UN Women

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Governments Endorse New Roles for Women's Commission

"We are all aware that there are no shortcuts to realizing gender equality, the empowerment of women and the human rights of women and girls. Based on the road we have travelled, we know that there are more challenges ahead of us. We know we must continue to work, systematically and relentlessly, to bring about transformation in our families, societies, economies, and political and public spaces," she added.

Governments agreed to sharpen focus of the Commission's annual review theme. Moving forward, case studies will demonstrate lessons learned in implementing commitments made in previous Commission sessions. The Secretary-General will issue a targeted report on progress on the theme, drawing on national data and other inputs. The process will help close gaps between promises made and measurable change, and offer concrete evidence of how international norms can be translated to make a major difference in the lives of women and girls.

The 59th session included a range of high-level roundtables and panels on critical topics ranging from scaled-up financing for gender equality, to responsibilities of men and boys, to improved gender-disaggregated data. Discussions on lessons from the Millennium Development Goals will further shape the post-2015 development agenda.

Learn more about the Commission on the Status of Women: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/csw ( http://http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/csw )

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Call for Applications for the Eighth South-South Institute on "Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global South".

International Development Economic Associates (IDEAs), the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), are pleased to announce the call for applications for participation in the Eighth South-South Institute on "Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global South". The Institute will be held in Durban, South Africa, from September 11 to 18, 2015.

The annual South-South Institute is a key part of the third phase of the Africa/Asia/Latin America Scholarly Collaborative Programme and it aims at offering research training to younger scholars on the diverse set of issues that are relevant to the countries of the South. The institute seeks to promote the revival and growth of comparative research and cross-regional networking among a younger generation of Southern scholars. Annual sessions of the South-South Institute rotate among the three continents where the lead collaborating institutions are located, namely, Africa, Asia and Latin America. This exposes participants, who are drawn from all three continents to the socio-historical contexts of other regions of the South and helps broaden their analytical perspectives and improve the overall quality of their scientific engagements.

Click here for more details. http://www.networkideas.org/ideasact/mar15/pdf/Eighth_South_South_Institute.pdf

The deadline for the receipt of applications: April 15, 2015.



Two week training course in Hindi/Urdu on "Gender, Human Rights, Just Governance, Sustainable Development and Women's Empowerment

11 May - 24 May 2015
Last Date: 20 April 2015

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Jagori Rural Charitable Trust ( JRCT) and SANGAT , we take great pleasure in announcing a South Asian, two week training course in Hindi/Urdu on"Gender, Human Rights, Just Governance, Sustainable Development and Women's Empowerment" to be held from 11 MAY 2015 TO 24 MAY 2015 , at the Training and Research Academy (TARA), Sidhbari, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, India.

As we all know, in many of our organizations, a number of young people join. Often they bring necessary educational qualification but very little understanding and experience in terms of a gender, class, caste aware perspective or the experience of grassroots work, especially in relation to the community mobilization strategies.

The objective of this two week long training programme is to respond to the felt needs of organizations primarily based in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir,Uttrakhand and other north Indian states as well as from the Hindi/ Hindustani speaking countries of the South Asian region, especially Nepal and Bhutan.

Main objectives of the course are:
To develop a feminist perspective on a range of issues related to rural development and reconstruction, with a special focus on Women's rights and entitlements. Strengthen the capacity of the staff of various NGOs, Human Rights and Women's rights groups and other civil society organizations and individuals. Build solidarity and network among participants from different states and develop common agendas and campaigns for future. Skill building on various aspects of expected roles of staff members.

Main topics and themes to be covered

Conceptual understanding of the construction of gender, patriarchy and other systems of domination, Violence against women, legal framework for protecting women's human rights, right to health, bodily safety and sexuality, globalization, fundamentalism, just governance grassroots mobilization , feminism and women's movement .

The other aspect of the training relate to skill building, such as preparing Log frame for short and long term planning, report writing, Conducting survey and data collection etc.

The training will also include visit to the community, to the women's courts as well as to a multi media youth learning centers being run by Jagori Grameen. Songs, films and yoga are also included in the course.

