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Gender and Developmente - Nov. 2007.

Development Gateway Foundation
dgCommunities: Gender and Development
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911
November 9, 2007

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1. NEW HIGHLIGHT: Rape as A Weapon of War
2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES
3. ONGOING DISCUSSION: Political will and leadership are fundamental to improving women's access to health services
4. NEW! Resource of Interest
5. 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: Rape as A Weapon of War
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On the eve of a Security Council debate in October 2007 on the role of women in peace and security, two senior United Nations officials stressed the need to combat gender-based violence and to ensure that violations of women's rights, including the use of rape as a weapon of war, are viewed as a security issue.
"The woman's body has become a battleground and it seems to be taken for granted that this should continue," Rachel Mayanja, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, said at a press briefing at UN Headquarters, stressing the responsibility of Member States to address the question of rape.

The 15-member Council discussed progress in implementing resolution 1325, a landmark document adopted in 2000 which recognizes the contribution of women to the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, while acknowledging their specific needs and concerns in armed conflict and its aftermath.
The resolution calls in particular for measures to protect women from gender-based violence, including rape and other forms of sexual abuse. "The most serious sign of inadequate implementation is the phenomenon of sexual violence as a weapon of war," stated Joanne Sandler, acting Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). "It is absolutely essential that the Council takes this up, particularly the issue of remedial measures, of judicial response and of prevention," she added.

The use of rape as a weapon of conflict has been denounced by numerous UN officials, including the world body's humanitarian chief. Briefing the Council last month after returning from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where serious humanitarian problems remain even after the end of major fighting in most of the country, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes reported that "brutal sexual violence is a particularly horrific feature of the DRC."

"For many victims, registering a case and speaking out means almost certain ostracism by their own family and community," he told the Council. "In any case, the chances of redress in a situation of virtually total impunity are close to zero … it's a security issue that needs the Council's attention not once a year but much more frequently than that so that we can have the kind of action and response that is required."

Text for article courtesy United Nations. Photograph courtesy Amnesty International – showing victims of a 40-year internal armed conflict in Colombia - the security forces, army-backed paramilitaries and armed opposition groups - have used rape and other forms of sexual violence. They abuse women in order to terrorize communities, force people out of their homes, wreak revenge on adversaries and accumulate "trophies of war".

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

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2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES
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- Facts and Figures on VAW (UNIFEM)
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1119369?intcmp=911

- Sexual Violence (UNIFEM)
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1119376?intcmp=911

- Rape as a Tool of War – Fact Sheet ( Amnesty International)
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1119340?intcmp=911

- Rape and Sexual Violence in the Context of International Law ( Amnesty International)
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1119347?intcmp=911

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3. NEW! DISCUSSION: Political will and leadership are fundamental to improving women's access to health services
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Political will and leadership are fundamental to improving women's access to health services. Efforts to increase women's access to health services have fallen short in many developing countries because of underlying economic, political, social and cultural constraints. Parliamentarians are well-placed to promote gender sensitive health policies, whether through legislative mandates, acting as public role models and spokespersons for gender equality and public openness about HIV and AIDS, or supporting development of a sustainable national health infrastructure. What is the situation in your country? Please share your views with the community.

Thank you.

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/discussion/default/showDiscussion.do~id=4963?intcmp=911

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4. NEW! Resource of Interest: Video - UNIFEM's Gender-Responsive Budgeting Initiative
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This video showcases UNIFEM's work on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB). The film is set in Mysore, India, where an elected woman representative used the skills gained from a UNIFEM-supported GRB training to facilitate dialogue between women and municipal government and mobilize women to articulate their priorities and demand action from local leaders. As a result, budget allocations were secured for the construction of a health centre and the removal of a health hazard from the community. The film, which includes a number of interviews with key stakeholders from the GRB initiative, demonstrates the value of women's participation in budget policymaking in order to ensure that budgets effectively address poverty experienced by women. To date, several obstacles still prevent women from participating in budget policymaking, including lack of knowledge of budget processes, discrimination, and lack of organizing, among others. UNIFEM and its partner organizations continue to support initiatives across the world to bring a gender perspective to budgets (allocations and revenues) and budgetary processes. It is our hope that this video will facilitate advocacy efforts to advance women's rights and position GRB as an effective tool for achieving gender equality.

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1119325?intcmp=911

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5. 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 Development Gateway el 9 de Noviembre, 2007, 11:19 ~ Comentar ~ Referencias (0)


 
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