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DG Communities: Gender and Developmente

Development Gateway Foundation
dgCommunities:  Gender and Development 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911
January 2, 2007

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1. NEW HIGHLIGHT:  A Time for Change: Women Speak out Against FGM
2. RESOURCES
3. SPECIAL COLLECTION ON FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING
4. INTERVIEW with Ms THORAYA OBAID - Executive Director, UNFPA.
Questions and Answers on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting 
5. ***LAUNCH OF NEW DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY FOUNDATION WEBSITE***
6. NEW dgSPECIAL REPORT LAUNCHED        
7. MEMBER DIRECTORY: Update Your Profile for Networking & Collaboration     
8. DISTRIBUTE YOUR CONTENT
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1. NEW HIGHLIGHT:  A Time for Change: Women Speak out Against FGM
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Hon. Zipporah Kittony, Chairman, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization.

Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization(MYWO) was formed in 1952. It is a
nonprofit grassroots women's organisation with branches all over the
country, networking with  over 600,000 women groups, and with membership of
two million women.
There are many reasons why Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) is
justified in the countries where it is practised. For the parents, community
leaders and even the young girls who undergo mutilation and cutting, it
is a part of growing up and making the transition to womanhood,
something to be endured in order to please a future husband.
But more and more voices are speaking up against FGM even as the
practice of FGM/C continues to affect an estimated three million girls and
women every year in the African continent.
These are the voices of individuals whose attitudes are changing with
the times.  As global movements decry violence against women, any form
of violence, women like Zipporah Kittony fight to end FGM/C through
social change and gender empowerment which involves the community.
Female Genital Mutilation was prevalent in the region of Kenya where
Kittony grew up. "It was a very important ceremony. We all looked up to
the girls who had undergone the procedure; they were considered mature
women and admired by the community." Kittony, now a Member of Kenya's
Parliament, is Chairman of  Maendeleo Ya  Wanawake Organisation (MYWO), a
non-governmental organization whose mandate is to promote the welfare
of Kenyan women and girls.
Working to help end FGM is a major component of MYWO's work. "FGM is
one of the worst forms of violence against women," Kittony says, although
she realized that the most effective way of ending FGM was not to do
away with the ceremony completely, but to transform it.
A UNIFEM Trust Fund grant helped support a pilot project called
"Alternate Rite of Passage," a collaborative effort by MYWO and Program for
Appropriate Technology and Health (PATH). The aim was to replace the
cutting ceremony with training on empowerment, health and human rights.
"During the school holidays, we'd get the girls together with
educators, FGM practitioners and their peers. We'd talk to them about the
dangers of FGM, such as infection with HIV/AIDS, for example. Women who had
undergone FGM would talk about their personal experiences. We'd then get
the whole village together and perform the ceremony, it was still a
joyous and important event. Everyone dressed up and we ate good food,
danced and sang. Instead of making the transition to womanhood with blood,
we used food and drink. The girls were very happy and you could tell
that our message really made an impact."

Read this highlight visiting:
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/highlights/viewHighlight.do~activeHighlightId=111745?intcmp=911

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SPECIAL LINKs - UNIFEM & Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization.

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1. UNIFEM - Stories from the field
   
http://www.unifem.org/gender_issues/voices_from_the_field/story.php?StoryID=440

UNIFEM is a Cooperating Organization with dgCommunity Gender for
Development

2. Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization
    http://www.maendeleo-ya-wanawake.org/login.htm

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2. RESOURCES
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- Declaration for the Abandonment of FGM/C
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/population/rc/ItemDetail.do~1057093?intcmp=911

- 15 Female Circumcision Practitioners Abandon the Practice in Sierra
Leone
  
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/population/rc/ItemDetail.do~1072717?intcmp=911

- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Save the Children Sweden's
Activities in West Africa and     at the Global Level
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/population/rc/ItemDetail.do~1058795?intcmp=911

- From a Girl to a Complete Woman: Women of Dodoma, Tanzania Fight FGM
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/population/rc/ItemDetail.do~1068718?intcmp=911

- Speaking Out Against FGM/C in Egypt - UNICEF Innocenti Research
Centre Human Interest Story.
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1084687?intcmp=911

- Frequently Asked Questions on Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/hiv/rc/ItemDetail.do~1083997?intcmp=911 

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3. SPECIAL COLLECTION ON FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING
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Female Genital Cutting affects an estimated three million girls and
women every year on the African continent alone. While many reasons
explain why this traditional practice is common in parts of Africa, Asia, and
in some Arab countries?whether as a passage to womanhood or as
something to be endured in order to please a future husband--more and more
voices are speaking up against FGC as a serious development, health, and
human rights issue. The Development Gateway Foundation has launched a
special collection on FGC, providing a package of useful resources to help
disseminate information and create greater awareness about this
phenomenon. It includes
an exclusive interview with Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and dgCommunities coverage from
the Gender, Youth, HIV/AIDS, Population and Reproductive Health, Culture,
and Civil Society perspectives

See it at:
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/population/highlights/viewHighlight.do~activeHighlightId=111768?intcmp=923&intcmp=911

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4. INTERVIEW with Ms THORAYA OBAID - Executive Director, UNFPA.
Questions and Answers on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
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Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) threatens the sexual and
reproductive health of millions of women and girls in parts of Africa, Asia
and some Arab States. It is also  practiced in some immigrant
communities in Europe and North America. The United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) addresses the practice of FGM/C not only because of its harmful
impact on the reproductive and sexual health of women, but also because it
is a violation of women's fundamental human rights. The basis for a
rights approach is the affirmation that human well-being and health is
influenced by the way a person is valued, respected and given the choice
to decide on the direction of her life without discrimination, coercion
or neglect of attention.