Nature of Participants
Women and men activists, trainers, women's programme coordinators, NGO workers, researchers, media persons, legal practitioners, teachers and representatives from various platforms working on gender equality and related issues.

Years of experience
The participants should have at least 2 to 3 years of experience of working on issues related to gender, violence against women, health rights, human rights, right to entitlement, globalization and its impact on women, Communal harmony, mobilization at the grassroots etc.

Resource persons
Kamla Bhasin and Abha Bhaiya will be the joint coordinators of the course. In addition other experienced and well known resource persons will be invited for specific themes and topics.

The language of the course
The language of the course will be primarily Hindi/Urdu as a majority of participants will be from the Hindi speaking belt. This will provide a great opportunity for learning and building long term friendships.

The training is conducted in a participatory manner and is process oriented Participants' experiences are the main resource to build on our common perspectives and action. This training course is an intensive experience. Yoga, music, dance, laughter, crying and sharing are all part of the principle of joyous collective learning.

Course costs
There is NO FEE for the Course.
All participants are expected to pay for their own travel, and highly subsidized costs for boarding and lodging Indian Rs. 10500, for 14 days.

However, for those organizations or individuals who do not receive any funding, there is a small fund to provide fellowships. Applicants need to apply for this.

Please write to us immediately if you are interested in this course and we will send you application forms etc and more details.

Please send responses to Anoop Kumar at anoopjagori@yahoo.com .

In case you know of any other organization that may find the course useful, do forward the letter to them and copy it to us.

Once we hear from you, we will send you details of how to reach the venue both by train as well as by bus. Please look at the important attachments.

Awaiting your early confirmation.

With warm wishes,

Kamla Bhasin and Abha Bhaiya
Contact Address and Mobile no.: 91-9817403824, 9816579397
Training And Research Academy (TARA)
Village and Post Office Rakkar (Sidhbari), Tehsil Dharamshala
District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India -176057
Contact Person: Anoop - anoopjagori@yahoo.com
Tel: (91-9816579397, 9817403824, 01892-234974)


Nehru Centre

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Nehru Centre cordially invites you to a discussion on Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World By Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Venue: 'Who Are We' Hall, Nehru Centre Library, 1st Floor, Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai - 400018

Ms Vibha Kamat will be in conversation with Dr Vibhuti Patel and Shri Utkarsh Majumdar

Please join us for tea at 4.30 p.m.
Lecture begins: 5.00 p.m.
R.S.V.P. : Arati Desai - aratidesai@nehru-centre.org
Vibhuti Patel vibhuti.np@gmail.com



Dear Change-maker,

Greetings from iVolunteer!

We invite you to join us as we celebrate, reward and promote volunteering at the iVolunteer Awards.

Now in its third year, the Awards are the sole national recognition, of the contribution of volunteers and organisations who work with volunteers.

The iVolunteer Awards, leverage both traditional and new age media to involve the masses in sharing volunteering stories that 'Inspire by example' creating an environment that will encourage more people to volunteer.

Awards will be presented in three categories this year:

  • 'Volunteer Hero' - This Award recognizes Individuals who have contributed their time and skills to impact social development; thus inspiring more people to volunteer.
  • 'Leader in Volunteer Engagement' - This Award recognizes Organisations with a social mission that engage volunteers strategically, using policies and procedures that are innovative; to advance their goals.
  • 'Leader in Employee Volunteering' - This Award recognizes Organisations with the finest employee volunteering practices.
We were eager to celebrate volunteering with you :) So step forward and apply to the iVolunteer Awards to help inspire by example! http://www.ivolunteerawards.org/

To Apply:
Download the Application Form
Fill and review your application form
Email the completed form along with supporting documents to us at awards@iVolunteer.in

We look forward to sharing your volunteering journey!

Warm Regards,
iVolunteer Awards Team


Support for our sisters in China who have been imprisoned

Dear Risers,

Long live global feminist solidarity.

