A FAWCO delegation of 17 women attended CSW59 at UN Headquarters in New York from March 9 - 20, 2015. We posted blogs here to report on our experiences and impressions.
UN Commission on the Status of Women CSW59 – Beijing+20
March 2015, New York
Gender justice is a human imperative. It is time for women to lead to change the paradigm, not adapt to the existing paradigm. We can not be satisfied with our progress as long as any women or men suffer inequality, injustice or violence.
CSW59 was the largest gathering of women's organizations ever held at UN Headquarters. There were 8,600 participants, 450 NGO CSW Forum events and 200 Side Events. Interactive sessions with ministers, government officials and UN agencies provided opportunities for government delegations and civil…
Reflections on CSW59 by Gillian Booth-Yudelam (AWC Perth)
I was inspired and humbled by the experience and extremely grateful to be invited to attend such an important educational event.
I attended multiple sessions on issues ranging from human trafficking and slavery, to increasing women’s participation in the workforce, to women and war and the transformation of trauma. I gained valuable insights into the relationship between technology and gender based violence, into the relationship between Islam and Women’s Human Rights and into the way in which Women are adversely affected by armed conflict.
I derived great benefit from listening to…
Elizabeth Abbot describes what she learned:
Notes from CSW59
Finishing the “unfinished business of the 21st century” (Hillary Clinton)
Accountability – we need to hold all levels of government accountable to creating laws and allocating resources to the gender equality and GBV agenda. Example: the Istanbul Convention signed in 2012 for European countries that requires countries to monitor progress and the Swedish “Sex Buyers” law and criminalizing FGM.
Also need to hold businesses, unions and civil society accountable to the gender equality and GBV agenda. Example: the Australian program of involving 25 men in power positions. Called Male Champions of Change.