Gender and Development Network February 2014 Newsletter
February 2014
Photo Credit: UN Photo/Isaac Billy
Displaced Students Sit for School Exams at UNMISS


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Upcoming Events and Training
  • Oxford Forum for International Development invite you to their seventh annual conference: OxFID 2014: Global Gamechangers on 21st-23rd February 2014  at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. This year’s theme is ‘Global Gamechangers’, reflecting our focus on emerging trends and technologies and their impact on the future of international development. The conference will provide a dynamic forum to engage with some of the sector’s most influential actors including Clare Short (Former Secretary of State for International Development), Mark Goldring (CEO of Oxfam GB) and Kevin Watkins (Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute). For the full programme please click here. Tickets are currently available here; for groups of 10 or more please email to arrange a discount.
  • Intrac are organising a Gender Analysis and Planning Course 19-21 May 2014 in Oxford The course will enable you to effectively and systematically analyse contexts and plan development and humanitarian programmes from a gender equality perspective - for costs, more information and to book a space, please click here.
  • IWDA are organising a Gender Awareness Training for NGO Professionals Course on March 24-25 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The course aims to build competencies for increasing gender awareness and improving gender and development practice. For more information and to book a place, please click here.
  • Forward invites you to a conference on 19th February 2014, 9:30am-4:30pm on Strategies for School' Engagement on FGM at Greencoat Place (Initiative of Change Building) Victoria, London. The conference will explore strategies for engaging young people on FGM; with a focus on the role of schools and safeguarding. More more info click here and to register, please complete the booking form, make payment and return to
Publications and Resources
  • To raise awareness and build public engagement in the run up for FGM Zero Tolerance Day (6th February) DFID is running a Thunderclap on Twitter. If 500 people sign up to support the statement, the website Thunderclap will "blast out" a timed tweet through supporters' Twitter accounts, creating a wave of attention of 6 February. Please sign up for the campaign and share with your networks. Click here to sign up.
  • The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2014. Awardees will be honored at ceremonies in New York on October 22nd and Los Angeles on October 29th. The Courage in Journalism Awards honour women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. To review nomination requirements and criteria, and to submit a nomination, click here. Nominations must be submitted by February 14, 2014.
  • Amnesty International is campaigning for investigation into attacks on sex workers in Honduras. A transgender sex worker was found dead in San Pedro Sula, northern Honduras on 7 January. Nine killings of sex workers have occurred in the city since early December. Exhaustive investigations into these attacks are urgently needed. They are asking you to write immediately in Spanish or your own language urging the authorities to conduct an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the killings of sex workers and women in San Pedro Sula and Cortes, and to bring those responsible to justice; Calling on the police to take all the necessary measures to prevent further attacks and protect those sex workers who may be at risk of similar attacks; Reminding them that in line with international and national legal norms, they must strengthen and enforce all the mechanisms to prevent hate crimes against LGBTI people and violence against women and girls. For more information, please click here.

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Please note that the views expressed in the following blogs are not necessarily endorsed by GADN or its member organisations.

Dear GADN Friends,

Welcome to our February newsletter! 
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Photo Credit: Photo Credit: UN Photo/Isaac Billy
Displaced Students Sit for School Exams at UNMISS

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in collaboration with UNICEF and Norwegian Refugees Council, are hosting the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) for students from Juba and Terekeka counties who have been displaced by the ongoing violence in South Sudan. The test was delayed when the conflict started on December 15th of last year.

A student from Seven Days' School sits for her exam at the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on UNMISS grounds.

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