Call for action projects-8th UNESCO Youth Forum

Be part of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum:

Call for action projects driven by young people

Are you member of a youth-led or youth-focused organization, a project leader or a young entrepreneur who is active in an established NGO?

Have you got creative and innovative ideas related to one of the 7 themes of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 29 to 31 October 2013 (social inclusion, civic engagement and participation, social entrepreneurship and innovation, prevention of violence and conflicts, intercultural dialogue, democracy and skills development)?

Then, read this message attentively and share it with your friends!

The following information will interest you!

You can become one of the young actors driving social change, as part of the UNESCO Youth Forum, by sending us your proposal for an innovative action project tobe implemented in your community, country or region, by 12 August 2013  ̶  International Youth Day!

For the first time in its history, the UNESCO Youth Forum will be placed under the global theme “Youth and Social Inclusion: civic engagement, dialogue and skills development”, will select 15 youth-led action projects, representing all of the world’s regions, and award them witha UNESCO Youth Forum Label. The label will be a mark of quality and feasibility, and a concrete recognition of the young initiators of the winning projects, offering a boost in their work. It will also be a starting point for the implementation of the projects, by helping to mobilize support, funds, partnerships and international visibility.

By the end of September 2013, out of all the proposals received from 15 July to 12 August 2013, an international independent jury will pre-select 45 projects and their initiators will be invited to submit an original and creative one-minute video describing their project so that these 45 short films can be visible online by mid-October 2013. The 45 pre-selected projects will then be discussed by the young participants of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum. Finally, 15 youth-led action projects (3 youth-led action projects per the five UNESCO regions) will be selected to be announced on 31 October 2013 and presented to the 37th UNESCO General Conference in November 2013.

To submit a project proposal, fill in the on-line form

Allowing young people to submit recommendations to 195 UNESCO’s Member States’ representatives at the highest decision-making level, the UNESCO Youth Forum brings together, every two years, at the eve of the UNESCO General Conference, around 400 young participants  from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, detect common preoccupations and problems.

As expounded in its UNESCO Youth Strategy 2014-2021, UNESCO recognizes youth as key drivers of peace and development and agents for positive change. The Organization strives to promote youth-led actions across the globe by offering face-to-face support and help in putting ideas of young women and men into practice.

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Young BPW Europe Symposium

On 18 to 20 October 2013 in Lille, France, the Young BPW Europe Symposium, will focus on ‘Act on your future, in a professional and business world’.

Draft Programme to give an overview:

What BPW can bring to Young BPW members

                                                 and what Young BPW members can bring to BPW in Europe!

18 October 2013 


          Sharing good practices on Young BPW initiatives in Europe

          Roundtables: 1- Working Together on a Young BPW Europe Road Map – 2- Professional Tips to succeed in your career – 3- Challenge and Concrete solutions when facing Sexist Violence at Work: Solutions

          Common Conclusions with BPW France Congress

          Gala Dinner

19 October 2013

          workshops BPW – Thinking together on Young BPW – Networking – Sponsoring – Succeed in your career

          Girls night out

20 October 2013

          special breakfast talks

          visit of Lille

To discover Lille: Video of Lille made by the Tourism Office at Easy to come only 30 min. from Brussels, 1h00 from Paris and 1h30 from London!

More information and Registration to come…

2013 Young Professionals Programme at the United Nations

The United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. For young, high-calibre professionals across the globe, the examination is a platform for launching a career at the United Nations.  The 2013 examination will be offered in the following job families:  Legal Affairs, Public Information, Statistics, Administration and Finance.

The application period for Legal Affairs, Public Information and Statistics opened on 3 June and will close on 2 August 2013.

The application period for Administration and Finance will open on 8 July and close on 5 September 2013.

All applications must be submitted through the United Nations careers portal:

We kindly request your support in giving this announcement the widest possible circulation and your assistance in identifying potentially suitable candidates. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Further details on the above-mentioned as well as other vacancies can be found on our careers portal

Power to Make a Difference Awards are open!

The International Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW International) announce that applications are now open for their Power to Make a Difference Awards.

The Power to Make a Difference Awards were introduced by Past International President Chonchanok Viravan and are designed to celebrate those members who have worked hard to make a difference for women; locally, nationally and internationally.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the Power to Make a Difference awards, which have been updated to reflect the current work of our members,” says Ms Freda Miriklis, BPW International President.

“I encourage each and every one of you to consider entering and I look forward to congratulating you at our Congress on the beautiful island of Jeju, Korea.

“Each and every one of us is empowered to make a difference at all levels; at the top, and in the communities in which we serve and live.

“I look forward to celebrating and sharing your achievements.”

Read more…

Equal Pay Day Switzerland

English version of the winner video for the BPW – Equal Pay Day – 2013 Edition (Lugano, Switzerland). Video by Walter di Nunno – SSS_AA School in Lugano.

EPD 2013 – Tear down the wall

Call for Papers – Mothering in Conflict Area: Mothers Under Fire

Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection  
Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas
Editors: Dr. Tatjana Takseva and Dr. Arlene Sgoutas
With the increase of conflict areas worldwide, this collection will look at the experiences of women mothering in conflict areas. Recent examples from the Middle East, The Balkans, Sudan, Somalia, the Congo, Peru and other places around the globe affected by military and civil-ethnic conflict have shown that violence is often gendered and has a unique impact on women and mothers. The aim of this collection is to engage with the nature and meaning of motherhood and mothering during times of war and/or in zones experiencing the threat of war.

Topics can also include (but are not limited to):
Mothering in occupied lands, refugee camps, disaster zones, military conflict; mothers and sexual violence; children born of war time rape; humanitarian assistance; mothers and nationalism; relationships between mothers and daughters/sons in times of armed/conflict; giving birth during war or under the threat of war; mothers and militarization; mothers contesting gender norms and practices in conflict areas and/or during times of war; mothers and human rights/violations; mothers and the justice system; motherhood, mothering and forms of sexual or racial discrimination in conflict zones; mothers as peacemakers; mothers and child soldiers; mothering and the family in conflict areas; mothers and armed conflict on the screen; activist mothers; the role of social media and mothers in conflict zones; mothers and military/political resistance.

We welcome perspectives from a variety of disciplines. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged.
Submission Guidelines
Abstracts: 300 words.
Please include a 50-word biography (if Indigenous, include nation/affiliation)
Deadline for Abstracts is July 31, 2013
Please send submissions and inquiries directly to: Dr. Tatjana Takseva, or Dr. Arlene Sgoutas
Completed manuscripts not exceeding 20 pages will be due early spring 2014,
and should conform to MLA guidelines.
Acceptance is contingent and will depend upon the strength and fit of the final piece.
Demeter Press
140 Holland St. West, PO 13022
Bradford, ON L3Z 2Y5 Tel: (905) 775-9089