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
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:
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:
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
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:
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