The decorations in the room look very familiar to me. I recognize the scene from one of my favourite sitcoms on TV channel 10. It resembles a ‘battlefield’, where, according to the script, women are trying to raise their voices and stand up for themselves. Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose.
Posts Tagged: gender equality
This year not only marks the UN’s 70th anniversary, but also a new chapter in the development agenda: the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals will guide development for the next 15 years. This past Saturday, 24 October, we joined together to celebrate the launching of these new goals.
This month marked the 16th year anniversary of the conflict in Kosovo, but the silence on the sexual violence that took place has yet to be broken. The topic itself is still a social taboo. Rape is treated as though it were a death sentence and those who have experienced sexual violence are often shunned… Read more »
I was recently invited to Turkey to give a lecture about women police officers in South East Europe. The lecture was to be delivered during a workshop organized for young Afghan women studying at a police officer training programme at the Police Academy in Sivas. As I watched the hall fill up with young female… Read more »
Recently, I blogged about setting up solar water heaters as potential business opportunities for women in Tajikistan. Today, I’m happy to follow up the story on the ground with the resourceful women of Jilikul, a tiny village near the border of Afghanistan.
One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”. Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the country involve elements of this ritual. Essentially, “bride kidnapping” is the ritual of ambushing a young woman and detaining her until she agrees… Read more »
The above photograph was taken several years ago as evidence that a UNDP project was helping ensure a community had safe drinking water. In the picture you can see the women digging a ditch with a ketmen, a traditional shovel-like tool in Uzbekistan. And what are the men doing? They are standing nearby, overseeing the digging…. Read more »
The Women Police Officers Network in South East Europe with the support of UNDP/SEESAC launched Guidelines for Gender Sensitive Policing with Particular Focus on Recruitment, Selection and Professional Development of Women in Police Services. The Guidelines propose a set of simple and low cost measures to help police services in South East Europe attract and… Read more »
Have you ever heard of kurash? No? Surprise surprise! Kurash is considered one of the most ancient wrestling sports that exist in the world. The exact age of this picturesque sport is not known, but it’s estimated to be at least a 3,500 year old tradition. “Kurash” is an Uzbek word that means “achieving a… Read more »
I want to talk about the suicide of three Kyrgyz young women, Venera, age 20, Nurzat, 19, and Yrys, also 19. After they were kidnapped (or “bridenapped” as it’s known when a young woman is kidnapped for marriage), Venera hanged herself in December 2010, Nurzat hanged herself in March 2011, and Yrys committed suicide in… Read more »