Las Cosas De Altisidora

Todas estas malandanzas te suceden, empedernido caballero, por el pecado de tu dureza y pertinacia; y plega a Dios que se le olvide a Sancho tu escudero el azotarse, porque nunca salga de su encanto esta tan amada tuya Dulcinea, ni tú la goces, ni llegues a tálamo con ella, a lo menos viviendo yo, que te adoro.

Bonita canción 29/07/2009

Filed under: Música — altisidora @ 10:31
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Do you hear me,
I’m talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my, baby I’m trying

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Ooohh, ooooh, oooh, oooh,
Oooh ooh ooh ooh

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you I promise you, I will

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we’re in love every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I’m sailing through the sea
To an island where we’ll meet
You’ll hear the music fill the air
I’ll put a flower in your hair

Though the breezes through trees
Move so pretty you’re all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I’m lucky we’re in love every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Ooohh, ooooh, oooh, oooh,
Oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooooh, ooooh, oooh, oooh,
Oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh.


La declaración de Windhoek 27/07/2009

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Por petición de un visitante de mi blog, publico la Declaración de Windhoek (promoción de la prensa africana libre y pluralista y, por extensión, Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa)…aunque en inglés. Cuando tenga tiempo (y ganas) intentaré traducirla.

On the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Transitional Assistance Group, Windhoek, Namibia, 31 May 2000

In a world riven by war, women and men yearn for peace and are everywhere striving to resolve conflict and bring about peace, reconciliation and stability in their communities, their countries and through the United Nations and regional organizations.

United Nations peace operations have evolved from peacekeeping, in its traditional sense, towards multidimensional peace support operations. So far, women have been denied their full role in these efforts, both nationally and internationally, and the gender dimension in peace processes has not been adequately addressed.

In order to ensure the effectiveness of peace support operations, the principles of gender equality must permeate the entire mission, at all levels, thus ensuring the participation of women and men as equal partners and beneficiaries in all aspects of the peace process — from peacekeeping, reconciliation and peace-building, towards a situation of political stability in which women and men play an equal part in the political, economic and social development of their country.

Having considered these matters in Windhoek, Namibia, at a seminar on ‘Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peace Support Operations’ organized by the Lessons Learned Unit of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and hosted by the Government of Namibia from 29 to 31 May 2000, participants looked at practical ways in which the UN system and Member States can bring the aims set out above closer to realization. In that regard, the Seminar recommends ‘The Namibia Plan of Action’ and urges the Secretary-General to ensure that appropriate follow-up measures are taken to implement it, in consultation with Member States, and that periodic progress reviews are undertaken.

Namibia Plan of Action on ‘Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peace Support Operations’

1. Negotiations in Furtherance of a Ceasefire and/or Peace Agreements:
-Equal access and participation by women and men should be ensured in the area of conflict at all levels and stages of the peace process.

-In negotiations for a ceasefire and/or peace agreements, women should be an integral part of the negotiating team and process. The negotiating team and/or facilitators should ensure that gender issues are placed on the agenda and that those issues are addressed fully in the agreement.

2. Mandate

-The initial assessment mission for any peace support operation should include a senior adviser on gender mainstreaming.

-The Secretary-General’s initial report to the Security Council, based on the assessment mission, should include the issue of gender mainstreaming, and should propose adequate budgetary provisions.

-Security Council resolutions setting up and extending peace support operations should incorporate a specific mandate on gender mainstreaming.

-All mandates for peace support operations should refer to the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, as well as other relevant international legal instruments.

-Follow-on mechanisms should be established within the mission’s mandate to carry over tasks to implement fully gender mainstreaming in the post-conflict reconstruction period.

3. Leadership

-In accordance with the Secretary-General’s target of 50 per cent women in managerial and decision-making positions, more determined efforts must be made to select and appoint female Special Representatives of the Secretary-General and senior field staff for peace support operations.

-A comprehensive database with information specifically on female candidates with their qualifications, both military and civilian, should be maintained.

-An Advisory Board should be set up within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), preferably with qualified external participation, to ensure that this database and existing lists of female candidates are given due consideration.

-Special Representatives of the Secretary-General and senior mission personnel should receive an in-depth briefing on gender mainstreaming issues prior to deployment.

4. Planning, Structure and Resources of Missions

-A gender affairs unit is crucial for effective gender mainstreaming and should be a standard component of all missions. It should be adequately funded and staffed at appropriate levels and should have direct access to senior decision-makers.

