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Global Gender Gap Report 2014
The 28th of October 2014 the World Economic Forum has published the 9th edition of the Global Gender Gap Report. The Report provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. It benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, providing country rankings that allow for a comparison across regions and income groups over time.

The 2014 Global Gender Gap Report once again emphasizes the persistence of gender gap divides across and within regions. Since 2006, when the World Economic Forum first started collecting the data and publishing the Report, the world has only seen a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace.

The gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by 4% since 2006. Based on this trajectory, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close this gap completely. Iceland continues to be the champion, standing at the top of the overall rankings for the sixth consecutive year. Northern European countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark) dominate the top 10 with Ireland in the eighth position and Belgium (10) Nicaragua (6), Rwanda (7) and Philippines (9) complete the top 10.

Once more, the index tracks the strong correlation between a country’s gender gap and its national competitiveness. Because women account for one-half of a country’s potential talent base, a nation’s competitiveness in the long term depends significantly on whether and how it educates and utilizes its women.

Click here to access the website of the World Economic Forum and read, or download, the Global Gender Gap Report.
UNCTAD online course on Trade and Gender
The UN Conference on Trade and Development, with the support of the Government of Finland, is organizing an online course on trade and gender. The course will take place from the 19th of January to the 8th of March 2015. Starting from the premises that trade and trade liberalization policies tend to impact men and women differently, the course wants to provide participants with the knowledge needed to analyse this two-way relationship between gender and trade. The objective is, among others, to use this knowledge to produce policy-oriented research and academic papers investigating the interplay between trade and gender.

The online course contains three modules, each of them based on one module of Volume 1 of the Vi teaching material on gender and trade, titled “Unfolding the links”. The course will be tutored by one of the authors of the material.

For more information and details on how to apply to this online course, as well as the interesting opportunities for top graduates, click hereThe deadline for application is 1 December 2014. 

Please note that thanks to the support from the Government of Finland, the selected participants will be exempt from fees.

25 November: International Day to End Violence against Women
 "Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act. Advocate. Unite to change the practices and attitudes that incite, perpetrate and condone this violence."

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 
On November 25th, the UN observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. The date of 25 November was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 during the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961). 
This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women occurs at a critical moment, as the world gears up to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, and a new global development agenda takes shape. This moment therefore provides an important opportunity to draw additional attention towards the issue of violence against women and girls.
From today, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood”. The campaign kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day).

More information on the campaign, and how you can contribute by organizing local events, can be found be clicking here
The Message of the Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, can be read here

The International Training Centre of the ILO adheres to the UNiTE campaign by promoting its own internal "Say No to Sexual Harassment" awareness-raising initiative. Click on the picture to learn more about this initiative: 

GEOSA: Gender and Equality Organisational Self-Assessment
Based on its experiences with a wide range of institutional actors, the ITC-ILO Gender Training Programme has developed a new and innovative approach to build sustainable capacity within an organization to address gender and equality mainstreaming needs.
The Gender & Equality Organizational Self-Assessment (GEOSA) is a highly participatory process, which promotes organizational learning on how to practically and effectively mainstream gender.
GEOSA is about much more than gender equality! It can be adopted to address many other dimensions of inequality and discrimination. 
Rather than just providing a “baseline”, the GEOSA exercise is a key instrument to start a dialogue on organizational learning and change as well as on evidence-based indicators of good practice. It works as an entry point for discussing wider substantive and operational concerns, as it tackles both explicit and implicit gender biases within an organization’s structure and culture.
If you are curious about how the GEOSA exercise could benefit your organization, check out a detailed and interactive presentation by clicking here




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