Choike Newsletter - 5 March 2010

A Portal on Southern Civil Societies - Fri Mar 05 2010

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-> Beijing +15 - fifteen year review of the Beijing Platform for Action
>From March 1 to 12 2010, government delegations attending the UN
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will assess progress made in the
implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). Women's
organizations met at the Global Beijing + 15 NGO Forum for Women.

-> Events

-> Beijing +15: Join Karama at the United Nations
32 women from around the Arab world are part of Karama’s delegation at
the UN in New York to participate in the 54th session of the Commission
on the Status of Women. See their activities.

-> Sex, culture and human rights: an African leader breaks the silence
This article is drawn from a speech given by Josina Machel at the 4th
Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Machel is a gender activist and a social entrepreneur and a member of
the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Health Coalition.

-> See all blog entries

In a Fierce New World
"The huge challenge that we have experienced in the last 15 years to
ensure that the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) survives in the
formal texts of the United Nations is symptomatic of the complex
advocacy demanded by this fierce new world. We cannot be discouraged,
but we cannot also be naively optimistic, including about the capacity
and clarity of social movements".
Source: DAWN Net
More information in "Beijing +15 - Fifteen-year review of the Beijing
Platform for Action":

Bringing Human Rights to bear in times of crisis
The report "Bringing Human Rights to Bear in Times of Crisis: A human
rights analysis of government responses to the economic crisis" aims to
deepen our understanding of how governments have conducted themselves
and how effective economic policies have been in defending and
strengthening the enjoyment of human rights in a time of multiple and
interlocking social and economic crises.
Source: ESCR-Net
More information in "Economic, social and cultural rights - ESCR":

15 years after Beijing conference, women assess progress
2010 marks the 15th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on
Women. Marking this anniversary, the 54 UN Committee on the Status of
Women (CSW) will convene March 1- 12 2010 in New York to consider
implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
(BPfA). Womens' movements and NGOs around the world will be gathering
prior the UN meeting in a global NGO forum for women.

Getting away with murder
On January 19 Israel's international secret police, the Mossad, sent an
eighteen member death squad to Dubai using fake European passports, in
order to assassinate the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud al Mabhouh.
International media and diplomatic circles are buzzing with stories and
theories about how the Israelis planned the whole thing and executed
with professional precision. The question is how long will Israel get
away with murder? And how long will its Western friends and allies
protect it?
Source: The Palestine Chronicle
More information in "Israeli-Palestinian conflict":

IMF economic policies under fire
While the political agenda at the IMF is shifting back to mandate and
governance reform, there are growing calls that the Fund needs to
fundamentally rethink the monetary and fiscal policies it demands of
borrowers if the institution is to retain legitimacy and renew its mandate.
Source: Bretton Woods Project
More information in "International Monetary Fund - IMF":

Impact of the crisis on civil society organizations
The food, environmental and economic crises have challenged civil
society organizations and the communities they serve. A broad-based
survey, financially supported by the UN, measured the impact of the
crises on the operating capacity of CSOs around the world and their
expectations as they look ahead.
Source: NGO Committee for Social Development
More information in "UN Conference on the world financial and economic
crisis and its impact on development":

Farm suicides in India: a 12-year saga
The loan waiver year of 2008 saw 16,196 farm suicides in the country,
according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Compared to 2007, that's
a fall of just 436. There were no major changes in the trend that set in
from the late 1990s and worsened after 2002. The dismal truth is that
very high numbers of farm suicides still occur within a fast decreasing
farm population.
Source: India Together
More information in "Poverty":

Landmine Monitor Report 2009: Toward a mine-free world
Since the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty entered into force ten years ago,
significant progress has been made in eradicating antipersonnel mines,
but much work remains, according to Landmine Monitor Report 2009: Toward
a Mine-Free World, a report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Source: ICBL
More information in "The landmine problem":

4. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

Bridge - Development, Gender
BRIDGE is based in the UK and supports gender advocacy and mainstreaming
efforts by bridging the gaps between theory, policy and practice with
accessible and diverse gender information in print and online.

WIEGO - Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing
Global research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the
working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.

A website focusing on news, trends and events concerning the media in
the twenty-two countries of the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa,
defined as the twenty-two member states of the Arab League). Its goal is
to promote good journalism in the region by providing a platform for
Arab journalism as well as specific tools to empower Arab journalists.

Shelter provides awareness support to the community through advocacy
campaigns, whose goal is to create community-wide awareness and
education against HIV/AIDS prevalence, sexual and reproductive health
risks. Bangladesh.

-> NGO directory


->Follow the discussions and debates at Beijing + 15
As UN Member States and women's rights advocates and organizations from
all over the world gather in New York for this event, AWID will be
bringing Beijing + 15 to you, wherever you are in the world.
Source: AWID

->2010 NGO global forum for women: Beijing +15
2010 marks the 15th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on
Women. Women's movements around the world will gather at the NGO Global
Women’s Forum 27-28 February in New York prior to the UN event to
consider implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
Source: NGOCSW

World Peace and Security

->Haiti: Private contractors 'like vultures coming to grab the loot'
Critics are concerned that private military contractors are positioning
themselves at the centre of an emerging "shock doctrine" for
earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Source: IPS

->US airstrike kills Afghan civilians
A US air strike killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan’s central
Uruzgan Province Sunday, while to the south a US ground offensive in the
Helmand Province town of Marjah ground through its second week,
producing growing casualties and the threat of a humanitarian disaster.
Source: World Socialist Web Site

->Ban on deadly weapons ratified, enters into force in six months
the United Nations, Member States, and civil society organizations
celebrate the 30th ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Source: UNDP

Human Rights

->Opposition grows against Egypt-Gaza barrier
Officials say the barrier will prevent cross-border smuggling, but
critics say it will seal the fate of the people on the Gaza Strip.
Source: IPS

->Yemen: President uses military offensives as cover for attacks on
In response, 25 Arab rights organisations, including the Cairo Institute
for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and three other IFEX members, have
released a joint statement calling on the government to end kidnappings,
forced disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrests.
Source: Menassat

->International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers
On 12 February 2010, the world celebrated the International Day against
the Use of Child Soldiers in commemoration of the Optional Protocol to
the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of Children
in Armed Conflict.
Source: Coalition for the ICC


->Education for all: reaching the marginalized
Education systems in many of the world's poorest countries are now
experiencing the aftershock of the global economic downturn says the
2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.
Source: UNESCO

-> All news

Act now to meet the post-Copenhagen climate emergency!
Civil society organisations and social movements extremely concerned
about the current state of the climate negotiations, which is now posing
a serious threat to the survival of the world, make a call to meet the
climate emergency. Organizations can sign here:

->Helping Chile
A massive earthquake hit central Chile on Saturday, 27 February, killing
at least 214 people and affecting two million. Learn how to help.

->Call to support farmer and civil society organisations' application
Source: Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC)

->The Robin Hood Tax
A campaign calling for a tiny tax on bankers that would raise billions
to tackle poverty (in the UK and internationally) and climate change.
Source: Oxfam GB

-> All campaigns

7. IFIs Latin American Monitor

-> This initiative aims at contributing to the Latin American and global
IFI campaigns for reform of the Bretton Woods institutions by
translating key information, producing and disseminating news and
analysis, thus promoting dialogue and collaboration between key actors.
This project is possible thanks to the support of Mott Foundation.

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