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Join WomenWatch. Track women's rights and opportunities worldwide.

Millions of people worldwide are working to improve gender equality -- and WomenWatch is tracking every effort.

WomenWatch is a real-time news feed covering women's rights. Created by the United Nations, it can help you track the progress toward gender equality -- and discover the obstacles we still face.

This week, your mission is to join the WomenWatch: Find a story that inspires you, and create your own follow-up investigation.

First: Choose a story from the WomenWatch news feed.
Then: Make the story bigger. What updates about this newsworthy event or project can you uncover? Can you reach someone from the story for an interview? Or can you find any similar project or news events that you think should become a part of this story?


Your objective:

Investigate a news story from the WomenWatch feed. Share your discoveries in a blog post, video, or photo essay.


This objective is worth +15 knowledge share.

Get credit for your evidence! After you submit your evidence in a blog post, photo or video, go to the newly posted evidence page and log your evidence for this objective. Then you'll receive credit on your profile page!

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Comment by Luke Sokolewicz on April 17, 2010 at 2:19pm
We are an Experiment.

As you may know, the mission for last week was to find a story on WomenWatch and make the story bigger. I found a story that was about a new social network created by In-Straw, an organization created by the United Nations for the purpose of research and training individuals to help achieve gender equality for women.

I was intrigued by the story because I’m really interested in the growing relevance of social networking in our everyday lives. And when I visited In-Straw’s social network, something really stood out to me. I saw that various experts on gender equality would regularly post questions and encourage discussion on the site.

This got me thinking about how EVOKE is functioning in the same way. It’s also a social network created solely to rouse the troops for solutions. And coincidentally, In-Straw is an organization started by the United Nations and EVOKE is funded by the World Bank, which is also technically a part of the system of the United Nations.

Think about it. A global organization looking to social networks (us) to solve the world’s problems. So, to me, the bigger story stemming from In-Straw is that social networks are increasingly playing a major role in solving the world’s problems and we are the guinea pigs that are going to make it happen. Having said that, I have an idea on how the In-Straw social network could become more successful.

What if the representatives of In-Straw recruited women from Saudi Arabia and other women that are experiencing harsh inequality around the world to join the In-Straw social network. That way, they can offer up their perspectives and even lead the discussions in order to further the cause of gender equality.

Please let me know what you think of the idea, and share your thoughts on how this idea could be improved. After, I’ll submit all the ideas to In-Straw's to help improve their social network. Hey, then WE’LL be part of the bigger story.

Here’s the link to Instraw.org.
http://www.un-instraw.org/

And if you have 19 more mins, check out this fascinating PopTech Video about the power of social networks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnS5yIXcFuA

thanks for reading my post!

Luke
Comment by Edwin Barreto on April 15, 2010 at 4:50pm
I'm learning more about Women Empowerment right now, and in particular what I'm wondering about is: What do women have to empower?. I was researching this question online and this news item caught my attention because it talks about Mexico launching national campaign against human trafficking. I chose this item to read because I know that this situation is the top problem in the world. The title tells makes you think tons of things like for example that they want to end this problem. There are other countries who traffics a lot. "14 April 2010 - Mexico today took the lead in putting human trafficking on the global agenda by launching its own national version of the United Nations "Blue Heart" campaign against human trafficking." The quote I chose here is basically saying that they are come with an organization to deal with the Mexican Traffickers. They want to improve. It is almost like the United Nations in the USA. They want to make their own version. I think this is strong because it makes me wonder about how all the time the traffickers have to hide from the police. Their poor family are suffering. If they get caught they are in jail or they die. They get a lot of money. I want to know out of the entire world how many traffickers are in the world.
Comment by Edwin Barreto on April 15, 2010 at 4:50pm
I'm learning more about Women Empowerment right now, and in particular what I'm wondering about is: What do women have to empower?. I was researching this question online and this news item caught my attention because it talks about Mexico launching national campaign against human trafficking. I chose this item to read because I know that this situation is the top problem in the world. The title tells makes you think tons of things like for example that they want to end this problem. There are other countries who traffics a lot. "14 April 2010 - Mexico today took the lead in putting human trafficking on the global agenda by launching its own national version of the United Nations "Blue Heart" campaign against human trafficking." The quote I chose here is basically saying that they are come with an organization to deal with the Mexican Traffickers. They want to improve. It is almost like the United Nations in the USA. They want to make their own version. I think this is strong because it makes me wonder about how all the time the traffickers have to hide from the police. Their poor family are suffering. If they get caught they are in jail or they die. They get a lot of money. I want to know out of the entire world how many traffickers are in the world.
Comment by Luke Sokolewicz on April 15, 2010 at 4:05am
Here's my WomenWatch post. I'd love everyone's feedback.

thanks!

http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/we-are-an-experiment
Comment by Rahim Ghaffar Zondray on April 14, 2010 at 8:46pm
How Benazir Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan? What was special with her?
The only thing she had is
She was being empowered. She had the best education , she was independent in choosing her life partner, her career, follow ambitions to make difference.

