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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.

[Webinar] So, you’re curious about the G20?

Sign up here: Invite 2 PDF

Dear friends,

I am pleased to invite you to join me and a few other familiar faces at a Civil 20 Engagement group event: So, you’re curious about the G20? This event will be taking place Friday 24 July at 9:30 EDT via zoom (a link will be sent out to those who RSVP here).

The G20 is increasingly turned to for leadership on global economic concerns, yet the participation of civil society remains opaque to many. There are a number of engagement groups which allow for the participation of various constituencies, one of them being the C20 (Civil Society).

This particular event will be an opportunity to learn about engaging with the C20 and will include some of its history, its major accomplishments, and its objectives this year and into the future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warmly,
Dan
Representative to the United Nations
Baha’i International Community
866 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Cell: (860) 670-4093
Office: (212) 803-2500

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Civil Society Communications Workshop

[Monthly Meeting] NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

July members meeting via Zoom

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST/New York

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2028703180pwd=RWY2dm5QYVRGNEpwM3dmS3FVQVZVdz09

Meeting ID: 202 870 3180

Password: NGOCRIP

AGENDA

1. Moment of Silence in Honor of the Land we are on and the Native Peoples of this land.

2. Welcome

3. Introductions and Updates

4. Review of Agenda

5. Meeting minutes of June 18, 2020

6. Report of the Executive Committee

7. Speakers: Mira Kleist and Udy Bell from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will provide insights and updates on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (Aug. 9, 2020)

8. Other Items and Announcements

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP.

[Webinar] Youth Demands For a Better Future

Live webinar: Youth demands for a better future – reforms needed for a post-pandemic future

On Thursday 16 July 2020, the Extremely Together leaders and the Kofi Annan Foundation are hosting the Last in a series of #ETDiscussions on youth, peace and preventing violent extremism, the Extremely Together leaders and Kofi Annan Foundation are hosting a webinar on youth’s demands to leaders of this world for a better normal.

As youth, what commitments do we need from our leaders and other stakeholders? What questions do we have that need to be answered for the future? How do we hold leaders and other stakeholders accountable?

Register here now: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/xvewtffx

Speaker:
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake,
United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Hosts:
Fatima Zaman & Zaid al-Rayes of Extremely Together

 

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO is in the process of constituting an NGO Committee of Younger Generation, with working groups in New York, Geneva and Vienna. For more information about this initiative, please contact the CoNGO President at president@ngocongo.org. For the Vienna youth group. please contact Leonie Baranes at leoniebaranes@hotmail.com.

[HLPF Side Event] Launch of the Online Technology Platform – 2030 Connect

Rebuilding Better with STI During COVID-19: Leveraging the Technology Facilitation Mechanism

Register here by July 12, 2020

The event is organized by UNDESA, UNCTAD and OICT, with support of other members of the UN Inter-agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs, and other network members. The event will bring representatives of governments, the UN, development partner organizations and other STI stakeholders.

The meeting would also invite high-level representatives of partner institutions that agree to exchange their respective technology databases. It will launch the Online Technology Platform – 2030 Connect in the context of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and COVID-19.  It will be a new starting point for feedback and support, discussing key challenges and opportunities towards the full operationalization of the Platform in the next phase. 

For further details and registration about the event, visit sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php

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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 Sustainable Development-NY, visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Development-Geneva, contact Jan Lonn, co-chair, at info@ismun.net or jan.lonn@abc.se.

[Virtual Side Event] Cities as bridges between SDGs and citizens in a post-COVID world

Cities as bridges between the SDGs and citizens in a post-COVID-19 world: elements for socio-economic recovery

A virtual HLPF side event organized by: UN SDG Action Campaign + United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) + UN-Habitat + United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) + Italian Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AICCRE)
Local and regional governments are key for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The SDGs have become a tool for many cities to rebuild trust and communicate with their citizens. Within the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, local action is going to be key to “turn around” economic and social behavior to create opportunities for socio-economic recovery under a new light for the 2030 Agenda. 
Join a discussion on local action, which is key to turning economic and social behavior around to create opportunities for socio-economic recovery under a new light for the 2030 Agenda. The event will also bring the recommendations of the Venice City Solutions 2030 organized in October 2019 focusing on the role of the SDGs to create citizenship.Speakers
  • H.E. Ambassador Stefano Stefanile, Chargé d´affaires, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations
  • Stefano Bonaccini, President of the European Council of Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), President of AICCRE and President of the Emilia Romagna Region (Italy)
  • Edward Miño, Executive Director of CONGOPE, Consortium of Autonomous governments of Ecuador
  • Pier Paolo Baretta, Deputy Minister, Ministry for Economy and Finance, Republic of Italy
  • Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
  • Marina Ponti, Global Director, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Carla Rey, Secretary General, Italian Association for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AICCRE)
  • Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG

