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New Project: Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education

Promoting integration and mutual understanding through dialogue and exchange

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) has received a grant from the European Commission European fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals to implement a transnational project entitled “Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education – Promoting integration and mutual understanding through dialogue and exchange”.  The project has a duration of 18 months.

Project Partners:

  1. Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities (CREA)  – University of Barcelona (Spain)
  2. Centre for Rights, Equalities and Social Justice (CRESJ)- Institute of Education, University of London (UK)
  3. Department of Sociology- Panteion University, Athens (Greece)
  4. Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER)- University of Malta, (Malta)

Aims and objectives:

The main aim of the project is to explore how the intersection of gender and ethnic stereotyping produces forms of exclusion and marginalization as experienced by young migrant women in the context of secondary education, and to identify the gaps between mainstream integration measures and young migrant women’s needs using a critical gender perspective.  The project also aims to develop policy recommendations aimed at improving the quality of existing structures and services in the educational context to reflect the different needs of young migrant women.

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Sex Toy Vendors


Last night during a quiet evening in, my husband and I re-discovered what I find to be one of the more amusing things on late-night basic cable: the "

Shop Erotic!" infomercial

.  If you haven't seen it, "Shop Erotic!" features two natural-looking, casually-dressed attractive women selling sex toys to their viewers at home.  Their sales-pitch includes many paraphrases of, "A lot of people find this embarrassing or intimidating, but it's really not.  Exploring new kinds of sex is fun both alone and with a partner."  And I love the lack of sensationalism of these girl-next-door-types spreading the joy of exploratory sex on TV.  Unfortunately for such an otherwise appreciated public service, they're selling sex toys that are ridiculously overpriced and impossible to clean.  Which makes me assume that the business executives are counting on their audience's ignorance.

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"My parents and neighbours are still not convinced I am no longer a prostitute"

ISIOLO, 7 January 2010 (PlusNews) - Everlyn Masha Koya, 22, is a sex worker-turned-peer educator in Isiolo town in Kenya's Eastern Province.  Now the owner of a successful small business, she told IRIN/PlusNews about the extreme poverty that drives many young women in the region into sex work.

"I still remember the release of my primary school exam results in January 2007 - it was a brief moment of joy but also marked the end of my dreams to either be a teacher or a nurse, because although I scored the highest among all the girls in my school, my parents were too poor to send me to secondary school.

"After that, my parents and brothers changed the way they treated me at home - they became harsh and hostile, accusing me of idling.  They instructed me to go out and look for work. When the situation at home became unbearable, I moved out and joined a group of girls who had hired a room in Isiolo - they introduced me to sex work.

"I still remember the first night I ventured into Isiolo town to look for a client, it was not easy... I was required to pay KSh100 [about US$1.30] to some boys who patrol the town at night.  For almost three years I served many men; my clients included the police, army, bandits and robbers, truck drivers and even men whom I suspected were mad.

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Maasai warriors take on AIDS

It is not easy to tell morans to leave their girls, because they pass time talking about girls and sex, but today they know that condoms can protect them against HIV


MAGADI, 29 December 2009 (PlusNews) - Attempts to promote HIV awareness among Kenya's Maasai community have often foundered on the community's unwillingness to accept externally driven change; but a new initiative is using Maasai 'morans', or warriors, to spread the word.

"The Maasai are very traditional people and the best way to reach them is to go in without trying to dilute their culture - we give them free space to learn by using cultural systems to integrate reproductive health education," said Peter Ngura, programme manager for a nomadic youth project of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), a health and development NGO.

"We train 'morans' as peer educators and use them to reach out to their fellow 'morans' because these are the only people culture allows them to interact freely with," he added. "'Morans' will only listen to their 'moran' chiefs and this is the reason they are the people we train to train their fellow 'morans' who are under their command."

'Morans' form an age set of male youths aged from the mid-teens to the mid-twenties; they have a duty to protect their community and livestock assets, and during this phase they are encouraged to have multiple affairs. 'Morans' spend much of their time in the bush, where they are largely isolated from the rest of their community, only interacting with girlfriends, elders and chiefs who visit them to impart traditional Maasai wisdom.

