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July 2008

CEDAW: 41st Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

30 June - 18 July 2008
New York, USA

Host / Sponsor: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold its fortyfirst session from 30 June - 18 July 2008. It will examine the country reports from the following States Parties: Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Nigeria, Slovakia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen.
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Online discussion on “Women and men: equal sharing of responsibilities”

7 July - 1 August 2008
worldwide, online

Host / Sponsor: UN Division for the Advancement of Women

The UN Division for the Advancement of Women invites participants to an online discussion on "Women and men: equal sharing of responsibilities", which will run from 7 July to 1 August 2008.

The online discussion will contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the issue of equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS, and to identify good practices and strategies required to accelerate gender equality in this regard.

Each of the first three weeks of the discussion will be devoted to a specific theme, while the last week will provide the opportunity to wrap up and to raise additional issues if necessary. In addition to discussing achievements and remaining gaps and challenges in all areas, examples of concrete experiences, lessons learned and good practices, including interventions that have emerged in an effort to promote a better sharing of responsibilities between women and men, should be highlighted during all weeks.

The discussion is part of the preparatory process for the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2009.

You are encouraged to register before 3 July 2008.
To register, please click here to fill out an online form.

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The role of ECOSOC in addressing violence against women in all its forms and manifestations: A dialogue with the chairpersons of the functional commissions

8 July 2008, 4:00-6:00 pm
New York, USA

Host / Sponsor: UN Economic and Social Council

General Assembly resolution 58/185 requested the Secretary-General to conduct an in-depth study on all forms of violence against women. The study was considered by the Assembly at its 61 st session, and resulted in the adoption of resolution 61/143 on “Intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women”. The resolution invited the ECOSOC and its functional commissions to discuss by 2008 the question of violence against women in all its forms and manifestations and to set priorities to address this issue in their future work programmes. This panel, structured as a round table discussion, will provide an opportunity for the Council and its functional commissions to reflect on: the impact of violence against women in their mandates; how to address this question in their future work programmes; how the Council can contribute to prevent and eliminate violence against women through its work and oversight function of the work of the functional commissions.
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Global diversity and gender equality symposium

9 July - 11 July 2008
New York, USA

Host / Sponsor: Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)

The Global Diversity and Gender Equality Symposium is an important gathering of senior corporate, government and non-governmental organization (NGO) officials, focused on the complex challenges and opportunities related to global diversity and gender equality management. This year, the symposium will discuss diversity trends and gender equality.
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World Population Day: Plan to gain equality

11 July 2008

Host / Sponsor: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

In 1968, world leaders proclaimed that individuals have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. Forty years later, modern contraception remains out of reach for hundreds of millions of women, men and young people.

This year’s World Population Day reaffirms the right of people to plan their families. It encourages activities, events and information that will help make this right real – especially for those who often have the hardest time getting the information and services they need to plan their families, such as marginalized populations and young people.

When people can plan their families, they can plan their lives. They can plan to beat poverty. They can plan on healthier mothers and children. They can plan to gain equality for women. Plan to support World Population Day this year!

Plan to beat poverty. Plan to gain equality. Plan to beat maternal death.
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