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Knowledge Network

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We have received a grant through a crowfunding platform, Catapult, to design learning webinars for women who would like to acquire and develop job-related skills. To ensure that this training is relevant and meets your needs, we would like to hear your suggestions on specific training topics you would be interested in.
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CSW58 Highlights

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place from 10 to 21 March 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York . The session ended with the adoption of agreed conclusions on Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. A series of events related to women's economic empowerment was organized during this annual session of the Commission.  Read more.


African Union Call for Scholarship Applications

To encourage the participation of young African female in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Education Science (STEME), the African Union is offering a call for scholarship applications from female applicants interested in pursuing STEME postgraduate studies in Africa. Deadline for submission is 31 May 2014. Learn more.

SEED Initiative

Apply to have your women-led activity recognized as a "Lighthouse Activity"

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is looking for submissions of innovative projects from communities, cities, businesses and governments that address climate change while advancing the active leadership and participation of women. Deadline for submission is 23 May 2014. Learn more

Ghana workshopWorkshop on Collecting and Analyzing Sex Disaggregated Asset Data 

Are you involved with: Research on women and land or assets? Designing or analyzing household surveys? An advocacy organization working on women’s property rights? The Gender Asset Gap Project invites you to participate in a workshop on "Collecting and Analyzing Sex Disaggregated Asset Data" at the University of Ghana on 26 June 2014. Scholarships are available for participants from East Africa. Deadline for submitting registration form is 10 June 2014. Learn more.

Featured Tools and Resources

Trade policy and gender inequalities: A country-based analysis

This paper presents the results of three country case studies (Cape Verde, The Gambia and Lesotho) analyzing the relationship between trade policy, gender equality and overall development. It provides evidence-based policy recommendations and shows that trade and trade policy can either serve to exacerbate or diminish inequalities between women and men. The paper also delves into the impacts of gender inequalities on trade performance. Read more.

Millennium Development Goals Gender Chart 2014

This Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Gender Chart is a special report for the 58th session of the Commission of the Status of Women which offers sex-disaggregated data by region. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the existing gender gaps across the eight MDGs. It illustrates both the progress and challenges in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls. This report reveals that large gender gaps in employment persist and may have been exacerbated by the global financial crisis in some regions. Read more.

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Big Dream

Big Dream is a documentary film by Microsoft that follows the stories of seven young women in technology fields around the globe. Each story takes a look at these young women's ambitions and how they overcome personal challenges to pursue careers in STEM fields. This video is the first in a series of trailers that give you a preview of the documentary, which is scheduled for release in fall 2014. Learn more.

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