dirigentes de Rádios
Comunitárias, com a presença de representantes do Cfêmea (Centro Feminista de Estudos e
Assessoria), da Unifem (Entidade das Nações Unidas para a Igualdade de Gênere o Empoderamento
das Mulheres) e da Secretaria de Políticas para as Mulheres.
Headline:
UN POLITICAL AFFAIRS CHIEF NOTES PROGRESS ON ROLE OF WOMEN
IN MEDIATION ACTIVITIES
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
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Modernghana.com
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com/news/313116/1/un-political-affairs-chief-notes-progress-on-role-.html
19 January - The United Nations is making progress in its efforts to incorporate women into its conflict
mediation activities – but much more still needs to be done.
That was one of the key messages of the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), UnderSecretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe, on Tuesday, to the Annual Policy Forum of the Institute for Inclusive
Security, a Washington D.C.-based organization that advocates for the full inclusion of all stakeholders,
especially women, in peace processes and peace building around the world.
We are working on it, but we are not as good as we need to be; we need women's talent in a mediation
role and we need strong involvement of women from all the conflicting parties,” Mr. Pascoe said. “Only
then, can we be sure that we are paying appropriate attention to the gender dimensions of conflict and
assembling our best talent to resolve the conflict and keep it from re-emerging.”
Those attending the event included members of Washington's policy-making community and also
included twenty experienced women mediators from around the world who are participating in a program
organized by the Institute.
We at the United Nations, and especially the Secretary-General, attach great importance to increasing
women's participation in the resolution of conflict,” Mr. Pascoe said, pointing to Secretary-General Ban Ki
-moon's address to the UN General Assembly last Friday, where he outlined his top priorities for 2011,
placing women's empowerment at the forefront.
Mr. Pascoe added that “the Department of Political Affairs is actively working to bring this approach into
the mainstream of our efforts.
Expounding on changes to the way DPA approaches conflict resolution, the Under-Secretary-General
said that in much of its work today, mediation is not so much about stopping conflicts through preventive
diplomacy or the classic mediation skills. Rather, it is about making sure new ones do not break out with
the ultimate goal being to encourage policies that promote long-term stability, reconciliation and
functioning states.
Our focus has to be on preventive action, with the aim of stopping potential crises early before they
escalate to the point where massive and costly international interventions become necessary,” Mr.
Pascoe said. “There is wide consensus on this point, which after all is only common sense, but it is a
major challenge for us to turn the theory into effective preventive action on the ground – failure becomes
all too visible in hindsight, whereas successes can and do occur with little fanfare.”
The political affairs chief said DPA is working on several fronts to rise to the challenge: it has
strengthened and sharpened its focus, through increases in resources and personnel; it has built more
partnerships with regional organizations, which are at the frontlines of the conflicts and may need help; it
is putting increased attention in its field offices to ehance its effectiveness in peacemaking or mediation
support; and, it is improving its professional expertise in mediation.
We believe that the inclusion of women and increased attention to gender issues in these efforts are
vital,” Mr. Pascoe said, noting Security Council resolutions related to the importance and role of women
in UN, such as resolution 1325 which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and
resolution of conflicts.
One of our critical problems is to expand the domestic constituencies engaged in peacemaking, and
therefore build credibility and national buy-in. Issues from basic livelihoods to gender violence must be
addressed,” he said. “And, if women's participation results in solutions that meet the needs of society in
general, those solutions will be more sustainable.
Citing examples of the importance of women in the UN's activities, Mr. Pascoe mentioned the recent
establishment of UN Women, the UN body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of
women, and the office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, as well as the
Secretary-General's increase of 40 per cent in the number of women in the UN's highest ranks since
coming into office.
The Under-Secretary-General said that the UN is continuing to raise the numbers of senior appointments,
and it is also trying to increase the numbers of qualified women on its rosters. Currently, 38 per cent of
the 200 people on the DPA Mediation Unit's roster are women and 39 per cent are from the global South
– however, he painted a different picture outside of the UN's structures.
While we are making good progress inside the UN, the harder issue is to encourage greater participation
of women on the The political affairs chief said that DPA has worked in a number of recent cases to
ensure that gender experts are deployed to peace talks in order to shape their content and ensure strong
channels of communication with women's organizations.
He cited the department's close cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights and UNIFEM – a predecessor of UN Women – on the successful Commission of Inquiry into the
violence in Guinea in September, 2009; and its work to develop measurable indicators in the
implementation of resolution 1325.
After his speech, Mr. Pascoe held a discussion with the 20 women mediators attending the forum.
Headline:
UN Notes Progress on Role of Women in Mediation Activities
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
News Blaze
Attachment Link:
http://news.vocus.com/click/here.pl?z3959950695&z=1250248919
The United Nations is making progress in its efforts to incorporate women into its conflict mediation
activities - but much more still needs to be done,
That was one of the key messages of the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), UnderSecretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe, on Tuesday, to the Annual Policy Forum of the Institute for Inclusive
Security, a Washington D.C.-based organization that advocates for the full inclusion of all stakeholders,
especially women, in peace processes and peace building around the world.
"We are working on it, but we are not as good as we need to be; we need women's talent in a mediation
role and we need strong involvement of women from all the conflicting parties," Mr. Pascoe. "Only then,
can we be sure that we are paying appropriate attention to the gender dimensions of conflict and
assembling our best talent to resolve the conflict and keep it from re-emerging.
Those attending the event included members of Washington's policy-making community and also
included twenty experienced women mediators from around the world who are participating in a program
organized by the Institute.
"We at the United Nations, and especially the Secretary-General, attach great importance to increasing
women's participation in the resolution of conflict," Mr. Pascoe said, pointing to Secretary-General Ban Ki
-moon's address to the UN General Assembly last Friday, where he outlined his top priorities for 2011,
placing women's empowerment at the forefront.
Mr. Pascoe added that "the Department of Political Affairs is actively working to bring this approach into
the mainstream of our efforts."
Expounding on changes to the way DPA approaches conflict resolution, the Under-Secretary-General
said that in much of its work today, mediation is not so much about stopping conflicts through preventive
diplomacy or the classic mediation skills. Rather, it is about making sure new ones do not break out with
the ultimate goal being to encourage policies that promote long-term stability, reconciliation and
functioning states.
"Our focus has to be on preventive action, with the aim of stopping potential crises early before they
escalate to the point where massive and costly international interventions become necessary," Mr.
Pascoe said. "There is wide consensus on this point, which after all is only common sense, but it is a
major challenge for us to turn the theory into effective preventive action on the ground - failure becomes
all too visible in hindsight, whereas successes can and do occur with little fanfare."
The political affairs chief said DPA is working on several fronts to rise to the challenge: it has
strengthened and sharpened its focus, through increases in resources and personnel; it has built more
partnerships with regional organizations, which are at the frontlines of the conflicts and may need help; it
is putting increased attention in its field offices to increase its effectiveness in peacemaking or mediation
support; and, it is improving its professional expertise in mediation.
"We believe that the inclusion of women and increased attention to gender issues in these efforts are
vital," Mr. Pascoe said, noting Security Council resolutions related to the importance and role of women
in UN, such as resolution 1325 which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and
resolution of conflicts.
"One of our critical problems is to expand the domestic constituencies engaged in peacemaking, and
therefore build credibility and national buy-in. Issues from basic livelihoods to gender violence must be
addressed," he said. "And, if women's participation results in solutions that meet the needs of society in
general, those solutions will be more sustainable."
Citing examples of the importance of women in the UN's activities, Mr. Pascoe mentioned the recent
establishment of UN Women, the UN body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of
women, and the office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, as well as the
Secretary-General's increase of 40 per cent in the number of women in the UN's highest ranks since
coming into office.
The Under-Secretary-General said that the UN is continuing to raise the numbers of senior appointments,
and it is also trying to increase the numbers of qualified women on its rosters. Currently, 38 per cent of
the 200 people on the DPA Mediation Unit's roster are women and 39 per cent are from the global South
- however, he painted a different picture outside of the UN's structures.
"While we are making good progress inside the UN, the harder issue is to encourage greater participation
of women on the ground in the peacemaking or preventive efforts," Mr. Pascoe said. "We must redouble
our efforts in this area."
The political affairs chief said that DPA has worked in a number of recent cases to ensure that gender
experts are deployed to peace talks in order to shape their content and ensure strong channels of
communication with women's organizations.
He cited the department's close cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights and UNIFEM - a predecessor of UN Women - on the successful Commission of Inquiry into the
violence in Guinea in September, 2009; and its work to develop measurable indicators in the
implementation of resolution 1325.
After his speech, Mr. Pascoe held a discussion with the 20 women mediators attending the forum.
Headline:
UN notes progress on role of women in mediation activities
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
Uzreport.com
TASHKENT, January 20 (UzReport.com): The United Nations is making progress in its efforts to
incorporate women into its conflict mediation activities but much more still needs to be done.
That was one of the key messages of the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), UnderSecretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe, on Tuesday, to the Annual Policy Forum of the Institute for Inclusive
Security, a Washington D.C.-based organization that advocates for the full inclusion of all stakeholders,
especially women, in peace processes and peace building around the world.
"We are working on it, but we are not as good as we need to be we need women's talent in a mediation
role and we need strong involvement of women from all the conflicting parties," Mr. Pascoe said. "Only
then, can we be sure that we are paying appropriate attention to the gender dimensions of conflict and
assembling our best talent to resolve the conflict and keep it from re-emerging."
Those attending the event included members of Washington's policy-making community and also
included twenty experienced women mediators from around the world who are participating in a program
organized by the Institute.
"We at the United Nations, and especially the Secretary-General, attach great importance to increasing
women's participation in the resolution of conflict," Mr. Pascoe said, pointing to Secretary-General Ban Ki
-moon's address to the UN General Assembly last Friday, where he outlined his top priorities for 2011,
placing women's empowerment at the forefront.
Mr. Pascoe added that "the Department of Political Affairs is actively working to bring this approach into
the mainstream of our efforts."
Expounding on changes to the way DPA approaches conflict resolution, the Under-Secretary-General
said that in much of its work today, mediation is not so much about stopping conflicts through classic
negotiations. Rather, it is about making sure new ones do not break out with the ultimate goal being to
encourage policies that promote long-term stability, reconciliation and functioning states.
"Our focus has to be on preventive action, with the aim of stopping potential crises early before they
escalate to the point where massive and costly international interventions become necessary," Mr.
Pascoe said. "There is wide consensus on this point, which after all is only common sense, but it is a
major challenge for us to turn the theory into effective preventive action on the ground failure becomes all
too visible in hindsight, whereas successes can and do occur with little fanfare."
The political affairs chief said DPA is working on several fronts to rise to the challenge: it has
strengthened and sharpened its focus, through increases in resources and personnel it has built more
partnerships with regional organizations, which are at the frontlines of the conflicts and may need help it
is putting increased attention in its field offices to ehance its effectiveness in peacemaking or mediation
support and, it is improving its professional expertise in mediation.
"We believe that the inclusion of women and increased attention to gender issues in these efforts are
vital," Mr. Pascoe said, noting Security Council resolutions related to the importance and role of women
in UN, such as resolution 1325 which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and
resolution of conflicts.
"One of our critical problems is to expand the domestic constituencies engaged in peacemaking, and
therefore build credibility and national buy-in. Issues from basic livelihoods to gender violence must be
addressed," he said. "And, if women's participation results in solutions that meet the needs of society in
general, those solutions will be more sustainable."
Citing examples of the importance of women in the UN's activities, Mr. Pascoe mentioned the recent
establishment of UN Women, the UN body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of
women, and the office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, as well as the
Secretary-General's increase of 40% in the number of women in the UN's highest ranks since coming
into office.
The Under-Secretary-General said that the UN is continuing to raise the numbers of senior appointments,
and it is also trying to increase the numbers of qualified women on its rosters. Currently, 38% of the 200
people on the DPA Mediation Unit's roster are women and 39% are from the global South however, he
painted a different picture outside of the UN's structures.
"While we are making good progress inside the UN, the harder issue is to encourage greater participation
of women on the ground in the peacemaking or preventive efforts," Mr. Pascoe said. "We must redouble
our efforts in this area."
The political affairs chief said that DPA has worked in a number of recent cases to ensure that gender
experts are deployed to peace talks in order to shape their content and ensure strong channels of
communication with women's organizations.
He cited the department's close cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights and UNIFEM a predecessor of UN Women on the successful Commission of Inquiry into the
violence in Guinea in September, 2009 and its work to develop measurable indicators in the
implementation of resolution 1325.
After his speech, Mr. Pascoe held a discussion with the 20 women mediators attending the forum.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)
20-01 2011
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Headline:
Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with UNIFEM rendered aid to low-income
female-head
Date:
1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM
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BISHKEK, January 20 2011 (TCA) -- Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic together with the UN
Fund for Women rendered aid to low-income female-headed households within the framework of the
Agricultural Assistance to Needy and Vulnerable Households Headed by Women Project. In particular,
such household received vegetable seeds, hybrid cucumber seeds, fertilizers, accessories of tunnel
greenhouse structures for cultivation of early vegetables. The press service of the Ministry of Agriculture
told the Kabar Agency.
In addition, the needy private farmers also underwent qualified training on vegetable crops cultivation
technology, methods of improving soil fertility and characteristics of technology of cultivation of early
vegetables.
Thanks to this project the welfare of vulnerable low-income female-headed households is improved.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)
20-01 2011
Copyright © 2011 Asia Pulse Pte Ltd.
Headline:
what's up this week...
Date:
1/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
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art
GU JIAN PING CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION
View more than 50 calligraphy works by Gu Jian Ping, a calligraphist, writer and Chinese character
researcher.
Where: Art D Crane International, WCEGA Tower, 02-71, 21 Bukit Batok Crescent MRT: Bukit Batok
When: Today - Tue, 11am - 7pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6570-9979
THE COLOUR OF RAINFORESTS
Embrace the rich experience and passion embedded in artist Terence Teo's paintings, which are
inspired by his encounters with the rainforests.
Where: The Arts House, Gallery, Old Parliament House, 1 Old Parliament Lane When: Today - Jan 30,
10am - 8pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-6919 Info: Proceeds will go towards the launch of a new fund
managed by Asian Culture Enterprise, a subsidiary of the Old Parliament House, aimed at ensuring the
continuation of Asian arts and cultural practices
VIP ART FAIR - WORLD'S FIRST ONLINE ART FAIR
No need to leave home. You can view artworks by renowned artists such as Francis Bacon, Jackson
Pollock and Takashi Murakami and works of emerging artists at VIP Art Fair. It is the world's first online
art fair, featuring 139 of the world's leading contemporary galleries from 30 countries.
Where: www.vipartfair.com When: Tomorrow, 9pm - Jan 30, 8.59pm Admission: Free to browse
(registration is required). There is a programme of interactive and enriched viewing for VIP ticket holders.
Such tickets can be bought for the first two days - tomorrow & Sun - at US$100 (S$128). Tickets bought
on or after Mon costs US$20
MUSINGS OF THE FULLERTON HERITAGE
View more than 40 paintings by Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Ong Kim Seng, a renowned
watercolour painter and art teacher, and the works of his students, who were inspired by The Fullerton
Hotel precinct, which is steeped in history and has unique architecture.
Where: Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Lobby Level, The Fullerton Heritage Gallery, 1 Collyer Quay MRT:
Raffles Place When: Till Sun, 10am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6557-2590
FIGURATIVELY
Music, friendship and affection are some of the themes explored in this exhibition by artists Ashley Yeo
and Ling Yang Chang from Singapore, Lim Ah Cheng from Malaysia, Liz McKay from Australia and
Eman Santos from the Philippines.
Where: Momentous Arts, 20 Amoy Street MRT: Raffles Place When: Till next Fri, 11.30am - 7pm (Mon Fri), noon - 6pm (Sat), by appointment on Sun Admission: Free Tel: 6535-3961 Info:
www.momentousarts.com
ALTER PEACE & FORMATION
Showcased are works by six Filipino artists. They are Ronald Ventura, Ruel Caasi, Igan D'Bayan, E.J.
Cabangon, Mok Ventura and Leeroy New.
Where: Artesan Gallery + Studio, 793 Bukit Timah Road, 02-01 MRT: Newton When: Till Jan 29, 11am 6pm (Mon - Sat), closed on Sun or by appointment Admission: Free Tel: 6469-7818
POP! BACK TO THE FUTURE!
American artist Burton Morris injects everyday images with fun and energy so that a steaming coffee
cup, a swirling martini glass and a dancing popcorn box all take on a new life under his brush.
Where: Pop And Contemporary Fine Art, Palais Renaissance, 03-12, 390 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard
When: Till Jan 29, 11.30am - 6.30pm (Tue - Sat), noon - 5pm (Sun), closed on Mon Admission: Free Tel:
6735-0959 Info: www.popandcontemporaryart.com
DUO: SCIENCE & ART
This is an experimental dialogue between two art forms and two Singapore-based French artists Isabelle Desjeux and Andree Weschler - who consider the subject of biomedicine through the lens of
their artistic practice. They use video, music and speech while drawing on medical footage and scientific
language for content.
Where: Lasalle College of the Arts, Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Block F, Level 1, 1 McNally Street
MRT: Bugis When: Till Feb 1, 10am - 6pm daily except Mon Admission: Free Tel: 6496-5070 Info:
www.lasalle.edu.sg
UNCHANGED FOR 50 YEARS
Artist Seah Kang Chui, who is the president of the Singapore Watercolour Society, captures the charms
of kampung scenes in Buangkok, Seletar Camp and Seletar River, as well as of the Singapore River.
Where: SBin Art Plus, Mica Building, 01-10/11/12, 140 Hill Street MRT: Clarke Quay/City Hall When: Till
Feb 6, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 11am - 5pm (Sun & public holidays), closed on Mon Tel: 6883-2001
TO BE CONTINUED/COMPLETE & UNABRIDGED, PART 1
Two exhibitions are being held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts to celebrate 50 years of the career
of Roberto Chabet, one of the Philippines' foremost conceptual artists
Where: Lasalle College of the Arts, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, McNally Street MRT:
Bugis When: Till Feb 12, 9am - 5pm (Mon - Fri), closed on Sat & Sun (To Be Continued) When: Feb 18 March 26, 9am - 5pm (Mon - Fri), closed on Sat & Sun (Complete & Unabridged, Part I) Admission: Free
Tel: 6496-5074/5 Info: www.oaf.cc/support
BENCAB 'GLIMPSES'
Prominent Filipino artist Benedicto Cabera (BenCab for short) showcases new artworks of ancient
tribesmen caught in the transition to modernity.
Where: Singapore Tyler Print Institute Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay MRT: Clarke Quay When: Till Feb 12,
10am - 6pm (Tue - Sat), by appointment on Mon, closed on Sun & public holidays Admission: Free Tel:
6336-3663 Info: www.stpi.com.sg
EREHWON: NEW SCULPTURES AND PAINTINGS BY YIM TAE KYU
The works of South Korean artist Yim Tae Kyu are known for their playful reinterpretations of traditional
ink paintings and amusing scenes of metropolitan banality. The title, Erehwon, comes from the name of
the satirical utopia in Samuel Butler's 1872 novel of the name.
Where: Art Seasons Singapore, Eunos Technolink Park, 02-12, 7 Kaki Bukit Road 1 MRT: Eunos When:
Till Feb 13, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 1 - 6pm (Sun), closed on Mon & public holidays or by appointment
Admission: Free Tel: 6741-6366 Info: www.artseasonsgallery.com
DEJA VOUS: A LOVE YOU NEVER FORGET
It is not the real thing but it comes pretty close. Showcased here are high-end reproductions of artworks
by five leading artists, including Modigliani, Renoir and Klimt.
Where: theCurator, Vertex, 01-13, 33 Ubi Avenue 3 MRT: Paya Lebar When: Till Feb 14, 11am - 9pm
(Mon - Fri), 10am - 9pm (Sat, Sun & public holidays) Admission: Free Tel: 6481-1088 Info: www.thecurator.com.sg
GUO JIN SOLO EXHIBITION
The works of Chinese artist Guo Jin, which are characterised by poetic brushwork of tree trunks and
branches, focus on psychological analysis.
Where: Moca (Museum of Contemporary Art), 27A Loewen Road, Dempsey area MRT: Orchard When:
Till Feb 15, 11am - 7pm daily, closed on public holidays Admission: Free Tel: 6476-7000 Info: E-mail
[email protected]
asian children's fest
SPIN A WEIRD ASIA TALE
Make up wild and silly Asian stories using picture cards and imagination in this storytelling game where
you have to complete a story with the cards. Every card earns you points and the one with the most
points wins the game. Meant for children aged nine to 12.
Where: Cheng San Public Library, Activity Room, Hougang Mall, 03-11, 90 Hougang Avenue 10 MRT:
Hougang When: Tomorrow, 3 - 4pm Where: Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Programme Zone, 4300 Ang Mo
Kio Avenue 6 MRT: Ang Mo Kio When: Sun, 3 - 4pm Where: Sembawang Public Library, Activity Room,
Sun Plaza, 03-01, 30 Sembawang Drive MRT: Sembawang When: Jan 29, 3 - 4pm Where: Queenstown
Public Library, Programme Zone, 53 Margaret Drive MRT: Queenstown When: Jan 30, 3 - 4pm
Admission: Free Info: Register at http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg or at the eKiosks at all libraries
MAKE A JAPANESE KITE
Children can learn about the history and making of Japanese kites, which feature traditional symbols and
intricate art. Meant for those aged eight to 12. By the Singapore Kite Association.
Where: Bukit Batok Public Library, Activity Room, West Mall, 03-01, 1 Bukit Batok Central Link MRT:
Bukit Batok When: Tomorrow, 2.30 - 3.30pm Admission: FreeInfo: Materials will be provided. Register at
http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg or at the eKiosks at all libraries
COME PLAY WITH US
Find out what games and activities children used to play in the past by watching a drama by students
from Artistic Expressions. It will be followed by a session where children can try out traditional games.
Meant for children aged six to 12.
Where: Central Public Library, Multipurpose Room, B1-01, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street
MRT: City Hall/Bugis When: Sun, 3.30 - 4.30pm Admission: Free Info: Register at
http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg or at the eKiosks at all libraries
DRAX THE DRAGON SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURS BY CANDID CREATION
Children aged four to seven can listen to the story of Drax the Dragon at this session where they can
also meet the author of the book, Christy Lee-O'Loughlin, and enjoy some fun activities.