In this interview, Ms. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of
UNFPA, addresses various questions relating to FGM/C. She discusses a number
of issues relating to the practice, including: its basis in cultural
tradition, current strategies and initiatives to reduce or 
eliminate it, UNFPA's approach to FGM/C and actions that the
international community can take to support its elimination...

Read more at http://topics.developmentgateway.org/population?intcmp=911

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5. ***LAUNCH OF NEW DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY FOUNDATION WEBSITE***
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The Development Gateway Foundation will launch a new portal to better
serve the development experts that use it on a daily basis. The portal
will be launched on January 3, 2007. The portal will be divided into two
separate Web sites. One of the Web sites, www.developmentgateway.org,
will offer direct access to the services provided by the foundation,
including dgCommunities, AiDA, Country Resources and dgMarket.

The other Web site, www.dgfoundation.org, will highlight the goals and
strategies of the foundation, and include success stories that
highlight its work. It will include access to the Aid Managment Platform and
the E-government Grants program.

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6.  NEW dgSPECIAL REPORT LAUNCHED
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NEW dgSPECIAL REPORT LAUNCHED: 'Empowering the Next Generation: Youth
in the Developing World'

The new dgSpecial Report 'Empowering the Next Generation: Youth in the
Developing World' has launched.  With 1.3 billion young people between
the ages of 12 and 24 in the developing world, the Report builds on the
claim that a window of opportunity is now open for developing countries
to adopt policies for long-term benefit. The Report includes interviews
with policy-makers and youth leaders, as well as results of the DG
survey, where key issues for youth are discussed.  Because ICT will play an
important role in the lives of this generation, the Report also
highlights the winner and finalists of the 2006 Development Gateway Award,
focused this year on ICT projects that empower youth.

Read 'Empowering the Next Generation: Youth in the Developing World' at
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/special/youth?intcmp=911

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7.  MEMBER DIRECTORY - UPDATE YOUR MEMBER PROFILE!
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With over 30,000 registered dgCommunities members, the Member Directory
provides a one-stop shop for key contacts and collaboration worldwide.
We invite you to take advantage of this unprecedented collaborative
tool and add your profile today!

Our new Member Directory enables you to more easily contact fellow
professionals in the international development community for expert advice,
information, and collaboration. You will be able to find development
practitioners from over 200 countries, with interests and expertise in
dozens of areas, including your own!  We invite you to update your member
profile to let your colleagues in development know more about your
interests and expertise. You'll find the profiles very useful when using
the Member Directory to communicate and collaborate with fellow members
on your next program or project. From
http://www.developmentgateway.org?intcmp=911   simply click on "My
Gateway" in the upper right corner, log in, scroll down to "My Member
Profile" and click "edit this information."

Quick Start - 4 Easy Steps:

-ESTABLISH YOUR PROFILE

Let your colleagues in development know more about your interests and
expertise through your dgCommunities profile. Simply log in, go to My
Gateway, scroll down to "My Member Profile", and click "Edit this
information".
http://www.developmentgateway.org/topics/um/user/showUserAccount.do?intcmp=911

-SEARCH FOR MEMBERS

Log in to the Development Gateway, and click the Member Directory link
located in the right column on any dgCommunity home page. You can
search by: name, country, interest, expertise, organization, organization
type, or by keywords in member bios. Search Results will show you a list
of members with a link to their profiles. You can also reach the Member
Directory when you log in, go to My Gateway and click on "Add Members
to My Contacts".
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/um~user/showMemberDirectory.do?intcmp=911

-COMMUNICATE WITH MEMBERS

When viewing a member's profile, click "Contact this user". This will
open a message box in which you can type and send a message through our
message forwarding system.

-CREATE OWN CONTACT LIST OF MEMBERS

You can build a list of key contacts and form your own network of
members. Searching for members will produce a results list; you can then
select members to be added to your "My Contacts" list by clicking on the
plus sign under "Status" for each desired contact. Or, when viewing a
particular member's profile, click "Add this member to My Contacts". Your
full "My Contacts" list can be viewed when you log in, go to My
Gateway, scroll down to "My Contacts" and click "View My Contacts."

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8. DISTRIBUTE YOUR CONTENT
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Have knowledge resources you want to share with the community, such as
websites, reports or presentations? Want to raise awareness AND drive
traffic to your website? You can accomplish both of them by adding
content to the Development Gateway in dgCommunities. It's easy: simply go to
http://topics.developmentgateway.org?intcmp=911  click on the topic
most related to your content, and click "Add Content Here" located in the
middle of the page. Links to approved content are sent by e-mail alerts
to registered members--an effective way to share knowledge and direct
traffic to your website!

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DID YOU KNOW?
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As a member of the dgCommunity on Gender you can share your knowledge
resources (e.g., websites, papers, reports, presentations, images, news,
events, etc) in just about any format including streaming audio and
video. Each resource will be described on a unique interactive page that
will acknowledge you as the contributor and link to your profile. To
view full text of knowledge resources, users will follow links to host
websites, which will benefit from increased traffic from the Development
Gateway community!

Simply click on the "Add content here" hyperlink at: 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/Contribute.do~flag=url~from=SampleLayout?intcmp=911

Thank you!

Anuradha Bhattacharjee -
Content Coordinator
gender@developmentgateway.org
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911

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