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Call for Papers - Engendering Empowerment : Education and Equality

The organising committee for the UNGEI E4 conference is made up of education activists, academics, practitioners and policy makers from many countries of the world. We are seeking papers and presentations that deal with gender, education, empowerment, and equality for our innovative E4 conference in May 2010 . Although, over the last ten years, children around the world have had increased opportunities to attend school and benefit from education, nearly a billion people still receive little or no education. The majority are women and girls who face gender inequalities in many areas of their lives. The harsh effects of climate change, war and economic recession impact particularly heavily on women and girls, and if not addressed, will place enormous obstacles in the way of their education.  This conference is part of a world-wide mobilisation of partnerships to realise the rights of girls and women to education and training  and address the gender inequalities that prevent initiatives from reaching their full potential to transform societies.  The key theme of the conference is:

Partnership, participation and power for gender equality in education

Parallel streams will look at:

  • Addressing violence
  • Challenging poverty and inequalities
  • Beyond access: Policy and practice for gender equality in schools

Cross cutting themes will consider:

  • Health, water, nutrition and HIV
  • Participation
  • Climate change
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KinkForAll Providence: A free sexuality conference where everyone is invited to attend and speak at!

This Saturday, a free and open to the public social and educational event that aims to promote positive ideals of sexuality will be hosted by Brown University in Providence, RI.

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5th Annual International Conference on Sexology

Hotel Green Park
NSK Salai, Arcot Road (Adjacent to Vijaya Hospital)
Tamil Nadu 600026


Indian Institute of Sexual Medicine Aakash Institute of fertility & Research

No 10, 100 feet Road. Vadapalani.
Chennai - 600 026.
Phone:- 24720202 Mobile:- 98412 - 66666 / 94449 - 44444 ,


  • Role of Phytoandrogens in Libido
  • Erection & Orgasm
  • Adolesent and Sexual Medicine
  • HIV and Sexual Medicine
  • Surgery in Sexual Medicine
  • Female Sexuality: Modern Medicine
  • Gynacology aspect of Sexology
  • Sexual Problems in General Medical Practice
  • Sex Education
  • Disabilities and Sexuality
  • Mental Illness and Sexuality
  • Internet and Sexuality
  • Physical Illness and Sexuality
  • Anorgasmia & Sexual Arousal
  • Disorders
  • Sexuality and Well being
  • Sexual Desire
  • Gender Identity
  • Children and Adolesent
  • Body Image
  • Development Perspective
  • NRI Syndrome

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Gung-ho grannies learn self-defence

NAIROBI, 27 January 2010 (PlusNews) - In a community hall in Korogocho, a slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, an instructor takes his students through their paces, but unlike the usual fitness fanatics, today's class is a group of elderly women learning self-defence techniques.

I'm Worth Defending (IWD), which conducts the training, teaches self-defence to school-children, young men and women, and most recently, to elderly women in Korogocho and other Nairobi slums.

Frida Wambui*, 60, is one. Two years ago, three drunken young men broke into her home in the middle of the night and brutally raped her.

"They knew I lived alone... they broke [down] the door and came in and covered my eyes with a blanket, then they raped me... and left me there just lying on the floor," she told IRIN/PlusNews. "I can't believe people young enough to be my grandchildren could do that to me.

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YOWLI 2010: Application Online Now

The Young Women’s Knowledge and Leadership Institute (YOWLI) is one of the 2 Flagship programs of African Women's Millenium Initiative (AWOMI).  The other flagship program is the African Women Empowerment Fund (WEFU). 

YOWLI was set up to enable young women and men of African descent to widen their leadership horizons enhance their knowledge base and actively engage in monitoring and fighting for social justice.  YOWLI supports innovative ideas that challenge anti human rights strategies and propel organizing for social transformation.

Download Application (MS Word)

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Special SEX+++ sponsored event!

a thorough exploration of pornography, kink, consent, and fine lines

documentary and discussion
featuring film director Barbara Bell

Presented by Clarisse Thorn and the Sex+++ Film Series in support of the Leather Archives & Museum

This event is generously sponsored by Shibaricon, the world's premier international pansexual annual rope bondage educational conference.  Located in the Chicago area May 28-31, 2010.

When: Friday, February 12, 7:30PM
Where: The Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626. For more information, please contact Director of Programming, Jennifer Tyburczy, at
Suggested Donation: $5-10
Light refreshments provided by Shibaricon

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Dr. Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

Dr. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level.  For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: “The Ethics of State Involvement in Women’s Health”

How do the laws and policies of a nation-state affect women's health?  Is the state invested in these issues because women are seen to be bearers and nurturers of future citizens?  Or are there are other concerns such as economic development, human welfare, or religious ideology that shape this engagement?  What are the current and historical responsibilities of the state in addressing women’s health issues?  How can they be measured and improved upon, and how do we approach the underlying ethical issues in practical and useful ways for women around the globe?

The USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, USC Center for International Studies, and the USC Institute for Global Health are co-hosting a symposium on Monday, April 5, 2010 to address these and related questions.  This multidisciplinary event will bring together participants from international relations, global public health, philosophy, gender and women’s studies, anthropology, sociology, religious studies, economics, psychology, and political science.  Travel awards are available to all selected participants.

Conference co-chairs:

Alison Dundes Renteln, Ph.D, J.D., Professor of Political Science &
Anthropology, USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S., Director, USC Institute for Global Health,
Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine,
Keck School of Medicine

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Beijing +15: National-level review of implementation

Member States are providing assessments of progress made, and remaining gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Platform for Action.  Their responses to the common questionnaire of the United Nations regional commissions are the basis for analysis of trends and challenges in implementation.

In preparation for the regional-level 15-year reviews of implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000), the United Nations regional commissions (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA) prepared a common questionnaire to access information from Governments on major achievements and remaining gaps and challenges in implementation at national level. The information gathered through this questionnaire is used in preparation of regional review reports.

The information in the questionnaire will also be utilized in the global 15-year review and appraisal process and in the compilation of reports of the Secretary-General for submission to the Commission on the Status of Women at its fifty-fourth session in March 2010.

Click to retrieve the questionnaire:
[ Arabic | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]

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Why Women's Reproductive Freedom Ensures Our Survival

By Kavita N. Ramdas*

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 8, 2010 (IPS) - Fifteen years ago in Beijing, then first lady, Hillary Clinton, stated firmly, "Women's rights are human rights."  Today, after eight years of non-existent U.S. support for women's reproductive rights, Secretary of State Clinton is reviving women's hopes around the globe by affirming the Obama Administration's support for the International Conference on Population and Development Action Plan.

This historic agreement, signed by 180 nations in Cairo in 1994, outlined a visionary 20-year strategy for making family planning universally available by 2015.

The Cairo declaration saw women's human rights take a quantum leap forward. For the first time, a global consensus acknowledged that the empowerment and economic independence of women and education of girls were integral to meeting global population and development goals. It was the first time that an international document clearly stated that women had the right to determine their own reproduction. Principle 4 of the Action Plan states: "ensuring women's ability to control their own fertility, is a cornerstone of population and development-related programmes."

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