Where: Pasir Ris Public Library, Activity Room, White Sands, 04-01/06, 1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3
MRT: Pasir Ris When: Sun, 2 - 2.30pm Admission: Free Info: Register at http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg or at
the eKiosks at all libraries
books
SINGAPORE BOOK CLUB - CHOI! TOUCHWOOD!, A WALK THROUGH SINGAPORE'S CHINATOWN
Jesvin Yeo, Liew Jie Ni and Alvin Ng, who are the authors of the book, Choi! Touchwood!, will discuss
their book. It takes you through the history of landmarks such as Thian Hock Keng Temple, Smith Street,
Ang Siang Hill and Sago Lane, reminding people of their childhood days when traditions, myths and
taboos were a big part of their lives.
Where: Earshot, The Arts House, Old Parliament House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place
When: Today, 7pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-6919 Info: To register, e-mail [email protected] with
your name and contact number
MISS SEETOH IN THE WORLD
Find out more about Singapore author Catherine Lim's novel Miss Seetoh In The World at this Unifem
Book Club Meeting. It tells the story of an English and literature teacher in a secondary school here.
Where: Unifem Office, 2 Nassim Road MRT: Orchard When: Wed, 7 - 9pm Admission: Free (Unifem
members), $5 (non-members) Info: RSVP to [email protected] with your full name, membership
number, contact details and the number of seats required
charity
SHAOLIN (CHARITY PREMIERE)
Buy a ticket to the charity film premiere of Shaolin, the 2011 gongfu blockbuster, starring Andy Lau and
Nicholas Tse, and the proceeds will go to programmes by the Singapore Disability Sports Council to
bring sports to the disabled.
Where: The Grand Cathay Cineplex, Level 6, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When:
Today, 7pm (be seated by 6.30pm) Admission: $50 each with popcorn combo Tel: 6342-3501 Info:
www.sdsc.org.sg
TRIKON - THE WAR WITHIN
The Mahabharata, one of the great Indian epics, is seen from a woman's viewpoint in this dance drama.
The show uses a mix of classical and contemporary dance styles, as well as live Hindustani and Carnatic
music. Proceeds from the production will be donated to the Singapore India Education Trust.
Where: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel, North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall When: Tomorrow & Sun, 7pm
Admission: $51 - $91 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: E-mail [email protected] for inquiries
TERRY FOX RUN
Take part in the run and raise funds for the Singapore Cancer Society's research programme. You can
opt for the 10km or 5km run, or a walk with your family.
Where: Playground at Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway MRT: Paya Lebar When: Sun, 7am - noon
(sign in at 7am), 8am (flag-off). You can register up to the day of the run Admission: Donate any amount
Tel: 6622-5485 Info: Register at www.canadians.org.sg or e-mail [email protected]
SPH RED APPLE DAY 2011
Do you know that at least 350 units of blood are needed a day for patients in Singapore? So come and
donate blood at the SPH Red Apple Day 2011 Blood Donation Drive on Tuesday and help the Singapore
Red Cross Society. It needs your support as it expects a dry spell this festive season.
Where: Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) News Centre Auditorium, 1000 Toa Payoh North MRT:
Braddell When: Tue, noon - 5pm Admission: Free Info: www.hsa.gov.sg
QUEENSLAND DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL
Many Australian communities have been devastated and some families have lost everything in the
recent floods in Queensland. Donate to the Premier's Relief Appeal and give a helping hand to
thousands of Queenslanders.
Info: Donate to the Queensland Floods Appeal on the website www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate
chinese new year
SMRT SPRING CELEBRATIONS: FREE CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY SCROLLS AND PAINTINGS
Free Chinese calligraphy scrolls and paintings by Life Art Society artists such as Mr Ho Kah Leong and
Mr Tan Khim Ser are up for grabs at the SMRT Spring Celebrations to usher in Chinese New Year 2011.
Where: SMRT Esplanade Xchange MRT: Esplanade Circle Line When: Today, noon - 7pm Admission:
Free Tel: 6331-1000
MARINE PARADE PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR
Have a fun-filled evening with activities such as Chinese cross-talk and craftwork. You can win prizes
too. Meant for 40 children aged four to 10, each accompanied by a parent.
Where: Marine Parade Public Library, Activity Room, Marine Parade Community Building, 01-02, 278
Marine Parade Road MRT: Eunos When: Today, 7.30 - 8.20pm Admission: $2 a child Info: Register at
the eKiosks at all libraries
CHINESE NEW YEAR STORIES & CRAFT
Children aged four to 10 and their parents can learn more about the Spring Festival at this story-telling
session. Open to 40 parent-child pairs. In Mandarin.
Where: Marine Parade Public Library, 01-02, Marine Parade Community Building, 278 Marine Parade
Road MRT: Eunos When: Today, 7.30 - 8.30pm Admission: Free Info: Register at all eKiosks at all
libraries
VIVOCITY'S CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Catch performances by award-winning troupes from Beijing, Shanghai, Yunnan and Xiamen at
VivoCity's Chinese New Year Celebrations. There will also be an arts and crafts fair showcasing the best
in Chinese culture, including egg-shell painting, roots carving as well as grain arts and handicrafts from
Shaanxi and Tibet. You might win trips to China too.
Where: VivoCity MRT: HarbourFront When: Till Feb 20, with live performances at 6.30 & 8pm
Admission: Free Tel: 6377-6860 Info: www.vivocity.com.sg
LEAP TO SPRING SHOW
Catch a showcase of dance gymnastics, mask-changing, dragon dance and wushu movements at this
eco-themed show.
Where: City Square Mall, Level 1, Atrium, 180 Kitchener Road MRT: Farrer Park When: Tomorrow - Jan
30, 7pm (Tue - Fri), 1, 4 & 7pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: Free Info: www.citysquaremall.com.sg
classical
STRING CHAMBER (ACM LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES)
Enjoy intimate string quartets, including Wolf's lively and melodious Italian serenade at this lunchtime
concert by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music students.
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place When: Today, 12.30pm
Admission: Free Tel: 6516-1167
MAHLER FESTIVAL: JOURNEY'S END
Under the baton of Shui Lan, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's Symphony No. 9
In D Major, which demonstrates a fervent desire for life and love though there is emotional anguish and
bitterness.
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Tomorrow, 7.30pm Admission: $13 $66 Tel: 6348-5555
SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Enjoy Chinese classical music by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra at its first performance at the
Singapore Botanic Gardens this year.
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Cluny Road MRT: Orchard
When: Sun, 6 - 7pm Admission: Free Info: www.sco.com.sg
MINIATURES 2011
The National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra will take you from the stately Baroque
courtrooms to the heady salons of the Romantic era at its chamber music extravaganza.
Where: University Cultural Centre Theatre, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Crescent MRT:
Clementi When: Mon, 8pm Admission: Free Tel: 6516-2492 Info: www.nus.edu.sg/cfa
UNHEARD NOTES - MEDALLISTS SPECIAL CONCERT BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Disability is no bar to talent. Pianists with physical disabilities including loss of sight, hearing and limbs,
who are winners of the 2nd International Piano Festival, will perform classical works from Mozart to
Chopin and Debussy, as well as self-arranged works. Part of the Visiting Artist series.
Where: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Concert Hall, National University of
Singapore MRT: Clementi When: Tue, 7.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6516-1167
CONSERVATORY TROMBONE CHOIR (ACM LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES)
Have a musical lunch break. Catch this performance by the Conservatory Trombone Choir from the
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music led by faculty member Shannon Pittaway at the Asian Civilisations
Museum.
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, Enpress Place MRT: Raffles Place When: Jan 28, 12.30pm
Admission: Free Tel: 6516-1167
contest
THE LOVE MATCH
Team up with your friend, partner or family member in The Love Match contest and get to know them
better and you might win $3,000 worth of Orchard Central shopping vouchers in one of four categories.
They are Couple (Romance), Best Friends, Father and Son, and Mother and Daughter.
Where: Orchard Central, Orchard Road MRT: Somerset When: Tomorrow & Sun, 2 - 5pm Admission:
$20 a couple Tel: 6238-1051
MY PAPER EXECUTIVE LOOK 2011
Sign up for the my paper Executive Look 2011 contest, which picks a man and woman who best
epitomise the ideal Singapore urban executive, and you might win the top prize of $10,000. Organised by
my paper, a Singapore Press Holdings publication.
Info: Register at http://executivelook.mypaper.sg Deadline: Feb 9. The grand finals will be held on April
15
environment
HEAL THE EARTH 2011
Join this green gathering to drive home the environmental message to change lifestyles. Check out
organic vegetarian stalls and green merchandise.
Where: Marina Barrage MRT: Marina Bay When: Sun, 8am - 5pm Admission: Free Tel: 6830-8441 Info:
Shuttle buses will take you from Marina Bay MRT station to Marina Barrage every 10 minutes. Go to
www.healtheearth.com.sg
fashion
VALENTINO RETROSPECTIVE (PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE)
A haute couture collection on show here by famed Italian designer Valentino Garavani, featuring 100
gowns spanning five decades of his career.
Where: Resorts World Sentosa, Resorts World Convention Centre, B1 MRT: HarbourFront When: Till
Feb 13, 11am - 8pm (Sun - Thu), 11am - 11pm (Fri & Sat), including Feb 2 & 3 Admission: $13 (adults),
$7 (children aged four to 12)Tel: 6348-5555/6577-8888 Info: www.sistic.com.sg
film
WHEN HAINAN MEETS TEOCHEW (NC16)
Opposites attract. This witty comedy, directed by Han Yew Kwang of Unarmed Combat and 18 Grams
Of Love fame, is about a manly woman and a womanly man ending up together under the most unusual
circumstances. The film is being extended following sell-out sessions last weekend. In Mandarin and
English.
Where: The Arts House, Screening Room, Old Parliament House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles
Place When: Today, Mon - Wed, 7.30pm, tomorrow, 3.30 & 7.30pm, Sun, 3.30 & 6pm Admission: $10
Tel: 6332-6919 Info: Go to www.bytes.sg for online bookings
food
ASIAN MASTERS FESTIVAL
Celebrate the best of Asian gourmet and other lifestyle indulgences at the inaugural Asian Masters
Festival, now on at various eateries in Singapore till Jan 30. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, together with partner American Express.
Info: www.asianmasters.com.sg
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gig
ROCK 30 SINGAPORE CONCERT (ROCK RECORDS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY)
Relive Rock Records' 30 years of recording a generation of life, love and dreams at its 30th anniversary
concert. It features a star-studded line-up including Wu Bai & China Blue, Alex To and Wakin Chau.
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium MRT: Stadium When: Tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $102 - $181 Tel:
6348-5555
BLACK & WHITE - A BIENNIAL MUSIC CONCERT
Student musicians from Anglo-Chinese Junior College and its alumni will perform mash-ups of hit songs
at this musical evening.
Where: Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Faith Centre for Performing Arts, 25 Dover Close East MRT:
Buona Vista When: Tomorrow, 7.30pm Admission: $5 Tel: 9797-6843
ZAIREEKA LISTENING PARTY
Take along your portable speakers and listen to Zaireeka, a four-CD album released in 1997 by
experimental rock band The Flaming Lips. An experiment in recreating a surround-sound listening
experience, the four CDs are meant to be played simultaneously on four separate audio systems. Part of
Sonic Visions, a series of events organised by Ang Song-Ming in conjunction with his solo exhibition, You
And I.
Where: The Substation Theatre, Armenian Street MRT: City Hall When: Today, 8pm Admission: Free
Tel: 6337-7535
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE BY TYPEWRITER
Typewriter, an indie-rock group, will perform songs from their newly released debut double album, Indian
Head Massage, which has infectious melodies, heartfelt lyrics and contributions by musicians such as
Ken Stringfellow (The Poesies/Big Star). A Late Nite special by The Esplanade.
Where: Esplanade Recital Studio MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Jan 28, 9.30pm Admission: $28 Tel:
6348-5555
RUSSELL WATSON - LA VOCE (MOSAIC)
Russell Watson, the tenor with more than 10 million album sales, will promote his new album, La Voce,
with a fresh outlook on the world and a deeper, richer voice after overcoming two life-threatening brain
tumours. He will be accompanied by the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Jan 29, 7.30pm Admission: $51 - $191
Tel: 6348-5555
health
EMOCUBE
Chill out through music. Young people can find comfort by plugging their earphones into any of the 50
audio jacks at Emocube, a repository of 200 songs including those by Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed
Peas. Started by the Health Promotion Board to promote mental wellness among the young.
Where: The Cathay, Handy Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When: Till tomorrow, 11am - 11pm Admission:
Free Info: www.facebook.com/breathe.sg
LAUGHTER EXERCISE
This weekly programme is conducted by Zaibun Siraj, who believes that laughter can help you feel good
and is good for the immune system.
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, meet at the Green Pavilion MRT: Orchard When: Every Tue
(ongoing), 6.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 9758-0125
100 PLUS [email protected]
Adopt a healthy lifestyle by sweating it out at this free one-hour session brought to you by the Health
Promotion Board, 100 Plus and National Library Board.
Where: National Library Building, The Plaza, Level 1, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bugis When:
Thu, 6.30 - 7.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3255
huayi - chinese arts fest
THE ETERNAL EILEEN CHANG: EXPLORING HER LIFE AND WRITINGS
Find out more about the life and works of Chinese author Eileen Chang at this Mandarin talk by Kho
Tong Guan, an award-winning author of Chinese literature from Malaysia. Chang is known for her novels,
which have been adapted for the big screen, such as Red Rose And White Rose and Lust, Caution.
Stand to win a pair of tickets to the production of Red Rose And White Rose by the National Theatre of
China, which is on at Esplanade Theatre on Feb 12 and 13.
Where: [email protected] MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Tomorrow, 2.30 - 4pm Admission: Free
Tel: 6828-8377 Info: www.huayifestival.com.sg
CASCADING RED
This installation by Taiwan-born, US-based Su-Chen Hung features spools of red thread.
Where: The Esplanade, Concourse Steps MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall When: Till Feb 27, 10am - midnight
Admission: Free Tel: 6828-8377
TRACES OF NATURE
Singapore artist Yeo Shih Yun pours Chinese ink on paper and uses natural objects such as twigs,
leaves and grass to create interesting paintings.
Where: The Esplanade Mall, Community Wall, Level 3, near [email protected] MRT: Esplanade/City
Hall When: Till Feb 27, 10am - midnight Admission: Free Tel: 6828-8377
M1 singapore fringe fest
PRIMARY I (WORLD PREMIERE)
This installation by Jemima Yong, a Malaysia-born performance artist based in Singapore and Britain,
celebrates the layers of who we are and where we come from.
Where: Jendela, Esplanade MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Till Sun, 11am - 8.30pm (today), 10am 8.30pm (tomorrow & Sun) Admission: Free Tel: 6440-8115 Info: www.singaporefringe.com
museum
POMPEII: LIFE IN A ROMAN TOWN 79CE (THREE-DAY OPEN HOUSE)
The truth is no longer buried under volcanic ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. At this
exhibition, visitors can find out more about Pompeii, a bustling town with about 20,000 inhabitants at the
time of its destruction.
Where: National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When: Till Sun, 10am - 6pm
Admission: Free from today to Sun Tel: 6332-3659 Info: www.nationalmuseum.sg
HEROES OF ASIA
Well-loved characters from Asian myths such as Hanuman, the Monkey God of India, and Mulan, the
warrior maiden of Chinese legends, come alive at this exhibition for children.
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, Shaw Foundation Foyer, Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place/Clarke
Quay When: Till Feb 13, 1 - 7pm (Mon), 9am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), 9am - 9pm (Fri) Admission: Free Tel:
6332-7798
DISCORDANT SYMMETRIES
What does it mean to be Chinese in contemporary Singapore and Malaysia? Find out at this exhibition
by artist Tay Wei Leng, who uses still life, portraiture photography and audio interviews to answer this
question.
Where: Baba House, 157 Neil Road MRT: Outram When: Till March 11 Admission: By appointment Tel:
6227-5731 Info: E-mail [email protected]
WORKING THE TROPICAL GARDEN
This exhibition includes sketches and a model, which form part of the preparatory work for Asian
Symphony, the largest known public mural by late sculptor Ng Eng Teng.
Where: NUS Museum, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of
Singapore MRT: Clementi When: Till Aug 28, 10am - 7.30pm (Tue - Sat), 10am - 6pm (Sun), closed on
Mon & public holidays Admission: Free Tel: 6516-8817 Info: www.nus.edu.sg/museum
CAMPING AND TRAMPING - THROUGH THE COLONIAL ARCHIVE: THE MUSEUM IN MALAYA
This exhibition comprising documents from the colonial archive traces the rise of the museum in British
Malaya.
Where: NUS Museum, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of
Singapore MRT: Clementi When: Till Dec 12 next year, 10am - 7.30pm (Tue - Sat), 10am - 6pm (Sun),
closed on Mon & public holidays Admission: Free Tel: 6516-8817 Info: www.nus. edu.sg/museum
nature
EASY STEPS TO GROW YOUR OWN 'FORTUNE'
Gardening enthusiasts can learn how to grow fresher, healthier lettuce through hydroponics at this
session.
Where: HortPark, The Lab, Hands-On House, Hyderabad Road MRT: HarbourFront When: Tomorrow,
10 - 11am Admission: $15 including materials Tel: 6471-5601 Info: E-mail
[email protected]
LIVING ON AIR - GROWING AIR PLANTS
Find out the secrets of cultivating air plants that are grown in water and learn to make a simple tabledecor piece using them at this session.
Where: Radin Mas Community Club MRT: HarbourFront When: Tomorrow, 10am - noon Admission: $15
(PAssion card holder), $25 (non-card holder) Tel: 6273-5294 Info: E-mail [email protected]
GROWING TROPICAL PITCHER PLANTS
Gardening enthusiasts can learn how to grow and care for exotic tropical pitcher plants at this session.
Where: HortPark, The Lab, Hands-on House, Hyderabad Road MRT: HarbourFront When: Tomorrow, 1
- 3pm Admission: $40 with materials included Tel: 6471-5601 Info: E-mail
[email protected]
SARA GOES TO THE SUPERMARKET GARDEN
Children from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 6 can learn fascinating facts and hear interesting stories about
the banana, peanut, soya bean, sugarcane, sweet potato and other fruit and vegetables at the Jacob
Ballas Children's Garden in this guided tour.
Where: Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Supermarket Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens MRT:
Newton When: Tomorrow, 10 - 11am Admission: $9 a child, including $3 for a Sara Goes To The
Supermarket Garden workbook & $6 for an accompanying adult Tel: 6471-9961 Info: E-mail
[email protected]
nightlife
MIAMI HORROR
Benjamin Plant of the Australian electro-pop act spins a mix of indie rock, pop and electronica.
Where: Zirca, Clarke Quay MRT: Clarke Quay When: Today, 10pm Admission: $15 with two drinks
before 11pm, $28 for men and $25 for women. Cover charge includes two drinks Info: www.zirca.sg
LMFAO LIVE IN SINGAPORE
American electro hip-hop duo LMFAO perform. Also enjoy a line-up of DJs and dance performances by
the Luxy Girls from Taipei.
Where: Wave House Sentosa MRT: HarbourFront When: Tomorrow, 7pm Admission: $58 at the door,
with two drinks Tel: 6734-0205
pets
PEDI-GREET @ WEST COAST PARK
Pet lovers can meet like-minded pet owners, learn the basics of caring for their canines and pick up
basic commands for their pets from experienced trainers from the Singapore Kennel Club at West Coast
Park.
Where: West Coast Park, Dog-Run MRT: Clementi When: Sun, 5 - 6.30pm Admission: Free Info: E-mail
[email protected]
shopping
THE COLLECTORS' SALE
Take a peek at authentic Peranakan antiques from collectors and learn about their passion at this first
Peranakan Antique Sale by The Intan, a private Peranakan museum.
Where: The Intan, 69 Joo Chiat Terrace MRT: Paya Lebar/ Eunos When: Tomorrow, 9am to 5pm, &
Sun, 2 to 6pm Admission: Free Tel: 9338-2234 Info: www.the-intan.com
HELLO 2011/WELCOME THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT @ CHINA SQUARE CENTRAL
Spend $60 at China Square Central for a chance to win the first prize of $1,288 in a lucky draw. Those
spending $120 can redeem a game card and stand to win shopping vouchers plus manicure and
pedicure treatments.
Where: China Square Central, 18 Cross Street MRT: Chinatown/Raffles Place When: Till Feb 2, 11am 8pm Admission: Free Tel: 6327-4810
GIFTS OF PROSPERITY (SPRING FESTIVAL AT PARKWAY PARADE)
Spend $188 at Parkway Parade and you will receive an Oriental treats container to keep your Chinese
New Year goodies. Those spending $88 will receive golden hongbao packets.
Where: Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road MRT: Eunos/Paya Lebar When: Till Feb 2, 10am 10pm Admission: Free Info: www.parkwayparade.com.sg
'LOVE IS IN THE AIR' GRAND LUCKY DRAW
Spend $50 at Orchard Central and you might win a pair of return air tickets to Paris on British Airways
worth $4,000.
Where: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road MRT: Somerset When: Till Feb 14, 10am - 10pm Info:
www.orchardcentral.com.sg
CRUISE TO THE CARIBBEAN LUCKY DRAW
Spend at least $50 at Marina Square and you might win a luxurious Princess Cruise to the Caribbean or
$2,000 worth of Gain City vouchers. Charge your purchases to any UOB card to get an extra chance to
win.
Where: Marina Square MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Till Feb 17, 10am - 10pm Admission: Free Tel:
6339-8787
show
WALK WITH ME
This solo exhibition features unseen works taken from 1994 to 2011 by Alan Lim, a former photographer
with The Straits Times. Held in conjunction with the launch of the School of Photography (SOP)
Singapore and SOP Gallery by Lim.
Where: School of Photography Gallery, 98A Tanjong Pagar Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Today to
March 21, 11am - 9pm (Mon - Fri), 10am - 7pm (Sat & Sun), closed on eve of public holidays and public
holidays Admission: Free Tel: 6226-0388 Info: www.sops.sg
FLAGSHIP GENIUS 2011
Showcased at this exhibition are multidisciplinary works such as prints, sculptures, animation reels and
design graphics. By Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' departments of 3D Design, Arts Management &
Education, Design & Media and Fine Art.
Where: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Campus 1, Bencoolen Street MRT: Bugis
When: Till Wed, 11am - 7pm (closed on Mon) Admission: Free Info: E-mail [email protected]
THE ROAD TO PERSEPOLIS
Travel to Iran through the lens of Gilles Massot, a Singapore-based French travel photographer.
