Today, Monday 14 October 2013 from 15.00 – 15.30h in room ASP 5 G-3 the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and the Committee on Legal Affairs have a Joint committee meeting (Rule 51) to vote on the draft report on “Gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchange”. How do you think about quota for women on boards?
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s (2013) Girl Child Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education.
Theme for 2012 was “Ending Child marriage”. For its first observance International Girl Child Day has focused on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. Child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse, jeopardizes her health and therefore constitutes an obstacle to the achievement of nearly every Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and the development of healthy communities.
For its second observance, this year’s (2013) Girl Child Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.
Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward, the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child will address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves.
All UN agencies, Member States, civil society organizations, and private sector actors have potential tools to innovate for and with girls to advance their education.
Examples of possible steps include:
• Improved public and private means of transportation for girls to get to school—from roads, buses, mopeds, bicycles to boats and canoes;
• Collaboration between school systems and the banking industry to facilitate secure and convenient pay delivery to female teachers and scholarship delivery to girls;
• Provision of science and technology courses targeted at girls in schools, universities and vocational education programmes;
• Corporate mentorship programmes to help girls acquire critical work and leadership skills and facilitate their transition from school to work;
• Breaking the barriers, it is a must to harness innovation and technology to reach poor and marginalized girls and improve the quality of education for all.
Only 16, Malala has become a symbol for women’s right to education, not just in her native Pakistan, but the world and us all. Read more on www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/10/malala-yousafzai-wins-sakharov-prize. The Pakistani schoolgirl became a global inspiration after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. In an exclusive interview, she talks about the man who tried to kill her, life in Britain and why she won’t give up campaigning. The book I am Malala will soon be available.
Please let all your members know the UWE has a new website: www.uweboard.wordpress.com
The European Women’s Lobby sends out newsletters regularly which I post on our website www.womenlobby.org.
I would like to draw your attention to our call for actions very worthwhile to support on a national level for all NFA’s e.g. to write letters to their parlementarians:
– the petition to support victims of Human Trafficking more
– two appeals to raise the issue of parity of representation to the electorate ahead of the upcoming national elections .http://paritydemocracy.eu/ewl/
– the launching of an European Network of Ministers in Europe in charge of equality between women and men, a new platform we could try and influence!
The EWL is also looking for a candidate for the post of Secretary General!
Nazan Moroğlu , President TAUW informs of the adaptation of the Istanbul Convention. France is the second nation to adopt this convention.
Law 05 August 2013: France adapts its legislation to the Istanbul Convention of 11 May 2011 and transposes the Directive on trafficking in human beings
1. This law includes new penalties in accordance with the Istanbul Convection.
- Forced marriages : the use of fraudulent tactics to mislead someone to get married abroad is an offense punishable by a penalty of three years of imprisonment.
- forced abortion : the attempt of the offense is considered punishable
- Inciting minors to sexual mutilation through the promise of presents or the use of any kind of pressures is punishable by a penalty of 5 years of imprisonment as so it is the attempt of the offense.
2. 2. Regarding trafficking in human beings, the law includes an extended and precise definition of it and of forced labour, domestic servitude and slavery.
Penalties of 20 years of imprisonment are fixed for the most severe cases.
The notion of exploitationis conceived as to make a victim be a disposition of a third party, to enable the commission of offenses against her, as pimping, assault or sexual abuse.
To find out more about this law, click here (French)
A governmental plan against trafficking has been announced for next autumn.