NGOs' expectations of the CSW57 and national governments

2013-03-15 20:15:00

    by Nazila Isgandarova*   A large number of government representatives, senior officials, delegations from NGOs and experts have come from all around the world to New York to attend the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57), which began on March 4 and ended on March 15.   They discussed and assessed the status of the CSW's work for gender equality and the empowerment of women. The representatives of governments and members of parliaments also shared their experiences and positive practices. However, what was also remarkable was the participation of the NGOs, who questioned their respective governments' legislations and practices, which pushed them further to achieve new and improved legal, socio-economic and political equality of women that drastically helps to eliminate all forms of violence against women. An example of the activism of global and national NGOs during the CSW57 is evident with the statement on March 12 of a number of global and national NGOs titled “Statement of Feminist and Women's Organizations on the Very Alarming Trends in the Negotiations of the Outcome Document of the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.” The statement was drafted by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) and the International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) and endorsed by Amnesty International, ANIS: Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender in Brazil, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, Fiji Women's Rights Movement, Namibia Women's Health Network, Rutgers WPF, Netherland Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGN). These remarkable organizations from all around the world have criticized the work of the CSW and expressed their... Devamı

Azerbaijan and Jamaica join Carassauga

2008-05-26 07:15:00

Azerbaijan and Jamaica join Carassauga By: Amit Gossai  May 23, 2008 09:53 PM - It's referred to as the celebration of cultures and, now in its 23rd year, Carassauga, one of Ontario's largest annual Festival of Cultures, opened its doors tonight with 23 cultural pavilions representing over 40 countries.Continually growing since 1986, Carassauga added two new pavillions this year —Azerbaijan and Jamaica."Carassauga is growing," said Jennifer Bolton, the festival's vice chairperson. "We try to incorporate every ethic community as possible. But the future for Carassauga is for us to amalgamate all the pavilions into one gigantic one."As guests entered Huron Park Arena, the sounds of Azerbaijani music filled the top of the facility while soft Hawaiian sounds echoed from the bottom."We've always had a close relationship with the Turkish Pavilion," said Azerbaijan Pavilion chairperson Ferruh Aslanov. "But our people always wanted a pavilion to call our own, so this year we decided to branch off."Azerbaijan culture seekers are catered to with homemade kebabs, shawarma and sweets including an Azerbaijani speciality, Gozleme, a crepe with cheese and parsley. While Akbar Majidov serenades the room with the Tar, an instrument similar to the guitar, traditional costumes, antique rugs and gifts fill the walls.At the Hawaiian Pavilion, gift stands and displays fill the arena with cool island sounds in the background.Guests have an array of merchandise available, including coconut bras, grass skirts and, of course, aloha shirts."This year we're expecting way more visitors," said Hawaii Pavilion chairperson Mela Lilia Urjarte-Tan, who estimated 14,000 passport punches last year. "Hawaii is well done around the world. When you say aloha, people will answer aloha. It has to be one of the most popular sayings."With more than 15 countries being represented in the International Pavilion held at Tomken Twin Arena, Bo... Devamı

A Stop on the Silk Road

2007-08-17 17:34:00

A Stop on the Silk Road   The Silk Road Chamber Orchestra under the directorship of Ismayil Hajiyev, the outstanding Azerbaijani conductor and composer and Garabagh Folk Music in Canada brought the excellent artistic highlight to the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival on August 14th.  The high quality of the artists, the excellent performance and the combination of natural beauty of Eastern and European music created a unique musical experience which was best expressed in the title of the concert program: ‘A Stop on the Silk Road.’   The works of well-known Azerbaijani composers Uzeyir Hajibeybov, Niyazi, Kara Karayev, Jovdat Hajiyev amazed the spectators. The outstanding Canadian musicians such as Atis Bankas (violin), P. Cosby (cello), N. Rogers (soprano), Rie Watanabe (violin), etc. successfully performed Overture Koroglu, Duetto form Opera ‘Arshin Mal Alan’, Aarazbari by U. Hajibeyov, Ballade by J. Hajiyev, Adagio and Waltz from the ballet ‘Seven Beauties’ by Kara Karayev, March by V. Mustafazadeh, etc.   The performance of well-known Azerbaijani pianist Yeganeh Akhundova, the folk music by Akbar Majidov, Ramin Shadpour, Mokhtar Noubar and AliPersyan Mugam, etc. also presented Azerbaijani music and heritage and brought the wonderful experience to the program.    Resmde: soldan Lale Cabiyeva, meshur pianocu Yegane Axundova ve Nazile Isgenderova  ... Devamı