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Development GF. 10-01-2008

Development Gateway Foundation
dgCommunities: Gender and Development
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911
January 10, 2008

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1. NEW HIGHLIGHT: Fighting Violence Against Women in Bosnia-Herzegovina
2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES
3. ONGOING DISCUSSION: Violence against women is one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world
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: Fighting Violence Against Women in Bosnia-Herzegovina
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Duska Andric-Ruzicic says she was like many people from Bosnia-Herzegovina before the war. "I believed that violence against women didn't exist. I thought, if they're being abused at home, why don't they just leave?" War changed everything for Andric-Ruzicic, not least her views on domestic violence. "War made me what I am now. My business was destroyed and I had to start all over again. All that I knew had been taken away; my beliefs and way of seeing the world changed along with everything else," she says.

Andric-Ruzicic has come a long way from the businesswoman she once was. As Director of Medica Zenica-Infoteka, a nongovernmental organization that provides integrated support services to women in Bosnia-Herzegovina, she's trying to change an entire country's attitudes toward domestic violence."Domestic violence was never discussed in the media, by politicians, or anywhere else in public," she says. "It was a secret thing that was happening behind closed doors and victims had nowhere to go and no one to talk to. People refused to acknowledge there was a problem. Now that's starting to change."

Part of the reason for this change is Medica Infoteka's groundbreaking efforts to collect nationwide data on violence against women for the first time in the country's history. "There was no doubt that violence existed, but the problem was that we needed solid data to prove it," she says. UNIFEM offered a solution. With a 1998 Trust Fund grant, Infoteka undertook a research project; interviewing hundreds of local officials of all levels, combing through the dense archives of numerous institutions, and then compiling the information into a book. The result was To Live Without Violence, a book examining the abuse of women in Bosnia-Herzegovina - the first of its kind. It was distributed to 200 human rights groups and hundreds of government officials in the region.

"The findings were a justification of what we already knew," Andric-Ruzicic notes. "We also tried to document the more subtle forms of violence against women - psychological, economic, mental, emotional - to show that these forms are also an important part of the problem." Medica Infoteka undertook the immensely challenging task of educating institutions and their employees about violence against women - starting with the police. "We didn't go in there telling them how to do their job, but just told them we're trying to show them a new point of view - that of the victim - and give them new skills that will help them deal with the complaints."

Medica Infoteka took on judges next. We asked them the same questions they ask women in domestic violence cases - about their sex lives and other personal details, for example. They were embarrassed and I could tell it really hit home. They were surprisingly open to us and our message." Medica Infoteka's next targets were lawyers, journalists, as well as other nongovernmental organizations.

"I've learned that there's really little difference between violence in war and violence in peace - for women it's just the same," Andric-Ruzicic says. "I'm here because I have a girl child and thinking of her keeps me going. I happened upon Medica after the war and now I don't think I can do anything else; I've found that I can really change things. Thousands of women are still battling an enemy that's very close to home, and for them, the end of the war has not brought peace. We need to continue our own battle until these women can join the rest of our society and enjoy a life without violence."

Former businesswoman Duska Andric-Ruzicic is director of Medica Zenica-Infoteka, a nongovernmental organization providing integrated support services to women in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Text and photograph courtesy UNIFEM, a partner and Cooperating Organization with dgCommunity Gender and Development.

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/highlights/viewHighlight.do~activeHighlightId=115108?intcmp=911

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2. HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES
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- WomenWarPeace.org
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1127104?intcmp=911

- Security Council Resolution 1325
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1127124?intcmp=911

- PeaceWomen.org
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1127130?intcmp=911

- PeaceWomen 2007 Year in Review: 1325 eNewsletter.
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1127139?intcmp=911

- Gender and Conflict Early Warning
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1127164?intcmp=911

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3. ONGOING DISCUSSION: Violence against women is one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world
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"Every day, in all corners of the world, countless women and girls are killed, mutilated, beaten, raped, sold into sexual slavery or tortured. Most of the survivors of this violence have little hope of seeing their tormentors pay for their crimes. And so the violence goes on..."

Please share your stories of violence against women, or of activism against violence - from your part of the world.

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/discussion/default/showDiscussion.do~id=5563?intcmp=911

You can also upload them as resources at http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender?intcmp=911 - through "Add Content."

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4. NEW! Resource of Interest: More resources needed to ensure women and girls exercise and enjoy human rights - World YWCA
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On December 10, 1948, nearly 60 years ago, the United Nations (UN) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declared that the "recognition of the inherent dignity and of the inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." The World YWCA was one of the first organisations to bring women’s human rights onto the United Nations agenda. In 1948, the World YWCA prepared and presented to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women information gathered from member associations around the world.

The presentation demonstrated the position of women in their countries in relation to voting rights, equal pay for equal work, land rights and other laws that discriminate against women. On International Human Rights Day, the World YWCA celebrates the improved status of women brought about, in large measure, by the resilience of the women’s movement and through normative instrument that enshrine women’s human rights, particularly:
1] The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a human rights treaty for women adopted by the UN in 1979;
2] The UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which specifically addresses the impact of war on women, and women's contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace;
3] The Protocol to the African Charter on the rights of women in Africa that sets forth a broad range of economic and social welfare rights for women;
4] The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights that took historic steps to promote and protect the rights of women by supporting the creation of a Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women;
5] The Declaration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) of 1994, which asserted that population and development are inextricably linked, and that empowering women and meeting people's right to education and health, including reproductive health, are necessary for both individual advancement and balanced development.

http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender/rc/ItemDetail.do~1126544?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 12 de Enero, 2008, 12:46 ~ Comentar ~ Referencias (0)


 
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