" She was the daughter of Ex-Prime Minister" so that she was already empowered. The question come here is how to empower a daughter of a Mason, how to empower a daughter of poor lady who sell her body only for survival. How to give her the inner and circulation motivation that she can make the difference, she needs help, she needs dignity as a human being.

How to empower a daughter of special person. not every woman need special attention
Only those need to be empowered who are kept in the state of ignorance by Landlord, feudal, corrupt politicians.

World resources are required to be invested on the right people through the right custodians.
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 14, 2010 at 6:03pm
I would imagine that this mission is providing WomenWatch as a base to begin looking for resources for your evidence report. If you know of something which isn't on the feed then I would say it's perfectly acceptable and even more important to report this in your evidence! :)
Comment by QIXUNCAI on April 14, 2010 at 4:00pm
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Comment by shelby on April 14, 2010 at 3:33pm
what equal rights do women really have ?
can we change equal rights ? why dont people treat women with equality
Comment by Joseph Cardillo on April 12, 2010 at 6:33pm
RIGHTS-SOUTH AFRICA: Women Celebrate Gains

By Gumisai Mutume
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 10 (IPS) - Women groups in South Africa have celebrated their achievements by marching to the capital Pretoria to demand for more rights.
''I feel very proud of South Africans because over four years we have made encouraging gains,'' said Speaker of Parliament Frene Ginwala.

Ginwala, however, said the celebration did not mean the struggle for gender equality was over.

The National Women's Day, which fell on Sunday this year, has been set aside after the 1994 elections to honour women. The day itself is a milestone representing the gains for equality women in South Africa have achieved.

During the ages women have successfully fought for the right to vote, they fought against the extension of the notorious pass laws to women under apartheid, demanded and attained legal abortions and have risen to the ranks of parliament.

Women now make up 25 percent of legislators compared to the 3 percent figure during apartheid and are aiming to raise their profile at next year's general election.

''Today, with the help of our women and their crucial contribution and support, we have achieved a progressive constitution along with a gender-sensitive government which insists on visible women's representation,'' deputy arts minister Bridgette Maban Dla told 10,000 women who marched to Union Buildings in Pretoria Sunday.
Comment by Vada Sultenfuss on April 12, 2010 at 2:34am
"In recent years, surgical techniques to reverse FGM have been developed by gynecologists such as Dr. Pierre Foldes and Dr. Marci Bowers. Techniques can include ablating scar tissue, reconstructing the labia, and drawing the internal part of the clitoris outward to compensate for clitoral excision (Conant, 2009)."
Comment by Edwige Lelievre on April 11, 2010 at 5:55pm
Is this a problem if we talk about something that is important for women rights in the world but is not in women watch ?
Comment by Gilda Lorena Arias on April 10, 2010 at 8:40pm
I am depply ofended. I found only one article referent to latin american women, and nothing about mujeres de ciudad de juearez like Patricio Said.
I will investigate and complete the test, but only because is a requared of the course, and Evoke is something I care about.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 9, 2010 at 11:20pm
I didn´t find anything relevant in WomenWatch about the more than 420 women and girls that have been killed in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. To read about it go here and choose your language http://www.mujeresdejuarez.org/
Now go to http://www.petitiononline.com/NiUnaMas/ and sign the petition to end violence against women in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua.
Comment by reem on April 9, 2010 at 8:39am
WOMEN IS POWER!!!!!!
Just check it on my page
waiting to listen from u

http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/women-is-power?xg_source=...

thanks
Comment by nomadHAR on April 8, 2010 at 11:38pm
how about i expose the fact that you are trying to force us to look at only the news that you want us to see? do not assume that the UN has a good track record on gender equality:

http://www.oldthinkernews.com/Articles/oldthinker%20news/The%20Huma...
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2004/mar/04031101.html
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/819169/posts
http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=gardasil#

i will continue to monitor the news sites of my choice. Urgent Evoke agents; be SKEPTICAL and CRITICAL and find news sites of your own!

http://www.equalitynow.org/
http://www.womensmediacenter.com/

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