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[Webinar] Care & Labor Rights: Challenges from the Capitalist Pandemic

Save the Date, virtual meeting details TBA. Interested attendees are encouraged to check organizer websites or contact co-conveners in the meantime.

Care & Labor Rights: Challenges from the Capitalist Pandemic

This webinar by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development is part of a series of action-oriented dialogues on the macro agendas and the current crises: Macro Solutions for Women, the People and the Planet.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 @ 9 am NY/ 10 am Montevideo/ 2 pm London/ 15 hrs Brussels/ 16 hrs Nairobi/ 20 hrs Bangkok

Speakers:

Corina Rodriguez, Executive Committee Member, DAWN

Shahra Razavi, Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organisation

Laura Alfers, Director, Social Protection Programme, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Concept Note

The COVID-19 Pandemic has starkly exposed the multiple inequalities that are intertwined in the world of work. First, it has forcefully revealed something that feminists have been repeating for a long time: the role of care is central  to sustain life in our societies. In a context of a health crisis,  where “staying at home” is one of the main strategies to face the emergency, care arrangements  have become more complex while  sexual division of labor continues to weight on women. Furthermore, there is an added pressure in the form of forced teleworking, which leads to situations where the boundaries between paid work and unpaid care work become blurred, working conditions become precarious and rights are easily violated.

Secondly, those in the informal economy bear heavier burdens in this crisis. Not working and staying at home has meant losing jobs and  livelihoods for the majority of informal workers and their families. Physical distancing is difficult to apply to those working in public spaces, such as street or market vendors, paid domestic workers or others in manufacturing or retail trade. The majority of workers in the informal economy are having less access to income resulting in increasing poverty and plunging workers and households into more precarious living conditions. The dimensions of this crisis are severe: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reported that informal workers in Asia and Latin America endured an income decline of 81 percent during the first month of lock-downs. The situation of migrant workers has been particularly affected, given the higher exposure to occupational health and safety risks, no appropriate protection, exclusion from social protection measures directed towards nationals, as well as the restriction of movement and the accelerated destruction of jobs.

The context has also exposed the weakness of social protection systems to deal with the situation, and in most cases the applied immediate public policy responses have been insufficient.

Third, in the current context, it is important to analyse those groups of workers that are exposed in a differentiated form. On the one side are those in “front-line” jobs: health workers, workers at essential retail shops, paid domestic workers. The “front-line” is a predominantly feminized “front-line” workforce. In tandem, workers in platform jobs, many of which have seen an increase in the demand for their services but also higher levels of exploitation of their working conditions.

While some countries and some working sectors are coping more successfully with the emergency situation, most, especially those countries in the Global South, face a more serious form of exploitation already imposed by the pre-existing global financial capitalist model.

Can the harshness of the exposure of deepening inequalities serve as a spark to ignite and accelerate processes of transformation towards a “new normal” that is indeed new and different from the old normality? What feminist strategies can we draw on to activate an agenda of transformation in the world of work that serves women, people and the planet? What new challenges do we face and how should we adapt our analysis, our advocacy, our activism? What space can we create so that the post-COVID-19 pandemic does not continue to be a capitalist pandemic?

This webinar aims at reflecting on these questions and will be organized with four 10-12 minutes presentations, followed by a session of Q&A.

Objectives

  • To draw key elements of the agenda of transformation in the world of work from a feminist perspective;
  • To Identify common strategies across movements working on informal economy, care and work with different groups and constituencies (migrants, domestic workers, grassroots women, rural women, women in health sector);
  • To map advocacy spaces and mechanisms within the UN that may be used to activate our agenda of transformation of the world of work;
  • Facilitate cross-movement building and solidarity among civil society groups and activists mobilizing for care, workers rights, gender equality.
DAWN is a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN promotes critical analysis on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights and development prospects of women, especially poor and marginalized women, in regions of the South. DAWN seeks to support women’s mobilization within civil society to challenge inequitable social, economic and political relations at global, regional and national levels, and to advance feminist alternatives.

The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) is an alliance of women’s organizations and networks who advocate for the advancement of women’s human rights and gender equality in the Financing for Development related UN processes.

Co-Conveners:

Rosa Lizarde, Global Director, Feminist Task Force; rosa.lizarde@feministtaskforce.org  

Emilia Reyes, Program Director, Policies & Budgets for Equality & Sustainable Development, Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work & Family; emilia@equidad.org.mx

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CoNGO Notes: 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 the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org.

