|9 February 2011|
|New IFUW Programme for ActionWe 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:
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.
|What’s New on the IFUW Website
|Bina Roy Partners in Development (BRPID)
2011 Competition UnderwayIFUW’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 StarsIn 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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