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    Special CSW55 – Grassroots Women Agree: Our Biggest Problem Is Gender Violence

    24 Feb 2011

    By Kanya D’Almeida

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24, 2011 (IPS) – Nearly three-quarters of activists and grassroots organisers working globally to safeguard women’s rights are convinced that ending violence against women must be the top priority of the newly formed U.N. Women, according to a report launched Wednesday by Oxfam and VSO UK at the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.

    Unveiling the findings of the new “Blueprint for U.N. Women” at the U.N. Church Center a day ahead of the official launch of U.N. Women, representatives of Oxfam and VSO UK outlined the views and efforts, documented in the report, of some 100 civil society organisations working in over 75 countries on human rights, gender equality and social justice. More »

    Special CSW55 – Putting the Force of Law Behind Women’s Rights

    23 Feb 2011

    Joan Winship. Credit:Courtesy of IAWJ

    Cléo Fatoorehchi interviews JOAN WINSHIP of the International Association of Women Judges

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23, 2011 (IPS) – The two-week Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations headquarters draws together a wide array of civil society leaders as well as policy-makers and U.N. development experts to compare notes on the many facets of women’s empowerment.

    Joan Winship is the executive director of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), a non-profit group founded two decades ago. With more than 4,000 members hailing from 90 countries, IAWJ has designed and implemented numerous programmes to empower women judges – and through them, the societies in which they live.

    With nearly 10 years at the helm of IAWJ, Winship has a long and distinguished career in the fields of human rights, rule of law, and international issues. She spoke to IPS about gender bias in the courts and the new U.N. Women agency. More »

    Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering women and girls through education, training, and decent work. ITUC @ CSW.

    23 Feb 2011

    ituc1TODAY – Despite commendable progress in developing education systems and addressing gender disparities in line with MDG and EFA goals, structured discriminations continue to affect  women’s and girl’s chances for a fair deal along the continuum from the classroom to the decent workplace.

    On the occasion of the UN CSW and together with Public Services International (PSI)  and Education International (EI), The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will organise an interactive  dialogue on key strategies to address these obstacles and achieve real gender equality.
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    Arab Women’s Role in Political Transition @ CSW55

    23 Feb 2011

    Panel discussion, Breaking new ground: Arab women and the path to democracy.

    Women’s activists from Egypt and Tunisia will share their perspectives and strategies for political transition. Video link connections will bring in additional participants in the two countries.

    When: 25 February 2011, 2–4:30 pm

    Where: Millennium Hotel, 1 UN Plaza (1st Avenue and 44th Street), New York, NY

    Online: The event will be webcast at http://bit.ly/arabwomenanddemocracy. Or connect by Facebook (www.facebook.com/unwomen) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/un_women), using #Arabwomen.


    Nora Rafeh Refa Tahtawy, youth activist
    Dr. Azza Kamel, gender expert
    Hibaaq Othman, from the civil society group Karama
    Maya Morsy, UN Women, moderator
    UN accreditation: Not required for this event.


    UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org. UN Women, 304 East 45th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Tel: +1 212 906-6400. Fax: +1 212 906-6705.

    Ending the Abuse of Power through Sexual Exploitation: Naming, Shaming, and Ending Sextortion”. IAWJ Panel @UN CSW.

    23 Feb 2011

    iawjTODAY – The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) will be presenting a panel on “Ending the Abuse of Power through Sexual Exploitation:  Naming, Shaming, and Ending Sextortion”.

    The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 on the 10th Floor of the Church Center from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm.

    Participants include:  Hon. Teresita de Castro, Supreme Court of the Philippines; Hon. Eusebia Munuo, Court of Appeal of Tanzania; Hon. Adisa Zahiragic, Cantonal Court of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Each of these judges are also serving as president of their respective Women Judges Associations. Nancy Hendry, IAWJ Senior Legal Advisor, will facilitate the panel.

    Updates will be posted in the coming days, stay tuned!

    Special CSW55 – U.N.’s New Agency for Women Readies for Takeoff

    22 Feb 2011

    By Thalif Deen

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 21, 2011 (IPS) – When the 192-member General Assembly, the highest policy- making body at the United Nations, decided to create a special agency last July to promote the advancement of women, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed it as a “historic” decision.

    “We enter a new era in the U.N.’s work for women,” he said, pledging gender equality and the empowerment of women as one of his “top priorities”.

    Called U.N. Women, and launched in January this year, it was the first such body with a wide-ranging mandate and a proposed 500-million-dollar annual budget. More »

    UN CSW 55 Opens Tomorrow. Focus on Education, Technology, Decent Work for Women

    21 Feb 2011

    The fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women opens tomorrow (22 February) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Government representatives and more than 1,500 women’s activists from around the world will discuss the participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of full and decent employment for women.

    Six panels will take place during the Commission (22 Feb – 2 March):

    - Key policy initiatives on gender equality, science and technology

    - Key policy initiatives on gender equality, education and training

    - Progress on eliminating discrimination and violence against girls

    - Gender equality and sustainable development

    - Elimination of preventable maternal deaths

    - Rural women as drivers of poverty and hunger eradication

    See the complete list of side events organised by Member States and UN entities

    Check the list of some 250 side events hosted by non-governmental organisations

    As usual, IPS will be covering the CSW and its priority themes with features and interviews. The IPS Gender Wire will of course look at UN Women plans and prospects but it will also report about the work of women’s organisations and particularly MDG3 fellow grantees in New York during the two-week session.

    If you are attending the meeting or organising/attending parallel sessions, please send any relevant information/press release/opinion piece to mdg3@ips.org. We’ll be happy to report about your work, either through news stories or daily news posted on this website.

    Grassroots Speak-out on UN Women

    21 Feb 2011

    As UN Women enters the mid-point of its first 100 days, grassroots women leaders from around the world will share their recommendations and input for the new women’s entity.

    It will be a critical moment for UN women to begin to engage in a systematic and substantive way with civil society and, specifically, with grassroots leaders, a voice that has often been marginalized at the UN. The testimonies will be “formalized” into requests and recommendations and sent to UN Women. Michele Bachelet, UN women’s USG, will be present as will some members of her Executive Bureau.

    WHEN: March 2 (10 am to 11.30 am)

    WHERE: Chapel of the Church Center

    For more information contact: Dahlia Goldenberg at  dahlia.goldenberg@huairou.org or Pam Ransom at rpransom@aol.com and 1-718-388-8915/6761.

    WILDAF, 2 Side Events @CSW

    14 Feb 2011

    wildafWomen in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) will mark its presence at the UN Commission on the Status of Women wit two side events:

    1. Women farmers’ participation to the science and technology as a way to ensure the economic development in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Date: February 25
    Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Venue: UGANDA HOUSE – 336 East 45th Street – N.Y.

    2. Women’s rights legal literacy in West Africa: achievements and way forwards

    Date: Tuesday 1st March
    Time: 10:00 – 11.30 am
    Venue: Church Centre in Boss Room.

    Fore more information, visit WILDAF website.