IWTC Women's GlobalNet #268

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide 

By Vicki J. Semler and Anne S. Walker

January 14, 2005



Many women's media groups worldwide participated in the making of feminist online publications related to the Global WomenAction2000 network in the years leading up to Beijing+5 (2000). WomenAction 2000 was co-coordinated by IWTC and the APC Women's Network Support Programme. You are now invited to participate in a new quarterly publication that draws on the tradition of these online publications, and headed by the European/North American WomenAction network (ENAWA).

The quarterly is called DigitallFuture and the first issue was published on December 1st 2004.


Four times a year the feminist news organisation Les Penelopes will head up a team of women activist newsmakers. The newsmakers have just attended the European Social Forum in London. In January 2005 they will attend the World Social Forum, the Beijing + 10 meeting at the UN in March 2005, later in the year perhaps the G8 meeting in London, and the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia, 2005. The news team will bring daily news online, as it has done at major events since Beijing + 5. But to make the news and information more accessible to you and your organisations the items will be published in French and English in an 8 page magazine format in the month after the event. The magazine gives YOU the opportunity of getting the word out about these important events that are shaping the future for women in our region.


DigitallFuture is an international publication. Women working on the World Social Forum edition (January-February 2005) are from France, Bulgaria, Philippines, Argentina, the Netherlands and Iran.


You are invited to contribute to the publication at international events. You are also invited to be a distributor of the magazine. You can sell copies and perhaps earn some extra income - we envisage the activity as being a support for all our organisations in developing sustainable financial strategies in our work. Or you can give it away.

It's up to you.

Who is Funding DigitallFuture?

The basic funding for this project comes from the Effective E-Feminism program of ENAWA - European North American WomenAction. We are still seeking funding for the program - at the moment we have enough to put out the first 2 issues!

Let us know how many copies of the magazine you want to distribute.

Think about the meetings you will attend in the coming months, about partners you have that will be interested in your work, about local meeting places, libraries and bars and Internet Cafes where you would like to leave a pile.

To contact, email: Lin McDevitt-Pugh <ljpugh@xs4all.nl>


(From CONGO e-Update of 3 January 2005)

Commission on Human Rights Written Submissions Due 12 February The sixty-first session of the Commission on Human Rights <http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/chr/sessions/61/index.htm> will be held from 14 March to 22 April 2005 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Written statements submitted by NGOs should be sent to the Secretariat of the CHR before 11 February 2005 (email address: ngochr@ohchr.org, Mailing address: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Room PW1-050, Palais des Nations, 8-14 avenue de la Paix, CH-1211 Geneva 10; Fax: +41 (0)22 917 90 11).The maximum length of written statements is 2,000 words for NGOs in general consultative status and 1,500 words for NGOs in special consultative status and for NGOs on the Roster. When submitting a written statement, NGOs should clearly indicate the item of the agenda under which the statement is to be circulated.

Commission on the Status of Women meetings, 28 February - 11 March, New York. Information and registration forms are now available for the 49th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women <http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/49sess.htm> from 28 February to 11 March 2005, including registration for the official meetings, <http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/49sess.htm> parallel NGO meetings <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngosubs/CSWNGOevents04.doc> and an associated arts festival <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngosubs/CSWArtsApp04.doc>. Note that the deadline for registration is 7 February 2005.

Civil Society Forum "Reclaiming Copenhagen" 8 February, New York The CONGO Committee on Social Development, with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Division for Social Policy and Development are sponsoring the Civil Society Forum "Reclaiming Copenhagen" <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngosubs/CSForumCopenhagen04.htm> on the occasion of the United Nations Commission for Social Development 2005, on 8 February 2005, at United Nations Headquarters , New York. View the entire programme <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngosubs/CSForumCopenhagen04.htm> of the Civil Society Forum here <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngosubs/CSForumCopenhagen04.htm> .


Other Upcoming Events:

12 January 2005: NGO Committee on Social Development <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngosubs/socdev.htm>

Meeting, 14h-16h, Boss Room, 8th Floor, Church Center, New York 18-22 January 2005: World Conference on Disaster Reduction <http://www.unisdr.org/eng/wcdr/wcdr-index.htm> , Kobe, Japan

26 - 30 January 2005: World Economic Forum <http://www.weforum.org/> , Davos, Switzerland

26 - 31 January 2005: World Social Forum <http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/home.asp> , Porto Alegre, Brazil

8 February 2005: Civil Society Forum "Reclaiming Copenhagen" <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngosubs/CSForumCopenhagen04.htm> United Nations Headquarters , New York

9 - 18 February 2005: Commission on Social Development <http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/csd/csocd2005.htm> (Copenhagen+10), New York

17-25 February 2005: WSIS Prepcom II <http://www.itu.int/wsis/preparatory2/pc2/index.html> , Palais des Nations, Geneva

28 February - 11 March 2005: Commission on Status of Women <http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/> (Beijing+10), New York

14 March - 22 April 2005: Commission on Human Rights, Geneva <http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/chr/sessions/61/index.htm>

See <http://www.ngocongo.org/ngomeet> for an updated calendar of relevant events.

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