IWTC Women's GlobalNet #322
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

Quick Guide to the upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women

Joeyta Bose
February 16, 2007

 

1.     UN CSW parallel events Calendars now online

2.     save the dates for ngo consultation and reception

3.     orientation sessions for CSW first timers

4.     Call for training materials on working with girls for iwtc event

5.     REGIONAL CAUCUS guide

6.     WHILE YOU ARE AT the CSW, don’t miss…  

 

NOTE: A special issue of the GlobalNet featuring activities for girls participating in the CSW is forthcoming – don’t miss it!

 

1. UN CSW parallel events Calendars now online

Two calendars of parallel events that will be held during the 51st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, from February 26 to March 9, 2007, are now available online.  One calendar of non-governmental organization events features more than 150 activities and can be found at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/conf/seforms/dspUNcalendar.asp

The NGO Committee on the CSW received many more requests for events than could be accommodated this year, and tried to ensure that each organization that requested a slot, is able convene at least one event and have it listed on the calendar.

A second calendar of parallel events that are being organized by UN missions and inter-governmental organizations can be found at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/conf/seforms/dspUNcalendarUN.asp

 

2.     save the dates for ngo consultation and reception

- February 25, 2007, Sunday, 8 am - 5.15 pm: The NGO Consultation will take place at the Farkas Auditorium, 550 1st Avenue (between 31st and 32nd st.s). Sponsored by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women and the Working Group on Girls of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, the theme for this year’s consultation is “CSW at 51: Making Girls Visible.” The day’s activities will feature panel discussions about various girl-related issues and will include a breakout session where those attending can learn more about HIV/AIDS and other girls’ health issues; domestic and institutional gender-based violence in all settings; empowerment strategies;  trafficking in girls and commercial sexual exploitation (sexual violence); girls associated with fighting forces (girl soldiers); addressing the poverty of social minority and marginalized girls;  partnering for girls; and ensuring girls their human rights

- February 27, 2007, Monday, 6 pm – 8 pm: The NGO Reception will be held at the Turkish Center, 2nd floor, 821 United Nations Plaza (46th st. and 1st ave.). The evening’s activities will include the presentation of the Woman of Distinction Award to Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative on Children in Armed Conflict and Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

 

It is essential to pre-register as soon as possible for both these events. For forms and more information, please write to NGO_CSW_NY@hotmail.com

 

3.     orientation sessions for CSW first timers

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women will convene two special introductory sessions for new participants at the CSW on February 26, 2007, Monday, and March 5, 2007, Monday, at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium from 1.15 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. Facilitated by past chairs of the NGO Committee, information will shared on:

- How to find what you need at the United Nations

- Making sense of United Nations jargon

- Procedures for NGOs outlined by the U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women     - The Commission process

- Protocol in approaching government representatives

- U.N. agencies for the advancement of women and their interconnections

A basic guide for all NGOs attending this year’s session can be found at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/

 

4. Call for training materials on working with girls for iwtc event

Women, Ink., a project of the International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC), is compiling a resource collection of free games, training manuals, workshop guides etc. for teachers, trainers and development workers who are working for and with girls. This collection of resources will be put on a CD and given to women and girls who attend this year’s CSW.  The theme of this year’s commission is the elimination of discrimination and violence against girls. 

 

The materials that we are seeking include interactive and participatory training games, guides and other resources on empowerment, peacebuilding, human rights, violence against women and girls, HIV/AIDS, sexuality and reproductive health, self-esteem, leadership development etc. If you have resources that you would like to share, please e-mail joey@womenink.org.

 

5. REGIONAL CAUCUS guide

Regional caucuses will meet at the following dates, times and locations at the CSW:

 

African Women’s Caucus:

- February 27, 2007, Tuesday, 4 pm – 5 pm, UN C0nference Rm B

- March 6, 2007, Tuesday, 4.30 pm – 5 pm, UN C0nference Rm B

 

Asia-Pacific Women’s Caucus:

- February 26, 2007, Monday, 4 pm – 5 pm, UN Conference Rm B

- March 5, 2007, Monday, 4 pm – 5 pm, UN Conference Rm B

 

European Women’s Caucus:

- February 27, Tuesday, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm, UN C0nference Rm B

- March 6, Tuesday, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm, UN C0nference Rm B

 

Latin American Women’s Caucus:

- February 27, 2007, Tuesday, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm, UN Conference Rm B

 

Middle Eastern Women’s Caucus:

- February 27, 2007, Tuesday, 12 pm – 1 pm, Church Centre, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th st. & 1st ave.) , 8th fl, Grumman Rm

- March 5, 2007, Monday, 3 pm – 4 pm, Church Centre, 8th fl, Grumman Rm

 

North American Women’s Caucus:

- February 27, Tuesday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm, Church Centre, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th st. & 1st ave.) ,  8th fl, Grumman Rm

- March 5, Monday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm, Church Centre, 8th fl, Grumman Rm

The Church Centre is located at 777 UN Plaza, at the corner of 44th street and 1st avenue

 

Check the CSW calendar for any changes.

 

6. WHILE YOU ARE AT the CSW, don’t miss…

 

A. PANELS ABOUT UN REFORM: Do you know what your government’s position is on the proposed changes to the UN gender architecture? Listen in and lend your voice to debates and discussions about these modifications, suggested by the High-Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence in November 2006.

