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October 2008

International Day of Ageing

Worldwide, 1 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Women make up a clear majority of the world's older persons, underscoring the need to recognize the different impact of ageing on women and men, to ensure full equality between them...
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International Day of Non-Violence

Worldwide, 2 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

All Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals are invited to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence and to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness...
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World Habitat Day

Worldwide, 6 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: UN-HABITAT

The UN has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all...
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The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS

Expert Group Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 6 - 9 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: UN Division for the Advancement of Women

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2007-2009, the Commission on the Status of Women will consider “Equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS” as its priority theme during its fifty-third session in 2009. In order to contribute to a further understanding of the issue and to assist the Commission in its deliberations, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women will convene an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the topic.
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Training of gender audit facilitators

Turin Centre Campus, Italy, 13 - 17 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: Gender Coordination Unit, International Training Centre of the ILO

The ILO Participatory Gender Audit Methodology is a particularly proactive method, based on a participatory and learning approach at the individual, work unit and organizational level. This course draws on the extensive experience the ILO has developed in-house in a series of groundbreaking gender audits involving staff and constituents from virtually every region in the world.
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Filling the Gaps: A Virtual Discussion on Gender, Peace and Security Research

Worldwide, online, 13 - 31 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: UN-INSTRAW

UN-INSTRAW is bringing members of its global research database, the Gender, Peace and Security Research Directory together in an online discussion titled "Filling the Gaps: A Virtual Discussion on Gender, Peace and Security Research" from 13-31 October 2008. The discussion is an opportunity for academics, researchers and institutions from around the world to fortify existing networks and build a platform for participatory and dynamic research. Participants currently involved are from Australia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Nigeria, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.
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International Day of Rural Women

Worldwide, 15 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

A panel discussion co-sponsored by the Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will be held to mark the first observance of the International Day of Rural Women on Wednesday, 15 October 2008.

While recognizing the role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty, the discussion also aims to identify key issues and challenges in further improving the situation of rural women, including their involvement in work on climate change. The event will take place at UN Headquarters New York, Conference Room 3 from 1.15 to 2.45 pm.
> Message of the Secretary-General
> Download flyer
> Audio recording of the panel discussion (mp3, 43 MB)
> View the WomenWatch special feature

International Day of Rural Women - 15 October 2008

World Food Day

Worldwide, 16 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: FAO

The right to food is the inherent human right of every woman, man, girl and boy, wherever they live on this planet...
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Worldwide, 17 - 19 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: The United Nations Millennium Campaign

The majority of poor people in the world are women. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.
> Read More about the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
> Go to www.standagainstpoverty.org

The Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance, focus on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Manila, Philippines, 19 - 22 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: UNISDR, CAPWIP

The overall purpose of the congress is to provide a forum for legislators and decision–makers in formulating gender responsive legislation in climate change and DRR The specific objectives are:
  1. To understand the phenomenon of climate change and its implications, and study the appropriate risk reduction strategies
  2. To review gender aspects of climate change and DRR, and formulate appropriate actions
  3. To define the roles women can play in addressing the impacts of climate change and in DRR programs and policies at global, national and subnational levels
  4. To identify and define the action agenda for parliamentarians in making gender responsive legislation and programmes related to gender in climate change and DRR
The expected output: gender responsive agenda on climate change and DRR. The congress is targeting parliamentarians. Organized by the Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) in partnership with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). A special session on the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009 on Hospitals Safe from Disasters will take place in collaboration with WHO Asia Office and the Philippines Ministry of Health.
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E-Discussion Forum on Financing Women in Politics

Worldwide, 22 - 29 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: iKNOW Politics (UNDP, UNIFEM, NDI, IPU, International IDEA)

International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is pleased to launch the third iKNOW Politics E-Discussion Forum on Financing Women in Politics to be held from October 22-29, 2008. This E-Discussion will focus on the impact of financing laws on women's political participation, the role of political parties in removing financial barriers for women candidates, structural challenges facing women in obtaining financial independence in politics, and the fundraising strategies that women use in their political campaigns. For more information and to participate in the e-discussion, please visit iKNOW Politics' website at www.iknowpolitics.org/en/ediscussion.

iKNOW Politics is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).
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United Nations Day

Worldwide, 24 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter - 24 October 1945 - has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements...
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Disarmament Week

Worldwide, 24 - 30 October 2008
Host / Sponsor: UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2).
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Intégration du principe d'égalité entre hommes et femmes dans le monde du travail

Online, starting on October 27, 2008 (in French)
Host / Sponsor: Gender Coordination Unit, International Training Centre of the ILO

Un cours modulaire à distance vous permettant de développer et mettre en oeuvre une politique efficace visant l’intégration des questions d’égalité au travail, dans les projets et les programmes. Responsables des politiques, formateurs et personnel des NU et autres organisations d’aide au développment.
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Women, Peace and Security:
8th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325

29 October 2008

> Calendar of activities and events (13 October - 21 November 2008)

> Open Debate of the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security: "Women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security" (29 October 2008)

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