IFUW February 9 2011 Update

9 February 2011
New IFUW Programme for Action

We are pleased to announce the launching of the new IFUW Programme for Action (PfA) –
“The Power of Education in Effecting Change”.

The development of the PfA has involved our members through the on-line discussions and the input that was given during the conference in Mexico City. These ideas and suggestions have been “fine-tuned” by the Status of Women Committee, the members of which the Board wishes to thank for their hard work and innovative ideas.

The new PfA has four pillars or themes:

  • Education for empowerment and leadership
  • Education for freedom from violence
  • Education for financial independence, employment and entrepreneurship
  • Education for sustainable futures

These themes of the four pillars will form the basis of IFUW’s ongoing programme, one expected to last beyond the current triennium.

At the beginning of December 2010, we presented the cross-cutting focus chosen for IFUW’s international advocacy: “Education for the realization of the rights of women and girls”.  We hope that each national federation and association (NFA) will integrate all or part of the new PfA into their own programming and advocacy.
Marianne Haslegrave, IFUW President

What’s New on the IFUW Website

  • IFUW Programme for Action –  http://www.ifuw.org/programme/
  • This section provides suggestions for subthemes and action for the new PfA. We encourage you to check back often, as the Status of Women Committee will be posting new material regularly.
  • CSW 55th Sessionhttp://www.ifuw.org/programme
  • If you would like to know more about what will be happening at the 55th CSW Session, this page provides links to the key background documents, information about events IFUW is helping to organize, as well as a list of our delegation.
  • New IFUW Blog postinghttp://www.ifuw.org/blog
  • Ardith Toogood, CIR of the Canadian Federation (CFUW), is  guest blogger this week on Civil society input for UN Women Beyond the First 100 Days.  She shares input that CFUW has made to the new UN Women consultation process.

Bina Roy Partners in Development (BRPID)
2011 Competition Underway

IFUW’s BRPID Programme is now accepting project proposals for the 2011 competition.  The deadline for applying is 28 February 2011. BRPID supports projects empowering women and girls through education and leadership development.  NFAs in developing countries with a per capita gross national income (GNI) of 10,000 USD or less are encouraged to apply.  The grants, ranging from 1000 to 2000 Swiss francs, will be awarded on a competitive basis and will cover a twelve-month period beginning 1 June 2011. The Projects Committee is delighted with the response and is looking forward to reviewing the proposals in March.

Participants in the successful 2010 BRPID Literacy Project run by the Egyptian Association
Young Women, Bright Stars

In a recent message to the IFUW Member’s Network, Michelle Imison shared an idea young members in Australia are trying.  After the conference in Mexico, and with the sense that other women’s organizations must be having the same difficulties as our NFAs in maintaining and growing our membership, she went home and made contact with the ‘younger’ chapters of UNWomen (then still UNIFEM) and Business and Professional Women in Sydney.  She hopes they can build mutually useful relationships and networks into the future – and they’re starting with a joint event on International Women’s Day, March 8th. It’s an evening, cocktail-type event with a speaker, lucky door-prize and raffle and lots of networking opportunities. They’re deliberately keeping ticket costs low (finger food and some drinks are included), but they still hope to have money left to split three ways for the three organizations’ women’s and girls’ education projects.  They are calling their event ‘Young Women, Bright Stars’.  This is an idea that young members in other countries could also try.
Michelle Imison, Young Member, Australia
Convener, IFUW Projects Committee

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