Alice will be walking 25 km for UN WOMEN UK on Saturday 12th September.
All donations go to the UN WOMEN Trust Fund for Gender Equality.
Every little helps and nothing is too small (or too large!)
Click https://www.justgiving.com/Alice-fookes/ to donate to Alice’s Thames Path Challenge 2015 and support UN WOMEN’s Trust Fund for Gender Equality
Many thanks to all those who have already supported and those about to do so.]]>
Unfortunately Shafilea’s parents had other plans for her – they had arranged a marriage for her in Pakistan. When Shafilea resisted the marriage her parents took drastic action to avenge her decision. Shafilea was suffocated with a plastic bag in front of her siblings in an act that the coroner described as “a very vile murder.”
Shafilea’s case was one of the tragic examples of ‘honour’ killings shared by Dr Christina Julios, Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London and The Open University, at a UN Women UK event held on 11 July in London. Disturbingly Shafilea’s case is one of the estimated 5,000‘honour’ killings that happen every year around the world.
Dr Julios examined the spectrum of honour-based violence that includes Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage, domestic abuse and murder. She explained that while the crimes are committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community, they are a violation of human rights and there is no honour or justification for abusing the human rights of others.
Shafilea Ahmed’s parents were convicted of her murder and imprisoned for life. The judge told them: “Your concern about being shamed in your community was greater than the love of your child…. For me this is not an ‘honour killing’, it’s a clear case of murder.”
The HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 aims to engage 10 governments, corporations and universities around the world in activities to achieve gender equality. The initiative prioritizes legislative bodies and corporations in view of the gender inequality that exists in these areas, confirmed by findings including recent research released by UN Women, the World Economic Forum and others. Universities join the impact trio as youth engagement is vital to accelerate progress toward the achievement of gender equality, and to end violence against women.
The countries, companies and universities engaged in 10x10x10 were selected based on their reputation for strong ethical practices, their excellence in public service, their global reach and relevance, and their willingness to use their influence to drive and inspire change.
The ground-breaking ‘early adopters’ of IMPACT 10x10x10 were:
The governments joining IMPACT 10x10x10 in June have taken on key issues including gender-based violence, women’s labour force participation, and the gender pay gap. These are:
The additional five global corporate champions represent five industries and over 400,000 employees in more than 50 countries around the world:
As an integral part of the effort, each company has signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles, committing to measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality. These commitments include boosting efforts to close the pay gap, reach parity in management, and expanding opportunities for women across the extended supply chain.
The champion universities have made concrete commitments including advancing women in academia, addressing campus violence, building gender-sensitive campuses, and tackling pervasive biases towards women and men. These five champions represent almost half a million students on four continents:
As the initiative gathers momentum, and stimulates action from other players in the three sectors, it will also gain broadening geographical diversity. UN Women will work closely with these champions to guide the implementation of these commitments, and to share progress every year.
Since the September 2014 launch of HeForShe by actor Emma Watson in her capacity as UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, over 320,000 men and boys have made their commitment to gender equality, and HeForShe has reached over 2 billion people on social media.
Join HeForShe now.]]>
We are seeking dynamic, committed and energetic individuals to join our volunteer Board and lead the organisation through a period of ambitious growth, building our supporter base and expanding awareness and fund-raising activity across the UK so that we can do more to improve the lives of women and girls throughout the world.
We are looking for team players who can bring a range of skills and experience to the Board, including:
We also have two specific vacancies to fill for a Treasurer and Company Secretary (unpaid). Please download the supporting information for more details.
If you are interested in joining the Board of UN Women UK National Committee please email your CV and a short cover page (2 sides of A4 only) explaining what you could bring to our team to Linda Bartlett, email@example.com . All positions are unpaid. The closing date for nominations is 10 July 2015.]]>
This growing problem was addressed by UN Women UK National Committee and the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) at a parallel event at CSW59 in New York which showcased Best Practice to policy makers, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, social enterprises and civil society.
The event was moderated by Dr Tuula Nieminen, a UN WOMEN UK National Committee Trustee and Human Rights lawyer. The event opened with the screening of a short video featuring a witness statement from Jihyun Park, a survivor of trafficking and slavery from North Korea to China. Read more…]]>
As we have learned in recent crises, including the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UN Women has a central role to play when crisis hits. Our focus is to support Nepal and its women and girls to cope with the impacts of the earthquake and to remain safe. And you can help us keep people safe.
We are helping to coordinate protection and then expanding our focus to other areas such as shelter, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene as more technical capacity arrives. Our Nepal country office is helping with essential support by supplying “dignity kits” that contain the basic necessities that displaced women and girls require.
Please help by giving generously via UN Women UK’s Nepal Earthquake appeal page.
Please give what you can.
Real time updates on the situation are available at http://reliefweb.int/disaster/eq-2015-000048-npl.]]>
Moez Doraid, Director, Coordination Division, UN Women:
“It is a pleasure for me to join you at this reception tonight to celebrate International Women’s Day. Every year people all over the world gather together to acknowledge all the gains women and girls have made since the First International Women’s Day in 1909 when it was designated in honour of garment workers’ strike in New York, and later in 1975 during International Women’s Year when the United Nations began celebrating on 8 March.
It is also a time to reflect on the challenges that remain and future actions needed to advance gender equality and bring about real transformative change in the lives of women and girls globally. The global theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Empowering women, Empowering Humanity”. It is very much related to our focus tonight on political empowerment.
Watch out for more updates on the He for She campaign!]]>
Students from Ricards Lodge presented their awareness-raising work on violence against women and girls, including FGM, forced marriage and access to education. It was truly inspirational.
The student’s incredible work was best summarised by Manju Nair: “ … if these girls are anything to go by, the fight for women’s rights is in good hands.”
To read the full article please click on the link here.]]>
A UN Women National Committee UK event marking International Women’s Day and a unique opportunity to find out about CSW – the Commission on the Status of Women which will take place on Thursday 19th March 2015 at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
For full details of this event, please go to our Events page.]]>