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Development Gateway -April 07

Development Gateway Foundation
dgCommunities:  Gender and Development 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911
April 5, 2007

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1. NEW HIGHLIGHT:  Thoughts From Pakistan on International Women's Day,
2007    
2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES    
3. NEW! dgCOMMUNITY Focuses on Arab Reform    
4. DISCUSSION: Economic Empowerment can Help End Gender Inequality     
5. RESOURCE OF INTEREST    
6. MEMBER DIRECTORY: Update Your Profile for Networking & Collaboration    
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Dear Member,

Welcome to your newsletter from the Gender and Development dgCommunity
of the Development Gateway.

Anuradha Bhattacharjee
Content Coordinator

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1. NEW! HIGHLIGHT:  Thoughts From Pakistan on International Women's
Day, 2007
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Speech of Fouzia Saeed - Member of Mehegarh, grantee of Global Fund for
Women in Pakistan.

"I would like to acknowledge this day with both smiles and tears
because our struggle for women's rights has been a long game of snakes and
ladders. We see courage among individual women who have tried not to give
up and keep moving forward against all odds. That probably is one thing
we can be very proud of.

The sad part is that the society that we wanted to change has become
more rigid, more conservative, and more humiliating for women than it was
ever before. Women have been marched naked in the streets of our
country, gang raped and murdered in the name of honour or righteousness but
regular citizens wish not to be bothered. Are these signs of a dead
society or we have moved to medieval times where people have decided that
woman's place is very low in any case so why get ourselves into trouble
by protesting these inhuman acts?

When the decision of International Women's Day was taken in 1910 in
Copenhagen, the purpose was to acknowledge women's movements and struggles
for their rights. I wonder what I should celebrate today. Movements and
struggles are made up of common people. But I wonder if the common
people are pained by what is happening to the women of this country. Do
people only scream when their own body hurts? Do they not feel the pain of
the bruising of collective spirit of a society?

I have been working on issues of sexual harassment at the work place
intensely for many years. Many women approach me with their individual
problems and ask me in frustration why such a common and painful problem
is not dealt with in our society as a whole. I always say, it is
because each woman wants to resolve her own problem, but does not want to
work collectively to solve the larger problem. So, even those who have
been burnt in this fire fail to put in the time and effort needed to
resolve this problem once and for all. I think this failure to take
collective action is why such problems persist.

I invite all women and men concerned about the future of our society to
join the movement. I invite them to join not only to try to look for
solutions for their own problems but help each other to attack the social
roots of the larger problem collectively. However, as our economy has
improved, our movements and struggles on women's issues have really
dwindled.

People usually expect social organizations to be available to help
resolve their personal problems, but most do not turn around and help the
collective struggle to deal with the larger issues. The recent spate of
violence directed against active women, including rape of Union
Councilors and the murder of Zile Huma has produced no outpouring of anger
from our society.  This has greatly depressed me.  Tomorrow I am opening
PTV's live transmission for International Women's Day. I will try to
gather my strength and be more cheerful. We cannot afford to loose hope".

This highlight, courtesy Global Fund for Women. Photograph, courtesy
IRIN News. Photographer, Justo Casal.

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911

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2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES
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- Global Fund for Women Grantee - Women Initiative Group: Baku,
Azerbaijan
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do?itemId=1081019&intcmp=911

- Global Fund for Women Impact Report. More than Money - Strategies to
Build Women's Economic Power
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1094518?intcmp=911

- Global Fund for Women 2004 - 2005 Annual Report. Investing in Women,
Beyond the Rhetoric
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1094515?intcmp=911

- August 12, 2006 - Talk by Kavita Ramdas, Pr4sident and CEO, Global
Fund for Women.
 
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1094505?intcmp=911

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3. NEW dgCOMMUNITY Focuses on Arab Reform
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The new portal will serve as a platform for aggregating information
about reform activities in the Arab world. Creating a virtual community,
the site will facilitate the sharing of knowledge among development
practitioners. It will also aid in capacity building and improving access
to high quality development research and analysis in Arabic throughout
the developing world.

The Arab reform portal adds to the Development Gateway's extensive
network of virtual communities where members exchange information on
development issues. Currently, there are 36,000 registered users of the
network.

Visit the new dgCommunity at
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/arab?intcmp=911 

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4. DISCUSSION: Economic Empowerment can Help End Gender Inequality
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Women who are educated and earn money have a better status in society.
More and more micro finance institutions are bringing empowerment to
women around the world  through economic independence. Please share your
experiences with the community on real life case studies from your part
of the world and about women's groups which are helping themselves and
the community.

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/discussion/default/showDiscussion.do~id=3862?intcmp=911

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5. RESOURCE OF INTEREST: Liberia Girls' Education National Policy with
support from UNICEF
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The education of girls would be a "cornerstone" of development in
Liberia, according to Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the
Republic of Liberia, who officially launched the Girls' Education
National Policy in 2006. Speaking at the launch the President thanked UNICEF
for its leadership in helping to formulate the policy, which called for
providing free and compulsory primary schools for every Liberian child.
President Sirleaf said that Liberia would work "to see a new country
with a shared vision for girls' education…to free humankind from
poverty, discrimination and disease." The President also stated that the
government's new policy would serve as a "catalyst to end illiteracy and
underdevelopment to create literacy and development." She was speaking at
an official launch ceremony held in a red, white and blue
balloon-festooned Monrovia City Hall. The President told the assembled audience of
government leaders, diplomats, United Nations officials, NGO partners
and dozens of girls from government schools that her government's
commitment to girls' education is a "commitment to our children and a unique
opportunity to chart a new course of education for the girl child and
for women." "If there is a global messenger of the maxim of when you
educate a girl, you educate a nation, it is you, Madame President," said
Alan Doss, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the
Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia. President Sirleaf is
the first elected female president of an African nation. "The education
of the girl child in Liberia is critical and an urgent matter. It is
actually about human rights and human dignity," she said. "It is about
peace and the development of the country. That's why achieving universal
primary education for all girls and boys is one of the Millennium
Development Goals set forth by the member states of the United Nations."  

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1096196?intcmp=911

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6.  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. Log onto the dgCommunity platform by
clicking
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/um/user/showUserAccount.do.?intcmp=911  
Then, under "Manage Your Account" in the upper right, click "Edit
Member Profile".

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 and go to My
Gateway
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/um/user/showUserAccount.do.?intcmp=911 
On upper right under "Manage Your Account", scroll down to "Edit Member
Profile", and click "Edit this information".

-SEARCH FOR MEMBERS
Log in to the Development Gateway and go to "My Gateway". On upper
right, scroll down to "Manage Your Contacts" and click "Search directory"
to add new contacts. 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 on My Gateway on the left
column under "Member Services" when you scroll down and click
"Directory"
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 contact list can be viewed when you log in, go to My Gateway,
scroll down to "Manage Your Contacts" and click "View your dgCommunity
contacts list".

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DID YOU KNOW?
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Did you know that as a member of the Gender and Development dgCommunity
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

Publicado por Boletin el 11 de Abril, 2007, 11:48 ~ Comentar ~ Referencias (0)


 
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