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April 2012

E-forum — Gender Equality in Education: Looking Beyond Parity

Online, 26 March - 6 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: UNESCO

Globally, 39 million girls are currently not enrolled in either primary or secondary education, while two–thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate adults are women. Only about one third of countries have achieved gender parity at secondary level. The evidence shows that something needs to change.

The IIEP 2012 e-forum will build on the IIEP evidence-based policy forum of the same title held in October 2011 as part of the comprehensive follow-up on forum recommendations proposed by participants. In order to ensure continual collaboration on issues relating to gender, the online forum will bring together a number of actors, including participants who were unable to attend the IIEP evidence-based policy forum in 2011, to carry on this knowledge exchange.

The e-forum will resume the debate initiated during this event on how the education system can function pro-actively in the equal interests of girls and of boys, men and women, on an interactive virtual platform. It will look at evidence, experience, and research from around the world at two different levels. Firstly, at the school and classroom levels through analysis of gender differences in student learning achievement; and secondly to examine how gender equality can be enhanced in relation to educational leadership in planning and management.

For further information, please email eforu[at]iiep.unesco.org.

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Quilt Exhibition: Women are the Fabric

Main Visitors Lobby, United Nations Headquarters (1st Avenue between 45th and 46th Street), New York, 5 March - 27 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: UNFPA

Everywhere in the world, women weave and mend the social fabric of family and community, as well as clothing and textiles. Quilts, a traditionally female art form, often also serve as tangible expressions of women's creativity, frugality, love, solidarity or sociability.

A new exhibition of quilts in the lobby of the United Nations, with a special opening on International Women's Day (8 March), is a tribute to the enduring strength of women and a plea for the support and protection they need to take care of themselves and their communities.

Women are the Fabric displays 20 quilts embedded with powerful messages and appeals for action. Some are cries of pain from women who have directly experienced sexual violence and massacres. Several express anger at the impact of war on women. One depicts the magic of a rainforest threatened by oil exploration. Together they convey the strength of women working together on shared concerns.

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> Facebook Album of Select Quilts

World Health Day

Worldwide, 7 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.

World Health Day is a global campaign, inviting everyone – from global leaders to the public in all countries – to focus on a single health challenge with global impact. Focusing on new and emerging health issues, World Health Day provides an opportunity to start collective action to protect people's health and well-being.

The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme "Good health adds life to years". The focus is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live.

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Migration and Sustainable Development [seminar]

New York, 16 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

The seminar aims to explore the role of migration in the context of the UNCSD-Rio+20 and the provisions of the "zero draft" of the outcome document of the conference. The training session will be an occasion to analyze the advantages and challenges that migration poses in the context of sustainable development and illustrate migration policies and programmes instrumental to mitigate the effects of social, economic, and environmental challenges. In detail, the seminar will focus on cross cutting issues of human mobility, rural to urban migration, economically motivated and induced migration, environmental induced migration as well as return and reintegration of qualified nationals.

Deadline for registration: 12 April 2012

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Identifying and Investigating Cases of Forced Labour and Trafficking [training]

Turin, Italy, 16-20 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: International Training Centre, ITC-ILO

This course will train participants to better identify and investigate cases of forced labour and trafficking in persons for labour exploitation. It will address different stages of the investigative process, including detecting signs, inspecting workplaces, interviewing victims, and gathering other evidence. The course will focus on forced labour occurring in the private sector (including of textile, agriculture, and domestic workers), but will not specifically address sexual exploitation.

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Live Twitter Chat with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark: How Can We Achieve a Sustainable Future We Want?

Worldwide, 10:00-11:00 EST, 17 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

On Tuesday, April 17 at 10AM EST UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will chat about sustainable development via her Twitter account @HelenClarkUNDP live from the University of Cambridge, UK as part of her lecture series as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy.

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International Mother Earth Day

Worldwide, 22 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

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High-level Event on Women in Development — Development-centred Globalization: Inclusive and Gender-sensitive Development Paths [UNCTAD XIII]

Doha, Qatar, 09:00 - 16:30, 23 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII)

The purpose of the Women in Development event is threefold:

  • To take the gender issue to a new level of political prominence.
  • To yield new insights into the relationship between macro-economic policies, development and gender.
  • To launch a number of institutional initiatives to further the above objectives.

The Event will revolve around a high-profile, interactive round table. The presentations will be organized in four thematic sessions, namely:

  • Macro-economic policy: Does gender matter?
  • Trade, poverty and gender: New insights from a contextual, country-specific approach.
  • Agriculture, food security, intellectual property and gender considerations.
  • Equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome: How to translate women's educational gains into equal access to full employment and decent work.

Each session will be followed by a question and answer session. The Round table will bring together multiple stakeholders ranging from policy leaders, UN agencies, the academia, the private sector and civil society.

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> Event flyer [pdf]
> Full event programme [pdf]
> Background note by the UNCTAD secretariat [pdf]
> Event press release
> Meeting report [pdf]
> Event photos
> Event webcast

Diversity, Inclusiveness and Deep Democracy [workshop]

Turin, Italy, 24-26 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: International Training Centre, ITC-ILO

The workshop aims at providing a tool for participants to address exclusion and indirect discrimination. It will aim at understanding the multiple and intersectional grounds for discrimination, and using the Human Rights Based approach as the common baseline.

Applications should be sent prior to 16 March 2012.

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Girls in ICT Day

Worldwide, 26 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Despite the obvious benefits, many girls never even consider a career in ICTs. There is a lack of awareness among students, teachers and parents on what a career in ICT could offer. Attitudes can change when girls are invited into companies and government agencies to meet ICT professionals and see what life is like on the job. For this reason, ITU members agreed to recognize Girls in ICT Days on the 4th Thursday of every April in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010).

Girls and university students are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and government agencies so they better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future.

To mark the occassion 26 April, ITU will hold an event in New York from 10:00am-1:00pm EST, featuring a number of speakers on the topic. To watch the webcast of the event, visit: http://www.itu.int/ibs/sg/20120426girls/index.html

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International Jazz Day

Worldwide, 30 April 2012
Host / Sponsor: UNESCO

Celebrated worldwide on 30 April, International Jazz Day aims to promote intercultural dialogue towards eradication of racial tensions, foster gender equality and reinforce the role of youth for social change. 2012 marks the First Annual International Jazz Day. The Day will have its official kick-off at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 27 April. The UNESCO celebration, organized in cooperation with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, will set the stage for a series of events to take place around the globe in the following days. The Day will bring together performers, educators, governments, experts, and fans alike, as they explore together the history, meaning, impact, and legacy of jazz music throughout the world. The Programme at UNESCO HQ includes open master classes by renowned international jazz musicians, scat improvisational classes for young students, musical perfomances, conferences, debates and a big evening concert.

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