Impunity, insecurity and limited participation of women remain challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Josephine Ngulula Kabeya, the President of the Forum de la Femme Ménagère (FORFEM) and Elsie Effange-Mbella, the Senior Gender Adviser of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), spoke of the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a meeting co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in New York on 16th May 2012.
Finnish university provides international forum in Grenada to discuss negotiating environmental agreements
A two-week course for negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) will be held in Grenada in August 2012. Jointly organised by the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the course provides a forum for negotiators to discuss international environmental law.
Tunisia Hosts Workshop on Improving the Position of Women in Islamic Countries
Representatives from Islamic countries gathered in Tunisia between 8-10 March 2012 to take part in a Parliamentary Workshop for Advancing Maternal and Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights in Member Countries of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC). The Workshop was organised jointly by the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and the Tunisian Ministry of Women and Family Affairs.
Women on Libya’s future: disarmament and direct support to civil society the most urgent priorities
“The struggle of the revolution is not over yet. The struggle for democratic constitution and institutions, with full participation of women and guarantees for women’s human rights is taking place right now. The international community’s encouragement and direct support to civil society are crucial in ensuring the revolution delivers a positive change for Libyan women” said Libyan women’s rights advocates in New York on 22 of February 2012.
Finland signed an Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications and inquiry procedure
Finland signed a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which contains provisions on a communications and inquiry procedure. The Optional Protocol is a remarkable step towards accelerating the implementation of the rights of the child. Finland was part of a so called “core group”, which consisted of ten countries working together across regional borders to promote the initiation of the Optional Protocol.
Signmark to perform in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 1 March 2012
Sign language rap artist Signmark aka Marko Vuoriheimo – who is also known as the Foreign Ministry’s Special Representative to promote the rights of persons with disabilities – will perform during the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 1 March 2012.
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