International Solidarity with Academics in Turkey

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Thanks to Suomen Akateemisten Naisten Liitto, SANL Finland we’ve received this call for international solidarity written by Chad Kautzer, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University. You can read the article in full here: http://blog.apaonline.org/2016/08/04/seven-ways-you-can-support-academics-in-turkey/

Please read this and support academics in Turkey.

1. Investigate whether your institution can temporarily host or hire an academic currently at risk in Turkey. Some institutions do this directly and some work with third-party organizations, such as Scholars at Risk. Your institution can also become a member of the Scholars at Risk Network, supporting their work through annual membership dues.

2. Review any academic or financial relations between your institution and academic institutions in Turkey. These might include joint research projects, grants, or faculty and student exchanges. Such relations can be used as leverage to pressure institutions in Turkey to respect academic freedom.

3. Use the resources of your institution and the public platforms available to you to disseminate knowledge about the plight of academics in Turkey. This could involve, for example, organizing talks, exhibitions, and press conferences, or producing films and publications.

4. Organize and participate in political actions and lobbying campaigns directed at Turkish officials and/or officials in your own government. This might be a protest at the Turkish Embassy, making phone calls, or something more creative. Academics for Peace, for example, has a campaign to send letters to university rectors in Turkey, asking them to reinstate academics fired for political reasons. It is particularly important to lobby officials in the United States and European Union member states, given their deep ties to the Turkish government.

5. Connect with others (both individuals and organizations) who care about this issue, so you can stay informed and motivated. Scholars at Risk, Amnesty International, and the Middle East Studies Association, to name just a few, have email alerts. Like Facebook pages that disseminate news about academics in Turkey and information about actions to support them, such as those of Research Institute on Turkey (RIT) and International Solidarity with Academics in Turkey (ISAT), which I recently created. ISAT also has an email list you can subscribe to by emailing academicsus@gmail.com.

6. Ask your college, university, professional organization, or union to publish a statement supporting academics in Turkey and send it to officials in Turkey and in your own government. Here is a letter from the Middle East Studies Association that was endorsed by over 40 professional organizations. You can also create petitions and open letters for others to sign, as with thisopen letter to U.S. officials and this international petitionaddressed to Turkish officials.

7. Sign the petitions and open letters. Although this is the easiest action to take, it is still important. These petitions and letters can: (a) communicate the depth and breadth of support to media outlets and government officials, (b) encourage academics in Turkey, and (c) serve as organizing tools to build political networks that facilitate future actions.

 

 

Summer School on Human Rights

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cec_kek_human_rights_A1_final.pdf-Adobe-Acrobat-Reader-DC-23052016-132649-214x300The Conference of European Churches, in partnership with the Theological School of Aristotle University, organized the 3rd Annual Summer School on Human Rights “Stand up for Women’s and Children’s Rights!” from 31 May to 4 June in Thessaloníki.

More than 90 people, from different countries and representing a number of denominations, participated in the opening of the Summer School.   Dr Anne Negre, gender equality expert from the Conference of INGOs at the Council of Europe was one of the main speakers invited. Here you can read her entire intervention on Women’s rights and Gender Equality seen by CoE

Other main speakers: Dr Fulata Mbano-Moyo, World Council of Churches programme executive for Women in Church and Society and Rev. Dr Patrick Schnabel, a European legal advisor for the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany), representatives from NATO, European universities and many CEC Member Churches and Organisations in Partnership.

Among issues related to women’s rights participants discussed human and organ trafficking, sexual exploitation, working conditions and pay, an equal level of education and progress in the work place, arranged marriages and female genital mutilation. The situation of women and children was highlighted and discussed from legal, theological, and practical angles. In many cases, women and children are discriminated or denied their fundamental rights, such as the right to food, shelter, education, access to health care, participation in society and so on.  In some European countries one of three women are victim or a potential victim of different forms of violence, including sexual violence and harassment. Children often face various types of violence and abuse on a daily basis, including bullying in schools. With regard to refugee women and children, the situation is direr still.

Participants agreed that a common response is needed by states, societies, churches and other religious organizations, as human dignity does not have gender or age. The summer school facilitated the exchange about best practices on how to promote gender equality and the rights of the child in church and society.

Summer School participants learned about international, European, and national legal frameworks on the protection of the rights children and women. The United Nation’s Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) and monitoring systems related to it are especially important for child-centred responses and safeguarding their best interests.

Close analysis of biblical passages and traditional teachings of the churches helped shape discussions. There was a call for a self-critical theology that takes children as a starting point and gives them a voice.

