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UNESCO Knowledge Hub for Asia-Pacific:-

UNESCO Knowledge Hub for Asia-Pacific provides information on the activities of UNESCO and its partners in the region. It promotes capacity-building and free access to information, covering a wide range of activities in the region and highlighting some of its unique features. Major programmes include education communication and information, culture and heritage, natural sciences, social and human sciences. Publications, knowledge resources with cross-cutting themes of poverty eradication and ICTs for knowledge society are also available online. General information about the Asia-Pacific region, other networks and NGOs working there on key issues such as environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and water are extensively covered on this upcoming website.

The Institute for Women and Technology (IWT):-
Founded in 1997, the Institute for Women and Technology (IWT) is an advanced research, development, advocacy and action organization. It seeks to catalyze research and development initiatives throughout industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector that fully engage women in all phases of their work. IWT draws women around the world into active and equitable involvement in the definition, creation of information technologies. It accomplishes its mission through four specific programs: the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference; the Systers online community; the Senior Women's Summit; and the Virtual Development Center (VDC). Details about each programme, its quarterly email newsletter, "The Spiral", FAQs, women in technology-related links and contact information are available on this site.

Saving Women's Lives:-
The Saving Women's Lives initiative is an international collaboration of organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of the world's women. Led by Family Care International, this website aims to educate and raise awareness of the broad range of women's global health and rights issues, including reproductive health, safe motherhood, poverty and economic development, violence against women, women's social status and education.

InfoChange is a one-stop site for news on development and India's social sector. It provides accessible, readable and contextualised news updates, facts, figures, features, interviews and stories of change from the grassroots. It sources news from dozens of different newspapers, journals and websites; and from an extensive network of journalists, researchers and activists across the country. Highlighted issues include agriculture; children; education; environment; health; IT and development; livelihoods; population; poverty and women.

The State of World Population 2001:-
Increasing population and consumption are altering the planet on an unprecedented scale. The signs of stress are everywhere: destroyed natural habitats, threatened species, degraded soil, polluted air and water, and melting icecaps from global warming. How can we ensure the well-being of growing human populations and still protect the natural world? Implementing and adequately funding internationally agreed actions to reduce poverty, empower women and promote social development will be essential, according to The State of World Population 2001 report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This report is also available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish language editions.

Third World Network (TWN):-
Based in Malaysia, the Third World Network (TWN) is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the third world and North-South issues. It conducts research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South; publishes books and magazines; organizes and participates in seminars; and provides a platform representing broadly Southern interests and perspectives at international forums such as the UN conferences and processes. Issues dealt with include the World Trade Organization (WTO); biodiversity; biotechnology;  economics; eco-tourism; environment; health and human rights; indigenous knowledge; women's rights andgender issues. TWN's online bookstore contains its complete range of publications for purchase.

Panos Institute:-
The Panos Institute in London is an international non-profit organization stimulating debate on global environment and development issues. It is a source of news, opinions and perspectives from developing countries. Information on this website is available on the impact of the Internet on these countries, telecommunications liberalization, the repercussions of climate change and other environmental issues; challenges facing women's health and reproductive rights, and the social impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Information about its oral testimony programme is also accessible online.

Family Health International (FHI):-
Established in the US in 1971, Family Health International (FHI) is non-profit organization committed to helping women and men obtain access to safe, effective, and affordable family planning services and methods; to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); and to improving the health of women and children. Working in partnership with universities, ministries of health and NGOs, it conducts biomedical and social science research, health service delivery interventions, training and information programs in the U.S. and more than 40 developing countries. Details about its publications, books, reports, periodicals, multimedia and training services can be found on this website, together with relevant contact information. Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish language editions are also available online.

Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA):-
Founded in 1975, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)'s mission is to empower women at all levels of society to be full partners in development. Its strategies for empowerment include building the capacities of individuals and NGOs through partnerships with 138 organizations in 40 countries; mobilizing women's political participation in community, regional, national, and international arenas; establishing gender-sensitive reproductive health programs; and involving youth in development. Information about its training workshops and programmes, publications, downloadable reports and videos is also available on this website, together with relevant contact information.

