Siyanda Update: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) - Issue No. 81, October 2009

Siyanda Update: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) - Issue No. 81, October 2009

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Oct 2009


In This Issue:

1. Announcing Forthcoming Changes to Siyanda
2. Country Focus: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
3. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts who have written about gender issues in the CIS
4. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

I. Announcing Forthcoming Changes to Siyanda

Around the end of this year Siyanda is going to take a big step forward, and we wanted take this early opportunity to let you know.

Siyanda is becoming part of something bigger and better – a completely redesigned BRIDGE website created to support gender advocacy and mainstreaming efforts of policymakers, researchers and practitioners from around the world.

We’re excited about this as:
:- By combining BRIDGE and Siyanda into a single space online we’ll be able to better serve your gender information needs
:- You’ll have more opportunities to get involved with the work of the BRIDGE programme itself
:- It’s our chance to introduce you to the exciting new products and services we’ve been working on.

We’ll be in touch closer to the time to let you know more.

The BRIDGE team

II. Country Focus: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
Many countries of the CIS are in transition towards democratic governance and free-market economies. In this period what challenges do they face in protecting women and men’s rights and ensuring equitable access to opportunities?

The following resources have been selected from 12 additions to the Siyanda database that explore this question:

- UNCT Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Armenia, United Nations Development Group (UNDG), March 2009
This report assesses how the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) is scoring in Armenia on gender equality goals.

- Gender Equality and Social Institutions in Europe and Central Asia - Country Profiles, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre, January 2009
This section of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) website is dedicated to the European and Central Asian region. It presents detailed country notes, providing information on social norms and traditional practices related to relations within the family, ownership rights, physical integrity and civil liberties.

- Website: Programme ‘La Strada’- Belarus (in English and Russian)
The programme focuses on three main activities: information and awareness-raising, prevention and education, and social assistance to the victims of trafficking - for example providing them with free medical, legal, psychological and emotional support. Its website showcases materials and documents relevant to the programme.

- Website: Gender in Europe and CIS,
This website posts news on United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) gender specific initiatives in the region, such as conferences, training and campaigns. It also hosts publications, such as reports, tools and statistics, information on United Nations (UN) events, resources and gender equality strategies in the region.

- Gender Trends in Transitional Economies in Central, Eastern Europe and Newly Independent States, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), January 2008
This document reports on gender inequalities in economic and social development in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.

- Georgia - Thousands Suffering in Silence: Violence Against Women in the Family, Amnesty International, January 2009
With a specific focus on legal frameworks and commitments in the Georgian context, Amnesty International provides an overview of its areas of concern in relation to violence against women.

- Gender Assessment Synthesis Report - Mainstreaming Gender in Poverty Reduction Strategies in Four Central Asian Republics, Asian Development Bank (ADB), August 2006
This report draws on findings from country gender assessments in 2004-2005 in four Central Asian republics (CARs) - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan.

You can find other resources in Siyanda focusing on the CIS at:

The next Siyanda Update, in November 2009, will focus on User Submissions from 2009. Users are invited to suggest their resources for possible inclusion in this selection:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Country Focus selections:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts who have written about gender issues in the CIS
The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

Each profile contains the Expert’s contact details and areas of expertise, and highlights their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have written about gender issues in the CIS:

- Shadow Report on Kyrgyzstan’s Implementation of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Chapter on Health), Alymkulova, A., 2008
- Causality Analysis of Women's Participation in Farmer Associations of Armenia, Harutyunyan, N., 2007
- Women’s Access to Information in Central Asia and the Middle East, Oates, L., 2006
- Training Package on Gender Based Violence in Armenia, Sargsyan, I., 2004
- Control and Subversion: Gender Relations in Tajikistan, Harris, C., 2004
- Crossing Borders and Building Bridges: an Overview with a Focus on the Baltic Region Networking Project, Wennerholm, C., 2002
- Training Women Leaders in Kyrgyzstan, Kirey, A., no date

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

- Search the database:

IV. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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