Diane MacEachern: Women Leave Rio+20 Motivated to Galvanize Sustainability Around Family Planning and Reproductive Rights There is a direct correlation between access to voluntary family planning, women's empowerment and environmental sustainability. And though the official delegates to last week's "Earth Summit" tried to water it down, thousands of grassroots activists made it one of the biggest issues to rock Rio+20, as the event was also called. Why? Because ensuring that women have full reproductive rights creates one of the most desirable "two-fers" on the planet. Women took these issues to Rio because more than 200 million women in the U.S. and around the world cannot choose whether or when to have a baby, simply because they don't have access to voluntary family planning. In the end, as Grist reported, the Rio+20 outcome document -- though 49 pages long and consisting of 23,917 words -- mentions women in less than 0.01 percent of the entire text. This did not sit well with Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. Dr. "We will keep organizing well beyond the confines of this conference.
RT @usmannrana Why #Muslims should embrace same-sex marriage #LGBT #Gay #GayMarriage via @gaystarnews Marriage is not about me, me, me but a bond between two people who are in love and want to show the world their commitment to each other. This is a something the opponents of gay marriage – religious or otherwise – do not seem to grasp. It’s why gay marriage is important and necessary, so we can be equal to our heterosexual friends and companions. As GSN has pointed out there is a big difference between marriage and civil partnership. And to those who oppose equal gay and lesbian marriage, the answer is simple – if you do not like gay marriage don’t marry someone who is gay. In the eyes of the law, marriage is not a religious institution but a civil issue. In the case of the UK, religious groups that oppose gay marriage have nothing to fear. Religious institutions including some in my own, Islam, have expressed their concern on the redefinition of marriage, but their arguments have no basis. In my interpretation of Islam and understanding of the Quran, homosexuality is not a sin.
About International Women's Day 2014 - Glenda Stone re. Global IWD Arts This video was kindly provided by International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. 1908 Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. 1909 In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. 1910 n 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. 1911 Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March.
English - About us - Issues & Projects - Project: Putting Gender Equality Central Putting Gender Equality Central; a project to promote a gender and human rights perspective in WECF's activities In an effort to mainstream gender issues in WECF’s work and organisation, this year a project is executed to promote a gender and human rights perspective in WECF’s activities. Irene Dankelman, gender-environment expert from the Netherlands, has been asked to guide this process. Main aspects include the development of a gender policy and strategy for WECF, building on the experiences from partners and the secretariat so far. This strategy will be part of the overall strategy that WECF is developing for the period 2009-2014. The development of a brochure on Sustainable Sanitation and Gender issues, and discussions around it, are part of the project. WECF wants to bring a focus on the importance of gender equality into the global climate change discussions at the UNFCCC COP14 meeting in Poznan (Poland) later this year. More information: irene.dankelman @ hetnet.nl
92% of Latinos Who Support Same-Sex Immigration Reform Want It Included in #CIR via @HuffPostPol WASHINGTON -- Nearly two-thirds of Latino voters support allowing same-sex couples equal immigration rights, according to a poll released Friday, contradicting the often-repeated line that those voters are more socially conservative than average. The poll was conducted by polling firm Latino Decisions for the group Immigration Equality, which advocates for same-sex couples to be included in reform. Under current law, same-sex couples do not have the same immigration rights as heterosexual ones. When asked whether same-sex partners should be allowed to petition for legal residency for a spouse, 64 percent of Latino voters said they would support such a policy, while 24 percent said they would oppose it. Most Latinos who self-identified as Catholic or evangelical also supported provisions for same-sex couples. But including same-sex couples in immigration reform will be politically difficult. "Which is more important: LGBT or border security?"
International Women's Day, 8 March "Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This year’s theme, “Equality for women is progress for all” emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. Tweets about "#IWD2014 "
Home | Irdana - publisher of spiritual literature by women RT @AAUWHigherEd @KatieMillerOS on the next frontier for #LGBT & the military We sat down with Katie Miller — a leading advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members and a 2013 NCCWSL Woman of Distinction — to talk about her experience coming out as a lesbian to the world and the recent policy changes surrounding female and LGBT service members. Q: Can you describe the day you decided to resign from the U.S. Military Academy and what it was like to publicly come out to America? A: Coming out to the world … I actually did an interview on The Rachel Maddow Show before I was formally discharged and there was no way I was going to be able to leave post to give this interview, and West Point certainly didn’t want that to happen. So I ended up setting up Skype so I could do a live interview with Rachel Maddow from my computer. And at that point I hadn’t even been out to my father, my brother, or my sister; the only one in my immediate family that knew about my sexuality was my mom. Q: How did you feel about the combat ban lift? I’m excited.
We Can Do It! Women Money Power - If You Have the Will to Succeed, You Will Succeed! Byte Podcast 365 – Primeras impresiones del BlackBerry Z10 y Xperia ZL by BytePodcast (David Ochoa B.) Llega el segundo episodio de esta semana, Byte Podcast 365, con nuestras primeras impresiones de los smartphones BlackBerry Z10 y el Sony Xperia ZL, que saldrán a la venta en cuestión de semanas, en México y algunos países de Latinoamérica. También tenemos noticias que incluyen el anuncio por parte de Twitter de que descontinuará algunas versiones de Tweetdeck; el anuncio de nuevos cambios en Facebook; la edición 2013 de Aldea Digital en México y su cambio de formato; el video del nuevo evento “Unpacked” de Samsung en la que presentarán su nuevo Galaxy, y el ganador mexicano del Google Apps Developer Challenge 2012. En Bookmarks les recomendamos un sitio que les enseñará la historia del Internet, con el formato de un museo virtual. Cerramos con La Aplicación Móvil de la Semana, un juego para adivinar palabras que les servirá para practicar su inglés. Byte Podcast # 365 – Descarga directa Byte, tecnología aplicada… a la vida.
8th March CATALYTIC WOMEN | ABOUT US Catalytic Women is a vibrant community of donors and social impact investors founded in San Francisco in 2011. We help busy professionals align money and values. Through events, education and online giving communities, we connect individuals to platforms for giving and investing, to communities of experts and other donors, and to recommended nonprofits and social enterprises. While our name recognizes women’s leadership in financial decisions, our community is absolutely open to women and men. Vision and Values Our mission is to make giving and social impact investing easy and accessible at any dollar level. Why us? Led by a team with more than 20 years’ expertise in philanthropy, the Catalytic Women community supports busy individuals who want to improve their giving experience and create maximum social impact. Catalytic Women offers an extensive network to foster connections among donors, families, communities and experts. Programs we offer to individuals and companies.