Established in the US in 1943, and working in 30 countries, EngenderHealth, formerly AVSC International is an NGO working internationally to support and  strengthen health care services; particularlythose needed by women, who are the largest group of health care consumers worldwide. It works with public and private health providers in countries where basic health care needs are urgent, providing medical expertise, training, and technical assistance; in order to improve the quality of care clients receive. Categories include building health systems; country action plans; family planning; infections and preventing infection; maternal/child health; post-abortion care; sexuality and gender; women's health and working with men on health issues concerning them. Information about their programmes, publications, resources, online courses and offline curricula are also available on this site.

Gender Awareness Information and Networking System (GAINS) by INSTRAW:-
The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) has announced a new Gender Awareness Information and Networking System (GAINS). This Internet-based system serves in the production, management and dissemination of gender-related knowledge and information on critical world issues and trends. GAINS includes a global electronic platform of research and training organizations, networks and individuals with expertise on gender related issues. The online database includes bibliographic references to articles, books, research reports, and conference papers; contact information for gender research and training organizations; discussion forums and newsletters and websites that focus on gender issues. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish language editions are also available on this information  rich site.

The 2001 World Population Data Sheet by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB):-
According to the annual world population data sheet released by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), the 21st century will reveal a major metamorphosis in world population. Population growth in the industrialized countries has essentially stopped, and demographic growth has now shifted almost entirely to the less developed countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Today, Pakistan is the world's sixth largest nation with 145 million people. By 2025, the PRB predicts that Pakistan will hold fifth place with 252 million people.

The PRB provides information on international population trends and their implications to policymakers, educators, the media, and concerned citizens working in the public interest around the world. PRB's broad range of activities includes publications, information services, seminars, workshops, and technical support. The database is searchable by topics, and geographical regions. Population-related links, resources for journalists, and tools for teachers; quick facts, news on the environment, and women's reproductive health indicators make for interesting reading.

Mandate the Future:-
The Mandate the Future project is an attempt by Worldview International Foundation to unify net-based communication technologies with more traditional development work. The project builds up an encyclopedic database of information and statistics concerning issues raised and the opinion of young people on that issue.

This website presents an overview of the project. Readers can post their views on issues of far-reaching concern and consequences, including poverty; hunger; global warming; human rights; education; and racism at the workplace. Those interested will find gender-related issues; war; drugs; child labour and industrial pollution available for discussion. An e-magazine, and a quick vote on important issues, together with information regarding membership are accessible online.
Launched in 1996, claims to be the premier search directory for women online. This well-designed portal caters to women's interests in fields ranging from arts and entertainment, women in business, and computers, to diversity among women. Education, feminism, women's health, parenting and gender-related advocacy issues; hobbies, publications, different resources, shopping, and sports are presented here as well. Special features include short biographies of women throughout history, a book club, a community of women sharing their experiences, free greeting cards, recipes submitted by women worldwide, web pages for non-technical women, and a weekly email newsletter. 

This website features the latest issue and archives of Women'space, in which women activists share Internet guides, stories and analyses. Some feminist heritage e-greeting cards are also available here. It also features a detailed Internet campaign for women to ensure that they have equal access, equal participation, and an equal voice in communication technologies. A French edition is also available online.

Asia-Pacific Gender Equality Network (APGEN):-
The Asia-Pacific Gender Equality Network (APGEN) builds on the achievements already made by the women's movement and governments, which have committed themselves to the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). The project is being executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This website showcases its updated strategic results framework, and the Results-Oriented Annual Report (ROAR) 2000. Details of its programmes, news of its activities, resources and relevant contact information is available on this site.

Convention on the Political Rights of Women:-
This website contains the text of the UN Convention on the political rights of women (31st March 1953).

Promoting Decent Work for Women & Men: International Labour Organization (ILO )& Beijing +5:-
This website showcases details of a symposium on decent work for women, ILO's role during Beijing +5, and links to gender-related sites. An interesting publication is the report, "A World free of Violence against Women: Violence against Women in the World of Work".