-The DPKO-led operational planning teams at United Nations Headquarters must include gender specialists and representatives of other United Nations agencies andorganizations dealing with gender issues.

-All DPKO and Department of Political Affairs briefings to the Security Council, as well as formal and informal briefings to the General Assembly legislative bodies, Member States and other relevant bodies, should integrate gender issues related to that particular mission.

-There is a need for the financial authorities of the United Nations, particularly the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, to give priority to the funding of gender mainstreaming.

-Lessons learned from current and prior missions on gender should be incorporated at the planning stage of a new mission. To this end, the compilation of good practices on gender mainstreaming should be constantly updated.

5. Recruitment

-The United Nations must set an example by rapidly increasing the number of senior female civilian personnel in peace support operations in all relevant Headquarters departments, including DPKO, and in the field.

-Member States should be asked to increase the number of women in their military and civilian police forces who are qualified to serve in peace support operations at all levels, including the most senior. To this end, a stronger mechanism than the current note verbale to troop-contributing nations should be developed. Requests to troop-contributing nations could be tailor-made to nations that are known to have suitable female staff, while other potential troop-contributing nations could be encouraged to develop longer-term strategies to increase the number and rank of female personnel in their respective forces.

-The terms of reference, including eligibility requirements, for all heads of mission components and their personnel should be reviewed and modified to facilitate the increased participation of women, and, depending on the outcome of that review, special measures should be taken to secure this goal.

-All agreements and individual contracts governing the assignment of personnel, including arrangements for United Nations Volunteers, should reflect the gender-related obligations and responsibilities of those personnel. In particular, the code of conduct should be addressed in all of these documents.

6. Training

-Troop-contributing nations, which are training military, police and civilian personnel specifically for their participation in peace support operations, should involve a higher percentage of women in that training.

-Gender issues should be mainstreamed throughout all regional and national training curricula and courses for peace support operations, particularly those sponsored directly by the Training Unit of DPKO.

-In order to meet United Nations standards for behaviour, DPKO should provide gender awareness guidelines and materials so that Member States can incorporate these elements into their national training programmes for military and civilian police personnel in preparation for deployment. Such training should be enhanced by United Nations Training Assistance Teams and train-the-trainers programmes.

-Obligatory induction training with regard to gender issues held upon arrival at mission areas should include the following: – Code of Conduct; – Culture, history and social norms of the host country; – Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; and – Sexual harassment and sexual assault.

7. Procedures

-DPKO should consider the gender mainstreaming mechanisms currently used by United Nations agencies and adopt an appropriate version for their field operations. DPKO directives should be amended to include gender mainstreaming.

-The reporting mechanisms between the field and Headquarters on gender mainstreaming need to be clarified.

-A post for a Senior Gender Adviser in DPKO, to serve as gender focal point for field missions, should be funded under the regular budget or the peacekeeping support account and filled as a matter of urgency.

-The terms of reference of the Senior Gender Adviser should ensure a proper interchange of information and experience between gender units in individual missions.

-The functions and roles of mission gender units/advisers should be announced to all personnel.

-Standard Operating Procedures applying to all components of missions should be developed on the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

8. Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability

-Accountability for all issues relating to gender mainstreaming at the field level should be vested at the highest level, in the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, who should be assigned the responsibility of ensuring that gender mainstreaming is implemented in all areas and components of the mission.

-The Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and other concerned legislative bodies should submit recommendations to the General Assembly promoting gender mainstreaming in peace operations.

-Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to assess the implementation of the United Nations gender mainstreaming objectives should be established at United Nations Headquarters and at peacekeeping missions, in consultation with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women.

-The current format of reporting, particularly with regard to situation reports and periodic reports of the Secretary-General, should include progress on gender mainstreaming throughout peacekeeping missions.

-There should be periodic and end-of-mission evaluations, led by an independent external team, of the degree to which the United Nations gender mainstreaming approach and objectives have been integrated into all policies and activities of each peace support operation. The first studies should be on East Timor and Kosovo.

-Reporting mechanisms should be established to monitor the effects of the implementation of the peace agreement on the host country population from a gender perspective.

-Research should be encouraged on the short- and long-term effects of the gender dimension of peace support operations on the host country population. Such research should be designed to strengthen host country research capacity, in particular that of women researchers.

