Deadline for proposals and submission of abstracts is Dec. 30 2001. The chosen motto of WW2002 is "Gendered Worlds: Gains and Challenges." In order to get the 2nd announcement, including registration forms, please visit the Kvinnforsk/Women's Worlds 99 website.

The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have signed a cooperation agreement in a move to
address the alarming spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls.

The newly established African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) is a fundraising and grant-making fund which aims to support the work of the African women's movement. The beneficiaries of the fund will be local, national and regional African women's organisations. The AWDF will raise money and make grants for the support of non-profit African women's organisations working for social justice, equity and peace. The beneficiaries of the fund will be African women's organisations working in the more

Women's Action for Development, which recently became a Namibian non-governmental organisation, has been supporting and facilitating the development of women in Namibia for a number of years. Mrs Veronica de Klerk, executive director, spoke in an interview, about where women were in Namibian society, where they are and where they are going.

Djibouti, a country where almost 100 percent of women are subjected to the illegal and harmful practice of genital mutilation, has mounted on a major program to combat the tradition. The government, several religious leaders and UN agencies are joining forces.