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GWI Update 27 July 2016
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Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson, members of CFUW and advocates against non-state torture



— Graduate Women International news —

Speakers at Graduate Women International 32nd Triennial Conference, 24-26 July 2016 Cape Town
The Graduate Women International (GWI) 32nd Triennial Conference, Cape Town, South Africa is proud to host a variety of distinguished speakers and contributors. Mrs. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, will be opening the conference, among other highly regarded keynote speakers. Mrs Bokova has campaigned for gender equality for much of her career and has repeatedly called for greater investment into girls’ education. Professor Relebohile Moletsane, Dube Chair of Rural Education from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, will bring her extensive experience to a panel discussion on Possible intervention to prevent secondary school pregnancies. Cyberbullying and Intimidation in education will be discussed by Ms. Carla Licciardello from the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Ms. Margaret Coons from Scholars at Risk.  

— GWI member news —

World Day against Trafficking of Persons
On World Day against Trafficking of Persons on 30 July, it is timely to remember that 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, women and girls count for 70% of trafficked victims. The Committee against Torture identifies human trafficking as a form of gender-based violence that needs addressing under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). This emphasises that effective enforcement of anti-trafficking legislation can only take place with informed communities and trained authorities. Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald, members of the Graduate Women International affiliate the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) have helped bring the issue of non-state torture to the fore through their tireless advocacy. Read more on Jeanne and Linda’s battle to have this recognised as a human rights violation and a crime in Canada here.

— Advocacy —
Evaluation of UNESCO’s regional conventions on the recognition of qualications in higher education
UNESCO has established a number of regional conventions on the recognition of qualifications in higher education, which allow the recognition of qualifications in higher education between states parties. Evaluation of UNESCO’s Regional Conventions on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education has just taken place. The evaluation focuses on the importance and role of the higher education recognition conventions in the various regional contexts, and several proposed action points to strengthen and take the work forward in the future. These include a multi-stakeholder approach and gender mainstreaming into work on the conventions. Putting in place regulated monitoring instruments is essential to ensure the quality and consistency of higher education worldwide.

GEM-TECH Awards 2016 aim to celebrate achievements in bridging the digital divide
The annual GEM-TECH Awards, jointly organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UN Women, celebrate personal or organisational achievements and innovative strategies to advance gender equality and mainstreaming in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICTs). GEM-TECH Awards provides a platform for advancing women’s meaningful engagement with ICTs and their role as decision-makers and producers in the technology sector. The GEM-TECH Awards 2016 will be presented at ITU Telecom World 2016, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14-17 November 2016. The GEM-TECH Awards will host Forum sessions at ITU Telecom World 2016 exploring new opportunities to bridge the digital divide worldwide to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women.

— Legacies

As a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, GWI is sincerely grateful for all donations received from the wills of members and patrons, which make a significant difference in enabling advocacy activities and projects. By leaving a gift in your will to GWI, you are supporting the organisation to continue its mission to increase access to lifelong education for girls and women globally. Please remember to update your legacy to GWI if you have already made one for IFUW.
— Other events —
August 08 - 19 Women’s Human Rights Education Institute Intensive Toronto, Canada
September 19 - 20  Preventing Violent Extremism through Education New Delhi, India
October 22 IrFuW Annual Conference Dublin, Ireland
October 25 - 26 International Universities Networking Conference Istanbul, Turkey
November 27 - 30 Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 28 - 30 5th International Conference of Women’s Museums Mexico City

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