IWTC WOMEN’S GLOBALNET #354

ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE

 

WOMEN CALL FOR ACTION ON EMPOWERMENT, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

March 24, 2009

Mavic Cabrera Balleza & Helena Gronberg

 

  1. THE MONROVIA DECLARATION
  2. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THEMATIC SESSIONS AT THE COLLOQUIUM

 

Bringing together over a thousand women (and men) from all over the world, the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development and International Peace and Security, held in Monrovia, Liberia on March 7-8, 2009  culminated on International Women’s Day with the adoption of the Monrovia Declaration, a new global call to action for women’s empowerment.  This Women’s GlobalNet presents (1) key points of the Monrovia Declaration, a document that pulls together the outcomes of the seven thematic discussions; and (2) more specific recommendations, emerging from the thematic sessions and break out groups.  The recommendations relating to Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 including the Call to Action on the Resolution are elaborated upon in GlobalNet #351.     

 

1. THE MONROVIA DECLARATION

This is a summary document that consolidates all the recommendations of the Colloquium. Among the specific actions it proposes are:

  • Call on leaders of the G20 countries who will be meeting in London on April 2, 2009 to earmark funds for women in all responses to the financial crisis including recovery and stimulus packages; and ensure that appropriate delivery mechanisms are in place and functioning to channel trade financing to women;
  • Increase women’s representation in the European Union to 50 percent of decision-makers;
  • Remove barriers and increase women’s access to trade and business activity through better access to information and improvements in infrastructure and services, particularly for women with disabilities, as well as social protection systems, especially in times of economic crisis and recession;
  • Make a particular commitment to women’s participation in the global climate change summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 and to the incorporation of gender considerations in the new agreement and its implementation; 
  • Support a gender equality approach to migration management in order to better protect women and girls who are displaced;
  • Inclusion of young people in decision making processes and leadership as well as processes that work towards achieving the MDGs; and
  • Commit to unite and mobilize collective leadership to end violence against women and especially young women and a call for safe environments for those who have experienced violence and abuse.

 

3.  RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THEMATIC SESSIONS AT THE COLLOQUIUM

Following are selected recommendations taken from the reports of each of the thematic sessions at the Colloquium that offer more specificity to issues raised in the Monrovia Declaration:

 

Women’s Leadership:

  • Continued efforts to bring women into leadership and decision-making positions
  • Ensure that women in leadership positions carry out the agenda of women
  • Need to finance women’s leadership and link women in business with women in politics

 

Millennium Development Goal 3:

  • Develop and implement bottom up strategies to assist women entrepreneurs
  • Fully implement the Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights

 

Economic Empowerment and Decent Work:

  • Establish effective trade support institutions and mechanisms for women’s economic empowerment
  • Current aid flow must be maintained if not increased and ensure that women benefit from such aid
  • Implement targeted employment schemes for women

 

Migration:

  • Governments must see migration and reintegration as a process and must ensure full assistance to returnees
  • Migration must be seen as an extensive issue, especially in the African context, that requires collaboration between Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Internal Affairs and Social Welfare
  • Governments must acknowledge the social and economic role of the Diaspora and recognize the need to bridge the Diaspora community and national machineries
  • Young potential experts should be offered year–long opportunities for training in government ministries

 

Youth issues:

  • Educate young people of their rights and responsibilities in society
  • Protect youth, especially girls against violence and abuse by educating them about their rights
  • Reaffirm young people’s role as leaders of today and tomorrow and ensure their participation in decision-making  
  • Ensure young people’s, especially girls’ access to education
  • Protect young people who have been forced to leave their homes during conflict

 

Climate Change:

  • Involve women fully and equally in risk prevention and mitigation of the impact of climate change
  • The UN, international organizations and financial institutions should support the new Copenhagen agreement
  • Funds and appropriate technology must be made available for men and women

 

For electronic copies of the Monrovia Declaration and the Call to Action on UNSCR 1325 go to http://womenscolloquium.org/index.html. This site will also have the complete final reports from the thematic working group on climate change and youth.

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