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Roza Otunbaeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic for the Transition Period signed up for the UN Secretary General's Campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” reaffirming the commitment to make ending violence against women and girls a top priority at the state level.
Hillary Clinton is doing something this weekend that no U.S. secretary of state has ever done: meeting with a democratically elected president of Egypt. The free and fair election that brought Mohamed Morsi to office was a milestone in Egypt's transition to democracy, and Clinton's meeting is an important symbolic gesture to acknowledge his legitimacy as Egypt's new leader.
The Finance Division of the government of Pakistan and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a 5-year partnership to enhance institutionalisation of Gender Responsive Budgeting in policies and plans at the Federal and provincial levels.
The French Embassy and the UNWOMEN Arab States Sub-Regional Office signed on Wednesday an agreement to combat violence against women and enhance their human rights.
Promising news as a United Nations-brokered truce brings a day of relative calm to Syria after weeks of escalating violence:
Zahra said a neighbor raped her in her home on Friday. It was the most humiliating event in her unremittingly painful life, and the next day she begged her husband, Najibullah, to move their family so the man could not attack her again. He refused.
On Sunday afternoon, she poured kerosene over Najibullah and lit him on fire.
A 2000 UN security council resolution that called for equal participation for women in "the maintenance and promotion of sustainable peace" has been almost totally ignored, not least by the UN itself, says the report. There have been no female chief mediators in UN-brokered peace talks and fewer than 10% of police officers and 2% of the soldiers sent on UN peacekeeping missions have been women.
Around the world, women make peace in their homes and communities on a daily basis. But when it comes to negotiating and signing peace deals on a national or international level they are almost universally shut out, according to a report that calls for a more balanced approach to resolving conflict.
Eleven soldiers found culpable in the rape of more than 50 women in the Congolese town of Fizi Centre in January, have begun serving lengthy sentences in the provincial capital, Bukavu. Their speedy trial and sentencing by a mobile court is a welcome sign of a new commitment to ending impunity for sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Bishkek on 3 April, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kurmanbek Bakiev, signed on to the Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, committing to make ending violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan a top priority.
We, the women from Western Sahara ask every person to sign in the petition launched by the President of the Center for Justice and Human Rights, Mrs.
Happy women may equal world peace
Who: Valerie Hudson, co-author of “Sex and World Peace”
What: Reception, lecture and book signing
When: Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Where: University Center Theatre, University of Memphis
From California to Congo, women and girls face unspeakable violence and abuse. In the chaos on conflict and disaster, women and girls are at even greater risk as their bodies and spirits become the forgotten frontline. Sexual violence is not just a by-product of war; it is a strategy of combat used to terrorize and humiliate.
Nicaragua's Comprehensive Law number 779 went into effect in June 2012, but ever since then it has had to withstand attacks from critics who believe it “[breaks] up the family unit.” The law, which outlines the legal rights of people fleeing abusive situations, must be protected as is. Sign the petition and tell the President of the National Assembly to stand behind survivors of domestic abuse.
Recently, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted Resolution S-22/1 sponsored by more than 100 states calling for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to dispatch an eleven-person mission to Iraq to investigate human rights violations committed by Islamic extremists—one of the key recommendations MADRE and our partners made to the Council.
1. 1325 on Trial in Northern Ireland
PeaceWomen Project, December 2004
The PeaceWomen Team
The preceding month has seen a host of activities to mark the sixth anniversary of Resolution 1325 (see Item 3). As we have noted on numerous occasions, while focused attention on the resolution and its implementation is welcome, we look forward to this being something which extends through the entire year.