There were several study trips, including to the Centre for Roma Minors, to the premises to the NGO NAOMI, and to the refugee relocation center Diavata. The students who attended the summer school had also possibility to pass the exam from this subject and receive credit for their studies.

Source: www.ceceurope.org

Tallinn Conference

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The Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe and the Estonian Authorities this country chairs actually the CoE, have organized in Tallinn a conference at the end of June: “Are we there yet? Assessing progress, inspiring action: the Council of Europe Gender Equality, Strategy 2014-2017“.

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Anne Negre with Elena Centemero, Chair Committee Equality, Parliamentary Assembly CoE & Fanny Bennediti , Representative of France at Gender Committe CoE

Anne Negre was invited as Gender Expert of the Conference of INGOs and observer of the Gender Equality Commission:

” My view was that the main point is implementation. I asked the INGOs of the Conference and they have the same advice. So my intervention was on this way.”

The programme was interesting, you can find it here: Programme Tallinn .

You can have further informations about the event here:  http://www.coe.int/en/web/genderequality/tallinn-conference .

Side event COE Women and Religion

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21 and 22 June 2016, Council of Europe. With the group of work on religions of the Commission of human rights of the Conference of INGOs, we organized an event on the subject ” ARE RELIGIONS A PLACE OF EMANCIPATION FOR WOMEN? PROGRESS AND SETBACKS” Anne Negre the Gender Expert of The INGO Conference of the Council of Europe organized the event together with lots of other groups. It was a big success.

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Background
The European Convention on Human Rights or the Lisbon Treaty for member States of the European Union respect religions or spiritual movements. National laws also protect freedom of conscience and worship for nationals of States countries of the Council of Europe while ensuring equality between women and men. We question the fate of this equality among places of worship.

Preparation
We have sent a questionnaire and we received around 1000 answers. Specialists are working on it, but we can say that if equality between women and men, was really respected, with no discrimination, people could accept to practise again.

The event
A very important number of people was there from the different pilars of the Council of Europe. The panelists were at the highest level and each representative of religions affirmed that there was no obstacle from theology. Elena Centemero, Italian Parliamentarian, Chairperson of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe opened the debates, and, Gulsun Bilgehan, Turkish parliamentarian, Former Chairperson of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, Chairperson of the Media and Information Society sub‑committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, closed them.
22 june 2016, at the same place, Council of Europe, it was the time for discussions, and a lot of speakers and participants came back. It was productive and show a real interest for these questions.

We have registered the debates of the 2 days,. Anybody who will be able to assist preparing the notes into a proper paper: please contact Anne via Boarduwe@gmail.com!

 

Gender Equality Glossary COE

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During its fifth meeting, which took place in Strasbourg on 2-5 April 2014, the Gender Equality Commission (GEC) discussed the preparation of a Gender Equality Glossary based on the definitions and terms of Council of Europe instruments and standards. During the sixth meeting of the GEC (19-21 November 2014), the Secretariat presented a Concept Note (GEC (2014)7) including an overview of existing glossaries. In the discussion that followed, GEC members instructed the Secretariat to prepare a more detailed document including relevant definitions from Council of Europe instruments and standards, providing sources and explanations for discussion at the GEC meeting in November 2015.

This document, prepared by the Secretariat, is the result of these discussions.

Concepts included in the Council of Europe Gender Equality Glossary

With regard to the concepts which are included in this document, GEC members agreed in November 2014 not to create any new definitions, but to use as much as possible the definitions included in Council of Europe standards.

The major sources for this Glossary are the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CETS No. 210, hereinafter “the Istanbul Convention”) and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec (2007) 17 on gender equality standards and mechanisms and its Explanatory Memorandum (CM (2007)153 add), as well as some earlier sources.

Given the evolution of debates and policy-making in the area of equality between women and men since the adoption of a number of these standards, more recent approaches are not reflected in this Glossary, notably with regard to gender equality policies from the perspective of men.

GEC members also decided to limit the Glossary to the current areas of work of the Council of Europe as per the five strategic objectives of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-20171.

In addition, given the fact that the important work of the Council of Europe in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues is dealt with by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance and by the Unit for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity2 in the Council of Europe Secretariat, relevant concepts related to these issues are not included in this Glossary.Council of Europe Gender Equality Glossary December 2015_en[1][1]

Report UWE Annual General Meeting Winchester

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The next day after Brexit, we met in England’s ancient capital for an inspiring conference about encouraging women into leadership roles

“What an enjoyable conference!” someone commented on facebook. To be sure, everybody had a great time! Even now resounds in my mind the rendition of the song over 70 people sung in chorus at the end of the Gala Dinner:

Winchester Cathedral                                                       We’ve come from Europe

Your church of renown                                                      To meet all our friends.