Where: Alliance Francaise, Societe Generale Private Banking Gallery, Level 2, 1 Sarkies Road MRT:
Newton When: Till Jan 29, 11am - 7pm (Mon - Fri), 11am - 5pm (Sat), closed on Sun Admission: Free
Tel: 6833-9314 Info: www.afexhibitions.blogsome.com
ARTEASE INC PHOTO AND PAINTING EXHIBITION
Travel to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, through this photo display by trainee art teachers from the National
Institute of Education. This exhibition is held together with Self-Expressionism, an art show featuring
abstract paintings by the same group.
Where: Iluma Gallery, 01-08 (photo exhibition) & 01-09 (art exhibition), Victoria Street MRT: Bugis
When: Till Feb 8, 11am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 9159-7175
INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION ON BREAST CANCER
Visit this exhibition to learn about common misconceptions of the illness and the types of treatments
available.
Where: Science Centre Singapore, Science Centre Road MRT: Jurong East When: Till Oct 8, 10am 6pm daily Admission: $9 (adults), $6 (senior citizens aged 55 & above), $5 (children) Tel: 6425-2500 Info:
www.science.edu.sg
sports
REGISTRATION FOR THE SAFARI ZOO RUN
Run wild. Sign up for the annual Safari Run 2011 at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari on Feb 12 and
win prizes of up to $2,000. Adults can join the 8km competitive run while kids can join the 3.2km
competitive run. Families can take part in the 6.2km non-competitive fun run.
Info: For the 8km run, adults pay $56 (PAssion Card members) or $58 (non-members). For the 3.2km
run, children aged seven to 12 pay $36 (PAssion card members) or $38 (non-members). For the 6.2km
run, adults pay $46 (PAssion Card members) or $48 (non-members) while kids pay $26 (PAssion card
members) or $28 (non-members). Go to www.safarizoorun.com.sg
REGISTRATION FOR THE MILO-MOE YOUTH TRIATHLON 2011
Youth aged nine to 19 are invited to sign up for the Milo-Ministry Of Education (MOE) youth triathlon to
be held on March 5 at Sentosa's Siloso Beach. They can sign up individually or form a relay team of
three for the running, cycling or swimming legs of the race. There will also be a special Family Relay
category.
Info: Go to www.youthtriathlon.sg to register or call 6377-7555 (ext 35) for details. Register by Feb 10.
Pay $33 (individual) or $23 (team member) by Jan 31. From Feb 1 - 10, pay $38 (individual) or $28 (team
member). The fee includes island entry fee of $3
storytelling
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Take your little ones to this storytelling session featuring a chapter from Lewis Carroll's masterpiece,
Alice In Wonderland. Budding writers can also learn the elements of fantasy and fable at this event
commemorating Carroll's birthday on Jan 27.
Where: The Little Bookshop, 687A East Coast Road, Level 2 MRT: Kembangan/Bedok When:
Tomorrow, 2 - 3pm Admission: $15 (redeem $5 when you buy a regular- priced book) Tel: 6677-3083
Info: E-mail [email protected] with your name, contact number, child's name and age
USHER IN THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT - STORIES AND CRAFT
Children will be entertained with Year of the Rabbit stories as they munch on cookies and enjoy ice
cream at this session where they can learn to make 3-D cards and glasses.
Where: The Little Bookshop, 687A East Coast Road, Level 2 MRT: Kembangan/Bedok When: Jan 29, 2
- 3.30pm Admission: $35 including a scoop of ice cream and muffin/cookies Tel: 6677-3083 Info: E-mail
[email protected] with your name, contact number, child's name and age
talk
IN CONVERSATION ON 'STREET-WISE SELF DEFENCE'
No need to worry about street attacks. Pick up tips on how to defend yourself at this talk and selfdefence demonstration by Teo Yew Chye, a trained psychologist and founder of Kapap Singapore, a
martial arts school.
Where: Unifem Office, 2 Nassim Road MRT: Orchard When: Today, 7 - 9pm Admission: Free for Unifem
members ($10 for non-members) Info: To register, e-mail [email protected] with your name,
membership number, contact details and number of seats required. Wear sports attire to join the
demonstration
WILL THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT BRING BOUNTIFUL RETURNS?
Find out whether you will be prosperous in the Year of the Rabbit at this Chinese Investment Seminar
2011 by Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Newspapers Division's Lianhe Zaobao editorial department.
Where: Swissotel Merchant Court, Merchant Court Ballroom, 20 Merchant Road, Clarke Quay/Riverside
MRT: Clarke Quay When: Tomorrow, 12.30 - 4.30pm Admission: $48 nett a pair without GST.
Refreshments and notes are provided Tel: 6319-5864
THE POWER OF VOLCANOES
This special lecture is by Dr Chris Newhall, a professor and volcano group leader, and Dr Antonius
Ratdomopurbo, a volcano seismologist. Held in conjunction with Pompeii: Life In A Roman Town 79CE
exhibition.
Where: National Museum of Singapore, The Salon, Level 1, Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When:
Tomorrow, 2 - 3pm Admission: Free (registration is required) Tel: 6332-3659 Info: To register, e-mail
nhb_nm_ [email protected] with your name and contact number
CAVE: CONFERENCE OF AUDIO AND VIDEO EXPERTS
Learn more about new technologies, media and formats, and find out about the future directions of
videography.
Where: Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Programme Area, 4300 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 MRT: Ang Mo Kio
When: Tomorrow, 10am - 6pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3255
HARNESSING THE POWER OF INTERNET FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Do you know that the use of the Internet has significant implications for business owners, marketeers
and entrepreneurs? Find out from Hari Das, owner of Menon Media, the methods of harnessing the
power of the Internet at this session.
Where: Pasir Ris Public Library, Programme Zone, White Sands, 04-01/06, 1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3
MRT: Pasir Ris When: Tomorrow, noon - 1.30pm Admission: Free Info: Register at golibrary.nlb.gov.sg
HOW TO ACE YOUR INTERVIEWS
Going for a job interview? Celestine Chua, a performance coach, will teach you interview strategies.
Where: Queenstown Public Library, 53 Margaret Drive MRT: Queenstown When: Tomorrow, 2.30 - 4pm
Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3255
THE MATCHBOX STORY
Find out stories about matchboxes which were used here in the 1950s to the 1970s. They were one of
the souvenirs found in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, airlines and other businesses. The speaker is
retired teacher Yeo Hong Eng, who has collected a few thousand matchboxes.
Where: Bedok Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room, 21 Bedok North Street 1 MRT: Bedok When:
Tomorrow, 2 - 3pm Admission: Free Info: Register at golibrary.nlb.gov.sg
BUDDHISM AND THE SILK ROAD
Learn more about the Buddhist sites of China's western regions along the historic Silk Road, where
Buddhist monks and artisans spread the teachings of the Buddha. The speaker is Patricia Welch, an
author of works on Chinese art and culture.
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium, Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place When:
Mon, 10.30 - 11.30am Admission: Free Info: E-mail [email protected] and go to www.fom.sg
[email protected] PRESENTS DR NOELEEN HEYZER
Dr Noeleen Heyzer, under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, will speak on the topic, Freedom From Want,
Freedom From Fear - Working From The Principles Of The United Nations. Organised by the National
University of Singapore's Office of Alumni Relations.
Where: Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS, Kent Ridge MRT: Clementi When: Thu, 11.30am
Admission: Free Tel: 6516-4169
theatre
THE DIARY OF ALICE
Be among 16 guests at a post-dinner card game and experience stories of Alice performed over whisky
shots. Set within the dining hall of the Baba House, artists Joavien Ng and Paloma Calle create an
interactive performance built upon fragments of random narratives of the life stories of women from
around the world named Alice. A TheatreWorks production.
Where: Baba House, 157 Neil Road MRT: Outram Park When: Today, tomorrow & Tue - Jan 29, 8pm
(There will be extra shows at 10pm today & tomorrow) & Jan 28 - 29 Admission: $35 Tel: 6737-7213 Info:
E-mail [email protected] The performance is meant for those aged 16 years and above due to
mature content
SWORDFISH + CONCUBINE, THE FALL OF SINGAPURA
History and legend intertwine in this play about two myths. The first is about a slaughtered boy whose
unjustly spilled blood stained the soil red and the second features a concubine whose wrongful death
damned a kingdom. Written by Malaysian playwright Kee Thuan Chye and directed by Jonathan Lim, it is
presented by young & Wild, the youth division of Wild Rice.
Where: Drama Centre Black Box, Level 5, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City
Hall/Bugis When: Till Sun, 8pm, also 2.30pm tomorrow & Sun Admission: $33 Tel: 6348-5555 Info:
www.sistic.com.sg
GEORGE BIZET'S CARMEN
Catch Carmen, Bizet's four-act opera about the love story of a beautiful gypsy girl and Don Jose, a
corporal in the regiment. Sung in French with French dialogue, with English and Chinese surtitles, it is
directed by David Edwards and conducted by Joshua Kangming Tan. By the Singapore Lyric Opera.
Where: Esplanade Theatre MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Today - Tue, 8pm Admission: $21 - $133
Tel: 6348-5555
VOYAGE DE LA VIE
It is a crowded stage at this circus theatre spectacular, with performers from 16 countries and Singapore
Idol alumnus Jonathan Leong as the lead singer. By Resorts World Sentosa in association with The
Generating Company of Britain. The Straits Times Life! is the official newspaper.
Where: Resorts World Sentosa, Festive Grande MRT: HarbourFront When: Ongoing, 8.30pm (Wed Fri), 5 & 8.30pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $68 - $128 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg
tour
EXTRA WALK FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR
Learn about the auspicious preparations for the Year of the Rabbit, including the symbolism of the
Chinese calendar, rituals and prayers. The walk ends with an optional lunch in Chinatown.
Where: Meet at corner of Neil Road and Everton Road MRT: Outram When: Jan 29, 9.30am - 12.30pm
(meet at 9.25am) Admission: $40 Tel: 6737-5250 Info: Book before the walk. Send a crossed cheque to
Geraldene Lowe, 27 Oxley Road, Orchard Court, 06-08, Singapore 238627
voting
N.E.MATION! SEASON 5 PUBLIC VOTING
View animation clips by the top 10 teams in this animation competition commemorating Total Defence,
and vote for the winner from tomorrow to Feb 6. The winner will be announced on Feb 15.
Info: www.nemation.sg
web
SHOPPING PRIVILEGES AT CLUB STOMP
Visit the website to check out promotions and tie-ups with Stomp merchants.
Info: club.stomp.com.sg/clubstomp/index
ALL THINGS BURLESQUE
View pictures of special burlesque?performances and best-dressed contest winners at Bellini Room in
Club Stomp this week.
Info: club.stomp.com.sg/clubstomp
Compiled by Magdalene Lum
The listings on this page are free. Write to Life!Events, Life!, The Straits Times, Podium Level 2, 1000
Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318994, e-mail [email protected] or fax 6319-8276 at least two weeks
ahead. Include the name of the event, organiser, venue, date and time, ticket prices and nearest MRT
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Headline:
UN WOMEN
Date:
1/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Laing, Eleanor
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Laing, Eleanor That this House recognises that around the world women continue to suffer discrimination
and injustice simply because of their gender; notes that underlying inequality between men and women is
the driving force that results in 70 per cent. of the world's poor being female; recognises that empowering
women will drive progress towards all the Millennium Development Goals; welcomes the launch of UN
Women, the UN Agency for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, on 1 January 2011;
recognises that the agency is an example of UN reform to improve efficiency and co-ordination; and calls
on the Government to provide support to the new agency to ensure it has the resources required to end
the discrimination that keeps millions of women in poverty.
‫»ﺭﻳﺎﺩﺓ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ« ﲣﺮﺝ ﺩﻓﻌﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺭﺟــﺎﻝ ﺍﻷﻋـﻤــﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺼـﻴـﻨـﻴـﻴـﻦ‬
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‫ﺑﺮﻋﺎﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭ ﺣﺴﻦ ﻋﺒﺪﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻓﺨﺮﻭ ﻭﺯﻳﺮ ﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﲝﻀﻮﺭ ﺍﻟﺸﻴﺦ ﺇﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ ﺑﻦ ﺧﻠﻴﻔﺔ ﺁﻝ ﺧﻠﻴﻔﺔ ﻭﺯﻳﺮ ﺍﻹﺳﻜﺎﻥ ﺭﺋﻴﺲ‬
‫ﳎﻠﺲ ﺃﻣﻨﺎﺀ ﺍﳌﺮﻛﺰ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ ﺍﻹﻗﻠﻴﻤﻲ ﻟﺘﺪﺭﻳﺐ ﻭﺗﻨﻤﻴﺔ ﺭﻭﺍﺩ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ »ﺍﻵﺭﺳﻴﺖ« ﻭﻳﺎﻧﻎ ﻭﻳﻐﻮ ﺍﻟﺴﻔﻴﺮ ﺍﻟﺼﻴﻨﻲ ﻟﺪﻯ ﳑﻠﻜﺔ‬
‫ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺮﻳﻦ ﻭﺻﺒﺎﺡ ﺍﳌﺆﻳﺪ ﻣﺪﻳﺮ ﻋﺎﻡ ﺑﻨﻚ ﺍﻹﺳﻜﺎﻥ‪ ،‬ﺃﻗﻴﻢ ﺑﻮﺯﺍﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺣﻔﻞ ﲣﺮﻳﺞ ﺍﻟﺪﻓﻌﺔ ﺍﻟﺜﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺭﺟﺎﻝ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ‬
‫ﻭﺍﳌﺘﺪﺭﺑﻴﻦ ﻣﻦ ﺍﳉﺎﻣﻌﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺼﻴﻨﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺬﻳﻦ ﺣﻀﺮﻭﺍ ﺩﻭﺭﺓ ﻣﺘﺨﺼﺼﺔ ﺣﻮﻝ »ﺁﻟﻴﺔ ﺗﻄﺒﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮﺫﺝ ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺮﻳﻨﻲ – ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ ﻟﺮﻳﺎﺩﺓ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ«‬
‫ﻭﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻧﻈﻤﺘﻪ ﺍﻟﻮﺯﺍﺭﺓ ﺑﺎﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻣﻊ ﺑﺮﻧﺎﻣﺞ ﺍﻷﻣﻢ ﺍﳌﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻟﻠﺘﻨﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﻴﺔ »ﻳﻮﻧﻴﺪﻭ«‪.‬‬
‫ﻭﺧﻼﻝ ﻛﻠﻤﺘﻪ ﺍﻻﻓﺘﺘﺎﺣﻴﺔ ﺃﻛﺪ ﻭﺯﻳﺮ ﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺃﻫﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻨﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺸﺮﻳﺔ ﰲ ﺍﻟﺘﻘﺪﻡ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻱ ﻭﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻋﻲ ﻟﻠﺸﻌﻮﺏ ﻭﺍﻷﻣﻢ‬
‫ﻭﺧﻠﻖ ﺍﻟﻮﻇﺎﺋﻒ ﺍﳌﺨﺘﻠﻔﺔ ﺍﳌﺴﺘﻮﻳﺎﺕ‪ ،‬ﻣﻨﻮﻫﺎً ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﳌﺴﺘﻮﻯ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﳌﻲ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻭﺻﻞ ﺇﻟﻴﻪ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮﺫﺝ ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺮﻳﻨﻲ – ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ ﻟﺮﻳﺎﺩﺓ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ‬
‫ﻭﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺃﺻﺒﺢ ﻣﺘﻮﺍﺟﺪﺍً ﺍﻵﻥ ﰲ ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﻣﻦ ‪ 22‬ﺩﻭﻟﺔ ﰲ ﺟﻤﻴﻊ ﺃﳓﺎﺀ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﱂ ﻭﻳﺘﻢ ﺗﺒﻨﻴﻪ ﺍﻟﻴﻮﻡ ﻣﻦ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺍﳉﻤﻬﻮﺭﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺼﻴﻨﻴﺔ‪ ،‬ﻭﺫﻟﻚ ﺑﻔﻀﻞ‬
‫ﺍﻟﺒﺮﺍﻣﺞ ﺍﳌﺘﺘﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻘﻴﻤﻬﺎ ﺣﻜﻮﻣﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺮﻳﻦ ﺑﺎﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻨﺴﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﺘﺎﻡ ﻣﻊ ﺑﺮﻧﺎﻣﺞ ﺍﻷﻣﻢ ﺍﳌﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻟﻠﺘﻨﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﻴﺔ »ﻳﻮﻧﻴﺪﻭ«‪.‬‬
Headline:
Women's rights now!
Date:
1/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Richard Vieira
Media Outlet:
Centretown News - Online
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Illustration by Talbert Johnson
On March 8 the world will celebrate the 100th edition of International Women’s Day. Women’s
movements are obviously thrilled at the fact. Politicians are drooling at the opportunity this presents and
there will be a lot of impassioned speeches.
Women have marched throughout a whole century to demand equal treatment, respect, and a life free
from discrimination and violence.
Our challenge is to listen to the echoes of their footsteps, and remember that they are still marching.
In the past year, there were several moments that revealed the world’s ignorance regarding the rights of
women.
An Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani still has a death sentence hanging over her for adultery
and the alleged murder of her husband. She has been paraded on national television and forced to reenact her husband’s murder on camera.
There has been an international outcry to pressure the Iranian government to reverse its sentence, yet in
November Iran came close to earning a seat on the executive board of a United Nations agency focusing
on the equality of women.
Other nominations and appointments to the board were also debatable. For instance, Saudi Arabia
deems it illegal for women to drive and they have a spot on the board.
But on the international stage, diplomacy trumps rationality and women become pawns in the political
games that leaders play.
There have been recent incidents which raised the ire of women’s rights groups.
In November last year, 72-year-old Ama Hemmah was burned to death in Ghana on suspicion of being a
witch. The incident triggered an outcry from the country’s human rights groups. An evangelical pastor
was among five people accused of dousing her in kerosene and setting her alight.
A month before this incident, 86 women in Malawi, most of them elderly, were jailed for up to six years
with hard labour for practising witchcraft. Women's rights groups pressured president Bingu wa Mutharika
to release them since witchcraft is not a crime under Malawian law.
In India’s Barwani district a peaceful women’s protest on Dec. 28 earned protesters criminal charges.
They were marching to lament a surge in maternal deaths; district officials were not impressed.
The list is long.
Women in the developed world do not fare that well either – Stephen Harper’s government has proven
that sidelining women until voting time is the norm.
In 2006, the Harper government announced that it would shut 12 out of 16 Status of Women’s offices
throughout Canada. Harper also eliminated the $1 million Status of Women Independent Research Fund.
Last year, the federal government decided not to fund abortion as part of its new G8 maternal health
initiative.
This is despite the pledge he made on
Jan. 18, 2006, just three weeks before he took the oath of office.
It was then, when he was trying to win votes, that he told the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International
Action: “I’m ready to support women’s human rights and I agree that Canada has to do more to meet its
international obligations to women’s equality.” He promised that if elected he would “take concrete and
immediate measures, as recommended by the United Nations, to ensure that Canada fully upholds its
commitments to women.”
Politicians seem to pounce upon the women’s rights debate when it is convenient for their political
survival; that feigned interest further complicates the effort to establish universal human rights for women.
After a whole century, we still struggle to provide an environment in which women can consider
themselves truly free of the prejudice that surrounds them.
The United Nations has made a step in that direction. It has created an arm of the UN called UN Women,
which combines four formerly separate UN women’s agencies into one mega-agency. It was set to start
operations at the beginning of this year.
This new mega-agency seeks to rally member states to agree on international standards for gender
equality and help countries implement those standards.
As novel as that sounds, it still depends on the willingness of those member states to implement the
standards. How are they going to deal with those members for which there are clear indicators of the
abuse of women? Are they equipped to challenge these states? Will diplomacy still triumph over
rationality?
The hope is that we recognize and appreciate women for having fought the hard fight. It's also important
to remember that when women are vulnerable, so is society at large. Not only do they drive industry, but
they are a key milestone in measuring a nation’s well-being.
In the US, several women’s organizations and individuals are currently lobbying for the passing of a bipartisan bill that would become the International Violence Against Women Act. The legislation would
require the US State Department to draw up a five-year plan to reduce violence against women in up to
20 target countries.
In Canada, Rona Ambrose, minister of Public Works and Government Services and minister for Status of
Women, launched Women’s History Month in October 2010 in order to celebrate women’s contributions
in business and the national economy.
These were positive strides.Though the centennial celebration of International Women’s Day is
approaching, it should be remembered that women have been marching beyond those 100 years. Their
footsteps should echo in our collective conscience and remind us of how we are at a loss for not hearing
their voices.
Headline:
Idealizar el modelo nuclear no garantiza el bienestar de las familias mexicanas
Date:
1/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
La Jornada - Washington D.C. Bureau
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Presentan Familias en el siglo XXI: realidades diversas y políticas públicas, coedición del PUEG
Centrarse en sola fórmula de convivencia invisibiliza los conflictos y no acepta la diversidad, coincidieron
especialistas en torno a la obra compilada por Lucía Melgar y Susana Lerner
Ariane Díaz
Periódico La Jornada
Existen fuertes contradicciones entre las necesidades de las familias y las finalidades y efectos de las
políticas públicas debido a que se basan en un modelo único de familia, el nuclear, en lugar de atender a
la diversidad de fórmulas de convivencia, señalaron las compiladoras del libro Familias en el siglo XXI:
realidades diversas y políticas públicas, Lucía Melgar y Susana Lerner.
Durante la presentación de la obra, coeditada por el Programa Universitario de Estudios de Género
(PUEG) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) y El Colegio de México con el apoyo
de UNIFEM, autores y comentaristas coincidieron en que la idealización de un modelo único de familia
invisibiliza conflictos y no acepta la diversidad, no garantiza la procuración de bienestar a la multiplicidad
de modelos de familias mexicanas.
María Isabel Belausteguigoitia, directora del PUEG, cerró la presentación afirmando que el enfoque de
derechos permite, simple y llanamente, el ejercicio de la democracia en su diversidad y su complejidad.
La familia nuclear reduce y cancela estos derechos. Ergo, la familia nuclear cancela la democracia.
Por su parte, Diego Valadés, investigador del Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM, se
refirió a la influencia de la Iglesia católica, cuyos preceptos permean el imaginario social en la
configuración del concepto familia.
Aseveró que si bien las investigaciones reunidas no van a incidir en el cambio de políticas públicas,
generan una corriente de opinión entre la sociedad.
