SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 77 - march 08, 2012

Issue 77 - march 08, 2012

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

■ Mongolia narrowed the gap putting legislation into force
■ Brazil reached a low score in political empowerment, although the president is a woman
■ Social Watch Italy: “The economic crisis could represent an opportunity to change”

The achievements made by women all over the world towards equity in education are still very far from making an impact on their having a fair share in the economy or in political power. This can be concluded from the updated figures of the Gender Equity Index (GEI) 2012, published by Social Watch on the eve of International Women’s Day, March 8. None of the 154 countries considered in the study has narrowed the gender gap to an “acceptable” level.
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Arab world: Twenty measures for equality between women and men

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and 14 citizens’ organizations of the Arab world, among them several members of Social Watch, called upon national governments and parliaments to implement 20 measures to establish the equality between women and men.
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Tanzania: Government urged to repeal discriminatory laws based on gender

The Southern African Human Rights NGO Network (SAHRINGON) Tanzania Chapter, national focal point of Social Watch, has urged the government to amend or repeal all discriminatory laws based on gender for the country to achieve the equality between men and women provided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reported Tanzanian newspaper The Guardian.
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Canada: National forum seeks to improve safety for First Nation communities

With the Missing Women’s Inquiry ongoing in Vancouver, a Canadian national forum aimed at improving the security and safety of First Nations communities couldn’t have come at a more opportune time last month, wrote journalist Viveca Ellis on an article published by The Epoch Times international media network.
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