IWTC WOMEN’S GLOBALNET #353

ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE

 

WOMEN AT CSW PLAN FOR 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION

March 20, 2009

Renee Black & Joeyta Bose

 

  1. PLANNING FOR BEIJING +15
  2. PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR REGIONAL BEIJING + 15 MEETING IN ASIA and the Pacific
  3. CSW IDENTIFIES MULTI-YEAR PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 2010-2014

 

1. PLANNING FOR BEIJING +15

On the agenda at the recently-concluded 2009 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) were four brainstorming sessions focusing on plans for the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA +15) which will take place next year. Although there will be no special session for Beijing +15 convened by the UN, ideas proposed by NGOs for the 15-year anniversary include  the following:

 

  1. To report on the current condition of women, to create a vision of the future, and to address the gap between words and deeds.
  2. To renew awareness, commitment and engagement on the need to implement the Beijing PFA at all levels, including international, regional, national and local.
  3. To promote the critical need for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the PFA.

 

Participants also stressed  that the NGO Beijing +15 event should support the Gender Equality Architecture Reform campaign (GEAR)  which is advocating for   the development of a new international women’s agency at the UN and capitalize on GEAR infrastructure, mobilize existing allies while engaging new ones, particularly men and youth groups, and strategically communicate to communities.

 

 The idea was put forward to launch a Beijing +15 campaign which would include the development of a Beijing + 15 Communications Toolkit that could be disseminated at the regional and country level to support each country’s effort to deliver one key output: a document identifying 12 key accomplishments that have been made since Beijing and highlighting 12 key areas where critical gaps remain. October was proposed as a campaign launch date, with country-level events held monthly from now until the March 2010 CSW.  It was envisioned that the final NGO event would take place in the days prior to the CSW, with country-level and New York-based rallies occurring simultaneously to create awareness about BPFA, and to bring specific attention to national priorities. 

 

To coordinate this campaign, it was suggested that an NGO Coordinating Committee be formed to include the NGO CSW Working Group, participants from GEAR and other international and national networks, NGOs at all levels, and relevant government ministries.  Participants emphasized the need to collaborate with schools, the private sector, religious and traditional leaders, ambassadors, academia and celebrities to execute national plans, although there was general consensus that appropriate partnerships would need to be considered on a country-by-country basis. It was also suggested that an honorary board of directors be created to act as public figures in support of the event. 

 

Several key challenges emerged that require on-going consideration in the planning phase:

  1. Youth groups voiced the need to be included in the coordination committee. They stated that there is currently both a lack of general awareness and a need for youth to explore how Beijing is relevant to them in order to ensure that it continues to have relevance moving forward.
  2. A second issue expressed by representatives from developing countries was the logistical and financial constraints of holding events on a monthly basis in the run-up to the 2010 CSW and the challenges on managing events at home while preparing to be in NYC for the CSW.
  3. A third issue raised was the need to ensure that any communications strategy developed could be adaptable to the conditions of different countries. For countries where ICT is integral, blogs and interactive tools would be key. In countries with low literacy rates and/or limited access to electricity, radio should be a primary vehicle, etc.

 

2. PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR REGIONAL BEIJING + 15 MEETING IN ASIA and the Pacific

The Asia –Pacific Women’s Watch has started preparations for the Asia-Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing + 15. It will be held in the Philippines on October 21-25, 2009
and will be hosted by Miriam College.  The Forum will highlight the accomplishments and contributions of civil society, especially women’s organizations towards the attainment of the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action.

 

3.CSW IDENTIFIES MULTI-YEAR PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 2010-2014

The Commission on the Status of Women decided on a multi-year programme of work for 2010-2014. The themes that were agreed upon are:

  • For the 54th session in 2010: Review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action and the outcome of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly.
  • For the 55th session in 2011: Women and girls in science and technologies: increasing opportunities in education, research and employment. Review theme:  agreed conclusions from the 2007 session on the “Elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against the girl child.”
  • For the 56th session in 2012: The empowerment of rural women, in relation to climate change and food security. Review theme:  the agreed conclusions from the 2008 session on “Financing for gender equality and empowerment of women.”
  • For the 57th session in 2013: Addressing stereotypes which constrain the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women, including in decision-making. Review theme: the agreed conclusions from the 2009 session on “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care-giving in the context of HIV/AIDS.”
  • For the 58th session in 2014: Prevention of violence against women and girls. Review theme: the agreed conclusions from the 2011 session, “Women and girls in science and technology: Increasing opportunities in education, research and employment.”

 

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