PEACE ON THE PLANET
A SHANTI FUND – LONG ISLAND SCHOOLS PROJECT
SUB-THEME – WOMEN
Progress for Women Is Progress for All
Concept Criteria –
They are our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. They are our colleagues and compatriots. They account for more than half the human race. They are us. Yet women continue to face a daily struggle against violence, illiteracy and inequality for no reason other than the fact of their gender. Tragically, one in three women can expect to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, more often than not, by someone well known to her. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon noted in March, 2007: “Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. Women also face huge challenges in gaining fair access to education and employment. The UN estimates that only 77 percent of girls have access to primary education worldwide. Of the globe’s 785 million illiterate adults, two-thirds are women. Too often these educational disadvantages reinforce economic hardship. Women comprise a disproportionate burden of world poverty. They take on the lion’s share of unpaid, low-wage and migrant work, often without access to benefits or labor rights.
Around the world women are taking on highly important leadership positions as Heads of State or Government in Germany, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Liberia and the Philippines. Unfortunately, in many countries women have no voice or leadership role in the political process. This means laws, policies and government institutions fall short of the needs of all citizens and supporting progress on women’s rights.
Adopted in 2000 by 189 member nations, the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) address gender inequities. Millennium Goal 3 aims to ‘Promote gender equality and empower women’ and encourages governments to eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005 and at all levels of society by 2015. Millennium Goal 5, to ‘Improve maternal health’ calls for a three quarters reduction in the 1990 maternal mortality rate by 2015 and full access to reproductive health by the same year.
Many UN agencies play a central role in promoting women’s rights. Established in 1976, UNIFEM, the United Nations fund for women, is leading innovative efforts to stop violence and deal with poverty and exclusion. Find out how UNIFEM and other agencies are taking global action through the UN World Conference on Women, Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange and Commission on the Status of Women that have lead to landmark international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of DiscriminationPlan –
- To plan a peace program and awareness based on the theme of WOMEN.
- A group of Administrators, teachers, students & interested parents come together to make it happen in each school district.
- Different buildings of the same school district can work upon different themes.
- To include art directors/art teachers, music directors/music teachers, drama teachers, debate instructors, social studies teachers, and science teachers.
- To involve student leaders who can help to motivate and coordinate other students.
Suggestions – A resourceful web site - http://www.un.org/works . As we attempt to instill a concept of peace on tender minds, develop various ideas at the middle school level and solidify at the high school level, we may prepare Long Island students better aware of tomorrow’s world.
Peace Walk - Art Competition - Peace Prayers & songs – Peace quotations related to children of the world – Meaning of peace for children – rights of girls / women.
Art Competition / A skit, discussion or power point presentation related to topics like Human rights access & gender – women & development
Peace Poster Competition / A skit, or Power Point presentation or discussions by students as well as teachers UN inter – agency network on women & gender equality – international women’s day – women & development / Compare women & their situation or rights in different countries – ongoing struggles. / Unintentional victims of HIV, overworked to support families, lack of education.
Cultural items – guest performances
Girl Scout/Boy Scout item related to the project
A note from Shanti Fund
A group of 3-5 high school students are invited to make a presentation at H.Lee Dennison Building on OCT.2 at 9 am. All groups will be honored & best presentation will be recognized with a gift certificate of $141