3rd Straw vote for UN Secretary General took place in the UN Security Council on August 29th

Once again Felix Dodd has shared the outcome of the 3rd straw vote in his blog,  You can access it HERE  See my posting of August 6, for the account of the 1st and 2nd straw vote.

Another account of the process with some background history can be had HERE from ‘What’s in Blue’ insights on the work of the UN Security Council

Head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is strongly advocating for a women to be selected and says it is obviously frustrating that women are not scoring higher. HERE

Beijing What?

Beijing+20: WHAT?  An interactive dialogue with young people about gender equality and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 context.  Four Girl advocates of the Working Group on Girls were among the panelists – Julia, Christina, Lizze, and Lizzie.  This dialogue took place within the 2 day ECOSOC Youth Forum of June 2 and 3. Girls from YWCA, Girl Scouts USA and a girl representative from Austrian youth were also panelists. Their linking with the issues of Beijing and bring them into the post 2015 Development Agenda debate was excellent.  The event was webcast  Link to webcast

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka invited the girls to share with her on the various themes.  You can read her address Here

Questions posed to the girls included: Julia:  Why is it important for women and girls to be part of the conversation on climate change and entrepreneurship?  How will this contribute to a different future?  Christina: Why is it important for women and girls to partner in leadership and decision making as outline in the Beijing platform.  How is this important to you and your future?  Lizzie:  Why does gender equality matter to you and your future?  What about your peers?  Anita: Why is the Beijing platform so relevant for some of the areas we need to focus on and for change for a sustainable future?

The following question were posed to he Austrian Youth delegate Johanna: What is your vision for education and how does it contributes to gender equality?   Tiffany is from the YWCA: What can we do to put an end to women’s lack of safety and violence against women?  Emily from the Girl Scouts: Why is environmental policies so important to girls and women world wide.  Is this something we need to include when looking at in the post 20 agenda?   Ameesha Girl Scouts USA: You have witnessed the discrimination of women and girls in families and you have identified it as a challenge in India.  You are a strong gender equality advocate.  What would you like us to change?  What actions can we take to make sure this happens?

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Can you use this presentation to talk about Beijing? I think it is a useful tool. How would your women and girl groups answer these questions?

There is a very interesting sharing by an 18 year old man Joe Davis talking about women’s rights from a young man’s perspective.  See move marker to 43:30

The Good Shepherd International Foundation on their Facebook page have a posting on the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum.  See

Civil Society meets with Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the new Executive Director of UN Women meets with civil society on Tuesday August 27, 2013

Yolanda speeking with Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Yolanda meeting with Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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Yolanda Sanchez and Kimberly Moloche meet with Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in New York. Read more
Civil Society meets with Ms.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Read more “Make the Circle, Bigger, Bigger, and Bigger” By Kimberly Moloche, Intern at the GSIJPO-NY

A survey of services provided globally by Good Shepherd Sisters in 24 countries

In summary, the data presented in this paper serves to support evidence of the widespread prevalence of VAWG and illustrates practical measures that have been taken, with success to combat such violence.   Ending Violence Against Girls and Women Web Version

The United Nations agreed on a declaration to prevent and condemn violence against women and girls regardless of “any custom, tradition or religious consideration”

United Nations – Muslim and Western nations overcame deep divisions to agree on a landmark United Nations Code to combat violence against women and girls.  Continue to read

Peace March

 

 

 

 

Women, led by Yoo Soon-taek, wife of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and actresses Susan Sarandon and Monique Coleman, march outside the U.N. general assembly building to mark International Women’s Day. Photo by: Mark Garten / U.N.

Activists welcome hard-fought UN agreement on women’s rights

The Guardian has this report on the successful conclusion of CSW 57  Check out the whole article

Here is a snippet with links:  “But the agreement was hard fought and civil society groups expressed “deep concern” over attempts by some conservative member states and groups to derail the process and undermine previous agreements.”