Извор: WUNRN – 26.05.2016
By Rosjke Hasseldine 4/21/2016
Back in March, Microsoft put out a YouTube video “What are you going to make?” to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day. The video tells the story of how students are not being taught about female inventors, as a girl remarks;
You never hear a girl (being mentioned) in the conversation.
Then on April 3, The New York Times published an article; “The Tampon of the Future“ which reveals how in the area of life-sciences, it is hard for women to be an inventor. It states that “more than 92 percent of patent holders are men” and that “90 percent of the partners in venture-capital firms (that provide the necessary funding for research) are male”. In this climate, how can a female inventor find recognition and funding when men decide what is worthy of being funded? And with men making these decisions, who is going to champion what women need researching?
Извор: WUNRN – 26.05.2016
12 May 2016 - From the moment we are born society tells us the roles, behaviors and attributes that are considered acceptable according to our gender. Those associated with maleness and considered appropriate for men are referred to as “masculinity”, while those associated with femaleness and considered appropriate for women are referred to as “femininity”.
“In all societies there are many ideas about masculinity and femininity that are harmful, not just to girls and women, but also to boys and men, as well as people of other gender identities”. This is the premise of the Self-Learning Booklet: Masculinities and Violence against Women and Girls developed by the UN Women Training Centre.
World Health Statistics 2016 - WHO - Gender - Monitoring Health for the Sustainable Development Goals
Извор: WUNRN – 23.05.2016
Executive Summary – 10 Pages
Direct Link to Full 136-Page 2016 Report:
Извор: WUNRN – 23.05.2016
Health and well-being The issues affecting girls’ and young women’s health and well-being are wide-ranging. Whereas girls in 2010 were most worried about ‘traditional’ health risks like smoking, binge drinking and drug abuse, girls in 2015 highlight self-harming (75%), smoking (72%) and mental illness (69%) as top health issues. Girls say that the adults around them don’t recognise the pressure young people today are under (82%). Almost half of those aged 11 to 16 report experiencing bullying through social media (45%) – yet girls feel their parents are more concerned about drug use, alcohol and smoking. Of those aged 11 to 21, 37% say they have personally needed help with their mental health, which is worrying when fewer than half of girls aged 11 to 16 say that they have talked about mental health during lessons at school (44%). Over half say they’d like to know more about where to get help and support (52%).
Sustainable Development Goals Are a Politically Negotiated Consensus, but Human Rights Must Rule as Well – Analysis
Извор: WUNRN – 22.05.2016
By Dr. Claudio Schuftan*
1. Unfortunately, the Sustainable Development Goal targets did not explicitly mentioning the need to address extreme wealth and the need to implement redistributive policies, the latter an essential tool to achieve meaningful widespread human rights (HR) enjoyment the world over. (i) (CESR) (i): Think of all the resources that have gone into producing the SDGs --resources that have come out of official aid and NGO program budgets-- and you may rightfully wonder if they could not have been otherwise well invested. The impression these fanfares create is that a vast effort to agree an international -- global-- agenda means that we are half way there. No wonder people are getting on boats and walking through barbed wire towards a better life. (Maggie Black)
Извор: Фондации Отворено Општество – 21.05.2016
Ebola battlers in Liberia. Queer feminists from South Africa. LGBTI activists in Uganda.
All of these women have contributed to the struggle for democracy and justice in Africa.
And all of them—and many more—were present at the African Feminist Forum, a biennial event at which the women working to build a more progressive Africa strengthen their ties and share their stories.
Извор: WUNRN – 21.05.2016
Our Health, Our Rights, Our Lives!
Women's Health Matters
May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. May 28th has been commemorated by women ’s health advocates and their communities since 1987 and has been crucial in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) movement building. May 28 provides a great opportunity to remind our government leaders that Women’s Health Matters.
Извор: WUNRN – 21.05.2016
“Humanitarian agencies have clearly improved their ability to provide assistance. Mortality and malnutrition are down; disease control and education are up. In contrast, the protection of vulnerable women and children has not improved over the last decade.”
By Jan Egeland - Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council* - 18 May 2016
The World Humanitarian Summit will bring together global leaders and UN officials to improve the world’s response to crises. What’s the highest priority outcome? Special Advisor to the UN Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland argues that despite improvements in the delivery of aid, the humanitarian sector is still failing to protect civilians from violence.
Three "Ps" symbolize our greatest challenge and failure as humanitarians today: PROTEECTION, PRINCIPLES, PROXIMITY
Извор: Светска Здравствена Организација –Регионална канцеларија за Европа – 19.05.2016
"We all share a common conviction – that girls and women are the key to building healthy, prosperous and sustainable societies and communities," said Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Denmark, Patron of the Women Deliver Conference 2016 and Patron of WHO/Europe, at the Conference's opening ceremony. "And the evidence is sound – when we invest in girls and women, society as a whole benefits."
Over 5500 advocates, experts and young people gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 16–19 May 2016 for the fourth Women Deliver Conference. With more than 200 sessions and side events, this was the largest gathering on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women in over a decade.
Извор: WUNRN – 20.05.2016
GENEVA (8 March 2016) – The right to sexual and reproductive health is not only an integral part of the general right to health but fundamentally linked to the enjoyment of many other human rights, including the rights to education, work and equality, as well as the rights to life, privacy and freedom from torture, and individual autonomy, UN experts have said in an authoritative new legal commentary*.
Yet, the experts from the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) note, “the full enjoyment of the right to sexual and reproductive health remains a distant goal for millions of people, especially for women and girls, throughout the world.”
The commentary, adopted by CESCR’s 18 independent members, highlights the numerous legal, procedural, practical and social barriers people face in accessing sexual and reproductive health care and information, and the resulting human rights violations.
Engendering the New Urban Agenda - Gender Policy in Habitat III on Issues & Challenges to Women in Cities
Извор: WUNRN – 19.05.2016
Engendering the New Urban Agenda – Huairou Report of Expert Group Meeting
For Dedicated Gender Policy in Habitat III on Issues & Challenges to Women in Cities
March 9, 2016 - Recognizing that there is no provision for a dedicated policy unit in the Habitat III process that specifically addresses women and gender matters, the Huairou Commission and the Habitat III Secretariat agreed to co-sponsor an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) that convened specialists in gender and women’s empowerment perspectives in urbanization. The Huairou Commission was given the role of implementing this EGM to help strengthen the impact of gender equality and women’s empowerment on the policy units and the other processes of Habitat III. The EGM focused on prioritizing the key issues and challenges important to women in cities and their human settlements.
Извор: Светска здравствена организација - 18.05.2016
Although women in the WHO European Region generally have longer life expectancy than men, they also spend more years in ill health. The quality of life and well-being they experience is often unsatisfactory and there are also health inequities within and between countries in the Region. To unlock enormous gains, reduce inequalities and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), women and girls must be able to fully realize their right to health with a focus on gender-specific needs.
On 11 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, over 500 international students and practitioners gathered to participate in a panel discussion on "global and local health challenges and opportunities for women and girls". This was a lead event for the Women Deliver Conference held in Copenhagen on 16–19 May 2016. Isabel Yordi Aguirre, Technical Officer for Gender and Health at WHO/Europe, shared insights at the event into issues and opportunities in the European Region.