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Prêmio reconhece empresas que investem nos direitos das mulheres
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Lojas Renner, Fersol, Instituto Consulado da Mulher e Instituto Avon concorrem na edição 2010 da
premiação Doar para Transformar
Da Redação
No dia 26 de janeiro serão apresentados os vencedores do Prêmio Doar para Transformar, uma
iniciativa do ELAS Fundo de Investimento Social e do Fundo de Desenvolvimento das Nações Unidas
para a Mulher (Unifem). A premiação destaca o investimento social nos direitos humanos de meninas,
jovens e mulheres em três categorias. Na categoria Pessoa Jurídica, concorrem Lojas Renner e Fersol.
Já o Instituto Consulado da Mulher e o Instituto Avon participam na categoria Fundações e Institutos. A
entrega acontece às 19h do dia 26, na sede da Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
(Firjan), no Rio de Janeiro.
A premiação também reconhece ações de mulheres em prol de outras mulheres na categoria Pessoas
Físicas. Concorrem neste grupo Tânia Almeida, doadora de recursos para a Casa da Mulher
Trabalhadora (CAMTRA), do Rio de Janeiro, e Angela Rodrigues, doadora da Associação Lésbica
Feminista Coturno de Vênus, de Brasília. “Queremos mostrar que os investimentos feitos em projetos
que atuam com meninas e mulheres dão um ótimo retorno social”, afirma Madalena Guilhon,
coordenadora geral do ELAS. “Também desejamos mostrar como os recursos para essa área de
atuação ainda são muito poucos no Brasil.”
Para chegar aos vencedores, o prêmio recebeu indicações pelo correio e publicou os nomes dos
finalistas no site www.doarparatransformar.org.br, para votação popular. A votação foi encerrada em
novembro de 2010, com mais de 2 mil votos.
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: Teachers play important role to achieve gender equality
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In the opening speech to the first EI World Women's Conference, EI General Secretary Fred van
Leeuwen, acknowledged that "EI has been on the move for equality since its creation in 1993."
EI President Susan Hopgood adressing the conference. On the right, EI General Secretary Fred van
Leeuwen
He said "equity is not just a gender issue. Achieving gender equality is a first step towards full equity with
no space left for racism, islamophobia, homophobia, and all these social evils, most of which are rooted
in ignorance. Quality public education is our main weapon to defeat it."
The Thai Minister of Education, the Honourable Mr. Chinnaworn Bunyakiat, said that for his government,
"the promotion of gender equality was recognised as helping the economic and social status of women."
He said that because of the importance which the Thai Government ascribed to education, 20% of the
total public expenditure was spent on it in Thailand.
He added that "by educating young people on gender equality, we widen career options and
opportunities to all of them." He added that Thailand recognised the important role of women, respected
all segments of society, and will host this year the high level group meeting that will celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the Jomtien Declaration on Education for All.
In the name of all Thai EI affiliates, Boopun Sanbho from NTU then warmly welcomed the participants.
EI President Susan Hopgood, speaking to the opening session, emphasised that "teacher trade unions
believing in social justice and solidarity have a role to play to achieve gender equality". She said that
"engaging boys and men is essential to our progress," and praised the "effectiveness of women's
networks."
The opening finished with a video message from the Head of UN-Women, Michelle Bachelet, who
reminded participants that education was a human right and a tool to achieve equality and peace. She
also said that the forthcoming session of the UN Commission on the status of women would consider, as
a priority theme, the access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and
technology.
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UN and partners open new front in war on sexual violence against girls
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The United Nations joined with other partners today to launch a new initiative in the fight against sexual
violence against girls, a scourge which affects 150 million victims in a given year and contributes to the
spread of HIV and AIDS.
The programme seeks to provide funding to expand surveillance of sexual violence against girls in
developing and emerging countries, develop a technical package of interventions for implementation at a
country level to reduce the incidence of such abuse, and launch a major media campaign to motivate
social and behavioural change.
“These three intervention strategies are pillars of what is expected to emerge as a global movement to
address this devastating human injustice and public health problem,” the partners said in a joint news
release.
The initiative brings together five UN agencies – the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development
Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS
(UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – with the United States Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and private sector supporters via the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
“Sexual violence against girls increases their vulnerability to HIV infection and must be stopped,”
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said. “AIDS responses must include initiatives to stop sexual
violence as an integral part of HIV prevention and treatment programmes.”
Research demonstrates that such violence is a direct and an indirect driver of the HIV and AIDS
epidemics, with the risk of infection increasing following forced sex, especially among children.
Gender inequity and partner violence are associated with a substantial part of new HIV infections in
Africa, and girls who have experienced sexual coercion are less likely to use condoms and more likely to
experience sexually transmitted diseases.
“Sexual violence is a major priority that must be tackled by all, through many interventions,” UNFPA
Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said. “We hope our partnership in this initiative will help reduce
such violence through the concrete actions that it proposes.”
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman called the scourge “a moral and ethical outrage and an
assault on the world’s conscience… Sexual abuse can lead to lost childhoods, abandoned education,
physical and emotional problems, the spread of HIV, and an often irrevocable loss of dignity and selfesteem,” she said.
According to WHO, in 2002 some 150 million girls experienced some form of sexual violence with
physical contact.
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Point de presse quotidien du Bureau du Porte-parole du Secrétaire général de
l'ONU: 21 janvier 2011
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L’ONU: 21 JANVIER 2011
(La version française du Point de presse quotidien n’est pas un document officiel des Nations Unies)
Ci-dessous les principaux points évoqués par Martin Nesirky, Porte-parole du Secrétaire général de l’
ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon:
Côte d’Ivoire
Le Porte-parole a souligné que l’appel lancé aux Forces de défense et de sécurité ivoiriennes fidèles à
Laurent Gbagbo pour qu’elles arrêtent et fouillent les véhicules de l’ONU est une grave violation de l’
accord sur le statut des forces et de la résolution 1962 (2010) du Conseil de sécurité et est donc
inacceptable.
L’ONU condamne l’usage continu de la société nationale de radiodiffusion et de télévision de l’État
ivoirien, la RTI, pour disséminer de fausses informations au sujet de l’ONU et de sa Mission en Côte d’
Ivoire (ONUCI), ainsi que l’obstruction continue des actions légitimes de l’ONUCI, qui contrecarre la mise
en œuvre du mandat que lui a conféré le Conseil de sécurité.
Le Porte-parole a également réitéré que les attaques perpétrées à l’encontre des civils et des Casques
bleus étaient un crime en vertu du droit international, tout comme l’est l’incitation à commettre ces
crimes. Les personnes prenant part à ces activités seront tenues responsables, a-t-il souligné.
Conseil de sécurité
Ce matin, le Secrétaire général a participé au débat public du Conseil de sécurité sur le renforcement
des institutions et a indiqué que l’édification d’institutions effectives et légitimes était une tâche difficile,
même dans les conditions les plus propices.
Darfour
Le Représentant spécial adjoint du Secrétaire général pour le Soudan, M. Georg Charpentier, a indiqué
que dans certaines régions du Darfour, les conditions de sécurité permettent le retour des personnes
déplacées, comme en témoigne le récent mouvement embryonnaire de personnes déplacées quittant le
camp de Kalma pour rentrer dans leurs régions d’origine dans l’ouest du Darfour.
Il a estimé que la perspective de voir l’accélération des retours et des réinstallations était encourageante,
et que ce processus jouera sans doute un rôle crucial dans le cadre des efforts actuellement en cours
pour trouver une solution politique et pacifique au conflit. L’engagement de tous les acteurs humanitaires,
notamment le Ministère fédéral des affaires humanitaires et le Comité pour l’aide humanitaire du
Gouvernement, d’assurer le retour et la réinstallation de principe des déplacés témoigne de l’existence
de développements positifs au Darfour.
M. Charpentier a indiqué que l’Opération hybride Union africaine-Nations Unies au Darfour (MINUAD)
demeure préoccupée par les irruptions de violence qui se produisent dans certaines régions et qu’elle
continue d’aider les personnes vulnérables. La MINUAD doit saisir toutes les occasions de profiter de
cette tendance positive afin de permettre aux personnes déplacées de retrouver un sentiment de
normalité et de ne plus dépendre de l’aide, a-t-il indiqué.
Peuple palestinien
Le Secrétaire général est intervenu ce matin à l’occasion de la session d’ouverture des travaux du
Comité pour l’exercice inaliénable des droits du peuple palestinien. Il a indiqué qu’il est très concerné par
le manque de progrès vers un accord et un cadre qui permettraient de parvenir à la paix entre Israël et
les Palestiniens. .
Afghanistan
La Mission d’assistance des Nations Unies en Afghanistan (MANUA) a fait part de ses graves
préoccupations et de sa surprise suite au récent appel réclamant le report de l’ouverture de la session de
l’Assemblée nationale. Elle rappelle la position exprimée par les membres du Conseil de sécurité, dans
leur réunion du 22 décembre 2010, au sujet de l’ouverture, en temps voulu, de la Wolesi Jirga.
La MANUA a indiqué qu’elle-même, et d’autres membres concernés de la communauté internationale,
continuent d’appuyer une résolution raisonnable, durable et pacifique de cette question par les autorités
afghanes pertinentes, dans le plein respect de la Constitution afghane et des principes démocratiques,
afin que le Parlement puisse se réunir le plus tôt possible. Un avenir pacifique en Afghanistan dépend de
l’édification d’institutions démocratiques robustes, établies sur la base de l’état de droit et du respect du
partage des pouvoirs.
OCHA
Le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA) a publié aujourd’hui son document d’
appels annuels. La grande majorité du financement d’OCHA étant extrabudgétaire, le Bureau réclame,
cette année, 250 millions de dollars pour lui permettre d’effectuer son travail de coordination de l’aide
humanitaire
L’année dernière, OCHA avait lancé des appels à la mobilisation de 11 milliards de dollars pour faire face
à 19 crises touchant 7 millions de personnes. OCHA estime que son appel de 250 millions de dollars est
un bon investissement et très économique.
Alors que 250 désastres se sont produits en 2010, OCHA cherche à trouver de nouvelles et de
meilleures manières d’effectuer son travail humanitaire. Le Bureau cherche aussi à améliorer sa
connaissance des conséquences et effets que posent les défis internationaux actuels, comme
notamment les changements climatiques.
Pakistan
Rauf Engin Soysal, Envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général pour l’assistance au Pakistan, vient de
conclure un déplacement de deux jours dans la province de Sindh où plus de sept millions de personnes
ont été touchées par les inondations.
Il a indiqué que pendant sa visite, il a été satisfait de constater que la communauté humanitaire poursuit
ses efforts afin de venir en aide à la population du Pakistan. M. Soysal a indiqué que l’ONU et les
organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) fournissent une aide de première nécessité ainsi qu’un
appui au relèvement rapide, élément nécessaire et urgent pour le relèvement à long terme du pays.
Chypre
Les dirigeants chypriotes grec et turc se sont rencontrés à Nicosie, aujourd’hui, et ont discuté de
questions liées à la gouvernance, au partage des pouvoirs et à l’Union européenne. Ils ont également
évoqué leur réunion avec le Secrétaire général qui doit se dérouler la semaine prochaine à Genève.
Intervenant devant la presse à l’issue des pourparlers, Alexander Downer, Conseiller spécial du
Secrétaire général, a souligné la nécessité de maintenir le bon élan des négociations.
Vice-Secrétairegénérale
La Vice-Secrétaire générale de l’ONU, Mme Asha-Rose Migiro, se rendra lundi à Genève où elle
participera à la première réunion de la Commission pour l’information et la responsabilisation en matière
de santé des femmes et des enfants. Cette Commission, qui est présidée par le Président Kikwete de la
République-Unie de Tanzanie, et le Premier Ministre Harper du Canada, guidera un processus destiné à
proposer un cadre international pour la collecte d’informations, le suivi et la responsabilisation en matière
de santé des femmes et des enfants. La Vice-Secrétaire générale en est la Commissaire.
Mme Migiro se rendra ensuite à Paris où elle participera à des évènements organisés à l’occasion de la
Commémoration des victimes de l’Holocauste. Depuis Paris, elle se rendra à Auschwitz-Birkenau où
plusieurs évènements commémoratifs sont prévus. Elle sera de retour à New York le 2 février.
MONUSCO
La Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du
Congo (MONUSCO) a indiqué que les autorités congolaises avaient confirmé l’arrestation, aujourd’hui à
Fizi, du lieutenant-colonel Kibibi Mutware. Le lieutenant-colonel Mutware était le commandant des
soldats des Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) qui ont perpétré les
incidents incluant des viols et des pillages, les 1er et 2 janvier, à Fizi. D’après les victimes interviewées
par la MONUSCO, le lieutenant-colonel Mutware avait lui-même pris part à ces attaques.
Les autorités congolaises ont également informé la MONUSCO que le lieutenant-colonel Mutware et d’
autres soldats des FARDC étaient en détention à Uvira en attendant d’être traduits en justice. Le
commandant de la force de la MONUSCO a été envoyé à Fizi afin de travailler en liaison avec le
Commandement des FARDC et de suivre la situation.
Semaine à venir aux Nations Unies
Samedi 22 janvier
Aucun évènement majeur n’est prévu aujourd’hui au Siège.
Dimanche 23 janvier
Aucun évènement majeur n’est prévu au Siège.
Lundi 24 janvier
Arrivée de la Vice-Secrétaire générale à Genève, où elle participera à la première réunion de la
Commission pour l’information et la responsabilisation en matière de santé des femmes et des enfants.
À 10 heures au Siège, dans la salle de conférence 2 du bâtiment de la pelouse nord, ouverture de la
neuvième session du Forum sur les forêts qui se déroulera jusqu’au vendredi 4 février.
À Genève, l’Organisation internationale du Travail (OIT) publie son rapport intitulé « Tendance mondiale
de l’emploi 2011: le défi de la relance de l’emploi ».
Un atelier de trois jours, organisé par les experts onusiens de la lutte contre le terrorisme, portant sur les
moyens de combattre l’attrait du terrorisme sur Internet commence à Riyad, en Arabie saoudite.
À Rome, conférence de deux jours du Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) sur « Les
nouvelles voies qui s’ouvrent pour les petits exploitants agricoles ».
Le Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur les droits de l’homme des migrants, Jorge A. Bustamante,
entame une visite de neuf jours en Afrique du Sud.
Mardi 25 janvier
Aujourd’hui et demain, le Secrétaire général sera à Genève où il participera aux réunions du Conseil des
droits de l’homme et de la Conférence sur le désarmement et où il rencontrera le Comité international
olympique (CIO).
Briefing du Conseil de sécurité sur la piraterie en Somalie.
À 13 heures, dans l’auditorium de la Bibliothèque Dag Hammarskjöld, Michelle Bachelet, Directrice
exécutive de l’entité des Nations Unies pour l’égalité des sexes et l’autonomisation de la femme, ONUFemmes, lancera le Plan d’action de 100 jours d’ONU-Femmes.
À 15 heures, dans l’auditorium de la Bibliothèque Dag Hammarskjöld, Jack Lang, Conseiller spécial du
Secrétaire général sur les questions juridiques liées à la piraterie au large des côtes somaliennes,
donnera une conférence de presse.
Il sera suivi, à 16 heures, également dans l’auditorium de la Bibliothèque Dag Hammarskjöld, de Luis
Moreno Ocampo, Procureur de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI).
Le Rapporteur spécial sur la situation des droits de l’homme en République populaire démocratique de
Corée (RPDC), M. Marzuki Darusman, entame une visite officielle de quatre jours au Japon.
Mercredi 26 janvier
Aujourd’hui, le Secrétaire général s’entretient à Genève avec les dirigeants chypriotes turc et grec.
Briefing et consultations du Conseil de sécurité sur l’Opération hybride Union africaine-Nations Unies au
Darfour (MANUAD) et la Mission des Nations Unies au Soudan (MINUS).
À Paris, tenue d’un symposium international de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, les
sciences et la culture (UNESCO) sur le statut de la liberté de la presse dans le monde, la liberté d’
expression sur Internet et la sécurité des journalistes.
Jeudi 27 janvier
Aujourd’hui et demain, le Secrétaire général sera à Davos, en Suisse pour participer au Forum
économique mondial.
La Journée internationale dédiée à la mémoire des victimes de l’Holocauste est célébrée aujourd’hui. La
Vice-Secrétaire générale se rendra à Paris pour participer à des évènements organisés à cette occasion.
À Paris, conférence de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, les sciences et la culture
intitulée « Autorégulation et éthique journalistique en Europe: nouveaux médias, vieux dilemmes ».
Vendredi 28 janvier
Aucun évènement majeur n’est prévu aujourd’hui.
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Week Ahead: lots of activity next week, with the SG and DSG on the road. On Monday, the DSG will
attend the first meeting of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Womenâ™s and
Childrenâ™s Health in Geneva, of which she is a Commissioner. The Commission is chaired by
President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and PM Stephen Harper of Canada, and will lead a process to
establish a framework for global reporting, oversight, and accountability on womenâ™s and childrenâ™s
health. Afterwards, she will travel to Paris for the Commemoration of Holocaust victims, followed by
Auschwitz-Birkenau to attend commemorative events. She will be back in NY on February
2nd. Thursday, January 27 is the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the
Holocaust, and the UN will be holding events throughout the week, starting with exhibitions opening at
HQ on Monday and ending with a Memorial Ceremony on Thursday. The SG will be in Geneva
Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by Davos on Thursday and Friday. At 1pm Thursday Michelle
Bachelet will launch UN Womenâ™s 100 Day Action Plan at a press briefing (the first UN Women
Executive Board meeting will run January 24-26). Next week the next UPR session will be held at the
HRC in Geneva.
SG: This morning, the SG addressed an open debate at the Security Council on institution-building,
explaining that building effective and legitimate institutions is a difficult task, even under the most
favorable circumstances. He added that the track record of institution-building is mixed and we can do
better. In her remarks, Ambassador Rice enumerated the difficulties inherent in institution-building, but
also successes the UN has facilitated in place such as Liberia, adding that the quick deployment of
civilian expertise is essential for countries emerging from conflict. Â On the latter point, she said the
findings of an International Review of Civilian Capacity will be released in the near future.
Côte dâ™Ivoire: the SGâ™s spokesperson today made clear that the call of the Ivoirian defense and
security forces supporting Gbagbo to stop and search UN vehicles is a serious violation of the Status of
Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Security Council Resolution 1962 (2010), and is therefore unacceptable.
The UN has also condemned the use of RTI to broadcast false information about UNOCI, as well as the
obstruction of UNOCIâ™s work.
DRC: MONUSCO is reporting that Congolese authorities have arrested Lieutenant Colonel Kibibi
Mutware in Fizi, the commander of the troops who were responsible for the raping and looting which took
place in Fizi January 1-2, which the UN investigated. Victims have said that Mutware also participated
in the violations.
OCHA: Today, OCHA launched its 2011 appeal, asking for $208 million in voluntary contributions to
cover extra-budgetary operations in 2011 (contributing to a total 2011 budget of $250 million). Last
year, OCHA coordinated $11 billion in humanitarian programming for 19 crises affecting 71 million
people. Â In 2010 250 disasters occurred, and OCHA is currently looking to find new and better ways of
carrying out its work with a better understanding of global challenges such as climate
change. Speaking at this morningâ™s launch, a representative from the U.S. Mission said it has been
pleased with OCHAâ™s strengthening of the cluster coordination system, highlighting the challenge of
delivering assistance in high-risk environments.
Headline:
Project Director - Jordan
Date:
1/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
ReliefWeb
Attachment Link:
http://reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/db900sid/OCHA-8DAAAF?OpenDocument=
Location: Amman, Jordan
Background:
Internews® Network is an international media development organization based in Arcata, CA and
Washington, DC whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and
information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.
General Function:
Internews Network is seeking a Project Director candidate to lead media development initiatives in the
Jordan office. Under the supervision of the VP for MENA/LAC, the Project Director performs high level
tasks and will manage Internews Network projects based out of the Amman office, including fiscal
oversight
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Coordinates closely with the MENA team in Washington, DC;
• Oversees Internews project/s managed through the Jordan office including budgets, program
expenditures, activities, trainings and coordination with partners and sub grantees;
• Acts as local budget and program authority)
• Represents Internews in meetings with local and international organizations, NGO’s, media outlets,
journalists in Jordan and the region and establishes solid relationships to facilitate the implementation of
the projects; maintains contact and presence at local/ regional key media contacts, and
conferences/meetings;
• Enhances Internews presence in country;
• Takes the lead in securing media coverage for Internews projects and ensures positive media support;
• Drafts quarterly reports for all projects managed through the Jordan office;
• Oversees monitoring and evaluation effort by the Jordan office;
• Provide weekly updates to the MENA/LAC VP;
• Researches new funding opportunities for Internews Network with key funders in the region including
USG, UNDP, UNIFEM, among others drafts proposals and research papers as needed;
• Supervises all staff in the Amman office;
• Maintains travel expenses reimbursement logs for international travel outside Jordan; and
• Other duties as assigned/necessary.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manage and oversee all staff based in the country.
• Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
• Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing
work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Fluent in Arabic and English.
• Prior experience in Middle East.
• Knowledge of Iranian and Jordanian politics, culture, and media landscape.
• Significant professional experience on in-depth reporting in either print, broadcast or new media in the
Middle East.
• Experience as a manager or trainer with professional capacity-building programs for journalists and
media outlets.
• Previous senior-level management experience, including significant staff, financial and administrative
oversight of U.S. government funded development projects in the region.
• Desire and ability to work in physically demanding and emotionally challenging environments.
• Willing and able to travel extensively.
• Education: Undergraduate degree and relevance, graduate degree and relevance to field work – and 10
years industry experience.
• Ability to read and interpret financial reports and budgets.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Experience managing in the region is highly desired.
How to apply
TO APPLY
Interested candidates meeting the qualifications should forward a cover letter and resume to 876-in(at)
internews (dot) org (re-write in standard format), placing “PD-JO-IN” in the subject line. EOE M/F/D/V
Reference Code: RW_8DAA9D-5
Headline:
Communication Specialist, SSA, International Consultant
Date:
1/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
ReliefWeb
Attachment Link:
http://reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/db900sid/OCHA-8D9SXV?OpenDocument=
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Location: United States of America (the) - New York
UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND
Terms of Reference
Title: Communication Specialist, SSA, International Consultant
1. Background:
In September 2009, a partnership to address sexual violence against girls was launched at the Annual
Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. This partnership now called the Together for Girls is made up of
UNICEF together with other UN agencies (UNIFEM, UNFPA and UNAIDS), the US government (the U.S.
Department of State - US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in collaboration with
the Office of the Global Women’s Issues and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)), private sector partners including Becton, Dickinson
and Company (BD), the Nduna Foundation, the CDC Foundation and the Grupo ABC.
