The link to the webcast of the NGO Committee for Social Development Civil Society Forum – February 10, 2014 has been posted. Following the official opening of the forum Winifred Doherty was moderator of the first panel on the priority theme “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all“. This was a very interesting panel and you will hear much about the social protection floor. Also listen to the presentation from Lilly John, Presentation Sister from India and to the third panelist Mr Jose Nunez speak about what empowerment is.
After lunch there was a second panel focusing on women. 2nd panel Do listen to Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. Lakshmi lists the priority areas of UN Women – ending violence against women, political participation and gender responsive budgeting and stated that gender equality is the biggest transformation that we must seek to achieve! UN Women is calling for a transformative stand-alone goal on achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment: Imperatives and key components in the new post 2015 development agenda. Access the full document here.
There is also a presentation on older women. You might find this interesting.
The day ended with the adoption of the Civil Society Declaration. Read the Civil Society Declaration