gender equality

Implementing the CSW66 Agreed Conclusions: The Case for Widows, Women’s Land Ownership, and Inheritance

Don’t miss NGO CSW/NY‘s last monthly meeting until September!

Meeting discussion will center on advocacy for the implementation of the CSW66 Agreed Conclusions with a focus on widows, women’s land ownership, and inheritance.

Register here!

Please note that this meeting will be in English. However, the recording will be available with subtitles in the 6 UN languages on our Youtube channel.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. Likewise, 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-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This year’s observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) at 1:30pm (NYC time) on June 15 coincides with the fourth review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ministerial Conference on Ageing in Rome, Italy. While there will be an in-person WEAAD observance, we are pleased to invite everyone to participate virtually.

Details and registration hereWorld Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In preparation for the event, this month the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY participated in the review and appraisal cycle of MIPAA in Rome. A new preamble paragraph has been added to recall the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, and the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, among other treaties and covenants. The fact remains that older persons remain invisible and unprotected. The pandemic’s excessive toll on older persons has documented that human rights of older persons are not being protected. We must continue to advocate for a legally binding document to protect the human rights of all older persons.

Please note: The UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) will be held once again in person at the UN (and live webcast). The exact observance date is pending due to space availability at the UN. The NGO Committee on Ageing-NY is collaborating on the theme with its counterparts in Geneva and Vienna on addressing older women and issues of climate change, pandemic and other issues, but from the perspective of the resilience and contributions of older women. Robin Fenley is chairing this year’s observance.

Note: The new chair of the Vienna Committee on Ageing is Shantu Watt and in Geneva, the new chair is Kelly Fitzgerald.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Ageing-NY is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. Likewise, for more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org

Gender equality: Why is it important and what can we do to achieve it? (International Forum and Administrative Session)

Gender equality: Why is it important and what can we do to achieve it?

FULL COMMITTEE MEETING

UNITED NATIONS
VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
Monday May 9th 2022
[Due to the Pandemic Development the FCM will be held as a Zoom Conference]

INTERNATIONAL FORUM [13.00 – 15.00 CEST] 

Gender equality: Why is it important and what can we do to achieve it?

 Prof. Zoe Lefkofridi, Mag. MA MAIS Dr

Dr Nadine Zwiener-Collins

Chair of Politics & Gender, Diversity & Equality Paris Lodron University Salzburg 

Including Discussion with Presenter & Participants

 

Gender equality is a United Nations sustainable development goal (No 5), a core value of the European Union, and a target for many governments, companies and organisations. But why is gender equality so important? Research has documented that gender equality leads to happier, healthier, and more democratic societies: It can help tackle the gender health gap resulting from a lack of research on conditions that predominantly affect women and the dangers of childbirth in many parts of the world. In the economic sphere, gender equality helps boost performance, as women’s equal participation is associated with increased profits for companies and with an increase in Gross Domestic Product. In addition, equality in the political sphere has benefits for good governance. Not only is an equal opportunity to participate the core principle of democracy, but equal participation and representation of women also decreases corruption and increases citizens’ satisfaction with democracy and the legitimacy of the political system. Finally, gender equality matters for the individual: For example, it improves family life, and gender-equal societies consist of happier and healthier individuals.

In their presentation on gender equality, Prof Zoe Lefkofridi and Dr Nadine Zwiener-Collins of the Chair of Politics & Gender, Diversity & Equality at the University of Salzburg reflect on the importance of gender equality for different areas of society, and highlight how gender equality benefits everyone. In the subsequent discussion, they invite the participants to share and reflect on their own experiences, and to join the discussion of what we can do to achieve gender equality.

Professor Zoe Lefkofridi, Mag. MA MAIS Dr., holds the first Professorship for Gender Studies at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS). As Professor for Politics & Gender, Diversity & Equality in the Department of Political Science, her focus is research and teaching on democracy and representation, diversity and equality. Her publications have appeared in internationally leading journals such as West European Politics, European Union Politics and Politics & Gender. Professor Zoe Lefkofridi is also Editor-in-Chief of the Specialty Section Political Participation of the new gold open access journal Frontiers in Political Science and co-editor of the series Politics and Governance in the Smaller European Democracies (NOMOS Publications) and is an elected member of the board of the Austrian Society for Gender Research (ÖGGF). Prof. Lefkofridi holds a PhD from the University of Vienna (2009, Political Science) and a Habilitation from the University of Salzburg (2017, Political Science & Political Sociology) and prior to her time in Salzburg, was a Jean Monnet and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the GESIS Leibniz Institute in Cologne and the University of Vienna.

Nadine Zwiener-Collins is a postdoctoral researcher in Politics and Gender, Diversity and Equality at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg, funded by the Land Salzburg. Her research focuses on the impact of (gender) inequalities in other areas of life, such as the labour market and the family, on the political behaviour and attitudes of citizens and politicians in Europe. Previously Nadine Zwiener-Collins was a Lecturer at the Social Research Institute of University College London (UCL), and taught there quantitative methods and data analysis to social scientists and also holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Ph.D. from the City University of London.

ADMINISTRATIVE SESSION 15:30 – 17.00

(i) Approval of the Agenda
(ii) Approval of the Minutes of the Full Committee Meeting November 8th 2021
(iii) Report of the Chairperson & Discussion with Participants
(iv) Online Quarterly Bulletin ‘Families International’ (FI) Christin Kohler, Executive-Editor FI Issue No. 122.
(v) Committee Statement 60th United Nations Commission for Social Development, February 2022. Franziska Reichel, Comm. Coordinator UNCSD
(vi) Committee Digital Networks – Update Report–Katharina Muegler, Committee Digital Networks Coordinator
(vii) Financial Report: Treasurer Alexandra Lugert M.A.
(viii) Reports from Member Organisations
(ix) Elections to the Board of the Committee for November 2022 – 2025 (Preview)
(x) Date and Place of next Full Committee Meeting.
(xi) Any other Business

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CoNGO Notes: This event is held the NGO Committee on the Family Vienna, a substantive committee of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). Learn more about this Committee and how you may collaborate with it by visiting substantive committees.

