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Noticias de UN INSTRAW - MARZO 2008

UN-INSTRAW News / Noticias del UN-INSTRAW

E-Newsletter - March 2008
Current UN-INSTRAW work/activities

Challenges for a Greater Participation of Women in Local Governments in
 
Latin America
Within the framework of the Project “Strengthening governance with a 
gender perspective and the political participation of women at the
 local 
level in Latin America” of UN-INSTRAW, the workshop on “Challenges and 
Opportunities for a Greater Participation of Women in Local Governments
 
in Latin America” was held on 17-19 march 2008 in Santo Domingo, 
Dominican Republic. Although in the last decade the number of women in 
political posts at the national level in Latin America has increased 
significantly, according to data collected by UN-INSTRAW in 16 Latin 
American countries, only 5.3% of governments at the local level are 
headed by women mayors, thus implying that most Latin American 
municipalities where women participate less in decision-making posts, 
lack plurality and representativeness. In order to confront and close 
this gap in representation, discussions were held during the workshop 
concerning new challenges and opportunities to promote greater
 political 
participation of women in decision-making posts at the local level, and
 
a Project Consultative Committee for the mentioned project.
Read more: 
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/media-center/press-releases/
challenges-for-a-greater-participation-of-women-in-local-
governments-in-latin-am.html
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Agreement between Bolivia and Ecuador to eradicate harassment and 
political violence
Within the framework of International Women’s Day, UN-INSTRAW, in 
coordination with the Association of Women Mayors of Bolivia (ACOBOL) 
and the Federation of Municipal Associations of Bolivia (FAM) organized
 
the workshop “Equality in Local Power: Strengthening governance and 
women’s political participation”, on 6-7 March 2008 in La Paz, Bolivia.
 
During the event ACOBOL and the Association of Councilwomen of Ecuador 
(AMUME) signed an agreement to coordinate awareness-raising actions to 
fight against harassment and political violence. Through this
 agreement, 
the two associations will promote the exchange of experiences and an 
active and effective participation of women politicians at the local 
level. In this context, ACOBOL registries, a survey made with 96 
councilwomen from 35 municipalities and 30 in-depth interviews in 
2003-2004, reported that 65% of councilwomen from large urban 
municipalities in Bolivia, 32 % of medium-sized municipalities, 24% of 
small municipalities and 22% of those with less than 5,000 inhabitants,
 
declared that they were victims of political harassment.
Read more: 
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/media-center/press-releases/
bolivia-and-ecuador-signed-an-agreement-to-eradicate-harassment-
and-political-viol-2.html 

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Seminar - “Challenges and Opportunities in Peace Operations: The 
Incorporation of Women”
UN-INSTRAW participated in the “International Seminar - Challenges and 
Opportunities in Peace Operations: The Incorporation of Women”, 
organized by the Network for Security and Defence in Latin America 
(RESDAL) and the Training Institute for the Sustainable Development 
(IEPADES), on March 11th and 12th in Antigua (Guatemala). 
Representatives from Ministries of Defense, Regional Training Centres, 
UN agencies and academia met to consider the issue of the participation
 
of women in peace operations, within the context of the next
 Ministerial 
Conference on Defense in the Americas. Among the issues discussed:
 peace 
operations and the incorporation of women in the armed forces; 
challenges and opportunities for the participation and the
 incorporation 
of women in peace operations. As part of the Seminar, UN-INSTRAW 
presented the Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit, a
 comprehensive 
tool to strengthen the security sector’s response to violence against 
women and other gender-based crimes. Developed by UN-INSTRAW, the
 Geneva 
Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Office
 
for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for 
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), the Toolkit includes
 12 
Tools and easy-to-follow Practice Notes on different areas of security 
sector reform. The event was organized within the project “Women in the
 
Latin American and Caribbean Armed Forces: A Gender Approach to Peace 
Operations,” financed by the Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF).
Read more:
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/media-center/
press-releases/working-with-the-security-sector
-for-inclusive-security-justice-and-gender-equ-3.html
Read the Toolkit:
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/gps/security-toolkit/introduction.html
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International Seminar on Women in Sustainable Human Development
Within the framework of International Women’s Day, the Office of the 
First Lady and the Gender Machinery of the Dominican Republic organized
 
the “International Seminar Women in Sustainable Human Development”,
 held 
on 6-7 March in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. First Ladies from 
Latin America, governmental representatives, members of Congress, 
community leaders participated in the seminar which focused on aspects 
such as health, education, political and social participation and 
economic development. UN-INSTRAW presented the main findings of the 
studies carried out under the project “Strengthening Governance with a 
Gender Perspective and the Political Participation of Women at the
 Local 
Level” that is being implemented in 10 countries of the Andean and 
Central American Regions, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. This 
three-year project (2006-2009), financed by the Spanish Agency for 
International Cooperation and Development (AECID), focuses on three
 main 
lines of action: research, capacity-building and influence in public 
policies.
Read more: 
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/media-center/e-news/
un-instraw-participated-in-the-international-
seminar-women-in-sustainable-human-develo-2.html
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UN-INSTRAW received the visit of the First Lady of Mexico
In the framework of the celebrations commemorating International
 Women’s 
Day, Ms Carmen Moreno, Director of UN-INSTRAW, received the visit of
 the 
First Lady of Mexico, Ms Margarita Zavala. The Institute presented its 
last works, including information on conferences and other
 international 
events, as well as its most recent publications, result of its research
 
and numerous capacity training events. Ms. Margarita Zavala 
congratulated UN-INSTRAW for the work that it is carrying out in the 
areas of Gender, Peace and Security and Gender, Migration, Remittances 
and Development. Moreover, she offered her support for the Campaign 
”UNITE to end violence against women” launched by the Secretary General
 
