UN and NGO Activities

Karamatuna: An Investigation into the Sex Trafficking of Iraqi Women and Girls

This programme works to combat the sex-trafficking of women and children in the Middle East, whilst protecting them from gender based violence.
URL: 
http://www.sce-me.org/component/content/article/211

Child Marriage

Child marriage most often occurs in poor, rural communities. In many regions, parents arrange their daughter’s marriage unbeknownst to the girl. That can mean that one day, she may be at home playing with her siblings, and the next, she’s married off and sent to live in another village with her husband and his family – strangers, essentially. She is pulled out of school. She is separated from her peers. And once married, she is more likely to be a victim of domestic violence and suffer health complications associated with early sexual activity and childbearing.

ICRW’s early research provided a deeper understanding of the scope, causes and consequences of child marriage. Now, our experts are focused on how to prevent – and ultimately end – the practice. 

URL: 
http://www.icrw.org/what-we-do/adolescents/child-marriage

Legal Aid is a Lifeline

The National Federation of Women's Institutes (UK) launches a report into violence against women and legal aid to coincide with the report stage of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (31 October). Throughout the report, victims of domestic violence reiterate how access to legal aid secured their safety and protection in often life-threatening circumstances.

URL: 
http://www.thewi.org.uk/standard.aspx?id=23519

The Global Gender Gap Report 2011

The Global Gender Gap Index, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time. The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of
the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.

URL: 
http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-2011/

Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2011 - So, what about boys?

'Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2011 - So, what about boys?’ is the fifth in a series of annual reports published by Plan examining the rights of girls throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women.

 
The report shows that far from being an issue just for women and girls, gender is also about boys and men, and that this needs to be better understood if we are going to have a positive impact on societies and economies.
 
Drawing on research and case studies, the report argues that working for equality must involve men and boys both as holders of power and as a group that is also suffering the consequences of negative gender stereotypes.
 
It also makes recommendations for action, showing policy makers and planners what can make a real difference to girls’ lives all over the world.
URL: 
http://plan-international.org/about-plan/resources/publications/campaigns/because-i-am-a-girl-so-what-about-boys

Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity

Report by GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

 

300 Million Fewer Female than Male Subscribers: A US$13 Billion Opportunity

Mobile phone ownership in low and middle-income countries has skyrocketed in the past several years. But a woman is still 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man. This figure increases to 23% if she lives in in Africa, 24% if she lives in the Middle East, and 37% if she lives in South Asia. Closing this gender gap would bring the benefits of mobile phones to an additional 300 million women. By extending the benefits of mobile phone ownership to more women, a host of social and economic goals can be advanced.

Nine in Ten Women Feel Safer Because of Their Mobile Phones

URL: 
http://vitalwaveconsulting.com/pdf/Women-Mobile.pdf
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