Promoting participation of women in non-government organizations
Strengthening participation of women in associations
The number of women holding influential positions in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cress Societies has increased in recent years, and partially as a consequence of the adoption of the Federation's Plan of Action, Women in Development. For instance, from 1990 to 1993, women in influential positions in the Federation's Secretariat Management Group increased from zero to 29%, at the Head of Department/Service level from 9 to 21%, and at the Senior Delegate, Relief and Development level from 6 to 20%.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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