 
Notable UN reform events  at the CSW include:

- UN Reform and Gender Architecture: Where Do We Stand, Part I
March 1, Thursday, 1 pm – 2.45 pm, Church Centre, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th st. & 1st ave.) ,  3rd fl,
IWTC Office

Co-organized by: IWTC & Asia-Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW)

 

- Panel on UN-system wide coherence: Recommendations of the High-level Panel on the gender architecture of the United Nations

March 2, Friday. 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm, Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium
Co-organized by: UNIFEM & UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service

 

- UN Reform and Gender Architecture: Where Do We Stand, Part II
March 5, Monday,
3.30 pm to 4.45 pm, Church Centre, 11th fl, Hardin Rm
Co-organized by:
IWTC & APWW

 

The High-Level Panel’s report, Delivering as One, is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian and can be downloaded at: http://www.un.org/events/panel/

 

B. BOOKS & BAGELS: Women, Ink. and IWTC will be host two breakfast discussions where authors, editors and others connected with new books, reports and resources for girls and women can present their publications and interact with the audience. All publications will be either available for sale or, if free, will be given to those who want them.  Imagined as a series of relaxed and intimate conversations, this year’s sessions will feature the following publications:

 

Session 1: February 28, Wednesday, 10 am – 11 am, Church Centre, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th st. & 1st ave.) , 3rd fl, IWTC office
- Empowering Young Women to Lead for Change, YWCA & UNFPA

- Strengthening Resistance; Confronting Violence Against Women & HIV/AIDS, Center for Women’s Global Leadership

- Resources for work with girls

 

Session 2: March 2, Friday, 10 am – 11 am, Church Centre, 3rd fl, IWTC office
- Gender, Justice and Citizenship, edited by Navsharan Singh & Maitreyee Mukhopadhyay

- Arab Human Development Report 2005: Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World, UNDP

 

Not to be missed! The annual Women, Ink. book sale – stop by to browse and buy some 200 titles on women and development. Bargain books at unbelievable prices will also be available.

 

C. ROUNDTABLES & WORKSHOPS ON PEACEBUILDING & UNSCR 1325: During this year’s CSW, there will be several events organized around UNSCR 1325 and peacebuilding. Here is a selection:

 

- Security Council Resolution 1325 Workshop: The Girl Child & Armed Conflict
February 27, Tuesday, 9.00 am – 10.30 am, Baha’i International Community, Rm 120, 866 UN Plaza (corner of 49th street & 1st ave)

Organized by: NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

 

-  Peacebuilding Commission Roundtable

March 2, Friday, 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm, Millennium Plaza Hotel, 1 UN Plaza (44th street, between 1st & 2nd)
Organized by: the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security


- 1325 in Practice: The Need to Take Affirmative Steps to Ensure Excluded Groups, Including Women in Exile, Can Access the UN System

March 6, Tuesday, 10 am – 11.45 am, Church Centre, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th st. & 1st ave.), 8th floor, Boss Room

Co-organized by: The Global Justice Centre & the International Women’s Tribune Centre

 

D. CRAFT FAIR: The NGO Artisan Craft Fair will take place on March 1, 2007, Thursday, from 11 am to 6 pm at the Church Centre, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th st. & 1st ave.) , 2nd floor. Display tables will be provided at no cost and anybody bringing craft or artisan materials may participate. Pre-registration is required. Contact suzanneeharvey@earthlink.net for more information.
 

E. CONFERENCE ON GENDER, GIRLS & INFORMATION COMMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES:

A conference entitled “ICT is the Key: Global Development, Empowerment and Gender Equality, the Elimination of Discrimination and Violence Against the Girl-Child,” will take place all day on February 28, Wednesday, in UN Conference Rm 1.  Convened with the goal of sharing good practices and lessons learned, and to develop ideas on future activities on the use of ICT to empower women and girls, the conference will feature tutorials on private sector and government collaboration on community-based program for girls; the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girls-child; global initiatives to improve girls’ access to ICTs; measure to enhance girls’ empowerment through ICTs; leadership by women in the field of technology and strategies to encourage girls and women to pursue science and technology careers.

To register online, go to: www.aitglobal.com. Contact carol_lackey@aitglobal.com with questions for more information. Ph: 1.631.269.6713

 

F. Debate on Women’s empowerment & microfinance to be convened at GA: The United Nations General Assembly will convene the second informal thematic debate on the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment on March 6, and 7, 2007. Focusing on the role of microfinance in the empowerment of women, and women’s participation in decision-making at all levels, these debates have been summoned  by General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Al Rashida to stimulate country missions to engage with the idea that gender equality is integral to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals. While NGO access is limited, requests can be made to country missions to include NGO representatives as part of their delegation to the debate.

 

G. International Women’s Day: Celebrated around the world and at the United Nations on March 8, International Women’s Day 2007 will convene around the theme of “Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls.” It is customary for the UN Secretary-General to release a statement in New York on this day.

Read more about it at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/

 

IWTC is putting together its annual International Women’s Day edition of GlobalNet which features events that will be held around the world on March 8. If you are organizing an event, please let us know so that we can include it in this newsletter. 

 

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