IWTC Women's GlobalNet #362
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

 

BEIJING + 15: PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES IN WESTERN ASIA, EUROPE, LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

September 2009

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Iskra Sajor and Tina Johnson

1. UNESCWA HOSTS TRAINING WORKSHOP ON PREPARING B+15 REPORTS
2. UNECE TO CONVENE B+15 REGIONAL REVIEW MEETING 2–3 NOVEMBER 2009,
    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
3. ECLAC ORGANIZES A REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN BRAZIL, JULY 2010

 

1.  UNESCWA HOSTS TRAINING WORKSHOP ON PREPARING B+15 REPORTS

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) conducted a training workshop on how to prepare national reports for Beijing + 15 using the questionnaire that most of the other UN regional commissions also used. The training was organized in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS) General Secretariat, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Center for Arab Women Training and Research (CAWTAR) and the Arab Women Organization. The meeting, held on 24–26 March 2009 in Cairo, Egypt, was attended by national machineries and women ministries from Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. ESCWA and LAS are cooperating to draw up and issue the Arab regional report on Beijing +15. For more information, see: http://css.escwa.org.lb/weeklynews/wnews/uploads/wn15e52.pdf

 

In addition, ESCWA and LAS will organize an Expert Group Meeting on October 19 and 20, 2009, in Beirut to better inform the report that will emerge from the Arab region. See http://www.escwa.org.lb for more information.

 

2. UNECE TO CONVENE B+15 REGIONAL REVIEW MEETING 2–3 NOVEMBER 2009, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene a regional meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 2–3 November 2009 with the theme “New challenges and opportunities for gender equality in the ECE region: key issues and policy responses.” It has the following objectives:

  • Contribute to the global 15-year review of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action;
  • Take stock of the progress made in the region on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and address the major challenges ahead;
  • Discuss gender-sensitive economic policies, taking into account the impact of   the financial crisis on the countries of the region;
  • Facilitate policy design and implementation based on successful experiences in engendering economic and labour market policies;
  • Promote partnerships to increase gender equality in the region;
  • Create a forum for discussing forward-looking action.

 

Topics will include (a) a regional review of progress towards the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action; (b) gender-sensitive economic policies in the context of the economic and financial crisis; (c) gender and the corporate sector; and (d) new partnerships, networks, and alliances for gender equality.  The meeting will be attended by representatives from ECE member states, international organizations, NGOs and academia from the region. For more information, see: http://www.unece.org/gender/Beijing_process.htm and to access official documents, go to http://www.unece.org/gender/documents/Beijing+15/Documents.html

 

A series of interactive NGO roundtables will be held on 30-31 October 2009 to explore topics that will mirror the themes of the UNECE meeting. The outcome document from the NGO roundtables will be shared at the UNECE meeting. To download a provisional agenda and register for the event, visit: http://www.ngocsw-geneva.ch/


3. ECLAC ORGANIZES A REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN BRAZIL, JULY 2010

The Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will be organizing a regional conference in Brazil in July 2010 to discuss the status of women in the region and commemorate the passage of the Beijing Platform form for Action. Government response to the questionnaire for the Beijing +15 assessment can be found at : http://is.gd/39D0C

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