[Interactive Webinar] Radical Inclusion for Advancing Social Justice: LGBTQ Human Rights in the Caribbean

Radical Inclusion for Advancing Social Justice: LGBTQ Human Rights in the Caribbean

An interactive webinar organized by PCI Media

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
12:00 PM EST

Register now: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe4C_1nasrkr55HuslN6LzDx8hb-OLY8WydmGgfbC_m9Lbpg/viewform

Sustainable social justice movements require organization, creativity, and participation from all levels of society.

Join PCI Media’s President, Meesha Brown, and Bennet Charles, Communications Officer, in a discussion about the importance of authentic partnerships in advancing human rights for the LGBTQ community. The webinar will focus on the One Community Many Voices program in the Eastern Caribbean Region.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on UN efforts to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, please write to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights at LGBTHumanRights@un.org and visit its website here.

[Virtual Side Event] Catalysing action at the frontlines to support transformative pathways

HLPF virtual side event: Catalysing action at the frontlines to support communities to achieve transformative pathways in the decade of action, delivery and accountability

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

Co-Organizers: Republic of Korea UN SDG Action Campaign Action for Sustainable Development, CIVICUS, Project Everyone, Save the Children, HelpAge, Action Aid

Register here now: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.phppage=view&type=20000&nr=7094&menu=2993

This year is the first year of the Decade of Action, but the impact of Covid-19 has led to massively increased challenges to delivery of the promises of transformation, more than 500 civil society groups came together in a Global Day of Solidarity to highlight that we are #StrongerTogether on 22 May. This coalition will consider:

  • Key examples of community groups that are stepping up to deliver the SDGs and respond to the Covid-19 crisis
  • The impact of Covid-19 on the SDGs
  • Lessons learned and opportunities to build grassroots momentum for the Decade of Action

 

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org.

[Short Film Screening + Discussion] Global Vision, Local Action

HLPF virtual side event: Global Vision, Local Action

The Baha’i International Community and partners are holding five sessions of a side event during the High Level Political Forum focused on local ownership of global processes. An 8-minute film profiling grassroots activities from around the world will be screened, followed by remarks from individuals and organizations engaged in similar processes and an open discussion.

Each of these side events will be capped at the first 20 participants to register, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience. (if overflow is necessary, we will find ways to be creative!).

RSVP here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1CAVwJV1sTIFH4PdyMqq07n_792UPNVS0HsXjUb6cFfBoNQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Film link is here: youtu.be/2UDSEMGsdZU

  • Friday, July 10, 9:00 AM, (Partner Organizations: CECORE & Search for Common Ground)
  • Monday, July 13, 10:00 AM (Partner Organization: GNDR)
  • Tuesday, July 14, 3:00 PM (Partner Organization: Women’s Major Group)
  • Tuesday, July 14, 5:00 PM (Partner Organization: ATD Fourth World)
  • Wednesday, July 15, 5:00 PM (Partner Organization: Tzu Chi)

 

[Deadline to Register] UN Women Multi-Stakeholder Hearing

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 73/340, a high-level meeting of the General Assembly will be held in New York later in the year, with the overall theme: ‘Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.’

Registration for ECOSOC-accredited NGOs for the online Multi-Stakeholder Hearing Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is open until 10 July 2020. Please ask interested representatives to register as soon as possible in order to leave sufficient time for registration approval.

As part of the preparations for the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly in accordance with UN GA resolution 73/340, the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), will organize and preside over an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing, to ensure the active participation of multi-stakeholders in the process.

The multi-stakeholder hearing will be held on a virtual platform on 21 July 2020 from 10am – 6pm EDT. Due to technical limitations of the interactive online platform, the number of participants should not exceed three (3) representatives per organization. Online registration is mandatory via the INDICO registration system. We are not able to accept registrations by email.

Participants register themselves individually for the online event and will need to upload an official letter from the head of your organization or main UN representative as supporting documentation.

The Conference Focal Point in your organization will then be able to approve up to three (3) registrations made under your organization. Once the registration has been approved by your organization in INDICO, your representative will receive online participation details in the days prior to the event commencing.

Guides for registration and approval may be found here.

If you have any questions concerning registration of representatives of ECOSOC-accredited organizations, please contact us at cso.beijing25@unwomen.org

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on NGO CSW-Vienna, visit ngocswvienna.org. For more information on NGO CSW-Geneva, visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on NGO CSW-NY, visit ngocsw.org.

