WIDE+ Newsletter March 2016

WIDE+ joins International condemn of the murder of indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras

Berta Cáceres, a Lenca woman, indigenous leader and spokeperson for more than 20 years of the Civic Council of Popular and Inigenous Organizations of Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras – Copinh), was murdered on 3rd March while she was resting in her home by “unknown” gunmen. She was awarded last year’s Goldman Environmental Prize for leading the resistance against the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project in Río Blanco, a World Bank and FMO-Dutch Development Bank funded-project which threatens to cut off a vital water source for hundreds of indigenous Lenca people and could have devastating effects for the community.


Recent Developments, including further action to take: http://wp.me/p2KSLS-ly

Read CAWN statement, supported by WIDE+: CAWN_statement_Berta_Caceres
Read what WIDE+ member WO=MEN the Dutch Gender platform has done in the Netherlands (in Dutch) http://www.wo-men.nl/berta_caceres/

WIDE+ participated in EU-CELAC Seminar on Gender Equality and Women’s economic Empowerment, 7-8 March 2016

As part of the ongoing exchange between the European Union member states and countries in the Caribbean and Latin-America, a seminar was held around international women’s day to share information and experiences on how to economically empower women.Gea Meijers participated on behalf of WIDE+ in what proved to be a rich discussion pinpointing to key tasks ahead.


News around Women’s empowerment in Europe and globally

 Shrinking space for Women’s Activism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
More Women Leaders needed in EU’s Foreign Affairs
New Campaign for female UN General Secretary
Dutch minister Ploumen takes action following letter from women’s rights associations on the FLOW 2 programme 


New Resources

WIDE+ member Karat Coalition report for Poland: pay gap between women and men with basic vocational education

Women with basic vocational education experience the highest pay gap in relative terms in Polandand their situation is hardly improving. Women find themselves predominantly in feminized segments of the labour market and are clearly in a minority in ‘masculine’ occupations.


Other Resources

Amnesty International report: Female refugees face physical assault, exploitation and sexual harassment on their journey through Europe
Nobel Women’s Initiative report: Women Refugees at Risk in Europe
European Parliament Study: the Gender dimension of climate justice

EIGE Report: Men control the money in the EU
IPU Report: Hardly any more women in parliaments in 2015
Report: gender dimensions of multinational companies’ operations in fragile and conflict-affected areas


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