Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, has just released the 2012 Annual Report on the state of the world's efforts to eradicate violence against children.  Ms. Santos Pais and her staff are working with the League's UN Observers in a project to bring awareness of trafficking of minors during major sporting events. 

 

Over 150 women from different cities in Serbia - all - leaders in different professions convened in Belgrade on March 9, 10 and 11 to discuss how to lead the way for positive change in Serbia. The official opening took place March 9th at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia hosted by the speaker of the National Assembly, Prof. Dr. Slavica Dukic Dejanovic and attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, H. E. Mary Burce Warlick and Elizabeth Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State.

Over 100 persons overflowed the Hardin Room at Church Center in New York City on Monday, February 27, to attend the League of Women Voters workshop on "Empowering Women Politically to Eradicate Poverty."  Diana Perez spoke eloquently about the slow progress for women in politics in Colombia; Begona Lasagabaster of UN WOMEN spoke about the exciting and difficult mandate UN WOMEN has ahead; and Zaida Arguedas spoke about the need to work strategically and cooperatively at the grassroots level to achiev

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Good afternoon, good afternoon. Thank you, Melanne for that very kind introduction, and for your extraordinary leadership, in a rather short tenure, you have already improved the lives of women not just in the United States, but of course, around the world. So thank you— for everything that you do each and every day.

I also want to thank Ambassador DiCarlo for welcoming us here today, of course my dear friend Susan Rice for her extraordinary leadership here at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

At a recent presentation by the Special Advisor to Executive Coordinator of UNCSD 2012 Rio+20, the following information was shared:

In the spirit of cooperation with women groups in Cuba, the League of Women Voters of Education Fund and the League of Women Voters of Florida are sponsoring "People to People" trips to Cuba to enable League members to learn about the country’s history, culture and social structure, and forge relationships with civic organizations and academicians at the University of Havana. The League certifies that the trips are in compliance with the license granted by the U.S.

Under a contract with Democracy International (DI) the League will advise DI-Bangladesh on different activities that will be created to demonstrate to party leaders the value of increasing their share of women’s voters and of supporting and backing women candidates. To accomplish this goal DI-Bangladesh will create seven Women’s Centers that will undertake outreach,  training, and create a women’s awareness program to enhance the Centers’ work.

The League of Women Voters was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to meet with 20-30 women activists on how to work effectively on issues of importance to women during the transition period to democracy.  Zaida Arguedas, the League's Deputy Executive Director and Senior Director of its Global Democracy Program was asked to lead this effort.

In May 2011 Deputy Executive Director Zaida Arguedas traveled to Tunisia at the invitation of a group of concerned women. The goals of the visit were to meet the stakeholders concerned and interested in actively engaged in activities to promote democracy in Tunisia. During the visit Zaida Arguedas was introduced to some of the potential association partners and completed a series of workshops and discussions with the founders, board members and experts to learn from the experiences of the League both in the United States and abroad.

The Gender Department of the University of La Havana (Catedra de la Mujer) organized the VIII International Conference "Women in the XXI Century" in La Habana between from May 16-19, 2011. The official opening took place on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 pm in the Aula Magna de la Universidad de la Habana; the work program took place in the Hotel Nacional.

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