Dianova International

Women at the Helm of Sustainable Solutions to Climate Crisis–A CSW66 Side Event

The sixty-sixth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) has already started and will conclude on 25 March 2022.

For the eleventh consecutive year, Dianova International will host a parallel event in the NGO CSW66 Virtual Forum in which many NGOs from around the world will be discussing a wide range of topics on women’s rights.

On the topic “Women at the Helm of Sustainable Solutions to Climate Threats”, our parallel event will take place on Monday, March 21 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am EST (New York time), 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm CET (Madrid time). Please note that the event will be available only in English. Download the event flyer.

I will have the privilege of moderating this event in which intersections among gender equality, women´s empowerment, women´s health, and climate change and disaster risk reduction interventions will be discussed by the following speakers with extensive experience in these fields:

If you have already registered for this side event, thank you again. If you have not yet registered, I kindly encourage you to do so.

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Many thanks for your attention. I look forward to seeing you at the event.

Maria Victoria Espada
Representative of Dianova International to the United Nations

Dianova International is an NGO with Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).


CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. Visit here for specific information about the event organizer, Dianova International.


The way forward: developing gender-sensitive treatment programs to eradicate barriers for women

Side-event to the 64th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Women who use drugs face specific barriers that limit their access to recovery programs. The online event will review ways to remove these barriers and improve their adherence to treatment. It will feature an infographic prepared for this event, and emphasize the need to focus on women’s needs in strategies and policies and will offer an Action Plan for a way forward – while highlighting best practice examples from different world regions.


Dr. Gisela Hansen – Dianova International
Britt Fredenman – Women’s Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues (WOCAD)
Sara Esmizade – Asian Drug Demand Reduction NGOs Association (ADNA)

Moderator: Regina Mattsson, WFAD

The side-event is organized in partnership with World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD, Dianova International, the Women’s Organizations Committee on Alcohol and Drugs (WOCAD), and Celebrate Recovery.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Drugs, please visit nyngoc.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch

Addressing GBV: A Key Element in Gender-Sensitive Addiction Treatment Programs

Addressing GBV: a Key Element in Gender-Sensitive Addiction Treatment Programs

Free online event in English – Monday, 22 March 2021, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST (NY time), 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CET (España)

Women with substance use disorders face many obstacles in accessing and engaging in addiction treatment programs. Considering that gender-based violence is an initiating or aggravating factor of substance use disorder, it is imperative to address this complex relation in a holistic manner. Within male-dominated environments, where gender aspects are frequently overlooked, women who experience GBV and substance use disorders find it difficult to address this problem effectively. This parallel event will explore the links between GBV and substance use disorders and will shed light on how gender-sensitive programs address GBV as a key element in the therapeutic process.

Pre-registration is mandatory. For registration instructions, click here.

Moderator: Maria Victoria Espada – Representative to the United Nations, Dianova International


  • Lois A. Herman – Managing Director, Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN)
  • Gisela Hansen Rodríguez, Ph.D. – Clinical and Health Psychologist, Dianova
  • Edward C. Carlson, MA, M.F.T. – Chief Executive Officer, Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc.
  • Nazlee Maghsoudi, BComm, MGA – Chairperson, Executive Committee, New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC)


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Drugs-NY, please visit nyngoc.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Drugs-Vienna, please visit vngoc.org.

CoNGO president, three other NGO leaders, join in a statement on the International Day of Education 2021

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New York City, 24 January 2021 (CoNGO InfoNews) — Education is a human right. Inclusion and equity are crucial for transformative education. Education as common public good requires public funding. Education at primary and secondary levels is universal and adult education primordial. Online education has blessings and perils. Safety and wellbeing is crucial at education venues. Education must be portable across borders. Global citizenship education is critical to multilateral collaboration. Educate to increase hope and decrease fear.

These are the thematic headings of a 26-point statement issued on the occasion of the International Day of Education 2021 by Liberato C. Bautista, president of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), and joined by Maria Helen Dabu, secretary general of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), Franklin Shaffer, president and chief executive officer of CGFNS International, and Montse Rafel, director general of Dianova International.

The statement reaffirmed education as a human right, a public good and a public responsibility, and must be publicly funded.

The leaders recognized the blessings and perils of online education, naming the digital divide  exacerbated by the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same vein, they recognized the importance of education especially for health and allied professions and their portability across borders, given the high demand but shortage of health workers at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Education must foster civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation, ” the statement said. “Now is the time to develop global civic consciousness and innovate on a global civics education that fosters global citizenship and multilateral collaboration. Each of our countries, our people and the planet will be better for it.”

The leaders spoke of basic and adult education in a time of intersecting pandemics. They called for “education to increase hope and decrease fear.”

“Education must expose fear brought about by threats to and violations against the dignity and human rights of persons, such as those generated by increasing racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance that alienate and divide people and communities from one another. These, on top of fears and anxieties resulting from intersecting crises of pandemic proportions—health crisis, racial crisis, climate crisis, migration crisis, economic crisis, violence, and more.”

The statement closed with an urgent call for “advocacy and partnerships for education among civil society organizations, and among NGOs, the UN System, and States.”

Read the full statement here.

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