[Webinar] Strengthening Southeast Asia’s democratic health after COVID-19

Live webinar: Strengthening Southeast Asia’s democratic health after COVID-19

Organized by the Kofi Annan Foundation

According to the V-Dem Institute of Gothenburg University, some governments in Southeast Asia have experienced different levels and forms of democratic backsliding under the cover of pandemic-related emergency measures. Our panelists will present the regional situation and explore ways of restoring, and even invigorating, democracy in Southeast Asia as it emerges from the pandemic.

ModeratorVeronica Pedrosa, journalist from the Philippines

PanelPresident Ramos Horta, former President, PM, Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; member of the Kofi Annan Electoral Integrity Initiative Senior Panel
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, former UN USG; former Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP; member of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age (KACEDDA)
Dr Thant Myint-U, Historian; former UN official; Chairman of U Thant House

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on CoNGO’s Regional Committee in Asia-Pacific, please visit facebook.com/ngocongoRCAP.

[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.

[Virtual HLPF Side Event] Overcoming systemic challenges to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare

Overcoming systemic vulnerabilities and financing challenges for a fairer and sustainable future- intentional collaborative actions to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare in the context of COVID-19

A virtual conversation organized by the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY

Panel discussion: 8:00 – 9:00 am New York Time
Breakout session: 9:00 – 9:30 am

Register by July 12: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuf-ihrjkvHdblKZvD5FxOqkbpFnnjd1U_

According to recent figures from the World Food Program (WFP), lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under severe threat as a result of corona virus pandemic. This is nearly double the 135 million people in 55 countries that the Global Report on Food Crises 2020 has estimated as facing acute hunger as a result of conflict, the impact of climate change and economic crisis prior to the onset of COVID-19. ILO estimates that as many as 25 million people could become unemployed, with a loss of workers’ income of as much as USD 3.4 trillion due to COVID19 globally. The evidence from the drastic effects of the pandemic clearly speaks to a broken system , social safety nets, health care, and social protection systems, that are either severely lacking or completely missing and that will continue to amplify poverty and income, wealth, health, gender, trade, debt and market inequalities in many of the developing and least developed countries.

As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared, “The best defense against disease outbreaks and other health threats is preparedness, which includes investing in building strong health systems and primary health care. […] If we don’t invest in both, we will face not just health consequences but the social, economic, and political fallout that we’re already experiencing in this pandemic.” Now is the time to reevaluate, invest where it is needed the most, and fix these broken systems, because if we do not nobody else will.

The panel will explore financing challenges in the aftermath of COVID -19 and strategize on how best to build effective collaboration and partnerships between, pubic private and civil society organizations to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare. Panelists will share specific challenges faced by migrants, women, workers in the informal and agricultural sectors, and micro small and medium enterprises as they strive to revive their livelihood and economy. We will hear voices from the communities most impacted by the lock downs and fall-out from COVID-19. Panelists will also share positive impacts of measures they have taken to address the challenges and propose further action to reevaluate, reinvest and rebuild.

Moderator:

Anita Thomas, Chair, NGO Committee on Financing for Development

Speakers:
Harsh Mander, Director, Center for Equity Studies, India
Ziada Nabembezi Zalwango, Co-Founder and Programs Director at ZACHEDO, Uganda
UN Member State Representative (TBC)
Representative from ILO (TBC)
Representatives from Sub-national Government / Planning Forum, Kerala, India (TBC)

Cosponsoring organizations:

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (DBA Women First International Fund), Salesian Missions Inc., New Humanity Focolare Movement, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Financing for Development is a substantive committee of the Conference of
NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. To learn more about the work of the Committee, visit ngosonffd.org.

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