Last day of CSW 58 – Question will there be agreed conclusion?

Scenes from Thursday night at the UN where negotiations on Agreed Conclusions continued until 2.00 a.m.

CSW  58 Inside

Member states negotiating

CSW 58 Outside

Representatives waiting outside negotiation room,advocating for their priorities online

(Thanks to twitter and @femtaskforce   @UN_CSW  #CSW58  #humanrights  @phumzileunwomen @UN_Women

Read the statement on behalf of adolescent girl to CSW 58.  Click here

Negotiations on the CSW 58 Agreed Conclusion are ongoing …

A blog written by a friend of mine Joni gives a good overview of CSW 58 entitled  The ABC of CSW58                             By Zoe Nussy, Michiel Andeweg, Joni van de Sand, Heather Barclay

Click here

This is a very accurate account of issues presented during CSW 58.

NGOCSW Forum at CSW58

Today, Sunday the NGOCSW Forum at CSW 58 opened at 9.00 a.m at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York.  The hall was filled to capacity.  6 Good Shepherd representatives were present. Maureen McGowan and 4 Good Shepherd Volunteers – Stanislava Hristova, Clara Greaney, Claire Dugan and Tatiana Dominguez were present for the day.  Winifred attended the morning session had lunch with the group and then headed up town to the Teen Orientation where over 250 participants had gathered.

CSW 58 Good Shepherd delegation

Phumzile-Mlambo-Nagcuka, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women addressed the forum participants. Among the snippets from Phumzile address are the following  “Because a child cannot marry, a child cannot be a bride.”  “Address the root causes of inequality”  “Fully implement the MDG’s.”


The first panel on “Cities for Sustainable Development and Women’s Human rights was both interesting and diverse.  The Chair of the CEDAW Committee Nicole Ameline was one of the panel members urging us to use CEDAW for change.  Ambassador Carlos Garcia Gonzalez, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the UN noted that CEDAW is a legal framework already in place. Further the Ambassador asked that “the human being at the center. The human being in the whole cycle of life.”  Eleanor Blomstrom from WEDO (Women’s Environmental Development Organization) noted  “Environmental degradation is a threat to human rights.”

The Woman of Distinction Awardee is Sharon Bhagwan Rolls from Fiji.

Phumzile-Mlambo-Nagcuka, having finished at the NGOCSW Forum headed uptown to address the girls gathered at the Teen Orientation.


Review the great Girl events during CSW 58

The Working Group on Girls always have girls to the fore advocating on their own behalf for their own issues.  This is an exciting group to belong to.  Visit the website and see some of the girl advocates that will be advocating throughout CSW 58 Teen Delegate Orientation on Sunday and the list of other CSW 58 Girl-centered events.  Share these with the girls you work with.

Visit NGOCSW website and see the multiple flyers of events that will be taking place Click here and see our Good Shepherd Ad Here by scrolling down to Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd 

The Working Group on Girls has a position paper wanting a stand alone goal for girls in the new Post 2015 Development Agenda with specific targets on

  • Implementing the full spectrum of girls’ human rights.
  • Eradicating violence and the root causes of violence against girls
  • Providing quality education and lifelong learning
  • Ensuring health lives

Read the full document What Girls Want...

Follow the Blog ‘Remembering the Forgotten, Giving Hope

Good Shepherd Mission Partners in Singapore Malaysia have started a blog to share information on the one month fund raising project launched on January 4, 2014  Click here to read Felicia’s account of the launch

Attached is a copy of the appeal letter DRC-Appeal

Details of how to make a contribution are here.  Thank You!

Life Outside the Mines – A story of hope for child miners


Watch this you tube with your friends.  Have you any questions? Write them in the comment box.

January 4, 2014 is the launch day for the month long fund-raising drive  ‘Remembering the Forgotten, Giving Hope’ a collaborative effort of Good Shepherd Restful Waters (Singapore) responding to the story on you tube.  Can you make a gift?


October 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

This year’s official commemoration on 17 October at UN Headquarters will be an occasion to recognize people living in poverty as critical partners for fighting the development challenges we face. The commemoration at the UN is organized in partnership with the International Movement for ATD 4th World,  the NGO Sub-committee for the Eradication of Poverty and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the UN.

Watch persons affected by poverty share their views at the official commemoration at UN headquarters,     Live on UN Webcast 1.15 to 2.30 EST to day October 17th.

LeaveNoWomanBehind WWW logo

Rose Lizarde, Global Director of the Feminist Task Force writes today is also a day to honor the work we do as women’s rights activists, as social justice transformers, as contributors to durable peace. We share this video as part of GCAP’s Leave No One Behind which of course we’ve tweaked to emphasize:  LEAVE NO WOMAN BEHIND



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

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