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Lowering maternal mortality rates is a tough bet in DRC

"women continue to die as they are giving life"

KINSHASA, 22 December 2009 (IRIN) - Years of conflict and instability mean the Democratic Republic of Congo is still among the worst countries in the world to be pregnant, despite a nationwide push to improve maternal, infant and childhood mortality rates.

“Every hour of every day in DRC, four women die from complications of pregnancy and labour, and for every woman who dies, between 20 and 30 have serious complications, such as obstetric fistula, which is very common in DRC,” said Richard Dackam Ngacthou, country representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). For every 100,000 live births 1,100 women die, he said.

But to meet a national target of reducing the number of women who die in childbirth by 75 percent and to provide all Congolese with access to contraception – in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals – new funding targets must be achieved.

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North African women at forefront of legal reform

Fez, Morocco - Women in North Africa have made tremendous progress in promoting and upholding their rights. Women in this region—commonly known as the Maghreb—are at the forefront of the Arab world in terms of individual rights and gender equality, and constitute models for other Arab women to follow.  A number of lessons may be drawn from the inspiring experience of women in North Africa, especially in Morocco and Tunisia.

Access to justice has been greatly facilitated by the new Family Courts in Morocco as necessitated by the Moroccan Family Code of 2004.  When women marry, they are now able to retain ownership of their property thanks to Article 49 of the code, which allows for a separate contract on property alongside the marriage contract.  This is in accordance with Islamic law, in which women may remain the sole owners of their property and have no legal obligation to share it with their husbands.

In addition, mothers married to foreign nationals in Morocco and Tunisia can now pass on their citizenship to their children—a privilege previously allowed only to men.

The countries of the Maghreb have made significant headway in combating violence against women.  Almost all Arab countries have signed the most important international convention that bans such violence, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), with exceptions to articles that clashed with a literal interpretation of the Islamic law.  But Morocco has recently agreed to the convention in full.
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KinkForAll Washington DC: 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 held in the Washington DC metro area for the first time.

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"CEDAW is UNIFEM'S Entry Point"

Andrea Borde interviews JOANNE SANDLER, Deputy Executive Director, UNIFEM*

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 9 (IPS) - On Sep. 14, the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly adopted a resolution that opened the door for the creation of a new U.N. agency specifically for women.

It will draw together under one umbrella all of the existing entities for women in the U.N. - U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), International Training and Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) and Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues (OSAGI).

The new women's entity comes at a particularly exciting time in the women's empowerment movement at the U.N. as another report has just been released by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) highlighting the lack of women's control over economic and financial resources in both the developing and developed world.

The U.N. World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2009, published by UNDESA addresses increasingly progressive issues such as women's unpaid work in the household, the urgency of women's financial empowerment, especially in current times of economic turmoil, and the long-standing inequalities of women in care giving, the labour market and within central financial institutions of the state such as financial ministries and central banks.

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Gender experts urge continent to learn from Rwanda

By Innocent Niyonshuti [New Times]

Gender experts from across Africa have praised the achievements that Rwanda has so far registered in areas of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

This was revealed in an ongoing five-day gender mainstreaming capacity building workshop that kicked off on Monday.

“Rwandans are people whom, when you teach them something, they grab it and run,” said Dr Miriam Jato, the Gender Advisor to UNFPA Africa Regional Office,  Gender experts from 29 African countries are discussing ways of increasing their knowledge on gender issues on the continent.

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Research Presentation on Sexuality and Rights in Urban Bangladesh

Venue: Spectra Convention Centre in Gulshan 1, Dhaka

Date: 9th November 2009

Time: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Centre for Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS (CGSH) will use this occasion to share the findings of a pioneering research project on sexuality and rights in urban Bangladesh. This exploratory study, the first of its kind, maps the multiple and shifting understandings of sexuality, identity and rights among public university students, factory workers, and sexual and gender minorities in Dhaka city.

The research presentation hosted by the CGSH (James P. Grant School of Public Health, Brac University) is being held to mark November 9th as part of the "One Day, One Struggle" campaign.  The campaign was called by the CSBR (Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies) network.

For more information: Dr. Dina Siddiqi at

The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR): “One Day, One Struggle”An International Campaign to Promote Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies - 9 November 2009

For more information on the CSBR network and the "One Day, One Struggle" campaign, please click here.

To view the press release on the "One Day, One Struggle" campaign, please click here.

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