Have you taken part in the online discussion for CSW 55?

July 14, 2010

Yesterday Anne Manning from Australia added to the discussion.  “I am involved with a fair trade company in Australia that has strong links to a number of small producer groups, many of them supported by Catholic religious groups. In an attempt to help one group of women in north east Thailand move towards independence in their business, they were linked with a garment making company. However, the rates paid by this company for the making of their product (jeans) was so very low that the women were unable to continue with this arrangement. Problems include: a market that allows companies to take their work to those who can/will accept the lowest wages; the fact that not all women in these situations have the skills to negotiate better deals for themselves; the lack of specific business development skills and business development support programs top enable the women to successfully develop their businesses towards greater independence.”   If you have some response to this why not go on line and contribute to the discussion?  http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw55/onlinediscussion3.html

Letter from Gender Equality Architecture Reform

July 13, 2010

Greetings GEAR friends,

It has been invigorating to read the messages of support and congratulatory notes over the last two weeks.  Finally, we can move forward and make the entity a reality.  In the coming weeks, the GEAR Campaign Working Group will share some ideas for next steps and hope that the strong network of GEAR supporters will continue to ensure that the new entity works for all women. We appreciate the variety of messages that have been communicated over gearlist@googlegroups and ask that you now reach out to the focal points in your region for the next stage of mobilization.

Please feel free to email gearcampaign@gmail.com if you need contact information for focal points.  Attached is the most recent Working Group list. 

 Furthermore, please visit, http://www.unwomen.org/2010/07/un-creates-new-structure-for-empowerment-of-women/, for the UN Press Release about UN Women in English, French, and Spanish. 

 We will be in touch shortly with more resources and we thank you for your patience.Best,

GEAR Campaign