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LGBTI activists at the 57th session of CSW to promote awareness about violence against L(G)BT people

in WORLD, 25/02/2013

The 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women will take place in New York from 4 till 15 March 2013. In parallel with the UN sessions, civil society groups and NGOs have the opportunity to organise parallel events.

The UN Commission on the Status of Women was established in 21 June 1946 and is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
This year’s priority theme is: "Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls":

Below you can see panels organised by ILGA and by allies:

Monday 4 March

6.15 - 7.45 pm
Strategies of resisting violence against women
Some lesbian, bisexual, trans women’s groups have been resisting violence specifically targeting them as a vulnerable group. Representatives coming from various parts of the world will share their experience and discuss strategies of resisting the various forms of violence. People from the audience will be given the opportunity to share their experience.
Read more : ilga.org/ilga/en/article/nXwK5E816r
Armenian Convention Center
630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Tuesday 5 March

2:30 pm
Documenting Violence Against Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) People in Asia
Sponsored by: IGLHRC, Rainbow Rights Project, Women’s Support Group, GayJapanNews, Kryss
The Asia Program of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and its research partners in Asia have organized an NGO/CSW Forum Event to discuss challenges, strategies, and interesting takeaways from a three-year human rights documentation project. Panelists present preliminary findings on violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender (LBT) people in Asia.
Armenian Convention Center, Guild Hall
630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016
RSVP: rsvp@iglhrc.org

4:30-6:00 pm
Interrupting the Continuum of Gender & Sexual Based Violence in the Pacific
Co-Convened by DAWN with Fiji Women’s Rights Movement
Guild Hall, Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue
Panelists: Virisila Buadromo (Fiji) {CHAIR}; Leentje Besoer (Papua New Guinea); Noelene Nabulivou (Fiji); Lucille Sain (Chuuk, FSM); Dorosday Kenneth Watson (Vanuatu)

6.15 - 7.45 pm
The European Parliament's role in the struggle against violence against women
Initiatives and debate with civil society activists and UN officials the way forward to eliminate this scourge of humankind - and the suffering of women and girls.
Armenian Convention Center
630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016


Wednesday 6 March

Transgender Communities Ending Violence and Building Safety
This panel will bring together activists from the Global South and North to lead a dialogue on local, regional and global efforts to end violence against trans communities, particularly those most vulnerable such as transgender women and people engaged in or perceived to be engaged in sex work.
Drew Room, Ground Floor at the Church Center for the UN
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Thursday 7 March

8:30 am
Gender-based violence and religion: and intersectional perspective

Fellowship of Reconciliation, IGLHRC, CONNECT NYC.
Religious sexual fundamentalisms are the increasing source of extreme violences against women, girls, and LGBT people across the globe. Sexual fundamentalists seek to control reproductive rights, contraception, comprehensive sexual
education and the LGBT right to exist, as they enforce marriage and oppressive traditions.
United Nations Church Center, Hardin Room, 11th Floor
777 United Nations Plaza

10:30-12:00 am
Dialogue between Movements: Women’s Rights and LGBT Activists Share Anti-Violence Strategies
Sponsored by: MADRE, IGLHRC
Join us as we bring together women's rights and LGBT activists, from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, to exchange stories, ideas and strategies confronting violence in their communities. Our movements are stronger when we share our knowledge and the solutions that emerge from our experience.
Armenian Convention Center, Guild Hall
630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016
RSVP: madrespeaks@madre.org

10:30-12:30 am
Violence, Ecologies, Livelihoods - Feminists Confronting Unsustainable Development
Co-convened with Women’s Major Group and DAWN
1st Floor Church Center, 777 UN Plaza
Panelists: Sascha Gabizon (Netherlands), Chair; Isis Alvarez (Colombia); Tsuge Azumi (Japan); Elina Doszhanova (Khazakstan); Norma Maldonado (Guatemala); Noelene Nabulivou (Fiji); Caroline Usikpedo (Nigeria)

12:30-2:00 pm
Feminist Activism against Gender-Based Violence in China
Co-Convened with Oxfam and DAWN
Panelists: Cai Yiping (China), Chair; Feng Yuan; Wang Guohong; Lu Pin; Li Huiying; Zhao Hongju;
Guild Hall
Armenian Convention Center
630 2nd Avenue

3:00-6:00 pm
Expert Panel: Key gender equality Issues to be Reflected in the Post-2015 Development Framework
Convened by UN Women and DAWN
Conference Room 2, UN North Lawn Building
Panelists: Irina Velichko (Belarus), Chair; Caren Grown (USAID); John Hendra (UNW); Amina Mohammed (HLP Post-2015); Anita Nayar (India/USA)

CSW Meet and Greet
6 - 9pm

Please join Astraea Lesbian Foundation for justice for an informal meet and greet bringing together all of our international and New York based grantee partners, foundation allies and friends who will be in New York for the CSW.
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003


Friday 8 March

8.30 - 10.00 am
Violence and precarity: Workplace Challenges and Responses
Interactive panel (Education International)
- Identify the issues around precarious jobs and vulnerability to violence;
- Discuss strategies for addressing gender violence in the workplace (including advocacy, research and policy measures);
- What have women workers done, how are women workers building alliances that help to make safe workplaces, in educational institutions, in health services, in homes, in our neighbourhoods?
Church Center 11th. Floor
777 UN Plaza

6:30-7:45 pm
Countering Conservative Economic & Religious Forces at the UN
Co-Convened by DAWN with Global Fund for Women
Panelists: Ros Petchesky (USA), Chair; 
Eugenia Lopez (Mexico); Bhumika Muchhala (Indonesia/USA); Noelene Nabulivou (Fiji); Gita Sen (India)
1st Floor Church Center
777 UN Plaza


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