The initiative is inspired by the successful undertaking of a national survey in Swaziland in 2007 - the
National Study on Violence against Children and Young Women in Swaziland - by UNICEF, CDC, the
Government of Swaziland and the Swaziland Action Group against Abuse. The aim of the study was to
assess the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the country. The study, which for the first
time generated credible evidence on violence against children in Swaziland determined sexual violence
against girls as a critical human rights and health problem, including a direct or indirect driver of the
HIV/AIDS pandemic. The awareness raised through the study triggered a series of critical actions to
protect children, in particular girls, from sexual violence. Key actions have included the drafting of
legislation on Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenses; the establishment of the Swaziland Sexual
Offenses Unit for Children to assist victims; the creation of the first child-friendly court in the country; and
the development and launch of a national education campaign targeting the general public, in particular
children and young females, to raise awareness of the problem.
Building on the important results realized from the Swaziland efforts, a group of partners came together
to replicate the experience in other countries. The aim of the Together for Girls initiative is to create a
sustainable global movement to address sexual violence against girls. The partners have identified the
following key strategies:
• Strengthen country level data in order to understand the extent and nature of violence against children
and to provide a benchmark for monitoring the impact of efforts to reduce violence.
• Strengthen country level policy and programme response to prevent and respond to sexual violence
against girls.
• Raise awareness and mobilize resources for the response at a country level to prevent violence and
improve the protection of children and adolescents.
• Bring attention and appropriate action to the issue globally through direct advocacy, public private
partnerships and communication campaigns.
The Together for Girls initiative has proven to be an extremely effective mechanism for galvanizing action
at the local level while capturing the interest and support of multiple key and influential partners. The
principle element that brings all parties together is the concrete and practical actions that are being
proposed and implemented. Starting with data collection, the programme provides evidence on the extent
of violence against children that had previously eluded violence prevention and protection efforts.
At country level CDC, with support of UNICEF, has taken the lead in providing technical support for the
survey design as well as the supervision of the data collection process and analysis of the survey results.
The programmatic response is led by UNICEF under the lead of the Child Protection teams. As outlined
in the global UNICEF Child Protection Strategy, these efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence
against girls are rooted in the strengthening of child protection systems, formal and informal, and in
addressing social norms that perpetuate gender stereotyping and discrimination. To ensure a holistic
response, close collaboration is sought with other sectors including Education, Health, Communications
and Monitoring and Evaluation.
At the global level, the partnership is led by the Child Protection Section, Programme Division/UNICEF,
with close support from the HIV/AIDS Section, Programme Division/UNICEF, the Division of
Communications/UNICEF and the Statistics and Monitoring Section, Division of Policy and
Practice/UNICEF. As a member of the global Leadership Council for the initiative, UNICEF, represented
by Child Protection, is providing advice and support to three ongoing processes of the initiative. These
are: 1) resource mobilization for the initiative; 2) the development of guidance on programmatic actions to
address sexual violence against girls; and 3) the development of an ambitious communication plan based
on the data and evidence generated from the research and follow-up actions to raise awareness of
sexual violence against girls. The combination of these three actions has created an effective response
to what has often been viewed as an intractable problem.
The Media section within the Division of Communication requires assistance for the development of the
communication strategy and related tasks and therefore proposes to hire a consultant to work full time on
this. The consultant will work under the guidance of the Child Protection Communication Specialist in
DOC and in close collaboration with other sections and divisions at UNICEF headquarters, in particular
the Child Protection and HIV/AIDS sections, as well as UNICEF regional and country offices and external
partners.
The communication campaign and strategy will form part of UNICEF’s child protection communication
strategy and will be developed in coordination with this overall objective.
1. Purpose of assignment and key objectives
The objective of this consultancy is to support the Child Protection focal point within the Media section,
DOC, in the development and roll out of the ‘Together for Girls’ communication initiative within the
broader Child Protection communication strategy through:
a) Developing and implementation of global communications campaign and related communications
campaigns at regional and country levels on how to address violence against children, with a particular
focus on sexual violence, based on effective programme responses so far.
b) Developing inter-sectoral opportunities within UNICEF on sexual violence and focus on
internal/programme communication support to Country Offices relating to the initiative and in other areas
as required.
2. Major tasks of the assignment
Some of the main tasks of the assignment are outlined below. Specific activities and corresponding
deliverables will be outlined on a monthly basis based on the work plan of the partnership which is still
evolving.
Under the guidance of the DOC focal Point for Child Protection
1) Map existing communication initiatives to address violence against children undertaken by national
stakeholders, UNICEF and partners and civil society particularly focusing on initiatives to prevent and
respond to sexual violence. Specific tasks include:
• Undertake a desk review to gather information on existing, evaluated strategies to address violence
against children, in particular sexual violence.
2) Organize a consultation for UNICEF Communication staff to discuss the Together for Girls initiative
and related activities. The consultation will involve UNICEF colleagues from country and regional offices
and headquarters, as well as external partners to discuss the initiative, review the mapping and select a
number of promising experiences for documentation. Specific tasks include:
• Prepare a final draft report on the key outcomes and recommendations of the consultation.
3) Development and implementation of toolkit ‘How to communicate violence against children in the field’.
Specifics task to include
• Develop messaging with other sectors
• Undertake desk review of successful initiatives
• Consult Regional Advisors and Regional Communication team to promote child protection
4) Development and implementation of toolkit ‘How to communicate violence against children’ for
National Committees
• Develop messaging with other sectors
• Undertake desk review of successful initiatives
• Consult with development professionals, key funders and academics
• Act as liaison between DOC, PFP and DevPro
5) Development and implementation of the communication strategy at global, regional and national levels
as necessary. Specific tasks include:
• Develop web platform to include interactive materials, key messages and Q&A materials, and
overarching campaign.
• Act as a liaison between DOC and Programme Division on these issues.
• Review necessary documents produced by the partnership, consolidate comments from UNICEF
colleagues and incorporate them as necessary.
• Respond to requests for information from UNICEF regional and country offices and partners, and share
background information as necessary.
6) Support for the development, finalization and implementation of UNICEF’s overall Child Protection
communication strategy. Specific tasks include.
• Promote to the media global awareness and successes in protection and other issues as required.
• Participate in and represent UNICEF in relevant global partnerships and support the development of
partnership communication strategies, press releases and other communication products as required;
7) Undertake other related tasks as required
3. Specific activities to be completed to achieve the objectives:
• Development of website;
• Development of toolkit ‘communicating child protection in the field’;
• Write and edit press materials and releases, briefing notes, key messages, speeches and other
communication materials for UNICEF spokespersons on these issues;
• Provide support to DOC in areas of research and contact with the relevant divisions in the field and HQ;
• Monitor media clips related to the focus areas;
• Liaise with country offices to identify human interest stories and conduct research as needed;
• Media planning and outreach on key Child Protection initiatives, reports and ‘media moments’ and other
media-related activities and events;
• Research and prepare briefing materials to assist UNICEF spokespersons in preparing for media
interviews;
• Research and prepare press materials that outline UNICEF positions, policies and programmes;
• Liaise on a regular basis with Geneva Communication Section
4. Delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered
The consultant will work in the office on a daily basis, reporting to the DOC focal point for Child
Protection. All draft materials will be submitted electronically, with hard copies prepared upon finalisation
(if required). The consultant’s specific tasks and deliverables will be set out with monthly work plans and
assessed with a monthly progress report.
5. Duty Station/Location at Duty Station and duration :
The consultant will be based in New York and will work for 11 months. The assignment is expected to
begin in February 2011. The consultant may be requested to travel.
6. Supervisor and frequency of performance reviews:
The consultant will be supervised by Rebecca Fordham, Communication Specialist, DOC. Performance
evaluation at six months.
7. Performance indicators for evaluation of results:
Quality and timeliness
8. Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
o Advanced University degree in journalism, social sciences or related field;
o A minimum of eight years of professional experience within communications;
working at national and international levels;
o Ability to develop media materials in a deadline driven and target audience way;
o Excellent analytical and communication skills including writing skills and ability to tailor complex and
technical messages for multiple audiences;
o Knowledge of media strategy development;
o Experience in coordinating communication activities across a large organization and with other
international organizations and partners;
o Good understanding and knowledge of child protection systems with a particular focus on violence
against children;
o Fluency in English. Working knowledge in another UN language an asset;
o Familiarity of the UN a plus
How to apply
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter of intent, CV and P.11 form (which can be
downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html to Alicia
Altamirano at [email protected] by 28 January 2011. Please note that only qualified candidates will
be contacted. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
For more information on UNICEF, please visit the UNICEF website at www.unicef.org
Reference Code: RW_8D9S6Q-47
Headline:
Eighty-one inmates die in Chile's deadliest prison fire.
Date:
1/21/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Benjamin, Witte-Lebhar,
Media Outlet:
Sourcemex - Economic & Political News & Analysis of Mexico
A catastrophic fire last month in an overcrowded Santiago jail has prompted new calls to reform Chile's
troubled prison system. Hardly the first such incident, the blaze, which killed 81 inmates, is widely
regarded as the country's deadliest.
The inferno, a sobering wake-up call for authorities who have long neglected the failing prison system,
broke out Dec. 8 in Carcel San Miguel. Among the dead was 21-year-old Bastian Arragiada, arrested just
weeks earlier for selling pirated DVDs. Arragiada, like many of his fellow victims, was a first-time
offender. He was scheduled to complete his two-month sentence Jan. 11.
An investigation into the exact cause of the early-morning fire is still underway. News reports suggest an
inmate may have sparked the fire with a makeshift blowtorch (fashioned out of a gas cylinder) that ignited
during an alcohol-induced argument among prisoners. Internet publication Global Post said such
cylinders are common in the San Miguel prison, where, to compensate for the poor quality and
distribution of official prison food, inmates use the gas tanks to heat up meals brought by their families.
No doubt investigators will focus attention on the dangerous cylinders as well as question how the
prisoners obtained alcohol (they reportedly made it), why so few guards were on duty, and why the
inmates could not have been evacuated sooner. For many observers, however, all the questions point to
the same overall problem: grossly overcrowded and decrepit, Chile's prison system is simply broken.
The point was not lost on President Sebastian Pinera. "Chile's prison system is not worthy of a country
that treats its people in a civilized way," he said following a Dec. 9 visit to the scene of the "hugely painful
tragedy." He added, "We cannot keep living with a prison system that is absolutely inhumane."
"Perfect garbage cans"
Such language has surfaced before. Following an April 2009 fire that killed 10 in Colina II, a prison on the
outskirts of Santiago, Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ) prosecutor Monica Maldonado filed an
investigative report describing Chile's prison system as "inhumane, degrading, and cruel" NotiSur, Sept.
25, 2009. The overcrowded system, she explained, is more or less incapable of rehabilitating its inmates,
physically and psychologically unhealthy, and extremely dangerous.
Chile's overall prison population grew precipitously starting in 2000, when authorities began
implementing a gradual overhaul of the country's antiquated "inquisitive" criminal-justice system. The
Reforma Penal--which included replacing time-consuming written proceedings with speedier oral trials-caused the number of prisoners in Chilean jails to nearly double, from 30,000 in 1999 to roughly 54,000
now. But while authorities have added some new jails in recent years, the prison system is still equipped
to handle only approximately 31,000 people.
"The overcrowding is made worse because inmates must often stay in their cells for 15 hours a day.
Generally speaking, the cells lack basic hygienic services, adequate light, and ventilation," Maldonado
wrote in her 2009 report.
At the time of the fire, Carcel San Miguel, equipped to handle approximately 900 prisoners, had roughly
1,900. In some prisons the overcrowding is even worse. The Santiago think tank Fundacion Paz
Ciudadana reports that, in 2009, the Puente Alto prison on the southern outskirts of Santiago had 1,752
inmates, nearly three times its capacity of 630. The situation was similar for the Santiago Sur
penitentiary: 6,237 inmates versus 2,446 beds.
Chile has the highest incarceration rate in Latin America: 318 per 100,000 residents, the San Jose, Costa
Rica-based Instituto Latinoamericano de las Naciones Unidas para la Prevencion del Delito y el
Tratamiento del Delincuente (ILANUD) reported in 2009. Neighboring Argentina, by contrast, jails roughly
half that amount.
"Our prisons are perfect garbage bins, where people are treated like human refuse," Alfonso Baeza, a
Chilean priest, explained in a recent press statement. "The jails are worse than shantytowns. I think the
poorest slum in Chile has better living conditions than our prisons, with the difference that in the slums
people are free."
Pointing the finger
The current government says its predecessors from the center-left Concertacion coalition are to blame
for the current crisis in the prison system. The four-party Concertacion governed Chile for two decades
before Pinera, a billionaire businessman and onetime senator for the center-right Renovacion Nacional
(RN), assumed the presidency last March NotiSur, March 26, 2010.
The surge in the prison population began in earnest during the administration of President Ricardo Lagos
(2000-2006). Lagos, the third of four consecutive Concertacion presidents, promised to alleviate the
bulging prison population with 10 privately-contracted jails. By the time Lagos' successor, President
Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010), left office, only six of those facilities were completed. Pinera, his
supporters claim, inherited someone else's mess.
"The measures applied by the Concertacion were insufficient, irresponsible, and negligent toward people
who are locked up," RN Sen. Alberto Espina argued during an early January congressional session.
Concertacion leaders say the criticism is unfair, especially coming from backers of a president who
campaigned on a tough law-and-order platform that included promises to "put a lock on the revolving
door" of Chile's prison system. Pinera has argued that the criminal-justice system is too lenient, allowing
criminals to easily leave the prison system only to commit more crimes and eventually return.
"Delinquentes, se les acabo la fiesta! (Criminals, the party's over!)," the president warned repeatedly
during his campaign.
Prior to the San Miguel fire, however, President Pinera offered no indication of how--assuming he does
manage to lock the revolving doors--he plans to house and feed the already bulging prison population.
Not only has his administration failed to launch a single new prison project, it also froze ready-to-go
construction plans (for prisons in Talca and Santiago) left by the outgoing Bachelet administration.
Pinera's team says it wants to redesign the plans to make them bigger and "more efficient."
From her office in New York City, where she heads UN Women, ex-President Bachelet defended her
record on the matter. "Efficiency isn't everything," she said. "We carried out bids and left projects like
Talca and Santiago II designed and ready to go. Unfortunately, I've been informed that it's all been
stopped. It all stopped with the arrival of the new government, which wanted to redefine and redesign.
The truth is that the designs and money were there."
Many prisoners, few solutions
Critics say there's plenty of blame to go around on both sides of the political aisle. What are missing are
real solutions to the problem, which the deadly San Miguel fire not only highlighted but also exacerbated.
Within days, the tragic inferno produced a ripple effect of violent discontent throughout Chile's prison
system. On Dec. 10, prisoners in San Miguel launched a riot that left more than 20 inmates injured. Two
days later, prisoners in the northern city of Calama began a hunger strike. A riot broke out Dec. 16 in
another Santiago prison. A dozen guards and 54 inmates suffered injuries. More than 40 inmates were
injured during a riot Dec. 21 in an Antofagasta prison. A riot took place last month in Puente Alto as well.
"It would be absurd to say that things are well. They're bad. Rather than criticize what hasn't been done,
what needs to happen now is to come up with ways to improve [the situation]," CSJ president Milton
Juica told reporters earlier this month. "This whole thing about issuing blame is something we need to
stop. There needs to be a much more proactive position, and if the political world can reach an
agreement, that'd be great."
Both sides seem to agree that Chile needs more prisons. Only by adding more beds to the system will
Chile be able to separate inmates (by the severity of their crimes) and rehabilitate them, Justice Minister
Felipe Bulnes explained in a Dec. 12 interview with Chilevision. "With rates of overcrowding like this,
conditions are subhuman," he said.
Given that the model was first introduced in Chile by the left-leaning Lagos government, one can assume
that both the Concertacion and Pinera's Alianza coalition favor privately contracted rather than publicly
built prisons.
New and better jails alone, however, are unlikely to solve the crisis. For some observers, the problem is
not too few prison beds but rather too many prisoners. Chile has few mechanisms in place to respond to
minor crimes with nonprison alternatives, meaning that people like San Miguel fire victim Arragiada, the
pirate-DVD seller, end up serving time side-by-side with hardened criminals. New, stiffer drug laws have
not helped either. Nor, say critics, does the trend toward prison privatization, which gives both the
companies that build and operate the jails and their shareholders an incentive to see more people locked
up.
"It's misguided to engage in a debate on who, President Sebastian Pinera or President Ricardo Lagos,
built more square meters [of prisons]," attorney and political scientist Santiago Escobar wrote in a recent
El Mostrador opinion piece. "The conditions of overcrowding and degradation are the result of a policy
oriented toward putting the highest number of people in prison possible--one that's supported by the
political elite on both sides based on the assumption that it's popular to do so.... In the end, it's not a
question of square meters but rather the number of prisoners."
Copyright © 2011 Latin American Data Base/Latin American Institute
Headline:
[call for solidarity] Police brutality against Afghan women and children in Greece
asylum seekers
Date:
1/22/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
Media Outlet:
CMAQ
Attachment Link:
http://www.cmaq.net/es/node/43081
Author: Venceremos!
Watch the video of Afghan and Iranian women and children seeking asylum in Greece being battered
and assaulted by the elite units of the Greek police, right outside The Ministry of Citizen Protection.
Asylum seekers, outside The United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Greece, have—once
more—sewn their lips!
HELP! POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST AFGHAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN GREECE!ASYLUM
SEEKERS HAVE SEWN LIPS!
Watch the video of Afghan and Iranianwomen and children seekingasylum in Greece beingbattered and
assaultedby the elite units of the Greek police, right outside The Ministry of Citizen Protection, at the
following link:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg82et_tvxs-gr-yyyyyyyyyyyy-yyyyy-yyyyy...
It is requested that you should sign the petition for the granting of asylum status to the victims of the
aforementioned criminal practices of aggravated battery and aggravated assault:
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41063/sign.html
URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!
Asylum seekers, outside The United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Greece, have—once
more—sewn their lips requesting that their applications for the granting of asylum should be processed in
accordance with the pertinent provisions of supranational legislation. A detailed description is provided by
MsAnastasia Balezdrovain the following article:
http://www.grreporter.info/en/refugees_afghanistan_iran_and_palestine_st...
SPREAD THE NEWS!
Contact as many friends as you can and send them the link to this post!
COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING LETTER AND SEND IT THROUGH E-MAIL (THE CONTACT
DETAILS ARE PROVIDED IN THE END OF THIS POST)
Dear High Commissioner for the Refugees:
Twofold is the purpose of the presents:
First, to request that you should instigate the necessary ex-officio proceedings (both on criminal and
disciplinary grounds) for the investigation of the (flagrant) delicts of aggravated battery and aggravated
assault committed by members of the elite units of the Greek police against Afghani and Iranian asylum
seekers—many of them had been women and children, one of whom had been breastfeeding from his
mother—outside The Ministry of Citizen Protection of The Hellenic Republic, on December 21, 2010;
Second, to invite your attention to the fact that a number of asylum seekers outside The Office of The
United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Greece have sewn their lipsin order to request that
their asylum applications should be processed in pursuance of the pertinent legal provisions (national
and supranational).
The following links are provided for the corroboration of the allegation dealing with the practices of the
Greek police.
Video of the aforementioned aggravated battery and aggravated assault:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg82et_tvxs-gr-yyyyyyyyyyyy-yyyyy-yyyyy...
Articles on Greek newspapers:
http://www.kathimerini.gr/4dcgi/_w_articles_kathremote_1_21/12/2010_3697...
http://www.imerisia.gr/article.asp?catid=12333&subid=2&pubid=85941148
http://www.avgi.gr/ArticleActionshow.action?articleID=588931
http://www.protothema.gr/greece/article/?aid=96345
http://news.ert.gr/el/ellada/koinonia/53168-astynomiki-epithesi-se-afgan...
http://jobulani.inews.gr/29/epithesi-mat-kata-afganon-kai-iranon-prosfyg...
Moreover, the journalistic article at the following electronic address is provided as a suitable means of
thorough briefing concerning the emergency situation outside The Office of The United Nations High
Commission for Refugees in Greece:
http://www.grreporter.info/en/refugees_afghanistan_iran_and_palestine_st...
It is requested that you should give these matters your immediate attention._
Respectfully,
Your Signature
You are encouraged to send it to as many International Organs as possible.Please remember to change
the salutation.
You may want to use the following salutations:
Dear High Commissioner for Human Rights:
Dear Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment:
If you send it to organisations, you can use the following salutation:
To whom it may concern:
You may also send it to Greek embassies and Consulates in your country.
Below is a (non-exclusive) list with the contact details of International Organs, Committees, and other
organisations.
UN High Commissioner for the Refugees
Website:http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home
E-mail: Not applicable
ContactForm: http://www.unhcr.org/php/contact.php?opt=headquarters
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Website:http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx
E-mails: [email protected], [email protected]
UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
Website:http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/torture/rapporteur/
E-mail: [email protected]
UNICEF
Website:http://www.unicef.org/
Ε-mail:[email protected]
Contact Details: http://www.unicef.org/about/contact_42379.html
Committee on the Rights of the Child
Website:http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/index.htm
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
UN Women
Website: http://www.unwomen.org/
E-mail: Not applicable
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Paet lükkab Eestit ÜRO inimõiguste ja julgeoleku nõukogusse
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Eesti välisminister Urmas Paet kohtus ÜRO peakorteris New Yorgis maailmaorganisatsiooni peasekretäri
Ban Ki-mooniga, teatas välisministeeriumi pressitalitus.
„Eesti valimine ÜRO inimõiguste nõukogu liikmeks 2012. aastal annaks Eestile rahvusvahelisel areenil
uue väljundi,“ ütles Paet. „Samuti valmistume Eesti kandideerimiseks ÜRO julgeolekunõukogu
mittealaliseks liikmeks aastal 2019.“
Peasekretär tunnustas Eestit aktiivse kaasatuse eest ÜRO tegevuses ja liidrirolli eest ÜRO jaoks ühe
viimaste aastate olulisima reformi – ÜRO arenguabisüsteemi tõhustamise läbiviimisel.
„Eesti roll ÜRO võrdõiguslikkusega tegeleva üksuse UN Womeni loomisel oli määrava tähtsusega,“ ütles
Ban.
Paet kinnitas, et Eesti jaoks on oluline jätkata tegevustega, et UN Women suudaks täita talle pandud
eesmärgid. „Samas ei saa naiste olukorra edendamine olla vaid ühe agentuuri töö. Seetõttu loodame, et
UN Women tekitab kogu ÜRO süsteemis vastutuse soolise aspektiga arvestamiseks,“ ütles Paet.
