Gender Wire

October 2013 | Issue 18 | UNESCO Bangkok
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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 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.

Media Shows

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




>> The Girl Declaration calls for action for the post-2015 agenda for girls.

>> Girl Discovered: Action Guides - Global: Data Gaps summarizes where gaps in literature on adolescent girls exist.

>> Integrating Information and Communication Technologies into Communication for Development Strategies to Support and Empower Marginalized Adolescent Girls highlights various ICT initiatives implemented in many countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, and Turkey.  This report focuses on benefits and drawbacks of using ICTs in the context of programming for marginalized adolescent girls.

>> Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality - Key Findings focuses on gender equality in business by showing the results of a survey about the relationships between women and the law.  Key findings include the facts that laws in at least 15 countries give husbands the power to prevent their wives from working, and laws in 79 countries restrict the kind of work women can do.

>> The Gender Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index presents an index that measures and ranks conditions for high potential female entrepreneurship development in 17 countries and what we can learn from data to foster high-potential female entrepreneurship.

>> UN Women Annual Report 2012-2013, available in English, French and Spanish, introduces the organization's priority initiatives and financial statements and new programs, projects and contact information.


10x10 Girl Rising - Create Your Own Event: International Day of the Girl Child
Help celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child by hosting a screening or celebration in your community.  Kick off your event on October 11 or any day in October.  10x10 Girl Rising will provide videos, discussion guides, posters and more.

Girls Discovered Global Map
Girl Discovered provides visually compelling maps and data that permits users to explore the status of adolescent girls in the world.  The information comes from NGO's, INGO's, the general public, as well as private and academic fields.  Users can view, analyze and download maps and data on girl-related themes, and create their own maps.

Ford Foundation's Interactive World Map on Child Marriage
Ford Foundation's world map on child marriage was created in 2011.  The map gives users a chance to better understand the problems created by child marriage.

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