IWTC Women's GlobalNet #267

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide 

By Vicki J. Semler and Anne S. Walker

January 8, 2005

ONLINE DISCUSSIONS FOR CSW @ WOMENWATCH:

FIRST, A WORD FROM IWTC

All of us here at IWTC extend our greetings to women worldwide with the fervent hope that 2005 will be one of peace, justice and sustainable development.

Along with the rest of the world, we have been overwhelmed by the news of the tsunamis in South Asia, and many of us have been directly involved in fund-raising and collection of supplies needed specifically by women in the devastated areas. Our thoughts are particularly with the women and children of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Somalia, Kenya, and also with the many others holidaying and/or working in those countries who were caught by the suddenness of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. The local communities destroyed by these events will need all our support for many years to come.

As noted by a columnist in Melbourne, Australia, our thoughts are also with the tsunami that is HIV-AIDS in Africa, where 5 million will contract the disease this year and possibly 3 million will die. Women in Africa are deeply involved in the fight against this pandemic and they also will need our ongoing support for many years to come.

ONLINE DISCUSSIONS FOR CSW @ WOMENWATCH:

-WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT

-WOMEN AND POVERTY

-EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF WOMEN AND GIRLS -WOMEN AND HEALTH -WOMEN AND ARMED CONFLICT -MECHANISMS FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN -VISION OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN FOR GENDER EQUALITY

IWTC has received the following invitation from the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (UN/IANWGE) with the request that we circulate it as widely as possible.

We (the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality) invite you to join our online discussions for one of the last opportunities to share your views, experiences and concerns before a historical meeting.

In 2005, a review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action (1995) and the outcome of the twenty third special session of the General Assembly (2000) entitled "Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century, will be undertaken by the 49th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York from 28 February to 11 March 2005. In order to increase participation and input into this process of evaluation, the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality has launched a series of discussions on major critical areas of concern identified in the above documents. Your views and analyses will be summarized in a report which will be submitted to the 49th session of the CSW.

On 10 January, we will launch discussions on:

1. Women and the Environment sponsored and moderated by UNEP (UN Environment Programme) http://www.un.org/womenwatch/forums/review/environment/index.html

2. Women and Poverty sponsored and moderated by the World Bank http://www.un.org/womenwatch/forums/review/poverty/index.html

3. Education and Training of Women and the Girl-Child sponsored by UNESCO and UNICEF and moderated by UNICEF http://www.un.org/womenwatch/forums/review/education/index.html

Other ongoing discussions on WomenWatch:

-Women and Health including Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS sponsored and moderated by WHO, UNFPA and UNAIDS (the focus topic of the last phase is Rights And Needs of Women Affected by or Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, 10 January To 21 January 2005)

Women and Armed Conflict sponsored and moderated by ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) (until 28 January 2005)

Soon to come:

- Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women sponsored and moderated by ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) (12 January to 4 February 2005) -Vision of Young Women and Men for Gender Equality moderated by the Division for the Advancement of Women (17 January to 6 February 2005)

Please go to http://www.un.org/womenwatch/forums/review/ to see how to participate in these discussions.

You can also subscribe via e-mail by sending a message to <reviewforum-register@un.org> with the discussion topic of your interest (environment or poverty or education), providing the following information:

Online discussion: "topic name"

Name: [your full name]

E-mail: [your e-mail address]

Organization Name: [full name of your organization] Organization Type: [specify whether organization is an NGO, UN entity, government, academia or other]

Country/region: [country/region you represent] Areas of interest: [Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform for Action, other issues]

Sex: [woman/man]

(Registration may take up to one day.)

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to lively discussions.

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