The United Nations Foundation (UNF):-
The United Nations Foundation (UNF) works with the UN to mobilize the global community-individuals, corporations, governments, and NGO's to take successful, concerted action in four of the most pressing challenges facing the world in the 21st century. They are women and population; children's health; the environment; and peace, security and human rights. This elegantly designed website presents an overview of its missions and activities. Regular updates of UNF News, media resources, and the thirty-four agencies which UNF grants support are all available online. Details on how to get involved and support UN causes, together with the necessary contact information and a search facility round up this comprehensive website.

UNFPA - Working to Empower Women:-
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) helps developing countries find solutions to their population problems. The Gender Theme Group is one of UNFPA's initiatives aimed at strengthening the adoption of a gender perspective in the three areas of UNFPA's programme focus, namely Reproductive and Sexual Health, including Family Planning; Population and Development Strategies; and Advocacy.

This website begins by outlining its mission statement, FAQ's about UNFPA's programme; its regional and global programmes and initiatives. It features a regular news section. A very important aspect is the 2000 report on the state of the world's population. Various publications, the UNFPA & gender, reports and gender related resources make for absorbing reading. It lists twelve critical gender areas of concern outlined at Beijing +5. Thirteen countries are listed in the section entitled "Promoting gender equality in population and development programmes: Best Practices and Lessons Learned". An online adolescent reproductive health quiz, a downloadable document on FAQ's about female genital mutilation and necessary contact information is also available on this information-rich site.

UNDP - Gender in Development Programme (GIDP):-
Set up in 1987, the Gender in Development Programme (GIDP) advises, supports and facilitates UNDP gender equality policy, dialogue and practice, and promotes the empowerment of women. This website provides extensive detailed information on its policies, programmes, capacity building and good practices learned, a resource room on gender and development issues, data and statistics. Special features include Beijing +5; Japan Women-in-Development (JWID) Fund; the UN men's group for gender equality; news updates, and "Gender Beat", a periodic e-mail bulletin about UNDP and UN-system gender goings-on, people, events, and resources. 

WomenWatch is a joint UN project to create a core Internet space on global women's issues. It was created to monitor the results of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. It was  founded in March 1997 by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). Details about the United Nations entities that deal with the advancement and empowerment of women, information on the UN conferences on women's issues, archives and databases of UN documents related to women's and girls rights; country- and region-specific Commissions and other entities; an up to date information on women-related events at the UN and online forums make for enlightened reading. Quick links to other UN women-related sites are also available on this information-rich website.

UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW):-
The introduction to this well-structured website begins with details of its mission statement, relevant contact information, employment opportunities and the organization. A special section on Beijing +5, news updates on women development, links to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), meetings and documented reports, its many publications and a link to the UN Publications order form is also available online. Various country information reports and a monthly calendar of events round up this site.  

UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM):-
UNIFEM promotes women's empowerment and gender equality. It works to ensure the participation of women in all levels of development planning and practice, and acts as a catalyst within the UN system, supporting efforts that link the needs and concerns of women to all critical issues on the national, regional and global agendas. This website outlines its mission statement, news updates, and the UN Inter-agency global videoconference, entitled "A World free of violence against Women". Details about UNIFEM's twelve regional programme directors, 10 gender advisors, sixteen gender specialists, eighteen national committees, and the NGO Committee on UNIFEM are also accessible online. The resources and publications can be ordered online in English, French and Spanish. This website also provides links to its six regional UNIFEM sites around the world.

Progress of the World's Women 2000:-
This new biennial report examines the progress of the world's women from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s. It concentrates on the economic dimensions of gender equality and women's empowerment in the context of globalization. It can be read online in English, French and Spanish; is downloadable or can be ordered through an online form.

Human Rights Watch:-
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. The organization stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. They are involved with investigative work and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. A number of public and international communities are enlisted on HRW to support the cause of human rights for all. The site includes HRW reports, information on the various divisions as well as details on special initiatives taken by the organization. 

Women and Human Rights:-
This web site was designed to provide an accessible online resource about women and human rights across sectors. The objective of the Women and Human Rights project is to empower women's human rights NGOs in South Africa to use information and communication technologies to increase awareness and recognition of women's human rights. It is a space where human rights organisations can find information on relevant people, resources, events and government initiative.

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