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Gender Wire is an e-Newsletter that aims to promote gender equality in education by keeping our readers in touch with current gender trends and issues, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.
Highlight: Girls on the post-2015 agenda Photo © The Girl Effect
Helping girls to improve their lives means more than just helping them speak out. It should also amplify their voices. As 2015 approaches, many feel that the Millennium Development Goals are still not inclusive enough. Too often, many women and girls face horrible discrimination in education and other social situations.
This month, the Girl Declaration has launched in partnership with 25 development organizations. To ensure that all girls' needs are fully reflected in the post-2015 agenda, more than 500 girls in 14 countries across four continents were asked about their hopes and ambitions. The Declaration introduces five areas of desired improvement for girls - education, health, safety, economic safety and citizenship. The Girl Declaration is available online. Click here or check out "Publications" on the right-hand of our newsletter.
Providing both girls and boys with equal, quality education is an essential goal of "No-girls-and-boys-left-behind." If you would like to learn more about how to achieve this goal, look for our next issue at unescobkk.org or our e-library.
UN Passes New Resolution on Women's Role in Peace Processes
Resolution 2122 creates a roadmap for systematic approach to "implementation of commitments on women, peach and security".
Day of the Girl: Innovation through Education
"Innovation" is often associated with technology such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) or mobile phones. In many countries, ICTs have been used as innovative strategies to empower girls. However, access to ICTs alone is insufficient. To improve girls' lives, a holistic approach that tackles gender inequality in society is required.
What Women's Growing Political Representation Means in Indonesia
The General Election Commission strictly enforces a 30 percent quota for women's representation in political party structures and candidate lists. This article reviews the recent history of women's representation in Indonesia and what the nation can learn from it.
If You are an Indian Widow, Your Children Could Kick You Out and Take Everything
In India, widows are treated as "untouchables". They are forced into social isolation and begging and some are even abandoned by their own families. According to Time World, the government needs to do more to alleviate this problem.
First-Ever Research Tool for Measuring Gender Equality in Environmental Governance
This article explains why gender equality and female empowerment is key to effective environmental decision-making and sustainable development, and introduces the upcoming launch of Environment and Gender Index (EGI), which will help to improve inadequate monitoring and evaluation systems. EGI is expected to be available online soon.
Leveling the Playing Field for Women Entrepreneurs
Various issues concerning female entrepreneurs were discussed during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Bali. It was pointed out that policies are not specifically designed to give female entrepreneurs an advantage over their male counterparts, but to make things fair so that both men and women in business can thrive.
Development of 'Sex-Ed' e-Learning Kicks Off in Cambodia
In Cambodia, government leaders, UNESCO, the UNs, and other civic organizations have kicked off the Learning About Living, an innovative e-Learning platform for young people. This online curriculum uses audio and video materials and games and quizzes relevant to Cambodian culture and society to teach life skills such as sex education.
Philippines Wins Accolades for Gender Equality; With Reservations
International surveys consistently rank the Philippines as the only Asia nation in the world's top ten for gender equality. However, some analysts concern that these figures do not paint a full picture of gender equality in the country.
The Amazing Malala Yousafzai Talks about Education with Jon Stewart
Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old educational activist, shares her thoughts on the importance of education during her interview with Jon Stewart from the Daily Show. The interview consists of three parts.
Girl Rising | Nepal
Suma, a Nepali girl who spent six years of her childhood as an independent servant, was rescued and enrolled in school for the very first time.
Every Day in Cambodia
"Every Day in Cambodia" is a trailer presented by the CNN Freedom Project - Education Modern Day Slavery. CNN in Cambodia and Mira Sorvino, a Hollywood star and human rights activist, visit the parents and police in a poverty-stricken village where some parents are known to have sold their children.
How We Made the Girl Declaration
The Girl Effect produces a short video clip to show why and how to make the Girl Declaration for girls.
Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific: Policies, Practices and Processes
6-8 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Asia-Pacific Roundtable Meeting on School-Related Gender-Based Violence
11-13 November, 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Strategic Partner Meeting on Flexible Learning Strategies to Reach Out-of-School Children in Asia and the Pacific
14-15 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Technical Workshop: National EFA 2015 Reviews in Asia-Pacific
20-22 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Asia-Pacific Leadership Training on Gender and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Beyond (REDD+)
25-30 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Global Forum on Media and Gender
2-4 December 2013, Bangkok, Thailand