Empowerment

In a first of its kind initiative, more than forty Syrian women from all walks of social and political life, convened a working seminar in Cairo to form the “Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace” between October 30 and November 1 2012.

While in the last decade an additional 52 million of sub-Saharan Africa’s children enrolled in primary schools, with girl’s enrolment increasing from 54 percent to 74 percent, a large majority of girls – 16 million – are still being denied access to education.

Wanjala Wafula is the founder and CEO of the Coexist Initiative, a Kenyan community-based organisation that works alongside boys and men to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence. Coexist was awarded the African Achievers Awards 2012, celebrating the successes of engaging men and boys as a means to empower young girls.

T­he world is encouraged as Malala Yousafzai continues her fight since being shot in the head by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school. This weekend when she stood up for the first time since being laid low by the dreadful attack, the world witnessed her standing up for 32 million girls around the world who are denied daily their right to go to a classroom and learn. 

صدر التقرير العالمي لسد الفجوة بين الجنسين للعام 2012 عن المنتدى الإقتصادي العالمي، وأشار البيان الصحفي المرافق لإطلاق التقرير الى التقدم البطيء في سد الفجوة بين الجنسين في الإقتصاد العالمي. وفي الوقت الذي حافظت فيه الدول الإسكندنافية على صدارة القائمة المكونة من 135 دولة ، لا زالت الدول العربية تقبع في ذيل القائمة مع تراجع جديد لسبع دول عربية ومنها الأردن ومحافظة ثلاث منها على نفس التصنيف وتقدم دولتين هما الجزائر وعٌمان.

Gulalai Ismail, jeune femme de 25 ans défenseure des droits humains (FDDH) et Présidente de Aware Girls[1] travaille depuis de nombreuses années pour améliorer la condition des jeunes femmes au Pakistan. Gulalai s'entretient avec l’AWID et nous fait part de ses expériences comme jeune FDDH vivant dans un contexte d'oppression et de discrimination sous le prétexte de raisons culturelles et religieuses.

A new group running for municipal elections in Hebron is offering residents an alternative to politics as usual in the conservative West Bank city: Women at the helm, instead of men. The all-female list, which is called “By Participating, We Can,” is gearing up for next month’s vote with a campaign that aims both to win at the polls and to convince voters that women can lead just as well as men. 

The women's movement must argue against a de-historicized understanding of new social movements in the African region, profiling examples of women’s active participation and leadership and situating these movements in the history of African people’s struggles for building alternative world orders, says Hakima Abbas.

Somalia has recently selected its parliament on Somali soil for the first time since the civil war of the late 1980s. This is a significant achievement since regional power brokers such as Ethiopia and Kenya, with the financial and logistical backing of the European Union, the United States and the United Nations, concocted Somali governments in neighbouring countries. 

The empowerment of young women is key for advancing development around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that it is a priority for the United Nations to encourage their active participation in society.

“The lack of women’s representation – of women’s empowerment – affects individual women’s rights – and it holds back whole countries,” Mr. Ban toldparticipants at the first World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women and Second Global Partnership Forum in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK).

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