January 28, 2010
The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) with support from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a book titled: Freedom of Information and Women's Rights in Africa. The book is compilation of five case studies from five African countries namely; Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia, will help women's organisations as they organise around freedom of information in their respective countries.
October 5, 2009
Despite UN and EU documents calling for the elimination of inequalities and the promotion of equality between women and men, the inequality between women and men is very much present and can be observed in the very specific forms of violence witnessed during periods of conflict, and extended after it, including sexualized violence in war and violence committed in the aftermath of the conflict by former soldiers.
This glossary aims to contribute towards a general and clearer understanding of some of thefrequently used terms and concepts in relation to gender. It is addressed to policymakers,researchers, students and/or anyone interested in such issues. MIGS fullyacknowledges that the glossary is neither definite nor complete and that the
reader's understandings of these terms will depend on her/his background and experiences. The terms listed below are constantly being developed and changed and we welcome additions.
This paper identifies four fields where the EU can promote women's political participation. First, it is crucial that the EU uses all its diplomatic power to promote the inclusion of women in peace negotiations to guarantee a more inclusive and representative settlement. Second, women's access to political spaces should be increased through more gender-sensitive electoral laws and processes, implementation of specific quotas and capacity building programmes for female candidates, as well as awareness-raising among political parties and the general public. Third, the EU can play an important role in supporting women's participation in civil society. Small civil society organisations (CSOs), in particular, have difficulties in accessing core funds. As a result, CSOs are unable to fulfil their watchdog role. Fourth, women's participation in peace processes, political institutions and CSOs can only be meaningful if it leads to more representative and inclusive policy, practice and outcomes. Meaningful policy change can be promoted through various means, such as technical assistance, political pressure as well as support for CSOs and the media to monitor government actions.
This report encapsulates the lessons from three organisations working to achieve women'srights in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Ghana in their annual campaigns to raise awareness about and contribute to a reductionin violence against women in its many forms.This document offers lessons and guidelines to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) to encourage community awareness and understanding of gender-based violence, as well as to help those organisations build campaign strategies — and monitor their impact effectively.
This toolkit seeks to de-mystify 'gender and media' advocacy by illustrating, through concrete steps, case studies, pointers and information, that we can all take action to change negative gender representation and stereotypical portrayals in and through the media.
January 1, 2008
The Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit is an initial response to the need for more information and analysis on gender and security sector reform processes. It is designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with a practical introduction to why gender issues are important in SSR and what can be done to integrate them.
By recognising sexual violence as crime of concern to the international community, 1820 signals that women should never bear the blame/shame of rape. UNSCR 1820 links sexual violence prevention with women‟s participation in peace processes, stressing women's leadership and participation
How is gender mainstreaming relevant to the work that I am doing? And, even if I understand its relevance, how am I supposed to implement it? This toolkit addresses these and other questions that are commonly raised by practitioners engaged in public policy and development. It is primarily designed for those who are not experts in gender issues, but who nonetheless are charged with the day-to-day responsibility of gender mainstreaming. Although it is relevant to those working in any country, it is specifically directed at practitioners in Southern and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The toolkit is divided into two main parts: part one provides practical guidance for gender mainstreaming in any policy area or sector. Part two is divided into a series of “Gender Briefs,” by theme or sector, highlighting the main issues in each area, the arguments for gender mainstreaming, as well as possible indicators of progress and entry points for action. The publication is available in English and Russian.
This toolkit is Part 1 in a publication series entitled, "GBV in Conflict-Affected Settings: A Series from ARC International." The participatory toolkit includes a GBV Legal Aid Matrix and participatory exercises to aid in the design of programs to address GBV. The series in its entirety addresses the critical global issue of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Conflict-Affected Settings. It was designed specifically to help communities and humanitarian workers to assess the situation in their particular setting and to determine the needs and next steps to implementing comprehensive and multi-sectoral programs to address GBV.
This document is the presentation for the seminar on civil society - UN Interaction for the prevention of armed conflict by PeaceWomen project which was orgnaised by the global partnership for the prevention of armed conflict.
On October 30, 2000, the Security Council unanimously adopted the Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The resolution 1325 address the impact of conflict on women and the participation of women to peace process
This toolkit identifies the key commitments made by UNSCR 1325 which are: gender parity at all levels, protection of and respect for human rights of women and girls, gender perspective in Post-conflict process, gender perspective in peacekeeping.
This toolkit was inspired by the workshops held in Asia and Africa for the partners and members of the Violence is not our Culture (VNC) campaign.
November 25, 2010
The compilation lists research materials dealing with the security and protection of defenders, resources that women activists can consult concerning their wellbeing and self-care, manuals dealing with how to document and monitor violations of women's rights, as well as manuals on the rights and mechanisms available to women human rights defenders at risk.