Välisminister Paet andis ÜRO peasekretärile ülevaate oma hiljutisest Afganistani visiidist.
Kõne alla tuli ka Lõuna-Sudaani iseseisvusreferendum. „Rahvusvahelisel kogukonnal tuleb igati vältida
Lõuna-Sudaani riigina läbikukkumist kohe algusest,“ ütles Paet.
Paet ja ÜRO peasekretär arutasid ka olukorda Põhja-Koreas ja Palestiinas.
Headline:
Se entrevistará canciller española con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon en EUA
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Madrid, España.- La ministra española de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez,
viajará a Estados Unidos, donde se entrevistará con la secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, y el
secretario general de Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon.
En una nota informativa, la Cancillería española indicó que Jiménez realizará una visita oficial de trabajo
del 24 al 26 de enero en Nueva York y Washington, con una agenda de trabajo en la que destaca el
diálogo sobre el futuro del Sahara Occidental.
La ministra española iniciará su agenda en Nueva York con una entrevista con la secretaria general
adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena, Michelle Bachelet.
Posteriormente, se reunirá con el enviado especial del secretario general de la ONU para el Sahara
Occidental, Christopher Ross, con el que hablará de la reanudación este fin de semana del diálogo entre
Marruecos y el Frente Polisario.
La visita a Naciones Unidas el lunes se cierra con un encuentro con Ban Ki-moon, con quien dialogará
sobre una solución del contencioso en la ex colonia española.
Más tarde, se reunirá con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José
Miguel Insulza, en la sede del organismo.
El martes 26 la ministra española sostendrá encuentros con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, John Kerry, y cierra su agenda con una reunión con el senador hispano
Robert Menéndez.
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Jawa : Perempuan Belum Menjadi Bagian Proses Penulisan Sejarah
Date:
1/22/2011 12:00:00 AM
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BANJARMASINPOST.co.id, YOGYAKARTA - Perempuan belum menjadi bagian dari proses penulisan
sejarah di Indonesia, karena tidak diberi tempat dalam ruang sejarah, kata pendiri Komisi Nasional
Perempuan Ita F Nadia.
"Kondisi itu menyebabkan kaum perempuan 'seakan-akan' tidak mempunyai sejarah. Padahal,
ketidakhadiran perempuan di dalam sejarah bisa berakibat merusak sejarah itu sendiri," katanya di
Yogyakarta, Sabtu.
Padahal, menurut dia dalam orasi ilmiah "Sumbangan Ilmu Sejarah untuk Kemanusiaan-Refleksi Pekerja
Kemanusiaan" di Fakultas Ilmu Budaya Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), sejarah erat kaitannya dengan
persoalan kemanusiaan yang tidak terlepas dari pihak perempuan yang selalu menjadi korban.
"Oleh karena itu, suara perempuan sebagai bagian dari perumusan sejarah sangat penting untuk ditulis
dan diangkat dalam sejarah lisan dan tertulis," kata aktivis United Nation (UN) Women ini.
Ia mengatakan pengalaman perempuan sebagai korban kekerasan merupakan usaha untuk menyingkap
struktur ketidakadilan kekuasaan dan politik kekerasan, yang telah mengakibatkan jatuhnya beribu-ribu
korban.
Pengalaman kekerasan para perempuan korban tragedi 1965, yang merupakan kisah traumatik yang
bersifat sangat pribadi dan renungan spiritual itu, akan bisa menjadi media untuk memaknai pengalaman
korban, baik bagi masyarakat pada umumnya maupun bagi korban itu sendiri pada khususnya.
"Pada satu pihak, akan menjadi cerita yang dapat memulihkan martabat kemanusiaan mereka, dan pada
pihak lain, akan mengakhiri dan tidak akan lagi menimbulkan penghinaan dan diskriminasi baru yang
berkembang di tengah masyarakat," kata penulis buku "Suara Perempuan Korban Tragedi '65" itu.
Berdasarkan penelitiannya, rangkaian kekerasan terhadap perempuan terjadi sejak zaman Jepang,
peristiwa G30S 1965, Timor Timur, Aceh, Papua, dan Mei 1998.
Menurut dia, tubuh perempuan ternyata menjadi sasaran "antara" dari serangkaian kejahatan yang
dirancang untuk menimbulkan ketakutan dan ketidakpercayaan di masyarakat, dan akhirnya akan
menimbulkan konflik baru yang tidak akan pernah berhenti.
"Kekerasan terhadap perempuan di dalam situasi konflik, bukan sebagai dampak, tetapi merupakan
kekerasan sistemik berdimensi gender," katanya.
Ia mengatakan, penulisan pengalaman perempuan korban itu merupakan upaya untuk menghentikan
"politik pembungkaman", yang lazim digunakan para pelaku kekerasan sebagai alat teror agar korban
dan masyarakat dicengkam rasa takut.
"Sejarah lisan menjadi salah satu cara untuk memecah kebisuan, dan dengan demikian untuk
menciptakan ruang sejarah. Tuturan pengalaman korban merupakan elemen penting untuk penyusunan
kembali masa lalu yang tidak adil," katanya.
Menurut dia, bagi perempuan korban kekerasan, metode sejarah lisan menjadi penting untuk membawa
perempuan masuk ke dalam ruang sejarah, dan menjadikan pengalaman mereka sebagai bagian dari
catatan (sejarah) tertulis.
"Untuk selanjutnya merupakan jalan dalam melakukan revisi sejarah, dan mengubah penggambaran
peristiwa yang sebelumnya pernah ditulis atau disiarkan secara tidak adil dan tidak memperhitungkan
sama sekali pengalaman perempuan," katanya.
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Tweet Madrid, España.- La ministra española de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad
Jiménez, viajará a Estados Unidos, donde se entrevistará con la secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, y
el secretario general de Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon. En una nota informativa, la Cancillería española
indicó que Jiménez realizará una visita oficial de trabajo del 24 al 26 de enero en Nueva York y
Washington, con una agenda de trabajo en la que destaca el diálogo sobre el futuro del Sahara
Occidental. El lunes, la ministra española iniciará su agenda en Nueva York con una entrevista con la
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Bachelet. Posteriormente, se reunirá con el enviado especial del secretario general de la ONU para el
Sahara Occidental, Christopher Ross, con el que hablará de la reanudación este fin de semana del
diálogo entre Marruecos y el Frente Polisario. La visita a Naciones Unidas el lunes se cierra con un
encuentro con Ban Ki-moon, con quien dialogará sobre una solución del contencioso en la ex colonia
española. El martes, Jiménez viajará a Washington donde será recibida por la secretaria de Estado,
Hilarry Clinton, en un encuentro de media hora para hablar sobre relaciones bilaterales, y posteriormente
ambas comparecerán en rueda de prensa. Más tarde, se reunirá con el secretario general de la
Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, en la sede del organismo.
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Se entrevistará canciller española con Clinton y Ban Ki Moon en EE.UU.
Date:
1/22/2011 12:00:00 AM
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MADRID (Notimex).— La ministra española de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez,
viajará a Estados Unidos, donde se entrevistará con la secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, y el
secretario general de Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon.
En una nota informativa, la Cancillería española indicó que Jiménez realizará una visita oficial de trabajo
del 24 al 26 de enero en Nueva York y Washington, con una agenda de trabajo en la que destaca el
diálogo sobre el futuro del Sahara Occidental.
El lunes, la ministra española iniciará su agenda en Nueva York con una entrevista con la secretaria
general adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena, Michelle Bachelet.
Posteriormente, se reunirá con el enviado especial del secretario general de la ONU para el Sahara
Occidental, Christopher Ross, con el que hablará de la reanudación este fin de semana del diálogo entre
Marruecos y el Frente POLISARIO
La visita a Naciones Unidas el lunes se cierra con un encuentro con Ban Ki-moon, con quien dialogará
sobre una solución del contencioso en la ex colonia española.
El martes, Jiménez viajará a Washington donde será recibida por la secretaria de Estado, Hilarry Clinton,
en un encuentro de media hora para hablar sobre relaciones bilaterales, y posteriormente ambas
comparecerán en rueda de prensa.
Más tarde, se reunirá con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José
Miguel Insulza, en la sede del organismo.
El martes 26 la ministra española sostendrá encuentros con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, John Kerry, y cierra su agenda con una reunión con el senador hispano
Robert Menéndez.
Headline:
Canciller española se entrevistará con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon en EU
Date:
1/22/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Trinidad Jiménez realizará una visita oficial de trabajo del 24 al 26 de enero en Nueva York y
Washington, con una agenda de trabajo en la que destaca el diálogo sobre el futuro del Sahara
Occidental.
Madrid.- La ministra española de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez, viajará a
Estados Unidos, donde se entrevistará con la secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, y el secretario
general de Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon.
En una nota informativa, la Cancillería española indicó que Jiménez realizará una visita oficial de trabajo
del 24 al 26 de enero en Nueva York y Washington, con una agenda de trabajo en la que destaca el
diálogo sobre el futuro del Sahara Occidental.
El lunes, la ministra española iniciará su agenda en Nueva York con una entrevista con la secretaria
general adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena, Michelle Bachelet.
Posteriormente, se reunirá con el enviado especial del secretario general de la ONU para el Sahara
Occidental, Christopher Ross, con el que hablará de la reanudación este fin de semana del diálogo entre
Marruecos y el Frente Polisario.
La visita a Naciones Unidas el lunes se cierra con un encuentro con Ban Ki-moon, con quien dialogará
sobre una solución del contencioso en la ex colonia española.
El martes, Jiménez viajará a Washington donde será recibida por la secretaria de Estado, Hilarry Clinton,
en un encuentro de media hora para hablar sobre relaciones bilaterales, y posteriormente ambas
comparecerán en rueda de prensa.
Más tarde, se reunirá con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José
Miguel Insulza, en la sede del organismo.
El martes 26 la ministra española sostendrá encuentros con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, John Kerry, y cierra su agenda con una reunión con el senador hispano
Robert Menéndez.Trinidad Jiménez realizará una visita oficial de trabajo del 24 al 26 de enero en Nueva
York y Washington, con una agenda de trabajo en la que destaca el diálogo sobre el futuro del Sahara
Occidental.
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Eesti otsib pƤƤsu Ć?RO inimƵiguste nƵukokku
Date:
1/22/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Paet sƵnas kohtumisel, et Eesti jƤtkab aktiivset panustamist Ć?ROs humanitaar, arengu ja
vƵrdƵiguslikkuse vallas. ā€˛Eesti valimine Ć?RO inimƵiguste nƵukogu liikmeks 2012. aastal
annaks Eestile rahvusvahelisel areenil uue vƤljundi,ā€? Ć¼tles vƤlisminister Paet. ā€˛Samuti
valmistume Eesti kandideerimiseks Ć?RO julgeolekunƵukogu mittealaliseks liikmeks aastal 2019,ā€?
sƵnas Paet.
PeasekretƤr Ban tunnustas Eestit aktiivse kaasatuse eest Ć?RO tegevuses ja liidrirolli eest Ć?RO jaoks
Ć¼he viimaste aastate olulisima reformi ā€“ Ć?RO arenguabisĆ¼steemi tƵhustamise ā€“ lƤbiviimisel.
ā€˛Eesti roll Ć?RO vƵrdƵiguslikkusega tegeleva Ć¼ksuse UN Womeni loomisel oli mƤƤrava tƤ
htsusega,ā€? Ć¼tles peasekretƤr Ban. VƤlisminister Paet kinnitas, et Eesti jaoks on oluline jƤtkata
tegevustega, et UN Women suudaks tƤita talle pandud eesmƤrgid. ā€˛Samas ei saa naiste olukorra
edendamine olla vaid Ć¼he agentuuri tƶƶ. SeetƵttu loodame, et UN Women tekitab kogu Ć?RO sĆ
¼steemis vastutuse soolise aspektiga arvestamiseks,ā€? sƵnas Paet kohtumisel.
ado.slave('adoceandelfieeroonhjgfab', }); VƤlisminister Paeti sƵnul peab Eesti oluliseks Ć?RO
tegevust maailma humanitaarprobleemidega tegelemisel ning Eesti on valmis sellesse oma panust
suurendama.
RƤƤkides olukorrast Sudaanis pƤrast LƵuna-Sudaani iseseisvusreferendumit Ć¼tles vƤ
lisminister Paet, et Eestile on oluline, et tulemusi tunnustaks nii PƵhja-Sudaan kui rahvusvaheline Ć¼
ldsus. ā€˛Ainult see saab luua aluse pĆ¼siva rahu tekkimisele kahe iseseisva riigi vahel.
Rahvusvahelisel kogukonnal tuleb igati vƤltida LƵuna-Sudaani riigina lƤbikukkumist kohe
algusest,ā€? Ć¼tles Paet.
VƤlisminister Paet andis kohtumisel Ć?RO peasekretƤrile Ć¼levaate ka oma hiljutisest Afganistani
visiidist. Paet ja Ć?RO peasekretƤr arutasid ka olukorda PƵhja-Koreas ja Palestiinas.
Headline:
España/EEUU.- Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita a EEUU con
el Sáhara como telón de fondo
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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El Polisario ve con recelo las gestiones del Gobierno español y le advierte: "Es mejor callar que meter la
pata"
La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez, iniciará mañana lunes su primera
visita oficial a Estados Unidos con las conversaciones sobre el contencioso del Sáhara Occidental como
telón de fondo.
Representantes de Marruecos y el Frente Polisario se reúnen de nuevo este fin de semana a las afueras
de Nueva York bajo los auspicios de la ONU, aunque como en citas anteriores no se esperan grandes
progresos debido a que cada uno mantiene sus posiciones de fondo.
Rabat no admite otra solución para el Sahara Occidental que su propuesta de autonomía y el Polisario
insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum de autodeterminación que incluya la opción de la
independencia.
Jiménez se reunirá el lunes en Nueva York con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki Moon, y con su
enviado personal para el Sáhara, Christopher Ross, de quien recibirá información de primera mano
sobre el desarrollo de las conversaciones entre Rabat y el Polisario.
Con la intención de mover a las partes a que flexibilicen sus posiciones, la ministra defiende que se
celebre una reunión a nivel de ministros o de secretarios de Estado del Grupo de Amigos para el Sáhara
que España forma con EEUU, Francia, Reino Unido y Rusia en el seno de la ONU.
De hecho, éste será uno de los temas que abordará Jiménez con su colega norteamericana, Hillary
Clinton, el martes en Washington. La ministra española ya trasladó esta idea a la secretaria de Estado
norteamericana en su primera entrevista en Lisboa a finales de noviembre y Clinton se comprometió a
estudiarla.
El representante del Polisario ante la ONU y partícipe de las conversaciones con Rabat, Ahmed Bujari,
ha reaccionado con recelo a esta iniciativa después de las últimas declaraciones que tanto la ministra
como el ministro de la Presidencia, Ramón Jáuregui, han hecho sobre el contencioso.
Después de que Jáuregui aconsejara al Polisario no despreciar la opción de la autonomía y de que
Jiménez hablara de las "dificultades" de organizar un referéndum de autodeterminación, Bujari ha
advertido a Jiménez de que "es mucho mejor callar que meter la pata".
En su opinión, este tipo de declaraciones "sólo contribuye a fortalecer la posición marroquí", por lo que
"cualquier idea" que pueda proponer España en relación con el contencioso "no es de buen agüero".
Por parte marroquí, se espera que sea el ministro de Exteriores, Taieb Fassi Fihri, quien encabece la
delegación que se reúna con el Polisario.
DESAYUNO CON BACHELET
Jiménez comenzará su agenda de mañana con un desayuno de trabajo con la secretaria general adjunta
de la nueva entidad de género de Naciones Unidas, ONU Mujeres, la chilena Michelle Bachelet, en el
que estará acompañada por la secretaria de Estado de Igualdad, Bibiana Aído.
Tras reunirse con Christopher Ross, Jiménez mantendrá un encuentro con funcionarios españoles en la
ONU y a mediodía con Ban Ki Moon.
El martes la ministra se reunirá con Clinton en la sede del departamento de Estado en Washington el
mismo día en que Barack Obama realizará el discurso anual sobre el Estado de la Unión. Ambas prevén
comparecer ante la prensa al término del encuentro de media hora de duración.
Por la tarde, Jiménez se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos, José Miguel Insulza. El miércoles se verá con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, el demócrata John Kerry, y con el senador hispano, también demócrata,
Robert Menéndez.
Headline:
Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita a EEUU con el Sáhara como
telón de fondo
Date:
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El Polisario ve con recelo las gestiones del Gobierno español y le advierte: "Es mejor callar que meter la
pata"
MADRID, 23 (EUROPA PRESS)
La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez, iniciará mañana lunes su primera
visita oficial a Estados Unidos con las conversaciones sobre el contencioso del Sáhara Occidental como
telón de fondo.
Representantes de Marruecos y el Frente Polisario se reúnen de nuevo este fin de semana a las afueras
de Nueva York bajo los auspicios de la ONU, aunque como en citas anteriores no se esperan grandes
progresos debido a que cada uno mantiene sus posiciones de fondo.
Rabat no admite otra solución para el Sahara Occidental que su propuesta de autonomía y el Polisario
insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum de autodeterminación que incluya la opción de la
independencia.
Jiménez se reunirá el lunes en Nueva York con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki Moon, y con su
enviado personal para el Sáhara, Christopher Ross, de quien recibirá información de primera mano
sobre el desarrollo de las conversaciones entre Rabat y el Polisario.
Con la intención de mover a las partes a que flexibilicen sus posiciones, la ministra defiende que se
celebre una reunión a nivel de ministros o de secretarios de Estado del Grupo de Amigos para el Sáhara
que España forma con EEUU, Francia, Reino Unido y Rusia en el seno de la ONU.
De hecho, éste será uno de los temas que abordará Jiménez con su colega norteamericana, Hillary
Clinton, el martes en Washington. La ministra española ya trasladó esta idea a la secretaria de Estado
norteamericana en su primera entrevista en Lisboa a finales de noviembre y Clinton se comprometió a
estudiarla.
El representante del Polisario ante la ONU y partícipe de las conversaciones con Rabat, Ahmed Bujari,
ha reaccionado con recelo a esta iniciativa después de las últimas declaraciones que tanto la ministra
como el ministro de la Presidencia, Ramón Jáuregui, han hecho sobre el contencioso.
Después de que Jáuregui aconsejara al Polisario no despreciar la opción de la autonomía y de que
Jiménez hablara de las "dificultades" de organizar un referéndum de autodeterminación, Bujari ha
advertido a Jiménez de que "es mucho mejor callar que meter la pata".
En su opinión, este tipo de declaraciones "sólo contribuye a fortalecer la posición marroquí", por lo que
"cualquier idea" que pueda proponer España en relación con el contencioso "no es de buen agüero".
Por parte marroquí, se espera que sea el ministro de Exteriores, Taieb Fassi Fihri, quien encabece la
delegación que se reúna con el Polisario.
DESAYUNO CON BACHELET
Jiménez comenzará su agenda de mañana con un desayuno de trabajo con la secretaria general adjunta
de la nueva entidad de género de Naciones Unidas, ONU Mujeres, la chilena Michelle Bachelet, en el
que estará acompañada por la secretaria de Estado de Igualdad, Bibiana Aído.
Tras reunirse con Christopher Ross, Jiménez mantendrá un encuentro con funcionarios españoles en la
ONU y a mediodía con Ban Ki Moon.
El martes la ministra se reunirá con Clinton en la sede del departamento de Estado en Washington el
mismo día en que Barack Obama realizará el discurso anual sobre el Estado de la Unión. Ambas prevén
comparecer ante la prensa al término del encuentro de media hora de duración.
Por la tarde, Jiménez se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos, José Miguel Insulza. El miércoles se verá con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, el demócrata John Kerry, y con el senador hispano, también demócrata,
Robert Menéndez.