of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on 25 February 2008 in order to 
intensify initiatives for the adoption of concrete actions to prevent 
and eradicating violence against women and girls.
Read more: 
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/media-center/e-news/
un-instraw-received-the-visit-of-the-first-lady-of-m.html
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Establishment of the Councilwomen’s Network in Costa Rica
On the occasion of International Women’s Day and to foster initiatives 
that will encourage greater participation of women in Latin America,
 the 
UN-INSTRAW gave its support to the establishment of the Network of
 Costa 
Rican Councilwomen (RECOMM). At the inaugural Constituting Assembly of 
RECOMM held on 6 March 2008 in San Jos้, Costa Rica, were present
 almost 
500 women who hold popularly-elected posts in local governments such as
 
mayors, councilwomen, trade unionists, superintendents and district 
councilwomen from all over the country. RECOMM’s establishment aims at 
increasing the number of women in decision-making posts at the local 
level and to influence the formulation of municipal public policies on 
behalf of gender equality.
Read more: 
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/media-center/e-news/
establishment-of-the-councilwomen-s-network-in-costa-2.html
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Vacancy Announcements

Director of UN-INSTRAW
The United Nations is currently accepting applications for the post of 
UN-INSTRAW Director. Candidates from every region of the world are 
strongly encouraged to apply. Applications, including a letter of 
intent, full curriculum vitae and completed UN Personal History Form 
must be submitted by COB on 15 April 2008. Incomplete applications will
 
not be considered. Applications can be submitted by fax to 
1-809-685-2117 or by e-mail to: diroffice@un-instraw.org
Read more:
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/instraw/opportunities/
vacancy-announcement-director-of-the-un-instraw-2.html
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Posts Available: Lead Researcher and Research/Project Assistant
Project on Gender and Security Sector Reform in Haiti
UN-INSTRAW is implementing a project on Gender and Security Sector 
Reform in Haiti with the objective of: conducting a comprehensive 
assessment of the gender entry-points in the Haitian security sector; 
generating in-depth knowledge on gender and security sector reform 
issues among relevant stakeholders; and sustainably build the capacity 
of security sector actors including the police, justice and penal 
systems and national and municipal government to prevent and respond to
 
gender-based insecurities. UN-INSTRAW seeks a Lead Researcher and a 
Research Project Assistant to form the research team for the assessment
 
phase of the project. The deadline for the submission of applications
 is 
30 April 2008.
Read more: http://www.un-instraw.org/en/instraw/opportunities/13.html
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Community of Practice Specialist
UN-INSTRAW is establishing a Community of Practice on Gender Training 
with the objective of: bringing together practitioners/experts in the 
field of gender training for dialogue and exchange of experiences;
 carry 
out a series of virtual dialogues on gender training, in particular 
identifying challenges and ways to move forward; building on 
UN-INSTRAW’s Gender Training Wiki 
(http://www.uninstraw.org/wiki/training/index.php/Main_Page) and other 
existing resources, set up a virtual clearinghouse and support platform
 
of information on gender training, including an “ask the expert” 
feature; and establish a compendium of good practices in gender 
training. UN-INSTRAW seeks qualified candidates to establish the 
Community of Practice on Gender Training. The deadline for the 
submission of applications is 30 April 2008.
Read more: 
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/instraw/opportunities/un-instraw-
community-of-practice-specialist.html
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Global Gender News

International Women's Day: UNHCR launches handbook for protection of
 women
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has launched an important 
guide for the protection of women, as the organization's leader,
 Ant๓nio 
Guterres, reaffirmed UNHCR's commitment to the rights of women. This 
tool, which replaces UNHCR's 1991 "Guidelines on the Protection of 
Refugee Women", was launched on the occasion of International Women's 
Day celebrated on 8 March 2008. The handbook denounces "a massive 
culture of neglect and denial about violence against women and girls" 
and outlines strategies to answer the protection challenges faced by 
women and girls of concern. It also sets out international legal 
standards and responsibilities in this area. The document is designed
 to 
promote gender equality by using a rights- and community-based
 approach, 
by mainstreaming age, gender and diversity, and through targeted
 actions 
to empower women and girls in the civil, political and economic
 sectors.
Read more: http://www.unhcr.org/news/NEWS/47cff6a44.html
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30 Years of Democracy: Riding the Wave? Women's Political Participation
 
in Latin America
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 
(IDEA) has released the report entitled “30 Years of Democracy: Riding 
the Wave? Women’s Political Participation in Latin America. The report 
draws data from 18 countries in the Latin American region, exams the 
progress made in women’s participation in politics, and gives
 statistics 
on women’s political representation in areas which were before
 exclusive 
to men. The study analyzes the progress achieved by women in certain 
posts, why some countries have advanced more than others, presents the 
obstacles encountered by women and offers recommendations for improving
 
women’s situation in public life.
Read more: http://www.idea.int/gender/iwd_2008.cfm
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"Latin America's MDG Progress on Gender Equality: Poor Women Still Lag 
Behind"
This is the title of the One Pager published in February 2008 by the 
International Poverty Center (IPC) of the United Nations Development 
Programme (UNDP). The author, Eduardo Zepeda, recently a senior 
researcher at IPC, notes that Latin America and the Caribbean have
 shown 
notable progress on MDG indicators for gender equality. Moreover, he 
emphasizes that when national averages are disaggregated, the picture
 is 
less impressive, particularly for poor women workers. They are not, in 
fact, making significant progress in securing decent wage employment in
 
the non-agricultural sector. As the author declares: “access to 
non-agricultural wage employment, though important, does not
 necessarily 
expand significantly the economic opportunities of poor women”.
Available for downloading at: 
http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCOnePager49.pdf
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