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May 2011

Panel: Securing Justice for Women in Post-Conflict States

United Nations Headquarters, New York, 2 May 2011
Sponsor: UN Women and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN Women and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is hosting a panel Securing justice for women in post-conflict states on Monday, 2 May 2011, 10:00–13:00, at the United Nations Headquarters. The event will be webcast on Channel 3 at www.un.org/webcast.

In 2011 the Security Council and the General Assembly will consider issues relating to rule of law and transitional justice. In order to complement the forthcoming inter-governmental processes, the panel will reflect on the role played by women in transitional justice processes, focusing on experiences in Latin America, Africa and Asia, from both the perspective of victims and advocates for lasting change.

Specifically the panel will examine:
  • The nature of conflict-related violations and violence experienced by women and its impact on their lives; Women’s empowerment/participation in the peace process & post-conflict governance and the inclusion of a gender-sensitive agenda in transitional justice processes (i.e., prosecutions, SSR, truth-seeking, reparations, institutional reforms and national consultations);
  • Continuing challenges/obstacles women face in their search for truth, justice and reparations and how to strengthen the role of government and civil society, particularly enhancing knowledge of the legal and policy framework to effectively engage the TJ process;
  • Recommendations for reforms to the transitional justice agenda and mechanisms with a view to ensuring full and equal access to justice for women – including in the types of violations redressed, mandates, composition, and nature of the processes themselves.
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World Press Freedom Day 2011

Worldwide, 3 May 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Every day, despite significant risks to their safety, journalists bring stories from disasters and conflict zones to people around the world. These stories can shape the international response to humanitarian emergencies, and ultimately impact the lives of women and children.

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Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries

Istanbul, Turkey, 9-13 May 2011
Host / Sponsor: UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

The purpose of the conference is to:
  • Assess the results of the 10-year action plan for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) adopted at the Third United Nations Conference on LDCs in Brussels, Belgium, in 2001.
  • Adopt new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of the LDCs into the next decade.
The newly established UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) will be co-hosting several events at the LDC IV Conference in Istanbul. The events will highlight the contribution of women, particularly rural women, in the least developed countries, and spotlight how best to unlock their economic potential to accelerate development.

> UN Women Events at LDC IV

> UN Women LDC IV Key Messages

On-line course: “Equality at work”

Online, 9 May - 28 October 2011
Host / Sponsor: International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO)

This on-line course organized by ITC-ILO's Gender and Non-Discrimination Programme will equip participants with theoretical understanding and practical knowledge on how to detect, prevent and address workplace discrimination.

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International Day of Families 2011: "Confronting family poverty and social exclusion"

Worldwide, 15 May 2011 (observed 12 May 2011)
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The International Day of Families is 15 May every year. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 47/237 of 20 September 1993, this annual observance reflects the importance the international community attaches to families around the world.

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2011: Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs

Worldwide, 17 May 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

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