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WEE News: October 6-12

See what’s happening this week in women’s economic empowerment news (Week of October 6-12, 2016)

women's economic empowerment in the news

“A critical part of marking progress for girls is having data to highlight the challenges, opportunities, successes and areas for improvement” — UNICEF Iraq Country Representative, Peter Hawkins.

UN Women today inaugurated its Geneva Liaison Office, which will provide strategic support and boost efforts for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls worldwide. Serving as a gateway to development stakeholders, Geneva is host to over 40 United Nations (UN) entities, more than 400 non-governmental organizations, some 35 international organizations, as well as renowned academic institutions, several of which support the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality. A large number of intergovernmental processes with direct impact on the women’s empowerment agenda, from human rights to humanitarian aid, trade and migration, are also held in Geneva.

The establishment of the Geneva Liaison Office will allow UN Women to broaden and strengthen crucial partnerships with the broad range of stakeholders based there, to deepen gender perspectives in their work and contribute to the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to enhance coordination with key players in the UN system.

Data from 85 less developed nations reveals that women’s economic status, economic development, environmental decline and health resources represent the most notable predictors of injury, illness, homelessness, and death from climate-related disasters

BESTSELLER is part of HERproject—a global public-private partnership to unlock the full potential of women through inclusive workplace programmes. Through HERproject, BESTSELLER works with suppliers and local NGOs to provide training on health. BESTSELLER also provides information on access to resources, tools, and products that will make women’s lives better. Moreover, BESTSELLER works to ensure that the structures and processes in place for our suppliers are designed to benefit and support women in the workplace.

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will be a key speaker at the second ‘Investing in the Future’ (IIFMENA) conference in Sharjah.

The conference is being organised by The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a Sharjah-based international humanitarian body dedicated to aiding vulnerable people worldwide.

The event, titled: ‘Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region’ is being conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), from October 19 and 20.

Afghanistan Donors Splash Cash, Bury Rights 10/6/2016 Human Rights Watch

Afghan women have come a long way since 2001, international support has been crucial in making that happen, but there’s still a very long way to go, progress is fragile, and there continues to be a need for major international support.

The Role of Business in Supporting a More Inclusive Global Economy 10/10/2016 Remarks by Christine Lagarde at the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism, New York International Monetary Fund

“The fact is that growth has been too low, for too long, and is reaching too few. So we face a defining moment—and we must take decisive action to make globalization work—for everyone.” — Christine Lagarde

Accenture and READ India have partnered to launch a READ Centre, a hub which will provide the Bagepalli region in India with a library, computer room, women’s section, children’s room, and training hall. Through the centre the organisations will work to educate local women with a range of skills, thereby enabling them to become more empowered.

Women Resource Center opens in Masalli 10/6/2016 Azerbaijan State News Agency

The Government of Azerbaijan, US Agency for International Development and UN Development Programme in Azerbaijan officially opened a Women Resource Center and a SYSLAB Employment Center in Masalli region of Azerbaijan on Thursday.


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