BasakOvacik

Dr.Ovacik Turkish Association of University Women 23 March 2021-Backlash Against the Istanbul Convention Red Pepper Association Human rights of women, Violence against women SDG5 – Gender Equality, SDG16 – Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Polygamy (2016), Harassment (2016), Tolerance of Minority Groups (2016), FGM (2016), Child Marriage (2016) It is very related as my country announced that it withdrew from the convention. The Istanbul Convention -The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is an important legal document protecting women. Some countries want to withdraw from the convention as it is against the patriarchal system. The speakers talked about its importance and gave some country examples from Turkey and Poland. They all get informed about the regional(Europe) convention protecting women's rights against violence. They can adopt the same law to their national law codes. Or they can call their own governments to sign. Violence against women should be the red line of all women’s rights organization. It is the biggest priority now as they are more affected during...

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Ba?akOvac?k

Dr.Ovac?k Turkish Association of University Women Women and Girls' Human Rights United Nations Language and Terminology-24 March 2021 NGO CSW Genava Institutional mechanisms SDG5 – Gender Equality Building Peace through Women’s Education (2019) non The speakers introduced the purpose of the task force created for gender terminology. A clear definition is needed internationally especially in law. Some terminology is not translatable to other languages. They described the concept of gender. They try to replace "sex" with "gender" identity. Very useful in leading to find the exact terms in our own language. We need to search for the exact term in our bulletins, web site, resolutions...

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Ba?akOvac?k

Dr.Ovac?k Turkish Association of University Women Women on Boards-Impactful Leadership for Systemic Change and Inclusive Entities STEM Institute Women in power and decision-making, Education and training of women SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG5 – Gender Equality Women and STEM (2019) My NFA supports STEM education and encourage girls to prefer STEM fields at their education. Jackie K. Weatherspoon was the keynote speaker. UWE President Anne Negre and GWI member Shailo Mistry made excellent presentations. Alex Blakemore from Britain presented the academic side of STEM and gave statistics. It was an informative session with highlights from the world. We can write a statement on STEM education.Rate of progress varies in different parts of the world. But we need to take a collaborative action. The underlying low number in girls’ choice of STEM is gender inequalities they face. We need to provide gender equality...

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SaharGamal

Ms.Gamal Independent Member, Egypt. CSW65 Side Event: Connect2Include.Include2Connect, Thursday, 18 March 2021. International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Women in power and decision-making, The girl child, Women and the economy, Human rights of women, Education and training of women, Violence against women, Women and poverty, Women and health SDG3 – Good Health and Well-Being, SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG5 – Gender Equality, SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality, SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG17 – Partnerships to achieve the Goal Bullying (2016), Disability (2016), Harassment (2016), Tolerance of Minority Groups (2016), Young Members (2016) The session focused on the importance of connectivity and digital inclusion of women and girls as a powerful enabler and empowering tool . This coincides with GWI's Marketplace Initiative and, in turn, with FUWA's ICT Literacy Course targeting 100% literacy of FUWA members. This session was the second stop in ITU's "Road to Addis" for their "World Telecommunication Development Conference" (WTDC-2021) that will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8-19 November 2021 preceded by a Youth Summit. ITU aims at achieving digital inclusion of women and girls, children,youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples, and people living in remote areas. They aim to do so by ensuring that technology is people centered and that no one is left behind due to lack of connectivity or due to lack of accessibility of digital information, products and services. To achieve that, there is a need to develop appropriate policies, strategies and actions that address the specific needs for this digital inclusion. ITU promotes the building of inclusive digital societies because connectivity will help accelerate the global socio-economic recovery after the current pandemic. To accelerate connectivity for sustainable development, ITU identified "6 enablers" which are "Partnerships, Inclusion, Financing, Leadership, Innovation and Youth". Participants of this session concluded that "Connectivity and Inclusion" should be regarded as the 18th SDG and digitalization is the only means to do so. Because of the current pandemic situation, all GWI members have realized the importance of ICT literacy and accessibility. Women and girls' education has been negatively affected in areas where there is no appropriate digital infrastructure. Girls' school drop-outs and child marriage have increased. Women's economic independence has suffered because of lockdown and downsizing. VAW has increased, unreported and unnoticed, because of social distancing. ICT tools have been the main source for pandemic-related information and health-related advice. Digital platforms were the only available educational resources. Online small businesses have been the main source of women's economic independence. This session, in turn, provides GWI members with information related to digital accessibility...

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SaharGamal

Ms.Gamal Independent Member, Egypt. CSW65 Parallel Event: Mock Trial: Women and Girls' Empowerment through Responsive Quality Education, Tuesday, 16 March 2021. Graduate Women International (GWI). The girl child, Women and the economy, Human rights of women, Education and training of women, Violence against women, Women and poverty SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG5 – Gender Equality, SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality, SDG17 – Partnerships to achieve the Goal Bullying (2016), Child Marriage (2016), Diversity in Teacher Education (2019), Women and STEM (2019) GWI's NFAs, in general, followed their national restriction rules and were obliged to resort to digital educational platforms to cope with the current pandemic situation and the lockdown of all educational institutions. This necessitated that all teachers, as well as students, needed to be ICT literate. Realizing this fact, as a GWI independent member, and benefiting from my own personal experience, I have volunteered to give courses on Basic ICT Literacy Skills. As an educator of university level female students, I have been training my students on how to maximize their benefit from our online classes. I have also facilitated their communication with the IT technical support personnel to solve the problems they encounter. The session was another one of GWI's very successful Mock Trials. Participants debated two statements. The first one was about E-learning and digitalization being the one and only solution to decrease inequalities and ensure inclusion. The second was about schools providing IT home based education by trained teachers, while redirecting their functions to be places for practical subjects, social interaction and extra-curricular activities. Participants agreed on the inevitability of e-learning during crisis situations such pandemics and conflicts areas. They also agreed on its benefit in areas that lack schools. Yet, they disagreed that either one of the statements could be the one and only solution. The first statement raised concerns about mothers having to leave their jobs, and thus their financial independence, to monitor their younger children while being home schooled. Another concern was the deprivation of less advantaged students from the in-person services provided by schools such as medical attention, meals and physical exercises. Yet, the most pressing concern was that abuse and domestic violence might prevail unnoticed by the different authorities. The second statement raised a concern about digitalization of education that might lead to teachers losing their jobs as fewer ones will be needed to address many more students through the digital platforms. Another concern was that students, especially younger ones, might be negatively affected as far as socialization and human interacting are concerned. Participants weighed advantages and disadvantages of both statements and reached...

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