Headline:
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para
Date:
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Madrid, 23 ene (EFE).- La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza mañana una
visita de tres días a Estados Unidos durante la que se va a reunir con la secretaria de Estado
estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, y el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon. Se trata del primer viaje
de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del departamento el pasado 21
de octubre. Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Clinton el martes en Washington,
según fuentes de Exteriores. El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda
bilateral e internacional, como el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, América Latina, Oriente Próximo,
Afganistán o Túnez. Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de
noviembre aprovechando la asistencia de ambas a la cumbre de la OTAN. Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos
semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó
la tensión en la zona. El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una
solución ante la falta de avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y Frente Polisario mantienen el
diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU. Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda
de contactos entre las partes, Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sáhara con Ban Ki-monn
y su enviado especial para el Sáhara Occidental, Christopher Ross. En el plano bilateral, Jiménez
expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos los ámbitos, en especial en el
económico y comercial. La ministra se interesará por el caso de María José Carrascosa, quien está en
una prisión de Nueva Jersey condenada a catorce años por un litigio con su ex marido por la custodia de
su hija. Jiménez aseguró el pasado miércoles que el Gobierno no tiene "capacidad de intervención
política" ante los tribunales estadounidenses, pero sí margen de maniobra para que Carrascosa pueda
cumplir la pena en España. La familia de Carrascosa ha acusado al Ejecutivo de haberles "tomado el
pelo" al fingir una labor de mediación que no realizó ante las autoridades de EEUU, a tenor de los cables
diplomáticos de la Embajada estadounidense en Madrid filtrados por la web WikiLeaks. Exteriores no ha
confirmado si se hablará sobre el caso del cámara de televisión fallecido en Irak, José Couso, otro
asunto en el que, según WikiLeaks, la Embajada de EEUU presionó al Gobierno para que no prospera al
haber implicados tres militares estadounidenses. El juez de la Audiencia Nacional Santiago Pedraz ha
reactivado su investigación y pretende viajar a Irak con varios testigos para reconstruir cómo fue la
muerte del cámara en 2003. Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del
penal de Guantánamo, donde siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con Al
Qaeda. España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que
llegaron durante el primer semestre del pasado año y habría interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el
Ejecutivo. Otro asunto pendiente entre ambos países es el de la situación de Palomares (Almería), la
localidad donde cayeron varias bombas nucleares en 1966. El Gobierno mantiene su postura de que
Estados Unidos debe hacerse cargo de la limpieza de los residuos radiactivos causados por la caída
accidental de las bombas. Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de
que el régimen castrista prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52
deportados a España desde el pasado mes de julio. Durante su estancia en EEUU se entrevistará con el
secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la
secretaria general adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle
Bachelet. Madrid, 23 ene (EFE).- La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza
mañana una visita de tres días a Estados Unidos durante la que se va a reunir con la secretaria de
Estado estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, y el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon. Se trata del
primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del departamento
el pasado 21 de octubre. Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Clinton el martes en
Washington, según fuentes de Exteriores. El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de
la agenda bilateral e internacional, como el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, América Latina, Oriente
Próximo, Afganistán o Túnez. Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20
de noviembre aprovechando la asistencia de ambas a la cumbre de la OTAN. Este encuentro tuvo lugar
dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento saharaui de El Aaiún, que
elevó la tensión en la zona. El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de
una solución ante la falta de avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y Frente Polisario mantienen el
diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU. Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda
de contactos entre las partes, Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sáhara con Ban Ki-monn
y su enviado especial para el Sáhara Occidental, Christopher Ross. En el plano bilateral, Jiménez
expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos los ámbitos, en especial en el
económico y comercial. La ministra se interesará por el caso de María José Carrascosa, quien está en
una prisión de Nueva Jersey condenada a catorce años por un litigio con su ex marido por la custodia de
su hija. Jiménez aseguró el pasado miércoles que el Gobierno no tiene "capacidad de intervención
política" ante los tribunales estadounidenses, pero sí margen de maniobra para que Carrascosa pueda
cumplir la pena en España. La familia de Carrascosa ha acusado al Ejecutivo de haberles "tomado el
pelo" al fingir una labor de mediación que no realizó ante las autoridades de EEUU, a tenor de los cables
diplomáticos de la Embajada estadounidense en Madrid filtrados por la web WikiLeaks. Exteriores no ha
confirmado si se hablará sobre el caso del cámara de televisión fallecido en Irak, José Couso, otro
asunto en el que, según WikiLeaks, la Embajada de EEUU presionó al Gobierno para que no prospera al
haber implicados tres militares estadounidenses. El juez de la Audiencia Nacional Santiago Pedraz ha
reactivado su investigación y pretende viajar a Irak con varios testigos para reconstruir cómo fue la
muerte del cámara en 2003. Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del
penal de Guantánamo, donde siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con Al
Qaeda. España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que
llegaron durante el primer semestre del pasado año y habría interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el
Ejecutivo. Otro asunto pendiente entre ambos países es el de la situación de Palomares (Almería), la
localidad donde cayeron varias bombas nucleares en 1966. El Gobierno mantiene su postura de que
Estados Unidos debe hacerse cargo de la limpieza de los residuos radiactivos causados por la caída
accidental de las bombas. Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de
que el régimen castrista prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52
deportados a España desde el pasado mes de julio. Durante su estancia en EEUU se entrevistará con el
secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la
secretaria general adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle
Bachelet. Madrid, 23 ene (EFE).- La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza
mañana una visita de tres días a Estados Unidos durante la que se va a reunir con la secretaria de
Estado estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, y el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon. Se trata del
primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del departamento
el pasado 21 de octubre. Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Clinton el martes en
Washington, según fuentes de Exteriores. El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de
la agenda bilateral e internacional, como el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, América Latina, Oriente
Próximo, Afganistán o Túnez. Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20
de noviembre aprovechando la asistencia de ambas a la cumbre de la OTAN. Este encuentro tuvo lugar
dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento saharaui de El Aaiún, que
elevó la tensión en la zona. El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de
una solución ante la falta de avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y Frente Polisario mantienen el
diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU. Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda
de contactos entre las partes, Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sáhara con Ban Ki-monn
y su enviado especial para el Sáhara Occidental, Christopher Ross. En el plano bilateral, Jiménez
expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos los ámbitos, en especial en el
económico y comercial. La ministra se interesará por el caso de María José Carrascosa, quien está en
una prisión de Nueva Jersey condenada a catorce años por un litigio con su ex marido por la custodia de
su hija. Jiménez aseguró el pasado miércoles que el Gobierno no tiene "capacidad de intervención
política" ante los tribunales estadounidenses, pero sí margen de maniobra para que Carrascosa pueda
cumplir la pena en España. La familia de Carrascosa ha acusado al Ejecutivo de haberles "tomado el
pelo" al fingir una labor de mediación que no realizó ante las autoridades de EEUU, a tenor de los cables
diplomáticos de la Embajada estadounidense en Madrid filtrados por la web WikiLeaks. Exteriores no ha
confirmado si se hablará sobre el caso del cámara de televisión fallecido en Irak, José Couso, otro
asunto en el que, según WikiLeaks, la Embajada de EEUU presionó al Gobierno para que no prospera al
haber implicados tres militares estadounidenses. El juez de la Audiencia Nacional Santiago Pedraz ha
reactivado su investigación y pretende viajar a Irak con varios testigos para reconstruir cómo fue la
muerte del cámara en 2003. Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del
penal de Guantánamo, donde siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con Al
Qaeda. España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que
llegaron durante el primer semestre del pasado año y habría interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el
Ejecutivo. Otro asunto pendiente entre ambos países es el de la situación de Palomares (Almería), la
localidad donde cayeron varias bombas nucleares en 1966. El Gobierno mantiene su postura de que
Estados Unidos debe hacerse cargo de la limpieza de los residuos radiactivos causados por la caída
accidental de las bombas. Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de
que el régimen castrista prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52
deportados a España desde el pasado mes de julio. Durante su estancia en EEUU se entrevistará con el
secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la
secretaria general adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle
Bachelet.
Headline:
Ministra española de Exteriores se reunirá en EEUU con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores española, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza mañana una visita de tres días
a Estados Unidos durante la que se reunirá con la secretaria de Estado de ese país, Hillary Clinton, y
con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, entre otras personalidades.
Se trata del primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del
departamento el pasado 21 de octubre.
Durante su estancia en EEUU, Jiménez se entrevistará también con el secretario general de la
Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la secretaria general adjunta de
la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet.
Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Hillary Clinton el martes en Washington, según
fuentes del Ministerio español de Asuntos Exteriores.
El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como
el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, la crisis de Túnez, la guerra de Afganistán y la situación en América
Latina y Oriente Medio.
Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de noviembre aprovechando
su asistencia a la cumbre de la OTAN.
Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento
saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó la tensión en la antigua colonia española en el noroeste de África.
El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una solución ante la falta de
avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y el Frente Polisario (movimiento que reclama la
independencia del Sahara Occidental) mantienen el diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU.
Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda de contactos entre las partes,
Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sahara con Ban Ki-moon y su enviado especial para el
Sahara Occidental, Christopher Ross.
En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos
los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial.
Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del penal de Guantánamo, donde
siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con la red terrorista Al Qaeda.
España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que llegaron
durante el primer semestre del pasado año y hay interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el Ejecutivo.
Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de que el régimen castrista
prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52 deportados a España desde el
pasado mes de julio.
Headline:
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para verse con Hillary Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
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La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza mañana una visita de tres días a Estados
Unidos durante la que se va a reunir con la secretaria de Estado estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, y el
secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon.
Se trata del primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del
departamento el pasado 21 de octubre.
Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Clinton el martes en Washington, según fuentes
de Exteriores.
El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como
el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, América Latina, Oriente Próximo, Afganistán o Túnez.
Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de noviembre aprovechando
la asistencia de ambas a la cumbre de la OTAN.
Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento
saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó la tensión en la zona.
El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una solución ante la falta de
avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y Frente Polisario mantienen el diálogo bajo los auspicios de
la ONU.
Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda de contactos entre las partes,
Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sáhara con Ban Ki-monn y su enviado especial para el
Sáhara Occidental, Christopher Ross.
En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos
los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial.
La ministra se interesará por el caso de María José Carrascosa, quien está en una prisión de Nueva
Jersey condenada a catorce años por un litigio con su ex marido por la custodia de su hija.
Jiménez aseguró el pasado miércoles que el Gobierno no tiene "capacidad de intervención política" ante
los tribunales estadounidenses, pero sí margen de maniobra para que Carrascosa pueda cumplir la pena
en España.
La familia de Carrascosa ha acusado al Ejecutivo de haberles "tomado el pelo" al fingir una labor de
mediación que no realizó ante las autoridades de EEUU, a tenor de los cables diplomáticos de la
Embajada estadounidense en Madrid filtrados por la web WikiLeaks.
Exteriores no ha confirmado si se hablará sobre el caso del cámara de televisión fallecido en Irak, José
Couso, otro asunto en el que, según WikiLeaks, la Embajada de EEUU presionó al Gobierno para que
no prospera al haber implicados tres militares estadounidenses.
El juez de la Audiencia Nacional Santiago Pedraz ha reactivado su investigación y pretende viajar a Irak
con varios testigos para reconstruir cómo fue la muerte del cámara en 2003.
Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del penal de Guantánamo, donde
siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con Al Qaeda.
España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que llegaron
durante el primer semestre del pasado año y habría interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el
Ejecutivo.
Otro asunto pendiente entre ambos países es el de la situación de Palomares (Almería), la localidad
donde cayeron varias bombas nucleares en 1966.
El Gobierno mantiene su postura de que Estados Unidos debe hacerse cargo de la limpieza de los
residuos radiactivos causados por la caída accidental de las bombas.
Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de que el régimen castrista
prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52 deportados a España desde el
pasado mes de julio.
Durante su estancia en EEUU se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la secretaria general adjunta de la entidad de género
ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet.
El miércoles cerrará su ronda de contactos con el demócrata John Kerry, presidente de la Comisión de
Relaciones Internacionales del Senado, y con Robert Menéndez, miembro de este órgano.
Headline:
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para entrevistarse con Hillary Clinton y Ban
Ki-moon
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza mañana una visita de tres días a Estados
Unidos durante la que se va a reunir con la secretaria de Estado estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, y el
secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon. Se trata del primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que
relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del departamento el pasado 21 de octubre. Jiménez, quien
volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Clinton el martes en Washington, según fuentes de Exteriores. El
objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como el
conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, América Latina, Oriente Próximo, Afganistán o Túnez. Jiménez y Clinton
mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de noviembre aprovechando la asistencia de
ambas a la cumbre de la OTAN. Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos semanas después del desalojo por parte
de Marruecos del campamento saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó la tensión en la zona. El Ejecutivo
español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una solución ante la falta de avances,
pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y Frente Polisario mantienen el diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU.
Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda de contactos entre las partes,
Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sáhara con Ban Ki-monn y su enviado especial para el
Sáhara Occidental, Christopher Ross. En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de
fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial. La
ministra se interesará por el caso de María José Carrascosa, quien está en una prisión de Nueva Jersey
condenada a catorce años por un litigio con su ex marido por la custodia de su hija. Jiménez aseguró el
pasado miércoles que el Gobierno no tiene "capacidad de intervención política" ante los tribunales
estadounidenses, pero sí margen de maniobra para que Carrascosa pueda cumplir la pena en España.
La familia de Carrascosa ha acusado al Ejecutivo de haberles "tomado el pelo" al fingir una labor de
mediación que no realizó ante las autoridades de EEUU, a tenor de los cables diplomáticos de la
Embajada estadounidense en Madrid filtrados por la web WikiLeaks. Exteriores no ha confirmado si se
hablará sobre el caso del cámara de televisión fallecido en Irak, José Couso, otro asunto en el que,
según WikiLeaks, la Embajada de EEUU presionó al Gobierno para que no prospera al haber implicados
tres militares estadounidenses. El juez de la Audiencia Nacional Santiago Pedraz ha reactivado su
investigación y pretende viajar a Irak con varios testigos para reconstruir cómo fue la muerte del cámara
en 2003. Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del penal de
Guantánamo, donde siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con Al Qaeda.
España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que llegaron
durante el primer semestre del pasado año y habría interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el
Ejecutivo. Otro asunto pendiente entre ambos países es el de la situación de Palomares (Almería), la
localidad donde cayeron varias bombas nucleares en 1966. El Gobierno mantiene su postura de que
Estados Unidos debe hacerse cargo de la limpieza de los residuos radiactivos causados por la caída
accidental de las bombas. Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de
que el régimen castrista prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52
deportados a España desde el pasado mes de julio. Durante su estancia en EEUU se entrevistará con el
secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la
secretaria general adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle
Bachelet. El miércoles cerrará su ronda de contactos con el demócrata John Kerry, presidente de la
Comisión de Relaciones Internacionales del Senado, y con Robert Menéndez, miembro de este órgano.
Headline:
Jiménez viaja a Estados Unidos para verse con Hillary Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Madrid, 23 ene (EFE).- La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza mañana una
visita de tres días a Estados Unidos durante la que se va a reunir con la secretaria de Estado
estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, y el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon.
Se trata del primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del
departamento el pasado 21 de octubre.
Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Clinton el martes en Washington, según fuentes
de Exteriores.
El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como
el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, América Latina, Oriente Próximo, Afganistán o Túnez.
Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de noviembre aprovechando
la asistencia de ambas a la cumbre de la OTAN.
Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento
saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó la tensión en la zona.
El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una solución ante la falta de
avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y Frente Polisario mantienen el diálogo bajo los auspicios de
la ONU.
Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda de contactos entre las partes,
Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sáhara con Ban Ki-monn y su enviado especial para el
Sáhara Occidental, Christopher Ross.
En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos
los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial.
La ministra se interesará por el caso de María José Carrascosa, quien está en una prisión de Nueva
Jersey condenada a catorce años por un litigio con su ex marido por la custodia de su hija.
Jiménez aseguró el pasado miércoles que el Gobierno no tiene "capacidad de intervención política" ante
los tribunales estadounidenses, pero sí margen de maniobra para que Carrascosa pueda cumplir la pena
en España.
La familia de Carrascosa ha acusado al Ejecutivo de haberles "tomado el pelo" al fingir una labor de
mediación que no realizó ante las autoridades de EEUU, a tenor de los cables diplomáticos de la
Embajada estadounidense en Madrid filtrados por la web WikiLeaks.
Exteriores no ha confirmado si se hablará sobre el caso del cámara de televisión fallecido en Irak, José
Couso, otro asunto en el que, según WikiLeaks, la Embajada de EEUU presionó al Gobierno para que
no prospera al haber implicados tres militares estadounidenses.
El juez de la Audiencia Nacional Santiago Pedraz ha reactivado su investigación y pretende viajar a Irak
con varios testigos para reconstruir cómo fue la muerte del cámara en 2003.
Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del penal de Guantánamo, donde
siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con Al Qaeda.
España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que llegaron
durante el primer semestre del pasado año y habría interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el
Ejecutivo.
Otro asunto pendiente entre ambos países es el de la situación de Palomares (Almería), la localidad
donde cayeron varias bombas nucleares en 1966.
El Gobierno mantiene su postura de que Estados Unidos debe hacerse cargo de la limpieza de los
residuos radiactivos causados por la caída accidental de las bombas.
Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de que el régimen castrista
prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52 deportados a España desde el
pasado mes de julio.
Durante su estancia en EEUU se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la secretaria general adjunta de la entidad de género
ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet.
Headline:
Ministra española de Exteriores se reunirá en EEUU con Clinton y Ban Ki-moon
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Madrid, 23 ene (EFE).- La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores española, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza
mañana una visita de tres días a Estados Unidos durante la que se reunirá con la secretaria de Estado
de ese país, Hillary Clinton, y con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, entre otras
personalidades.
Se trata del primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del
departamento el pasado 21 de octubre.
Durante su estancia en EEUU, Jiménez se entrevistará también con el secretario general de la
Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la secretaria general adjunta de
la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet.
Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Hillary Clinton el martes en Washington, según
fuentes del Ministerio español de Asuntos Exteriores.
El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como
el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, la crisis de Túnez, la guerra de Afganistán y la situación en América
Latina y Oriente Medio.
Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de noviembre aprovechando
su asistencia a la cumbre de la OTAN.
Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento
saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó la tensión en la antigua colonia española en el noroeste de África.
El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una solución ante la falta de
avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y el Frente Polisario (movimiento que reclama la
independencia del Sahara Occidental) mantienen el diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU.
Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda de contactos entre las partes,
Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sahara con Ban Ki-moon y su enviado especial para el
Sahara Occidental, Christopher Ross.
En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos
los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial.
Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del penal de Guantánamo, donde
siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con la red terrorista Al Qaeda.
España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que llegaron
durante el primer semestre del pasado año y hay interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el Ejecutivo.
Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de que el régimen castrista
prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52 deportados a España desde el
pasado mes de julio. EFE
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Headline:
Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita a EEUU con el Sáhara como
telón de fondo
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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El Polisario ve con recelo las gestiones del Gobierno español y le advierte: "Es mejor callar que meter la
pata" MADRID, 23 (EUROPA PRESS) La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad
Jiménez, iniciará mañana lunes su primera visita oficial a Estados Unidos con las conversaciones sobre
el contencioso del Sáhara Occidental como telón de fondo. Representantes de Marruecos y el Frente
Polisario se reúnen de nuevo este fin de semana a las afueras de Nueva York bajo los auspicios de la
ONU, aunque como en citas anteriores no se esperan grandes progresos debido a que cada uno
mantiene sus posiciones de fondo. Rabat no admite otra solución para el Sahara Occidental que su
propuesta de autonomía y el Polisario insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum de
autodeterminación que incluya la opción de la independencia. Jiménez se reunirá el lunes en Nueva
York con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki Moon, y con su enviado personal para el Sáhara,
Christopher Ross, de quien recibirá información de primera mano sobre el desarrollo de las
conversaciones entre Rabat y el Polisario. Con la intención de mover a las partes a que flexibilicen sus
posiciones, la ministra defiende que se celebre una reunión a nivel de ministros o de secretarios de
Estado del Grupo de Amigos para el Sáhara que España forma con EEUU, Francia, Reino Unido y Rusia
en el seno de la ONU. De hecho, éste será uno de los temas que abordará Jiménez con su colega
norteamericana, Hillary Clinton, el martes en Washington. La ministra española ya trasladó esta idea a la
secretaria de Estado norteamericana en su primera entrevista en Lisboa a finales de noviembre y Clinton
se comprometió a estudiarla. El representante del Polisario ante la ONU y partícipe de las
conversaciones con Rabat, Ahmed Bujari, ha reaccionado con recelo a esta iniciativa después de las
últimas declaraciones que tanto la ministra como el ministro de la Presidencia, Ramón Jáuregui, han
hecho sobre el contencioso. Después de que Jáuregui aconsejara al Polisario no despreciar la opción de
la autonomía y de que Jiménez hablara de las "dificultades" de organizar un referéndum de
autodeterminación, Bujari ha advertido a Jiménez de que "es mucho mejor callar que meter la pata". En
su opinión, este tipo de declaraciones "sólo contribuye a fortalecer la posición marroquí", por lo que
"cualquier idea" que pueda proponer España en relación con el contencioso "no es de buen agüero". Por
parte marroquí, se espera que sea el ministro de Exteriores, Taieb Fassi Fihri, quien encabece la
delegación que se reúna con el Polisario.DESAYUNO CON BACHELET Jiménez comenzará su agenda
de mañana con un desayuno de trabajo con la secretaria general adjunta de la nueva entidad de género
de Naciones Unidas, ONU Mujeres, la chilena Michelle Bachelet, en el que estará acompañada por la
secretaria de Estado de Igualdad, Bibiana Aído. Tras reunirse con Christopher Ross, Jiménez mantendrá
un encuentro con funcionarios españoles en la ONU y a mediodía con Ban Ki Moon. El martes la
ministra se reunirá con Clinton en la sede del departamento de Estado en Washington el mismo día en
que Barack Obama realizará el discurso anual sobre el Estado de la Unión. Ambas prevén comparecer
ante la prensa al término del encuentro de media hora de duración. Por la tarde, Jiménez se entrevistará
con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos, José Miguel Insulza. El miércoles
se verá con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones Internacionales del Senado, el demócrata John
Kerry, y con el senador hispano, también demócrata, Robert Menéndez.
Headline:
Trinidad Jiménez 'intentará' defender la postura de España ante el Sáhara en su
visita a EE UU
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Representantes de Marruecos y el Frente Polisario se reúnen de nuevo este fin de semana a las afueras
de Nueva York bajo los auspicios de la ONU, aunque como en citas anteriores no se esperan grandes
progresos debido a que cada uno mantiene sus posiciones de fondo.
Rabat no admite otra solución para el Sahara Occidental que su propuesta de autonomía y el Polisario
insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum de autodeterminación que incluya la opción de la
independencia.
Jiménez se reunirá el lunes en Nueva York con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki Moon , y con su
enviado personal para el Sáhara , Christopher Ross , de quien recibirá información de primera mano
sobre el desarrollo de las conversaciones entre Rabat y el Polisario.
Con la intención de mover a las partes a que flexibilicen sus posiciones, la ministra defiende que se
celebre una reunión a nivel de ministros o de secretarios de Estado del Grupo de Amigos para el Sáhara
que España forma con EEUU, Francia, Reino Unido y Rusia en el seno de la ONU.
De hecho, éste será uno de los temas que abordará Jiménez con su colega norteamericana, Hillary
Clinton , el martes en Washington . La ministra española ya trasladó esta idea a la secretaria de Estado
norteamericana en su primera entrevista en Lisboa a finales de noviembre y Clinton se comprometió a
estudiarla.
El representante del Polisario ante la ONU y partícipe de las conversaciones con Rabat, Ahmed Bujari ,
ha reaccionado con recelo a esta iniciativa después de las últimas declaraciones que tanto la ministra
como el ministro de la Presidencia, Ramón Jáuregui , han hecho sobre el contencioso.
Después de que Jáuregui aconsejara al Polisario no despreciar la opción de la autonomía y de que
Jiménez hablara de las "dificultades" de organizar un referéndum de autodeterminación, Bujari ha
advertido a Jiménez de que "es mucho mejor callar que meter la pata".
En su opinión, este tipo de declaraciones "sólo contribuye a fortalecer la posición marroquí", por lo que
"cualquier idea" que pueda proponer España en relación con el contencioso "no es de buen agüero".
Por parte marroquí, se espera que sea el ministro de Exteriores, Taieb Fassi Fihri , quien encabece la
delegación que se reúna con el Polisario.
Desayuno con Bachelet
Jiménez comenzará su agenda de mañana con un desayuno de trabajo con la secretaria general
adjunta de la nueva entidad de género de Naciones Unidas, ONU Mujeres, la chilena Michelle Bachelet ,
en el que estará acompañada por la secretaria de Estado de Igualdad, Bibiana Aído.
Tras reunirse con Christopher Ross , Jiménez mantendrá un encuentro con funcionarios españoles en la
ONU y a mediodía con Ban Ki Moon.
El martes la ministra se reunirá con Clinton en la sede del departamento de Estado en Washington el
mismo día en que Barack Obama realizará el discurso anual sobre el Estado de la Unión. Ambas prevén
comparecer ante la prensa al término del encuentro de media hora de duración.
