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207, 2018

Armenian Policy Dialogue on Agenda2030

By | July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, News, WECF|0 Comments

Women2030 Program, Yerevan, 18 June 2018 WECF and Armenian partners invited 30 Civil Society Organisations and Government representatives to prepare input for Agenda2030 UN top in July WECF and Armenian partners invited 30 Civil Society Organisations and Government representatives to prepare input for Agenda2030 UN top in July Sustainable Armenia Everything is in transformation in Armenia at this moment, it are exciting times! When the long-term president want to change the constitution to solidly remain in power, thousands and thousands of young people started with peacefull occupation of the streets and squares of its towns. After 3 months of singing, dancing while resisting, the government stepped down and the opposition took over an interim government to prepare for new elections. A huge success for democracy in the Caucasus. Engaging Civil Society in Agenda2030 Women2030 partners Rural Agricultural Development Fund and Armenian Women for Health and a Healthy Environment jointly with WECF International [...]

2206, 2018

Women2030 in Tajikistan

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, Climate, Energy, News, WECF|0 Comments

WECF and Women2030 partners participate in policy dialogue on Gender and Women’s rights in Tajikistan, organised by the EU delegation in Dushanbe on 24-25 of April 2018 The European Union delegation in Tajikistan invited WECF and its partner YEC (Youth Ecological Centre) to speak at the Civil Society Seminar  "Practical Implementation of the Gender Equality Principles in Tajikistan“, on 24-25 of April 2018. The seminar was opened by representatives of the Government of Tajikistan and the Ambassadors of France and the United Kingdom. Sascha Gabizon, executive director of WECF International, gave a presentation on Gender & Climate Change policies in SESSION 1 Economic and social empowerment of young girls and women. She presented examples of WECF and YECs projects where women-lead small bussinesses and energy-cooperatives make use and provide renewable energy such as solar-water heaters and solar-food driers. Gabizon also presented how these gender-equitable renewable energy programs are an important contribution to implementation of the [...]

1806, 2018

Women and Gender Constituency Joint Statement On In-Session Climate Negotiations (SB48)

By | June 18th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, Climate, News|0 Comments

Real commitment to rights-based, gender-just solutions to climate change is imperative for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. The members of the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) participated in the SB48 climate talks that took place from 30 April to 10 May 2018 in Bonn, Germany. The sessions will be resumed from 3-8 September, 2018 in Bangkok in order to finalise the Guidelines of Implementation of the Paris Agreement at COP24 in December in Katowice, Poland. Below, we have shared some key highlights from our work in Bonn. Gender equality and human rights in the Paris Rulebook The WGC came to Bonn with a strong call for the rights based principles that Parties already agreed upon in the Preamble of the Paris Agreement – gender equality, rights of indigenous peoples, ecosystem integrity and protection of biodiversity, respecting human rights and intergenerational equity, ensuring food security and just transition as well as [...]

2805, 2018

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018

By | May 28th, 2018|Categories: News, Water, WECF|0 Comments

What is Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Menstruation is a key indicator of health and vitality for women and girls. Managing this hygienically and with dignity is an integral part of good sanitation and hygiene. “MHM starts with the articulation, awareness, and information about menstruation and menstrual hygiene practices.  Women and girls should be able to manage the period in safety, privacy and dignity by i) having  access to and using hygienic  materials together with  ii) the provision adequate water and soap for washing and bathing and iii) assuring adequate collection and safe disposal of sanitary products - at home, schools/colleges, institutions, workplace and in public places.” (Archana Patkar, WSSCC, https://www.wssinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/resources/MENSTRUAL-HYGIENE-MANAGEMENT-Paper-for-END-group-1.pdf)   Intersecting Sustainable Development Goals At first when you hear the word menstruation (or “menses”, or “period”) you might recognize its connection with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 on health as it is an important part of women and girls’ reproductive health. The SDGs [...]

2305, 2018

Report on National Workshop on SDGs in Georgia

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, News, Trainings (ToT), WECF|0 Comments

On the Interlinkages of Environment & Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Read the full report here UN Environment, Women Engage for a Common Future “WECF” and “WECF Georgia” facilitated the National Workshop on Inter-linkages of Environment and Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Tbilisi, on 19-20 February 2018, in Tbilisi, Georgia followed by a half-day consultation on the inter-linkages with SDG5 on Gender-Equality and Women’s empowerment, which took place on 21 of February. The National Workshop was co-organised by the government of Georgia; the Ministry of Environment & Agriculture, UN, WECF Georgia and Greens Movement (Friends of the Earth) Georgia. The National Workshop was supported by the German Environment Agency “UBA” and the Federal German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The third day which looked at the social and gender inter-linkages was co-organised by WECF Georgia, IDFI, UNDP, the Swedish Embassy and [...]

2704, 2018

The Rural is Political: a brief summary of WECF’s activities at CSW62

By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, Gender equality, News, WECF|0 Comments

CSW62 CONCLUSIONS On March 12th 2018, the 62nd CSW session was opened at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. WECF was represented by Anke Stock, Sascha Gabizon, Hanna Gunnarsson and our partner Agnes Mirembe (ARUWE, Uganda) and Sonia (BaliFokus). Many important conclusions were reached and agreed upon, among which: increased financing and official development assistance in order to leave no rural woman or girl behind, their full and equal participation at all levels of decision-making, and the enforcement of legislations to end discrimination against rural women and girls. To this, we can add the implementation of fiscal policies to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, building and strengthening access to funding, sustainable energy and other technologies in climate change mitigation, increasing finances for quality, affordable and accessible health care facilities and services for rural women and girls, as well as the strengthening of HIV/ AIDS prevention, [...]

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