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+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?
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
While we were saddened with the departure of Michelle Bachelet from UN Women in March of 2013 we are happy that a new Executive Director has been appointed and sworn in on August 19th. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is from South Africa. Click here to read more
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
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
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.
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.”
From the GSIJP Office in New York and CSW 57 with my colleagues Ferew Lemma (Ethiopia) and Wanching Chen (Tiawan) we wish you ‘Happy International Women’s Day.
The song ‘One Woman’ was launched today at the Celebration in the United Nations with Mr Ban Ki Moon, Ms Michelle Bachelet and H.E. Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the UN. Listen to the Song
The 2013 theme for International Women’s Day, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”
Quoting from Ms Michelle Bachelet ‘My message today is: We cannot move backwards, we must keep moving forward. It is what we owe to millions of women fighting for their rights around the world.
We find ourselves at a tipping point in history.
Never before have we witnessed such global momentum and mobilization by men and women, girls and boys, demanding an end to violence against women and girls. …” Read More ” The 57th Commission on the Status of Women must uphold, and should advance, the full human rights of women. This is what women and girls all over the world expect from us!”
As a follow up to my posting of March 15th, 2012 read Norway’s statement at the conclusion of CSW 56 http://www.norway-un.org/Statements/Other-Statements/CSW56-Norways-statement-on-final-day/