Love and solidarity
Kamla Bhasin


Dearest coordinators,

As I am sure you may have all heard, 5 young feminist activists from China were arrested on March 8th, International Women's Day, for their efforts to create awareness on gender equality and to end sexual assault on women and girls in buses. A 6th woman was also arrested but was released the next day. She was part of our OBR Asia Rising summit in Taiwan last January - and first told us about the arrests when it happened. She has asked us to circulate the global petition that is already circulating online. We have written a statement of support from One Billion Rising activists below - and would love to have you all sign it too so we can include your names when we release, to show our full international support for the women's release. Please do get back to me right away if it is ok to put your names with ours as we would like to release this as soon as we can.

We have to keep rising for all our sisters who continue to face political prosecution and repression for what they believe in and are fighting for.

Thanks so so much everyone.

Much love


One Billion Rising activists from all over the world condemn the detaining of our five young activist feminist sisters from China, who were arrested right before the International Women's Day 2015. The women were planning actions for their campaign to end sexual harassment on buses.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action - a declaration that was hoped to advance women's rights all over the world. It was held in Beijing in 1995 - and the outcome of the gathering included a framework for action that included women's political rights and human rights, among many other critical areas of concern. It is shocking that twenty years later, women around the world - as what we see happening today to our feminist activist sisters in China, are still suffering grave political oppression and violence for their right to express and demand their sexual and human rights.

We demand the release of the five young feminist activists - Tingting LI, Man WANG, Tingting WEI, Rongrong WU and Churan Zheng. These young women are devoting their lives to fight for equality and to create awareness on violence against women issues. They should be supported instead of locked up and silenced for the work they do for women and girls in China.

One Billion Rising activists around the world demand from the Chinese government, the unconditional release of the women, and demand justice for what it is being done to them.

We Rise against the prosecution of women's rights defenders because of their political actions and beliefs.

We Rise against the treatment of women's rights defenders as criminals for fighting for what they feel is just for women in society.

We Rise for every woman's right to safety.

We Rise to support and protect women activists worldwide in their defence and of women's rights.

Free our sisters in China!

Their struggle is all of ours. We firmly stand alongside them in global solidarity. And we will continue to Rise for them until they receive justice.

Please sign and circulate this petition of support to urge the Chinese government to immediately release them.

If you would like to offer help and support, contact 45women@gmail.com

Eve Monique


Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT)

Greetings from FAT!

As you may know, Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) is a not for profit organization based in New Delhi that works towards the empowerment of women by increasing their access, interest and participation in technology. We work towards this by breaking societal stereotypes and attitudes, encouraging and enabling women to feel comfortable in working with technology.

Though initiated in 2008, FAT's programmes started formally from 2010. This year, FAT completes 5 years of formal operation. As we have completed some successful pilots which are now being replicated and new programmes are starting as well, FAT now wishes to conduct an evaluation of its work and impact over the last 5 years. Post the evaluation, we would like to develop Monitoring and Evaluation Systems for all our programmes so that regular assessment of our work is facilitated from here on. Hence, FAT is looking for a consultant to support us in doing our 5-year evaluation and developing our MES systems. We need this to be done within the next 3 months, hence we request all of our friends and supporters to forward this e-mail to M&E experts you know who might be interested in taking up this consultancy.

The broad objectives of the evaluative exercise shall be:

  • to conduct a process of constructive criticism and appreciative enquiry for FAT projects in order to contribute to organisational, team and project learning;
  • to provide recommendations for substantive direction to the formulation of programme and project strategies; and,
  • to generate content for communication with stakeholders/partners on FAT programmes and the impact thereof.
The MES should be such that the FAT team can use them to monitor progress of projects, document successes and challenges, and evaluate impact on a regular basis both quantitatively and qualitatively.

We request interested M&E experts to get in touch with us for an initial conversation, post which we would expect them to give us a proposal for the same. The concerned person is requested to get in touch with Faiza Mehar, Programme Associate, HR & Operations, at faiza@fat-net.org or contact her at (011) 41320391. We would like to finalize the consultant by end of March, 2015.




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