9. Public Awareness

-All possible means should be employed to increase public awareness of the importance of gender mainstreaming in peace support operations. In this connection, the media should play a significant and positive role.


Efeméride lunar 16/07/2009

Tal día como hoy pero hace 40 años se hizo realidad lo que la imaginación del gran Julio Verne “parió” muchísimos años antes: la llegada del hombre a la Luna.
La misión espacial del Apolo XI partió tal día como hoy pero en 1969 de Cabo Cañaveral, entonces Cabo Kennedy, con tres hombres a bordo. Y Armstrong pisó la Luna por primera vez en la historia: un pequeño paso para un hombre, pero un gran paso para toda la Humanidad.
Llegó realmente el hombre a la Luna o sólo fue un montaje orquestado por el Gobierno norteamericano para ganar a los soviéticos en algo? Eso nunca lo sabremos, como quién mató a Kennedy o qué le pasó a Marilyno, algo más cercano a nosotros: quién fue el elefante blanco o quién mató a Carrero Blanco. Preguntas sin respuesta…


El rastro de mi sangre en la nieve… 14/07/2009

Hace unas 3-4 semanas me compré en Fnac dos libros de Gabriel García Márquez: uno de ellos de título larguísimo prácticamente imposible de recordar (me lo compré porque me gustó eso de la cándida Eréndira) y los 12 cuentos peregrinos.

Entre los cuentos, que he leido con una rapidez asombrosa, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta que en los últimos meses he estado bastante apática con la lectura y he sido incapaz de leerme un solo libro entero, hay algunos muy buenos y otro solo buenos (no me atrevo a decir que malos porque es Gabo y él no hace nada mal cuando escribe). Pero, por lo general, me han sorprendido gratamente por esa carga de realismo mágico que los impregnaba a todos. Por eso y por sus grandes personajes, sobre todo los femeninos: Lázara, Frau Frida, la señora Forbes, María Dos Prazeres, Prudencia…y, por supuesto, Nena Daconte.

Nena Daconte fue dejando el rastro de su sangre en la nieve de Madrid a París, de una forma absurda y, a la vez, mágica: ¿puede una persona desangrarse por culpa de la espina de una rosa?. Me ha fascinado este personaje y, sobre todo, el de su joven esposo, desesperado y perdido en un París agobiante, tan distinto al Caribe, y donde no conoce a nadie, no habla el idioma y ni todo el dinero del mundo ni el apellido más lustroso de toda Sudamérica pueden hacer nada por tí, tus miedos y tu pérdida.

Claustrofóbico y espeluznante, genial y profundo. Sin duda, el mejor cuento de los 12 de García Márquez es el último, el de Nena Daconte, aunque, desgraciadamente, la gente creerá que simplemente es el nombre de un grupo comercial de pop en español y no uno de los personajes más interesantes creados por el Nobel colombiano.

Por cierto, otro título poético y profundo de otro de sus cuentos peregrinos que también me fascinó: “me alquilo para soñar”…


El estrés de la gran ciudad

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Hoy es mi cuarto día de vacaciones de verano 2009 y, tras 3 días de relax en la costa gaditana, esta mañana bien temprano he tenido que venir a Sevilla por cuestiones médicas sin importancia (la alergia acabará conmigo…). Ha sido entrar en la capital andaluza y estresarme. Automáticamente, sin que me diese tiempo a reaccionar. Total, que me despierto a las 8 en un bonito pueblo costero, me monto en el coche y, hora y cuarto más tarde ya estoy tocando el cláxon del coche, acordándome de las madres de media Sevilla y total y absolutamente estresada.

Creo que debería vivir en un pueblecito. Sin tanto ruido ni contaminación, sin tanta gente que vive con la hora al límite, sin tanto coche, sin tanta tontería. Y conste que me encanta Sevilla, pero es pasarte 3 días en la playa y tu concepción del espacio y del tiempo se modifica totalmente.

Estoy deseando que llegue mañana para regresar a mi pequeño paraíso gaditano, con su Levante, con su ‘estrés’ de pueblo de veraneo, con su agua salada, y dormir tapada por las noches, respirar el olor a mar y a pescado, no tener nada más que hacer que tumbarme en la arena blanca, darme un baño, tomarme un café helado en la nueva cafetería del norteamericano y descansar…

…Ya faltan menos horas. Y os lo recomiendo: escapada a la costa de Cádiz, a cualquiera de sus pueblos marítimos. Todos son encantadores.