• The League of Women Voters of Florida, Oxfam Canada and the Global Democracy Programs of the League of Women Voters Education Fund have joined efforts to organize "Un dialogo entre mujeres: Cuba" (A Dialogue Among Women: Cuba). This dialogue will take place in Tampa, Florida on Friday, May 11 at 12:00 pm in the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. The idea for this dialogue arose from the ongoing efforts of the LWVF's program "Sisters Across the Straits" and the LWVEF's ongoing efforts to highlight the importance of women in areas of decision-making. Our two guests from Cuba are Dr.

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  • We have made a lot of progress since our post last week! We have reached out and secured a core group of friends and partners to work with us to complement our expertise by providing strategic advice on different themes.

  • The Broader Middle East and North Africa nations include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen.

    For the first time since 2004, the United States has assumed the G-8 Presidency for 2012 and, in that role, has co-chair responsibilities for the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) initiative.  The BMENA initiative is a multilateral effort to promote cooperation between the G-8 and BMENA governments and civil society to advance reform efforts throughout the region.  The United States has invited Tunisia to serve as BMENA co-chair, marking the first time that two democracies have led the initiative.

    To assist the government co-chairs in developing themes, agendas, and concrete efforts to promote reform in the MENA region, each country selects an NGO partner.  The NGO partners coordinate closely with each other and with the co-chair governments in support of BMENA activities, culminating in the ministerial-level Forum for the Future, which will be held in Tunisia in December 2012. 

    The League has accepted the invitation to partner with the United States as its 2012 BMENA Initiative NGO partner. The role of the League is to organize 10 preparatory meetings that will take place in 8 different countries between April and October, efforts which will culminate with the ministerial meeting in December.  The League efforts are going by a team of three headed by Zaida Arguedas.   The League’s Global Democracy Program worked in Egypt and in Tunisia in 2011 and has strong ties with local organizations.

    See the final publication of the 8th Forum for the Future 2011 below.

  • Letter from Ms Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of UN Women's first anniversary.

     

  • The Broader Middle East and North Africa nations include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen.

  • I am sure many of you are wondering what does it mean to be the G8-BMENA NGO partner of the United States. Since the announcement of the selection of the League as the US NGO partner, I have been leading a team of three (myself included) in discussions about what our role should be.

  • The UN held a day long conference April 3, 2012 on fighting human trafficking.  Of special interest were expert panelists representing the UN, business, academia and the media.  The League's UN Observers were there and was the only NGO that was invited to make a statement, "Thank you for the opportunity to speak.  I'd like to echo the comments of Prof.

  • Leagues from New Castle (NY) and from New Jersey visit the UN.  Mary Fox, Judy Schachter and Jennifer Mebes Flagg arranged the lecture and tour.  For more information on visiting the UN with the League, please contact unobserver@lwv.org.

     

  • The President of the General Assembly, Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking, and UN Office on Drugs and Crime invite you to the UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON PREVENTION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PROTECTION OF ITS VICTIMS, ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

    APRIL 3, 2012

    10AM - 1PM

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    3PM - 6 PM

    CONFERENCE ROOM 2 (NLB), UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WITH ADVANCE REGISTRATION:  CASTILLOS@UN.ORG

    212-963-5698

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    2012-04-03 14:00:00
    End Event: 
    2012-04-03 22:00:00

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