You stood and you wa-tched                                            We’re earnestly talking

As we came to town…                                                        Until the day ends.”

Thank you all for being a part of it,  this couldn’t have been possible without you.  Special thanks and congratulations to our host: Sue Ouvry and the organizing team from The Winchester LA,  for contributing to the success of the conference and their generous support.

Because “a picture is worth a thousand words”, I invite you to watch this short movie I made, some moments to remember, a pictures gallery also,  enjoy!

As usual, the last day we had Annual General Meeting, we were delighted with the presence of Germany and the Netherlands, although they resigned from GWI.  A new Treasurer was elected.  The key point of our meeting was the discussion about how to adapt the constitution and spontaneously an interactive dialogue was initiated on how can UWE stays a regional group of GWI and still keeps its seat in the INGO conference representing European women graduated?.  We kept calm… and voted an emergency clause, please see here the Minutes AGM 2016 . Click on the links to see the reports, invitation to next UWE Conference in Graz, Austria and other documents presented.

In the end, feel free to fill this evaluation form and express your feelings, we really need your feedback to help us improve organizing the next conference. Thank you!

 

For the board,

many regards,

Roxana Elena Petrescu
Secretary General

 

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UNITED NATIONS CEDAW MEETING IN GENEVA 4 – 22 JULY

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  • Maternal mortality remains unacceptably high – the vast majority of deaths resulting from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications are entirely preventable from a medical perspective;
  •  In developing regions, one in nine girls are being married before the age of 15;
  • Globally, women represent only 22.7 percent of Parliamentarians;
  • The global percentage gaps between women’s and men’s labour force participation and average pay are each around 25 percent – or put differently, from 30 September until New Year’s Eve, women work for free;
  • And to boot, women spend 2.5 times more hours on unpaid and domestic work than men. ” 

Proposed Programme of Work

Monday, 4 July
10 a.m. Opening of the session, adoption of the agenda, organization of work, report of the Chair on activities undertaken, ways and means of expediting the work of the Committee
3 p.m. Informal meeting with non-governmental organizations
4:30 p.m. Informal meeting with national human rights institutions
Tuesday, 5 July
10 a.m. Combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of the Philippines CEDAW/C/PHL/7-8
3 p.m. Philippines (continued)
Wednesday, 6 July
United Nations holiday
Thursday, 7 July
10 a.m. Combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Myanmar CEDAW/C/MMR/4-5
3 p.m. Myanmar (continued)
Friday, 8 July
10 a.m. Combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of France CEDAW/C/FRA/7-8
3 p.m. France (continued)
Monday, 11 July
10 a.m. Closed meeting
3 p.m. Closed meeting
4 p.m. Informal meeting with non-governmental organizations
5 p.m. Informal meeting with national human rights institutions
Tuesday, 12 July
10 a.m. Fourth periodic report of Albania CEDAW/C/ALB/4
3 p.m. Albania (continued)
Wednesday, 13 July
10 a.m. Seventh periodic report of Turkey CEDAW/C/TUR/7
3 p.m. Turkey (continued)
Thursday, 14 July
10 a.m. Combined eighth and ninth periodic reports of Uruguay CEDAW/C/URY/8-9
3 p.m. Uruguay (continued)
Friday, 15 July
10 a.m. Combined sixth and seventh periodic reports of Mali CEDAW/C/MLI/6-7
3 p.m. Mali (continued)
Monday, 18 July
10 a.m. Combined fourth to seventh periodic reports of Trinidad and Tobago CEDAW/C/TTO/4-7
3 p.m. Trinidad and Tobago  (continued)
Tuesday, 19 July
10 a.m. Closed meeting
3 p.m. Closed meeting
Wednesday, 20 July
10 a.m. Closed meeting
3 p.m. Closed meeting
Thursday, 21 July
10 a.m. Closed meeting
3 p.m. Closed meeting
Friday, 22 July
10 a.m. Closed meeting
3 p.m. Closed meeting
4 p.m. Public closing of the session

The reports that the Committee will review during the session as well as other documentation can be found on the webpage of the Committee.
More about the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and states parties you can read  here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CEDAW.aspx

The Committee’s dialogues with the delegations will take place from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00 at Palais des Nations – Room XVIII. Live webcasts of these meetings can be viewed on : http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

For more information about the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women click here:

http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw/pages/cedawindex.aspx

Source: http://www.unog.ch/