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News: Former Chilean President to Lead New U.N. Agency

“UNITED NATIONS — Michelle Bachelet, famous for breaking gender barriers by becoming the first woman elected president of Chile, will head the new global United Nations agency created to advance women’s rights, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday. Mr. Ban said he chose Ms. Bachelet, 58, from 26 candidates for her political skills and ability to create consensus. She had been a front-runner from the start. “We have to make sure that women’s issues are an essential element on the agendas of all heads of state, all governments,” Ms. Bachelet said in an interview.”

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Employment: FAO Gender Officer (capacity development & mainstreaming)

Under the overall supervision of the Principal Advisor, ESWD, and as a member of one or more technical teams, the incumbent will contribute to the achievement of the Organizational Results related to “gender equity in access to resources, goods, services and decision making in rural areas”.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: October 11, 2010

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News: Gender Equality Goals Miss the Mark, Women’s Groups Say

Hannah Rubenstein
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 24 – A month ahead of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit at the United Nations, some women’s groups are voicing concern that member states’ commitment to women’s issues is insufficient and slowing progress towards gender parity worldwide.

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Event: UN Television Debate, “Face to Face” on the theme, “Women’s Empowerment, Development Cooperation and Culture”


Organized in the context of the 2010 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures Wednesday, 30 June 2010 4 p.m.

Location: Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, United Nations Headquarters

The debate will address an important nexus in today’s human development: international development cooperation,
cultural literacy and the ultimate goal of empowering women and achieving gender equality. Speakers will address 4
1. Culture is a critical means of realizing women’s human rights and international development at all times and
in all contexts;
2. Application of “culture” to development must be equitable, sustainable and inclusive, which means
utilizing positively the elements of cultural diversity such as language, ethnicity and/or heritage in
frameworks which are gender sensitive and culturally appropriate;
3. Engaging with ‘culture’ risks relativizing human rights abuses, particularly harmful practices and attitudes
towards women, and can be a serious drawback to human development; and
4. Presenting an academic reading of the competing perspectives on culture and development.
All Member States representatives, NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations, and UN staff are invited to
attend and ask questions to the speakers.
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Event (NY): National Council for Research on Women Annual Conference

Last Chance to Register for the NCRW 2010 Annual Conference!

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!!  Join NCRW and the US National Committee for UNIFEM at our Annual Conference 2010, June 11-12  Hunter College, CUNY, West Building, New York City

Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health Continue reading

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Event:Virtual Discussion “Migration, Remittances and Gender-Responsive Local Development.”

From 31 May to 18 June 2010 the UN-INSTRAW Gender & Migration Virtual Community will be hosting the

III Virtual Discussion “Migration, Remittances and Gender-Responsive Local Development.”

This discussion will be based on the UN-INSTRAW and the UNDP research findings in Albania, the Dominican Republic, Lesotho, the Philippines and Senegal. This joint research project sought to enhance gender-responsive local development by identifying and promoting options for utilizing remittances for sustainable livelihoods and for building social capital in poor rural and semi urban communities.

The virtual discussion is an excellent platform for the community’s users to network and exchange information and good practices with other professionals around the globe (at the moment, the UN-INSTRAW Virtual Community has more than 800 members from nearly 100 countries). Although the discussion will be based on UN-INSTRAW and UNDP research projects, this is an excellent opportunity for everyone to exchange ideas and practices on how to better understand the needs and motivations of migrant women and how to promote gender-sensitive development projects around the world. Continue reading

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Multimedia: Presentation on ‘Gender Equality & Poverty Reduction; Good Practices & Lessons Learned’

Great presentation made by Agnes Quisumbing on March 9th at the United Nations that provides valuable insights as the MDGs are under review.

To see the presentation