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Annual Report 2017

We are very excited to share our 2017 Annual Report with you and wish you a "happy reading"!

Monitoring Workshop (German Only)

Anlässlich des 6. CEDAW-Berichtszyklus der Schweiz bietet die NGO-Koordination post Beijing Schweiz Vertreter*innen zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen einen Workshop zum Thema Monitoring und Umsetzung der Frauen*rechte in der Schweiz an. Im Fokus steht dabei die UNO-Frauenrechtskonvention CEDAW, ein zentrales verbindliches Instrument, um eine gleichberechtigte und gewaltfreie Gesellschaft zu erreichen.

Ziel des Trainings ist es, Schweizer NGOs mit dem Monitoring der UNO-Frauenkonvention vertraut zu machen und ihnen aufzuzeigen, wie sie strukturiert und koordiniert in diesen Prozess einsteigen und so CEDAW erfolgreich und effizient für ihre Arbeit nutzen können.

Der Anlass bietet über die inhaltliche Zielsetzung hinaus, die Möglichkeit zu Austausch und Vernetzung mit Organisationen, die im Bereich der Frauen*rechte tätig sind. Eine möglichst breite Teilnahme ist daher erwünscht.

WANN und WO:

Das Training wird an zwei Daten angeboten.

  • Dienstag, 08. Mai 2018, 16:15–18:45, anschliessend Apéro
    Universität Bern, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Raum B -105
  • Mittwoch, 06. Juni 2018, 16:15–18:45, anschliessend Apéro
    Universität Bern, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Raum A 201

WER:

Das Training richten sich an Vertreter*innen zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen, die sich für Frauen*rechte in der Schweiz einsetzen. Unterrichtssprache ist Deutsch und Französisch (ohne Übersetzung).

PROGRAMM:

  • Einführung zur UNO-Frauenrechtskonvention CEDAW
    Keynote von Patricia Schulz, Mitglied des CEDAW-Komitees, zum Prozess rund um die Konvention
  • Rolle der Zivilgesellschaft 
    Kurzinput der NGO-Koordination post-Beijing zur bisherigen Arbeit
  • Monitoring Workshop
  • Vernetzungs-Apéro

ANMELDUNG:

Anmeldungen bitte bis 22. April 2018 an info(at)postbeijing.ch. Für Mitgliedorganisationen der NGO-Koordination post Beijing ist das Training kostenlos. Nicht-Mitglieder sind um einen Unkostenbeitrag von 50.- gebeten.

PeaceWoman Asma Jahangir passes away at the age of 66

We are very sad to have to announce that PeaceWoman Asma Jahangir, the leading Pakistani rights activist, has passed away in Lahore after a heart attack, aged 66.

Asma, who was a human rights lawyer and fearless critic of the military’s interference in politics, had a reputation of speaking truth to power and defending the weak, the marginalised, women and minorities against injustice. She was the founding Chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent group, and was a trustee of the International Crisis Group. She won several local and international awards and served as the United Nations rapporteur on human rights and extrajudicial killings.

Asma was exposed to politics and activism at an early age. Her father, Malik Ghulam Jilani, was a civil servant and a left-wing politician who was frequently jailed for opposing military dictators. Asma initially appeared in court to represent her jailed father. Her first foray into politics was in 1969, when she participated in a women’s march to the residence of the governor of Punjab and clashed with the police. In 1983, she was put under house arrest and later imprisoned when she campaigned for women’s rights and democracy during the rule of Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. She was also placed under house arrest in 2007 for her part in a lawyers’ protest movement that helped lead to the military leader Pervez Musharraf stepping down from power.

Her criticism of the country’s military and its intelligence agencies made her a target of campaigns on television and social media. She was repeatedly threatened by the country’s militant religious right, whom she criticized loudly and often.

The Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan said in a statement that Ms Jehangir was not only a jewel of the legal fraternity of Pakistan but was also a great human being. “Her voice raised for women’s rights, child abuse and women’s protection changed the course of society rights in Pakistan.”

Sources: New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Hindu

Find out more about Asma's work in her Biography.

30 Women's PeaceTables in 2017!

This year around October Women's PeaceTableas have taken place in 30 differents regions throughout the world. Women have come together to disuss their activism for peace and to raise awareness on UN resolution 1325. 

PeaceWomen Across the Globe is happy, that in 2017 Women's PeaceTables have taken place in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Colombia, DR Congo (South Kuvu and Nord-Kuvu),  Fiji, Honduras, India (Kashmir and Manipur), Indonesia (East Sumba and Bali), Kenya,  Laos, Mali (Bamako and Niono), Morocco, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka (Nuwara Eliya and Trincomalee), Sudan, Switzerland and Vanuatu. 

Learn more about the Women's PeaceTable project.