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Speaking Out - Stopping female Genital Mutilation and Cutting

Development Gateway Foundation
dgCommunities: Gender and Development
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911
July 3, 2007

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1. NEW HIGHLIGHT: Speaking Out - Stopping Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting
2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES
3. DISCUSSION: Is Gender Being Factored into Climate Change Policy Decisions?
4. IFC-Financial Times Essay Competition: Through Sept. 30
5. FROM DG COMMUNITIES: Development Gateway Foundation Photo Contest
6. UPDATE: Advisors & Cooperating Organizations
7. 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: Speaking Out - Stopping Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting
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Every time an individual, members of the community, civil society organizations, religious leaders, and governments make a move to stop Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) - it signals a victory for human rights - especially for the rights of the girl child - and a step forward in ending a practice which harms millions of young girls every year.

The latest is Egypt: the country's decision to ban FGM/C is a victory for the worldwide movement against the practice. The Egyptian Government has just announced that it is imposing a complete ban on GGM/C. The announcement follows a public outcry after a young girl recently died during the operation. A ban was introduced nearly 10 years ago but the practice continued to be allowed in exceptional circumstances. A health ministry spokesman said no member of the medical profession would be allowed to perform the operation in public or private establishments. Those who broke the law would be punished.

The new ban in Egypt cancels out a provision that allowed the operation to be performed by qualified doctors in exceptional cases only. But the death of a 12-year-old girl in Upper Egypt a few days ago triggered an angry barrage of appeals from human rights groups to both the government and the medical profession to act swiftly and stamp out the practice. The doctor who carried out the operation has been arrested. Egypt's first lady, Susanne Mubarak, has spoken out strongly against female circumcision, saying that it is a flagrant example of continued physical and psychological violence against children which must stop. The country's top religious authorities also expressed unequivocal support for the ban.

The movement against FGM/C is growing. In Mali, Djigarey Maiga is a Muslim leader who has signed the Pledge Against Excision, initiated by Stop Excision/Healthy Tomorrow (Sini Sanuman). Maiga is not alone. He has been helped by Hamidou Coulibaly a devoted volunteer who has helped approach many Muslim leaders, organized neighbors into a Stop Excision club and committee.

UNICEF Niger's work has had a positive impact. FGM/C has been abandoned in Komba, the surrounding villages and in four other districts. Once a taboo subject, the dangers of FGM/C are now openly acknowledged by the government and discussed in village classrooms. Community awareness campaigns seek to reach key figures across society in the fight against FGM/C: village chiefs, media, traditional and religious leaders, young people, teachers, nurses, midwives and female excisers. In 2003, the government of Niger passed a law calling for fines or jail sentences for those conducting FGM/C.UNICEF is working closely with its partners around the world in the campaign for the abandonment of FGM/C everywhere within a generation.

Photograph, courtesy Stop Excision/Healthy Tomorrow, a partner and Cooperating Organization with dgCommunity Gender and Development.
Text, courtesy Stop Excision/Healthy Tomorrow, BBC and UNICEF.

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

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2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES
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- Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1106930?intcmp=911

- Sudan - Religious Leader Speaks Out Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (UNICEF)
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1106916?intcmp=911

- Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting in Senegal
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1106908?intcmp=911

- Egypt Forbids Female Circumcision
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1106566?intcmp=911

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3. DISCUSSION: Is Gender Being Factored into Climate Change Policy Decisions?
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According to many experts, gender is not being given its due importance at international Climate Change Conferences and Forums. Because of the feminization of poverty, and other issues of gender inequality - gender will always be impacted adversely by Climate Change, hence special provisions must be made to include gender in policy decisions.

What are your views? Please share them with the community.
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/discussion/default/showDiscussion.do~id=4184?intcmp=911

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4. IFC-Financial Times Essay Competition: Through Sept. 30
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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Financial Times invite entries to our 2nd annual essay contest about the role of the private sector in international development. Our competition offers entrants an unparalleled opportunity to share their research and ideas with a prestigious expert jury panel and to reach an international audience. The top prize is a US$20,000 cash award. Winning essays will be published on the IFC and FT web sites. The winners will be announced in early 2008.

We are accepting entries from Wednesday, April 25, 2007 to Sunday, September 30, 2007. For details on how to apply, and to view all six of last year's winning entries, please visit us at: http://www.ifc.org/competition

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5. FROM DG COMMUNITIES: Development Gateway Foundation Photo Contest
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The Development Gateway Foundation is calling for photographs illustrating socio-economic development in developing countries. Images must include a description explaining how that image is representative of development. Each entrant may submit up to three photographs. The deadline to submit photographs is September 21, 2007. The winner will receive $500. Get the complete details and enter the contest at:
http://www.dgfoundation.org/news-events/photo-contest.html?intcmp=800

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6. UPDATE: Advisors & Cooperating Organizations
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As dgCommunity Gender and Development keeps growing - this update will make it easier to become acquainted with all our Advisors and Cooperating Organizations and welcome those who have just joined us.

Advisors: Linda Alepin, Hilary Anderson, Heather Boonstra, Helene Carlsson, Robin Chandler, Nancy Hafkin, Karen Hudes, Barbara Giuliano, Zofia Lapniewska ( NEW!), A.K. Shiva Kumar, Susan McLucas, Swasti MItter, Gloria Moreno-Fontes, Elly Pradervand, Diana Rivington, Vidyamali Samarasinghe, Kayoko Shibata, Hilda Tadria, Lynn Thiesmeyer, Rosalba Todaro
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/team/showTeam.do?intcmp=911

Cooperating Organizations - http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/organizations/showOrgs.do?d-49494-p=1&orgTypes=coop&intcmp=911

New Partners Join!
- The Near East Foundation
- Five and Alive
- Women's World Banking

Center for HIV Information (UCSF); CEMINA; FEMNET; Global Fund for Women; Global Women's Leadership Network; Healthy Tomorrow (SINI SANUMAN); HIV InSite (UCSF); International Cyber University; ILO; MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child; NEWW; Pathfinder International; Population Services International; SEWA; Soul City Institute; Sustainable Development Network;
The Guttmacher Institute; ICRW; The Population Council; UNIFEM; Ugunja Community Resource Centre; UN-INSTRAW; Vital Voices; Women for Women International; WOUGNET; WWIS; Zubaan Books

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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. 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 DG el 12 de Julio, 2007, 16:11 ~ Comentar ~ Referencias (0)


 
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