Background This discussion paper has been prepared as an initial resource material to support JSAPMDD efforts in developing a campaign in the region on Women and Gender. It gives an overview of women’s conditions in various countries in Asia and some parts of the Pacific, largely using latest data from the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Commission (UNESCAP). In the subsections, it frames these issues and conditions from a political economic, human rights and feminist perspective, and in relation to focus of JSAPMDD’s 2012-2014 programs, namely: 1) Global Finance and Public Finance; 2) Rights to Essential Services and Natural Resources; and 3) Ecological Debt, Environmental Justice, Climate Change.
The discussion paper may be used in its entirety or by subsections, which were written as stand-alone briefing papers on debt and the international financial institutions, climate change and finance, and essential services and natural resources.
On the occasion of the 101st commemoration of International Women’s Day, JSAPMDD stands in solidarity with all women struggling against various forms of oppression, deprivation and discrimination. Annually, we commemorate this day throughout the world to sharply and resoundingly call attention to the millions of women, especially in the grassroots who, despite the many human right instruments that recognize their social, economic and cultural rights, live in conditions of grinding poverty and deprivation.
DHAKA, OCT 14: The access to and control over land is the most determining factor in women empowerment besides other factors including their economic security and physical safety. International Day of Rural Women will be observed on Saturday amid extensive programmes across 64 districts of the country. 'Claim Your Right to Land and Inheritance' is the theme of this year.
Beijing women conference in 1995 adopted the proposal for the observation of 15th October as Rural Women Day, later during 2007, UN adopted a resolution for marking the day as International Rural Women Day (IRWD) to celebrate and honour the role of rural women each year.
Stressing the need to bring a change in men's mentality towards the rights of women, speakers at a seminar yesterday said women's rights would be ensured if awareness can be created among the two sexes.
They opined that awareness would also solve problems women face regarding inheritance of land.
The seminar marking International Rural Women's Day was organised by National Committee on International Rural Women's Day Celebration in the city's Cirdap auditorium.
A press conference organized by JSAPMDD was held on April 4 with an all-women speakers panel to stress that women are more harshly affected by the climate crisis as well as to articulate the demands of women, particularly those from the South, to the climate negotiators meeting during the UNFCCC Bangkok Intersessionals.
Wardarina of Solidaritas Perempuan Indonesia and speaking on behalf of JSAPMDD was joined by Meena Raman of Friends of the Earth International and Anne Maina of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance with Faikham Harnnarong of the Thai Working Group for Climate Justice serving as moderator.