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Water Woes
Throughout history, women have played a central role as stewards of water. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "Women are most often the collectors, users and managers of water in the household as well as farmers of crops. Women and children provide nearly all the water for the household in rural areas." In urban areas, women are often in charge of accessing clean water and ensuring sanitation for their families...
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Del Ponte Administers Justice
There can be no peace, and hence, no democracy, where there is no rule of law, where human rights are violated, criminals run free and victims receive no redress. Justice is a key ingredient of democracy. And women have proven to be the key ingredient of justice. In 1999, United Nations Head Kofi Annan announced: "Justice is a woman." He was talking about Carla del Ponte, the newly appointed General Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)...
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Drawing Democracy Worldwide
Featured Community Voice: Global Democracy Day In 2007, the Global Democracy Day Initiative, an organization devoted to creating an International Day of Democracy, staged a competition for youth around the world to illustrate what democracy means to them. The three entries chosen as winners explore different applications of democracy from gender equality in the home to the importance of individual participation...
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Kidnapping a Candidate
Women on the campaign trail often face challenges and pronounced threats to their safety and security. One of the most extreme examples is that of Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, kidnapped by guerilla forces in 2002 during her campaign. After six long years of imprisonment, her release seemed hopeless...
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CEDAW in San Francisco
The city of San Francisco is notorious for breaking the United States' political mold. When it comes to women's organizing, the trend is no different. In 1998, San Francisco became the first municipality to adopt CEDAW: the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. A United Nations human rights declaration, CEDAW has been ratified by 185 countries around the world; but not San Francisco's own federal government...
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Organizing against Violence
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U.N. Conferences on Women
An extraordinary event in women's international organizing took place in Beijing, China, during September of 1995. Representatives of 189 governments and more than 2,100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) convened to set forth a new agenda for women's empowerment and equality. The official conference and parallel NGO forum were the largest in U.N...
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The Beijing Platform for Women, 15 Years Later
In September 1995, representatives of 189 governments and more than 2,100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met in Beijing, China, to create a new agenda for women's empowerment and equality. The official conference and parallel NGO forum were the largest in U.N. history, attracting over 50,000 participants and observers...
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