The Middle East and North Africa were the only regions not to improve in the past year, with Yemen at the bottom, with regards to the World Economic Forum Gender gap index, of which the 2013 report has just been launched. The list measures on political participation, economic equality and rights like education and health.Overall, the report, entitled Global Gender Gap Report 2013, found Iceland to be the most advanced country in the world in terms of gender equality for the fifth year running. Denmark is ranked number 8 on the list of 136 countries.
03/04/201311:09Thousands and thousands of people from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the US gathered in Tunis in late March for the 11th World Social Forum. And not least women’s rights and situation in the post-Arab Spring was on the agenda.“The new regimes want constitutions to be more religious, and women all over the region are taking a stand against this,” said Hamouda Soubhi, a participant from Morocco.Read the full text at Common Dreams.Read more about the annual meeting at World Social Forum.
A few facts: Violence is the order of the day for up to 7 in 10 women across the globe, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not a crime.
In New York, politicians, activists, and professionals gather now for the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. And world leaders are urged to implement concrete initiatives to ending the violence.
Follow the proceedings as Ms Lisbeth Pilegaard, Head of KVINFO's MENA Department, reports on WoMenDialogue's Facebook page.
Read more at UN Women.
United Nations officials joined millions of people around the world who are taking a stance against violence against women as part of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign on February 14th.
“The global pandemic of violence against women and girls thrives in a culture of discrimination and impunity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message for the occasion. “We must speak out.”
Read more at un.org
How about taking a few dance steps at work on Thursday? By doing so, you can join the international efforts to end violence against women.
This year, the global V-Day celebrates its 15th anniversary. On February 14th, millions of people around the globe will show their support for the anti-violence fight by taking up the challenge issued by the organization One Billion Rising: Dance, strike, or rise to show that you want the violence to stop.
The work to end violence against women is also the theme of the UN’s 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
It takes place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013 under the headline, Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
KVINFO (the Danish Centre for Information on Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity) participates in the Danish delegation to the Commission’s session together with Parliamentarians and women’s NGO.
Read more and get ideas for action for the February 14th V-Day at One Billion Rising.
Read more about the UN commission session at UN Women.
Wednesday February 13th is International Purple Hijab Day combating domestic violence in the Arab World.
The organisation Voice of Libyan Women encourages women and men to wear purple on this day: A hijab, a scarf, a tie. Or – simply – a pair of purple socks.
Read more at The Libya Initiative.
See photos from last year’s Purple Hijab Day and follow this year’s coverage at Voice of Libyan Women.
Photo: The Voice of Libyan Women / Facebook