We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the beginning of March. GNWP, our members and partners are hosting various events during these two exciting weeks and hope everyone is able to partake in them. If you are interested in the events that GNWP, its members and partners are hosting or co-hosting please see the list below. Do not forget to follow us on facebook and twitter for more information on the CSW and these upcoming events.
About the CSW: The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Being 20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, there will be a review of the progress of the Declaration and its outcomes, as well as the goals still in progress that strive for gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
GNWP Events at 2015 CSW
March 7, 2015; 1:00 – 3:00 pm; venue: GNWP offices at 355 Lexington Ave., 3rd Fl, New York, NY 10017 (This meeting is for GNWP members only.)
Title: GNWP Members’ Meeting
Description: GNWP members will discuss successes, as well as challenges in their efforts to further strengthen the implementation of UNSCR 1325 at local, national, regional and global levels. They will also discuss 2015-2016 programs and projects of GNWP and the individual member organizations.
March 10, 2015; 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm; Armenian Convention Center, Ballroom 2
Title: Civil Society Consultation on the 2015 WPS High Level Review
Description: A discussion that will present updates on the processes around the 2015 Security Council High Level Review of UNSCR 1325 and the various means by which civil society can participate.
Co-sponsors: WILPF, GNWP, WAND, and the Boston Consortium
March 11, 2015; 6:15 pm UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, (44th Street and First Avenue) New York, NY
Title: Deeds – No Words Implementation of SC Res. 1325 Women, Peace, Security
Co-sponsors: International Alliance of Women at Council of Europe
(GNWP International Coordinator Mavic Cabrera-Balleza will speak at this panel.)
March 11, 2015, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, United Nations Church Center, 2nd Floor, 777 United Nations Plaza, (44th Street and First Avenue) New York, NY
Title: “Strengthening Accountability on Women, Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific Region: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward”
Description: This event will focus on the critical area of concern on women in armed conflict in the Beijing Platform for Action and its linkages with CEDAW General Recommendation 30 on women in conflict Prevention, Conflict and post-Conflict Situations and UNSCR 1325.
Co-sponsors: Asia-Pacific Women’s Alliance on Peace and Security, (APWAPS), GNWP, Cordaid
March 12, 2015; 8:30 – 10:00 am, United Nations Church Center, Boss Room, 777 United Nations Plaza, (44th Street and First Avenue) New York, NY
Title: What Beijing +20 means for Afghanistan: A critical look from a women’s movement perspective
Description: This panel will discuss factual, palpable and particular strategies to strengthen Women, Peace and Security, Women’s Political Participation & Leadership, Women’s Legal and Social Protection, development and implementation of labour protection laws, and as well as ensure the expansion of economy and women’s access to education in Afghanistan.
Co-sponsors: AWN, Cordaid, IIS, GNWP
March 12, 2015; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Permanent Mission of Canada, 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 14th Floor, New York, NY, 10017
Title: Girl Ambassadors for Peace
Description: This panel will present the innovative program Girl Ambassadors for Peace, a multi-prong initiative on young women and girls’ literacy, leadership and empowerment, and peacebuilding as it is currently implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A Girl Ambassador for Peace from DRC and youth members of the Canadian Voice of Women will speak on how they tackle issues such as child, early and forced marriage; rape and sexual violence; and use of the internet and social media at this event. The replication of theGirl Ambassadors for Peace in South Sudan will also be discussed.
Co-sponsors: GNWP, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN
March 13, 2015; 1:15 to 2:45 pm (TBC)
Title: CSW Roundtable discussion with Asia Pacific MS (Tentative)
Description: A roundtable discussion with Asia- Pacific Member States to present insights on the Asia- Pacific Beijing + 20 Ministerial Statement and to propose recommendations on policy coherence at the global, regional, and national levels.
Co-sponsors: The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the UN (TBD), the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN (TBD), Cordaid, GNWP, APWAPS
March 17, 2015; 1:30 – 2:45 pm (TBC), Venue (TBC)
Title: “Act Locally, Inspire Globally: Experiences, Lessons Learnt and Potentials of the Localization of UNSCR 1325,1820 and the supporting resolutions in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda”
Description: This panel discussion will convene women from civil society organizations in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan to share experiences and lessons learnt from local implementation strategies of the WPS resolutions, in order to formulate concrete recommendations and strategies to ensure greater collaboration between local, national and global actors on WPS and greater impact of the WPS resolutions/NAPs in local communities.
Co-sponsors: GNWP, CoAct1325, Permanent Mission of Uganda (TBC), Permanent Mission of Austria (TBC)
Panelists: Robinah Rubimbwa, Coalition for Action on 1325 (CoAct 1325), Uganda; Jenepher Masis, Rural Women’s Peace Links, Kenya and Rita Martin, Eve Organization for Women Development, Kenya; HE Richard Nduhuura, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uganda to the UN (Moderator- TBC)
March 19,2015; 1:15 – 2:30 pm in UN Building
Title: Deeds – No Words Implementation of SC Res. 1325 Women, Peace, SecuritY
Co-sponsors: Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN; International Alliance of Women at Council of Europe
(GNWP International Coordinator Mavic Cabrera-Balleza will speak at this panel.)
Events organized by GNWP members and partners
Monday March 9th; 6:15pm – 7:45 pm; Armenian Convention Center; Room: V Hall; 630 2nd Avenue (at 35th street)
Women Political Participation and their role in Prevention of Electoral Conflict in Africa
March 12, 11:30-12:45; Venue (TBC)
Title: Gender and disarmament,
Co-sponsors: UNODA, GAAV and IANSA
Tuesday, March 10 – 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
A Transformative Women, Peace & Security Agenda: The Need to Challenge Militarism
Organized by WPP, the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, WILPF, SAMYAK and Saferworld.
Taking into account the broad agenda of the Beijing Platform for Action, and reviewing the 15 years of implementation of UNSCR 1325, this panel discussion will analyze the gendered nature of peace & security mechanisms, by uncovering the linkages between hegemonic masculinities, violence and militarism and its current effects on UNSCR 1325 implementation. A transformative Women, Peace & Security agenda, with active participation of women, is only possible by challenging militarism, promoting an agenda of disarmament, and investing in nonviolent alternatives.
Wednesday, March 11 – 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Masculinities, Conflict and Militarism: How Should Peacebuilders Respond?
Organized by Saferworld, ABAAD – Resource Center for Gender Equality, Promundo and WPP.
The importance of women’s role in the prevention, resolution and recovery from violent conflict is increasingly recognized. Yet gender analysis of conflict situations also reveals a need to examine men’s roles from a gender perspective, including violent notions of masculinity which can drive conflict and militarism. This event will explore how some NGOs are working to challenge militarized masculinities as part of their efforts to build peace, and ask what more can be done to make this part of a transformative approach to gender-sensitive peacebuilding.
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Thursday, March 12 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Counterterrorism Measures and Their Effects on the Implementation of the Women, Peace & Security Agenda
Organized by WPP, Human Security Collective, WinG India, Ecumenical Women’s Initiative, Duke Law, and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In light of the UNSCR 1325 Global Study, this panel discussion will look at emerging trends in the Women, Peace & Security field, directly related to counterterrorism measures. It will specifically highlight the obstacles women’s organizations and activists encounter in regards to shrinking space and tightened financial regulations. It will provide a list of key recommendations for civil society, national and international policy makers, as well as UN Representatives.