Por la tarde, Jiménez se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos, José Miguel Insulza . El miércoles se verá con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, el demócrata John Kerry , y con el senador hispano, también demócrata,
Robert Menéndez .
Headline:
España/EEUU.- Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita a EEUU con
el Sáhara como telón de fondo
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
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El Polisario ve con recelo las gestiones del Gobierno español y le advierte: "Es mejor callar que meter la
pata"
MADRID, 23 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez, iniciará mañana lunes su primera
visita oficial a Estados Unidos con las conversaciones sobre el contencioso del Sáhara Occidental como
telón de fondo.
Representantes de Marruecos y el Frente Polisario se reúnen de nuevo este fin de semana a las afueras
de Nueva York bajo los auspicios de la ONU, aunque como en citas anteriores no se esperan grandes
progresos debido a que cada uno mantiene sus posiciones de fondo.
Rabat no admite otra solución para el Sahara Occidental que su propuesta de autonomía y el Polisario
insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum de autodeterminación que incluya la opción de la
independencia.
Jiménez se reunirá el lunes en Nueva York con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki Moon, y con su
enviado personal para el Sáhara, Christopher Ross, de quien recibirá información de primera mano
sobre el desarrollo de las conversaciones entre Rabat y el Polisario.
Con la intención de mover a las partes a que flexibilicen sus posiciones, la ministra defiende que se
celebre una reunión a nivel de ministros o de secretarios de Estado del Grupo de Amigos para el Sáhara
que España forma con EEUU, Francia, Reino Unido y Rusia en el seno de la ONU.
De hecho, éste será uno de los temas que abordará Jiménez con su colega norteamericana, Hillary
Clinton, el martes en Washington. La ministra española ya trasladó esta idea a la secretaria de Estado
norteamericana en su primera entrevista en Lisboa a finales de noviembre y Clinton se comprometió a
estudiarla.
El representante del Polisario ante la ONU y partícipe de las conversaciones con Rabat, Ahmed Bujari,
ha reaccionado con recelo a esta iniciativa después de las últimas declaraciones que tanto la ministra
como el ministro de la Presidencia, Ramón Jáuregui, han hecho sobre el contencioso.
Después de que Jáuregui aconsejara al Polisario no despreciar la opción de la autonomía y de que
Jiménez hablara de las "dificultades" de organizar un referéndum de autodeterminación, Bujari ha
advertido a Jiménez de que "es mucho mejor callar que meter la pata".
En su opinión, este tipo de declaraciones "sólo contribuye a fortalecer la posición marroquí", por lo que
"cualquier idea" que pueda proponer España en relación con el contencioso "no es de buen agüero".
Por parte marroquí, se espera que sea el ministro de Exteriores, Taieb Fassi Fihri, quien encabece la
delegación que se reúna con el Polisario.
DESAYUNO CON BACHELET
Jiménez comenzará su agenda de mañana con un desayuno de trabajo con la secretaria general adjunta
de la nueva entidad de género de Naciones Unidas, ONU Mujeres, la chilena Michelle Bachelet, en el
que estará acompañada por la secretaria de Estado de Igualdad, Bibiana Aído.
Tras reunirse con Christopher Ross, Jiménez mantendrá un encuentro con funcionarios españoles en la
ONU y a mediodía con Ban Ki Moon.
El martes la ministra se reunirá con Clinton en la sede del departamento de Estado en Washington el
mismo día en que Barack Obama realizará el discurso anual sobre el Estado de la Unión. Ambas prevén
comparecer ante la prensa al término del encuentro de media hora de duración.
Por la tarde, Jiménez se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos, José Miguel Insulza. El miércoles se verá con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, el demócrata John Kerry, y con el senador hispano, también demócrata,
Robert Menéndez.
Headline:
Jiménez viaja por primera vez a EEUU para desbloquear el conflicto saharaui
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
Media Contact:
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La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez, incia este lunes su primera visita
oficial a Estados Unidos con las conversaciones sobre el contencioso del Sáhara Occidental como telón
de fondo.
Representantes de Marruecos y el Frente Polisario se reúnen de nuevo este fin de semana a las afueras
de Nueva York bajo los auspicios de la ONU, aunque como en citas anteriores no se esperan grandes
progresos debido a que cada uno mantiene sus posiciones de fondo.
Rabat no admite otra solución para el Sahara Occidental que su propuesta de autonomía y el Polisario
insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum de autodeterminación que incluya la opción de la
independencia.
Jiménez se reunirá el lunes en Nueva York con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki Moon, y con su
enviado personal para el Sáhara, Christopher Ross, de quien recibirá información de primera mano
sobre el desarrollo de las conversaciones entre Rabat y el Polisario.
Con la intención de mover a las partes a que flexibilicen sus posiciones, la ministra defiende que se
celebre una reunión a nivel de ministros o de secretarios de Estado del Grupo de Amigos para el Sáhara
que España forma con EEUU, Francia, Reino Unido y Rusia en el seno de la ONU.
De hecho, éste será uno de los temas que abordará Jiménez con su colega norteamericana, Hillary
Clinton, el martes en Washington. La ministra española ya trasladó esta idea a la secretaria de Estado
norteamericana en su primera entrevista en Lisboa a finales de noviembre y Clinton se comprometió a
estudiarla.
El representante del Polisario ante la ONU y partícipe de las conversaciones con Rabat, Ahmed Bujari,
ha reaccionado con recelo a esta iniciativa después de las últimas declaraciones que tanto la ministra
como el ministro de la Presidencia, Ramón Jáuregui, han hecho sobre el contencioso.
Después de que Jáuregui aconsejara al Polisario no despreciar la opción de la autonomía y de que
Jiménez hablara de las "dificultades" de organizar un referéndum de autodeterminación, Bujari ha
advertido a Jiménez de que "es mucho mejor callar que meter la pata".
En su opinión, este tipo de declaraciones "sólo contribuye a fortalecer la posición marroquí", por lo que
"cualquier idea" que pueda proponer España en relación con el contencioso "no es de buen agüero".
Por parte marroquí, se espera que sea el ministro de Exteriores, Taieb Fassi Fihri, quien encabece la
delegación que se reúna con el Polisario.
Jiménez comenzará su agenda de mañana con un desayuno de trabajo con la secretaria general adjunta
de la nueva entidad de género de Naciones Unidas, ONU Mujeres, la chilena Michelle Bachelet, en el
que estará acompañada por la secretaria de Estado de Igualdad, Bibiana Aído.
Tras reunirse con Christopher Ross, Jiménez mantendrá un encuentro con funcionarios españoles en la
ONU y a mediodía con Ban Ki Moon.
El martes la ministra se reunirá con Clinton en la sede del departamento de Estado en Washington el
mismo día en que Barack Obama realizará el discurso anual sobre el Estado de la Unión. Ambas prevén
comparecer ante la prensa al término del encuentro de media hora de duración.
Por la tarde, Jiménez se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos, José Miguel Insulza. El miércoles se verá con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, el demócrata John Kerry, y con el senador hispano, también demócrata,
Robert Menéndez.
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Date:
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Madrid, 23 ene (EFE).- La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores española, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza
mañana una visita de tres días a Estados Unidos durante la que se reunirá con la secretaria de Estado
de ese país, Hillary Clinton, y con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, entre otras
personalidades.
Se trata del primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del
departamento el pasado 21 de octubre.
Durante su estancia en EEUU, Jiménez se entrevistará también con el secretario general de la
Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la secretaria general adjunta de
la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet.
Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Hillary Clinton el martes en Washington, según
fuentes del Ministerio español de Asuntos Exteriores.
El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como
el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, la crisis de Túnez, la guerra de Afganistán y la situación en América
Latina y Oriente Medio.
Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de noviembre aprovechando
su asistencia a la cumbre de la OTAN.
Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento
saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó la tensión en la antigua colonia española en el noroeste de África.
El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una solución ante la falta de
avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y el Frente Polisario (movimiento que reclama la
independencia del Sahara Occidental) mantienen el diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU.
Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda de contactos entre las partes,
Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sahara con Ban Ki-moon y su enviado especial para el
Sahara Occidental, Christopher Ross.
En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos
los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial.
Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del penal de Guantánamo, donde
siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con la red terrorista Al Qaeda.
España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que llegaron
durante el primer semestre del pasado año y hay interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el Ejecutivo.
Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de que el régimen castrista
prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52 deportados a España desde el
pasado mes de julio. EFE
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Madrid, 23 ene (EFE).- La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores española, Trinidad Jiménez, comienza
mañana una visita de tres días a Estados Unidos durante la que se reunirá con la secretaria de Estado
de ese país, Hillary Clinton, y con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, entre otras
personalidades.
Se trata del primer viaje de Jiménez a EEUU desde que relevó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del
departamento el pasado 21 de octubre.
Durante su estancia en EEUU, Jiménez se entrevistará también con el secretario general de la
Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y con la secretaria general adjunta de
la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres, la ex presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet.
Jiménez, quien volará hoy desde Madrid, se verá con Hillary Clinton el martes en Washington, según
fuentes del Ministerio español de Asuntos Exteriores.
El objetivo de la reunión es repasar los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como
el conflicto del Sáhara Occidental, la crisis de Túnez, la guerra de Afganistán y la situación en América
Latina y Oriente Medio.
Jiménez y Clinton mantuvieron su primera reunión en Lisboa el pasado 20 de noviembre aprovechando
su asistencia a la cumbre de la OTAN.
Este encuentro tuvo lugar dos semanas después del desalojo por parte de Marruecos del campamento
saharaui de El Aaiún, que elevó la tensión en la antigua colonia española en el noroeste de África.
El Ejecutivo español quiere que EEUU se involucre más en la búsqueda de una solución ante la falta de
avances, pese a que el Gobierno de Rabat y el Frente Polisario (movimiento que reclama la
independencia del Sahara Occidental) mantienen el diálogo bajo los auspicios de la ONU.
Coincidiendo con la celebración en Nueva York de la quinta ronda de contactos entre las partes,
Jiménez también abordará mañana el asunto del Sahara con Ban Ki-moon y su enviado especial para el
Sahara Occidental, Christopher Ross.
En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con EEUU en todos
los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial.
Cabe la opción de que en la reunión con Clinton aborden la situación del penal de Guantánamo, donde
siguen recluidos varias decenas de sospechosos de tener vínculos con la red terrorista Al Qaeda.
España ha acogido por el momento a tres presos -un palestino, un yemení y un afgano- que llegaron
durante el primer semestre del pasado año y hay interés en recibir a otros dos, según dijo el Ejecutivo.
Jiménez y Clinton prevén además hablar de Cuba y de las perspectivas de que el régimen castrista
prosiga las reformas y libere a más presos políticos, después de los 52 deportados a España desde el
pasado mes de julio. EFE
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Canciller española inicia primera visita a Estados Unidos
Date:
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23 de enero de 2011, 11:07Madrid, 23 ene (PL) La canciller española, Trinidad Jiménez, inicia mañana
su primera visita oficial a Estados Unidos, durante la cual se reunirá con su homóloga norteamericana,
Hillary Clinton, y con el secretario general de Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon.
Jiménez, quien en octubre último reemplazó a Miguel Ángel Moratinos al frente del ministerio de Asuntos
Exteriores y de Cooperación, viajará hoy a Washington, donde permanecerá hasta el próximo miércoles,
según medios periodísticos.
Con Clinton repasará este martes los principales asuntos de la agenda bilateral e internacional, como el
conflicto en el Sahara Occidental y la situación en América Latina, Medio Oriente, Afganistán o Túnez.
Ambas diplomáticas tuvieron su primer encuentro el pasado 20 de noviembre, en el marco de una
cumbre de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN), celebrada en Lisboa, Portugal.
Esa cita en la capital lusa tuvo lugar 12 días después del violento desalojo por las tropas de ocupación
marroquíes de un campamento saharaui en las afueras de El Aaiún, capital del Sahara.
De acuerdo con la agencia de noticias Europa Press, el viaje de Jiménez a Washington tendrá como
telón de fondo el contencioso en esa antigua colonia española, anexada por Marruecos en 1975.
El Gobierno de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero quiere que Estados Unidos se involucre más en la
búsqueda de una solución a ese diferendo, pese a que Rabat y el Frente Polisario mantienen contactos
informales bajo los auspicios de Naciones Unidas.
Precisamente, la quinta ronda de esas conversaciones transcurre este fin de semana en las afueras de
Nueva York, aunque -como en citas anteriores- no se esperan grandes progresos, estimó la propia
agencia.
El régimen del rey Mohamed VI no admite otra salida para el Sahara que su propuesta de autonomía,
mientras que el Polisario insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referendo de autodeterminación que
incluya la opción de independencia.
La jefa de la diplomacia española también abordará esa cuestión con el secretario general de la ONU y
con su enviado especial para el Sahara Occidental, Christopher Ross.
En el plano bilateral, Jiménez expresará a Clinton el deseo de fortalecer la relación con Estados Unidos
en todos los ámbitos, en especial en el económico y comercial, según fuentes oficiales.
Jiménez se entrevistará, además, con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos,
el chileno José Miguel Insulza, y con la secretaria general adjunta de la entidad de género ONU-Mujeres,
la ex presidenta chilena Michelle Bachelet. jl/edu
Headline:
Trinidad Jiménez iniciará mañana su primera visita a EEUU con el Sáhara como
telón de fondo
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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La ministra de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Trinidad Jiménez, iniciará mañana lunes su primera
visita oficial a Estados Unidos con las conversaciones sobre el contencioso del Sáhara Occidental como
telón de fondo.
Representantes de Marruecos y el Frente Polisario se reúnen de nuevo este fin de semana a las afueras
de Nueva York bajo los auspicios de la ONU, aunque como en citas anteriores no se esperan grandes
progresos debido a que cada uno mantiene sus posiciones de fondo.
Rabat no admite otra solución para el Sahara Occidental que su propuesta de autonomía y el Polisario
insiste en la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum de autodeterminación que incluya la opción de la
independencia.
Jiménez se reunirá el lunes en Nueva York con el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki Moon, y con su
enviado personal para el Sáhara, Christopher Ross, de quien recibirá información de primera mano
sobre el desarrollo de las conversaciones entre Rabat y el Polisario.
Con la intención de mover a las partes a que flexibilicen sus posiciones, la ministra defiende que se
celebre una reunión a nivel de ministros o de secretarios de Estado del Grupo de Amigos para el Sáhara
que España forma con EEUU, Francia, Reino Unido y Rusia en el seno de la ONU.
De hecho, éste será uno de los temas que abordará Jiménez con su colega norteamericana, Hillary
Clinton, el martes en Washington. La ministra española ya trasladó esta idea a la secretaria de Estado
norteamericana en su primera entrevista en Lisboa a finales de noviembre y Clinton se comprometió a
estudiarla.
El representante del Polisario ante la ONU y partícipe de las conversaciones con Rabat, Ahmed Bujari,
ha reaccionado con recelo a esta iniciativa después de las últimas declaraciones que tanto la ministra
como el ministro de la Presidencia, Ramón Jáuregui, han hecho sobre el contencioso.
Después de que Jáuregui aconsejara al Polisario no despreciar la opción de la autonomía y de que
Jiménez hablara de las "dificultades" de organizar un referéndum de autodeterminación, Bujari ha
advertido a Jiménez de que "es mucho mejor callar que meter la pata".
En su opinión, este tipo de declaraciones "sólo contribuye a fortalecer la posición marroquí", por lo que
"cualquier idea" que pueda proponer España en relación con el contencioso "no es de buen agüero".
Por parte marroquí, se espera que sea el ministro de Exteriores, Taieb Fassi Fihri, quien encabece la
delegación que se reúna con el Polisario.
DESAYUNO CON BACHELET
Jiménez comenzará su agenda de mañana con un desayuno de trabajo con la secretaria general adjunta
de la nueva entidad de género de Naciones Unidas, ONU Mujeres, la chilena Michelle Bachelet, en el
que estará acompañada por la secretaria de Estado de Igualdad, Bibiana Aído.
Tras reunirse con Christopher Ross, Jiménez mantendrá un encuentro con funcionarios españoles en la
ONU y a mediodía con Ban Ki Moon.
El martes la ministra se reunirá con Clinton en la sede del departamento de Estado en Washington el
mismo día en que Barack Obama realizará el discurso anual sobre el Estado de la Unión. Ambas prevén
comparecer ante la prensa al término del encuentro de media hora de duración.
Por la tarde, Jiménez se entrevistará con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados
Americanos, José Miguel Insulza. El miércoles se verá con el presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones
Internacionales del Senado, el demócrata John Kerry, y con el senador hispano, también demócrata,
Robert Menéndez.
Headline:
Cabinet Endorses National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women
Date:
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RAMALLAH, January 20, 2011 (WAFA) - The Palestinian cabinet endorsed a nine-year national strategic
plan to combat violence against women in the occupied Palestinian territory, Thursday said a statement
by an international gender organization.
The plan, said the statement, is "the first of its kind in the Arab region developed through a bottom-up
approach."
The plan was officially adopted on January 11 and announced at the Palestinian Ministry of Women's
Affairs during a press conference a week later. The strategy takes on a cross-sector approach,
recognizing violence against women as a development issue affecting the social, economic and political
systems of Palestinian society.
The Palestinian Ministry of Women's Affairs, with the support UN WOMEN, led the development process
of the region's National Strategic Plan to Combat Violence against Women (2011-2019). The Strategy
includes inputs from a range of sources, including women's organizations, civil society, community
organizations, private sector, ministries and women refugees.
UN Resident Coordinator for the Palestinian Territory, Maxwell Gaylard, stressed the importance of such
a strategy for women and assured strong UN involvement in supporting the implementation of the
Strategic Plan.
Gaylard was one of a number of participants at the press conference, attended by the Palestinian
Minister of Women Affairs Rabiha Diab and director of the Palestinian Government Media Centre,
Ghassan Khatib, who declared 'this strategy is a major step to prepare towards an independent
Palestinian state.'
While Palestinian men are most vulnerable to conflict-related violence, women are frequently exposed to
violence from a wide range of sources, including the conflict with Israel, the intra-Palestinian divide and
domestic violence.
According to a 2010 World Bank gender study of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the conflict has
permeated various aspects of Palestinian life, from the economic to the domestic level.
The work behind the Strategic Plan took part within the framework of the three-year Millennium
Development Goals Trust Fund Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment program, financed by the
Government of Spain and bringing together six UN agencies. The Strategic Plan is complementary to the
Palestinian Authority's 2011-2013 Cross-Sectoral National Gender Strategy, which considers violence as
one of its main themes.
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EEUU-ESPAÑA: PRIMERA VISITA OFICIAL DE CANCILLER JIMENEZ
Date:
1/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
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WASHINGTON, 23 (ANSA)- La ministra de Exteriores de España, Trinidad Jiménez, iniciará mañana su
primera visita oficial a Estados Unidos, durante la cual, además de entrevistarse con su homóloga Hillary
Clinton, se reunirá con los chilenos Michelle Bachelet y José Miguel Insulza, y con el senador hispano
Robert Menéndez.
Jiménez comenzará la visita en Nueva York reuniéndose con la ex presidenta chilena Bachelet,
actualmente al frente de ONU Mujeres, organismo de las Naciones Unidas dedicado a promover la
igualdad de la mujer, y a continuación con Ban Ki-moon, en la sede de la Organización.
El martes se entrevistará con Clinton en el Departamento de Estado, en Washington, y con el secretario
general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Insulza. El miércoles se verá con John Kerry,
presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones Internacionales del Senado, y con Robert Menéndez, senador
demócrata.
Jiménez, que fue secretaria de Estado para Iberoamérica, fue nombrada canciller en la última
remodelación del gobierno de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, en octubre de 2010, sustituyendo en el
cargo a Miguel Angel Moratinos. (ANSA).
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WASHINGTON, 23 (ANSA)- La ministra de Exteriores de España, Trinidad Jiménez, iniciará mañana su
primera visita oficial a Estados Unidos, durante la cual, además de entrevistarse con su homóloga Hillary
Clinton, se reunirá con los chilenos Michelle Bachelet y José Miguel Insulza, y con el senador hispano
Robert Menéndez. Jiménez comenzará la visita en Nueva York reuniéndose con la ex presidenta chilena
Bachelet, actualmente al frente de ONU Mujeres, organismo de las Naciones Unidas dedicado a
promover la igualdad de la mujer, y a continuación con Ban Ki-moon, en la sede de la Organización. El
martes se entrevistará con Clinton en el Departamento de Estado, en Washington, y con el secretario
general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Insulza. El miércoles se verá con John Kerry,
presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones Internacionales del Senado, y con Robert Menéndez, senador
demócrata. Jiménez, que fue secretaria de Estado para Iberoamérica, fue nombrada canciller en la
última remodelación del gobierno de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, en octubre de 2010, sustituyendo en
el cargo a Miguel Angel Moratinos. (ANSA). ACZ
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World Food Programme: 2011-2012 operation facing a shortfall of $9.3 million
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ISLAMABAD: At a total project value of $621 million for the years 2011-12, World Food Programme’s
(WFP) food assistance operation, responding to the needs of vulnerable groups in the most volatile and
food insecure areas of the country, is facing a shortfall of more than $141 million in 2011.
A flood recovery assessment conducted by WFP/FAO and supported by UNIFEM and Oxfam states that
millions of flood-affected people who have returned to their districts are food insecure.
The aftermath of the floods have revealed that more than 2.4 million people in Sindh, 1.8 million in
Punjab, 1.2 million in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and approximately 300,000 people in Balochistan
remain food-insecure.
However, WFP aims to reach 5.2 million flood victims this month through a combination of relief and early
recovery programmes.
The months of January and February remain a source of great concern for WFP. The agency currently is
facing a shortfall of 9.3 million dollars and fears that if additional funding is not urgently provided pauses
are predicted in the commodity supply pipeline for pulses, oil, salt and ready to use supplementary foods.
WFP relief support is concluding in January across a majority of flood-affected areas, emergency
assistance remains critical in several districts of Sindh and Balochistan where people are still displaced
from their homes and residing in camps.
WFP will have concluded the provision of a six-month return package of assistance to beneficiaries in
Bajaur and Mohmand and relief assistance will continue as planned for approximately 800,000 internally
displaced people in February.
Moreover, an estimated 600,000 people still displaced by flooding across districts Dadu, Jamshoro,
Jacobabad and Qamber Shahdadkot in Sindh and Jaffarabad in Balochistan will continue to receive
unconditional support during February and March.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2011.

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