Climate Change and Migration: The Intersection of Climate Change, Migration and Gender

CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. For information about the event organizer, visit PPSEAWA International. Click here for the NGO CSW66 Virtual Forum to access events similar to this. Click here for information about the UN CSW 66th Session. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on Status of Women/New York, the NGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva

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.

Register now
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).

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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.

 

Achieving Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment through Nurse Migration–A CSW66 Side Event

The United Nations sixty-sixth session on the Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to commence from 14 through 25 March 2022.  The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session and provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions.

As part of the NGO CSW Forum 66, CGFNS International Inc., proudly presents its virtual Parallel Event:

Achieving Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment through Nurse Migration.

When: 15 March 2022, 12:00-1:30pm (EST)

Where: Zoom Webinar (Register Here)

The Parallel Event’s Program will include:

  • Introductory remarks from CoNGO’s President on the role of civil society and nurses in advancing the UN agenda
  • Current global nurse migration landscape
  • The immense contributions of nurses and nurse migrants
  • How nurses and nurse migrants advance the UN Agenda
  • The work of CGFNS in nursing, migration, and ethical recruitment spheres
  • A panel discussion featuring four migrant nurses from India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela

Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. Liberato Bautista, President, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)
  • Dr. Franklin Shaffer, President & CEO, CGFNS International
  • RADM Kerry Nesseler (ret), Strategic Public Policy Advisor, CGFNS international
  • Dr. Frances Hughes, Director, Global Strategic Initiatives, CGFNS International
  • Four nurse migrants from India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela

If you are interested in attending, or for more information about the event and its participants, please Click Here and register today. This event is free and open to anyone who is interested in attending.

Thank you for your support of the NGO CSW Forum 66, and our eagerly awaited, interesting and inspiring discussion on 15 March!

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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 NGO Committee on Status of Women/New YorkNGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva. For information about the event organizer, visit CGFNS.

Sixty-sixth Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 will take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to contribute to the session.

Themes

  • Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes;
  • Review theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work (agreed conclusions of the sixty-first session);

Bureau

The Bureau of the Commission plays a crucial role in facilitating the preparation for, and in ensuring the successful outcome of the annual sessions of the Commission. Bureau members serve for two years. In 2002, in order to improve its work and ensure continuity, the Commission decided to hold the first meeting of its subsequent session, immediately following the closure of the regular session, for the sole purpose of electing the new Chairperson and other members of the Bureau (ECOSOC decision 2002/234).

The Bureau for the 66th session (2022) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members:

  • H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini (South Africa), Chair (African States Group)
  • Ms. Pilar Eugenio (Argentina), Vice-Chair (Latin American and Caribbean States Group)
  • H.E. Ms. Antje Leendertse (Germany), Vice-Chair designate (Western European and Other States Group)
  • Mr. Māris Burbergs (Latvia), Vice-Chair designate (Eastern European States Group)
  • Ms. Hye Ryoung Song (Republic of Korea), Vice-Chair designate (Asia and Pacific States Group)

Preparations

  • Expert Group Meeting: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes

Organization of the Session

The Commission’s two-weeks session includes the following activities:

Side Events

Session Outcomes

The outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme during its 66th session will take the form of agreed conclusions, to be negotiated by all Member States.

The Commission will review, as appropriate, its methods of work, taking into consideration the outcome of the process of alignment of the agendas of the GA and ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, with a view to further enhancing the impact of the work of the Commission.The Commission will make a recommendation on how best to utilize the year 2025, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.

NGO Participation

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CoNGO Notes: For collaborative work among NGOs related to the agenda of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women, visit  NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna. For more information about CoNGO-related NGO Committees, view Substantive Committees.

{POSTPONED} Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5)

POSTPONED

Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), Doha, Qatar

The world’s Least Developed Countries are in a race to deliver the global development goals by 2030. This new decade needs to usher in a new global partnership to close the divide.

A major conference will be held in Doha in January 2022 to help build an ambitious new programme for action for LDCs and will be held at a critical time, as the final decade of action for the 2030 agenda gathers pace. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LDC5 will now be held from January 23 – 27, 2022.

For information about the preparatory process, past conferences, how to participate, and more, explore un.org/ldc5.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

Investing in sustainable recovery, advancing gender equality and strengthening partnerships – Towards a renewed social contract anchored in human rights

Dear Colleagues,

The Human Rights Council’s fourth intersessional meeting for dialogue and cooperation on Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “Investing in sustainable recovery, advancing gender equality and strengthening partnerships – Towards a renewed social contract anchored in human rights” will be held virtually on Tuesday, 18 January 2022, at 10:00-12:00 CET. More information, including the Save the Date, is available here. We look forward to your participation.

Watch live: http://webtv.un.org

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.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-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit congocsd.wordpress.com.

NGO CSW/NY monthly meeting

Join the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY for our December Monthly Meeting! This month, we’ll be exploring the intersection of human rights and climate change.At the beginning of the meeting, we will provide updates on NGO CSW/NY and the NGO CSW66 Forum.Date: Thursday, 16 December 2021Time: 1 – 3 pm EST Find your timezone here.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdeitpjwrGt2kwX-PL-O5LEnMa8n3XUH9?mc_cid=b7da83fba2&mc_eid=918abc9424

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. Likewise, 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-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch.

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