Webinar: Violence Against Women in Time of COVID-19

Dear civil society representatives,

We are pleased to announce the latest in the webinar series Violence Against Women in Time of COVID-19 which will be held on Monday 29 June starting at 16:00 hours Central European Time (10:00 hours US EST).

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Vienna Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and KAICIID. The latest event follows an initial webinar and the latest event on Faith for Earth, and forms part in a series of talks on FBOs and crime-related issues.

Please email coalitionfbo@gmail.com in advance to receive a link to the event.

Moderator:

Michael Platzer, Co-Chair of the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations

Speakers:

Dubravka Šimonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
Sakena Yacoobi, Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning
Ngoji Eze, UPF Ambassador for Peace
Fatma Ismetova Usheva, Researcher, UNODC
Vesna Nikolić-Ristanović, Belgrade U; Director Victimology Society Serbia
Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Chair The Alliance of NGOs on CPCJ

We hope you may find this of interest and thank you for your attention.

Best regards,

Civil Society Team

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, Austria

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CoNGO NOTES: To learn more about the NGO Committee on Status of Women in Vienna, visit www.ngocswvienna.org.

Webinar: UN 2020: Enhancing Peace, Disarmament & the Role of Women

We cordially invite you to UN 2020: Enhancing peace, disarmament and the role of women, a webinar on June 24 which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter and 20 years of action on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, peace and security.

The webinar follows-up on Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development, an international appeal of 250 women legislators, religious leaders and civil society leaders from 50 countries. The appeal focuses on the increased importance of disarmament in a world impacted by COVID-19, and supports United Nations’ initiatives for peace and disarmament including the global ceasefire initiative and the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament.

Presenters for the June 24 webinar: Co-Chair, Ms Kehkashan Basu (World Future Council Youth Ambassador), H.E.  Izumi Nakamitsu (United Nations), H.E. Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond (United Nations), Hon Maria Espinosa (World Future Council, President 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly), Ms Gabriela Cuevas Barron MP (President, Inter-Parliamentary Union), Baroness Sue Miller (PNND Co-President), Dr Hedy Fry MP (OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Rep on Gender Issues), Ms Divina Maloum (Co-winner, 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize), Ms Elizabeth Warner (Ploughshares Fund and Women’s Initiative), Rep Carol Ammons (Member Illinois State Assembly and the Women Legislators’ Lobby), H.E. Ann-Sofie Nilsson (Sweden Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-proliferation) and Ms Holly Near (singer, song-writer).

 

The webinar will highlight the inspiring roles of women in peace and disarmament, and discuss concrete and effective ways to achieve UN objectives to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and to turn swords into ploughshares.

The event is co-chaired by Ms Kehkashan Basu (UAE/Canada), Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council and Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, and Mr Jonathan Granoff (USA), President of the Global Security Institute and UN Representative for the Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Summits.

It will include a special guest performance by Holly Near (USA), acclaimed singer, song-writer, actor and founder of Redwood Records.  

Event Details
Zoom webinar | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 11:00 – 13:30 EDT (17:00-19:30) CET)

Click here to register.

Click here for the event flyer and program.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting event.

Monthly Meeting: NGO Committee on the Status of Women – NY

Monthly Meeting: NGO Committee on the Status of Women – NY

June’s Monthly Meeting will focus on the intersection between health and finance in the gender impacts of COVID-19. The topic will be approached through a multilateral lens, with speakers from various sectors including civil society, government, and United Nations agencies.

Read the detailed concept note and program with the speakers bios.

TO PARTICIPATE, register here:
PROGRAM:
NGO CSW/NY Business Meeting
Updates from Houry Geudelekian, Chair of NGO CSW/NY and UN Representative, Unchained At Last
NGO CSWs in the Regions:
Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the World Health Organization Office at the United Nations
Nafissatou J. Diop, Ph.D., Chief, Gender and Human Rights Branch, UNFPA
Crystal Simeoni, Afrifem Economics Collective
Crystal J. Rogers, Community Organizer, New York State Nurses Association
Moderated by Rosa Lizarde, NGO CSW/NY Member-at-Large and Global Director, Feminist Task Force
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CoNGO NOTES: To learn more about the NGO Committee on Status of Women-New York, visit its website. To learn more about CoNGO’s committees on the status of women, and other substantive and regional committees, in Geneva and Vienna, and other regions, visit us here.
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