|Patricia Curzi, ILGA|
|Patricia Curzi, ILGA|
The 56th UN Commission on the Status of Women will take place in New York from February 27 till March 9. 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.
Below you can see panels organised by ILGA and by allies:
We are everywhere! Empowerment of lesbian and bisexual women and trans people - in rural areas and beyond
ILGA and RFSL
Monday 27 February form 4.30 till 6.00 pm, CCUN building, 1st Floor, Church Center Chapel
Rural lesbians, bisexual women and trans persons are being discriminated both on account of their gender and their sexual orientation and are suffering the disadvantages of living in rural areas, where access to information is hard. Since women’s access to resources may be dependent on marriage, they may be forced to get married to survive. As rural women’s access to decent work is already limited, mostly unpaid, low-wage, informal and without job security, women who in addition do not conform to gender stereotypes or sexual norms encounter even bigger obstacles to find a decent job. So far no extensive research on rural lesbian, bisexual women and trans people has been made which makes these groups essentially invisible.
Read more: ilga.org/ilga/en/article/nptdkIc1Cg
End violence and discrimination on sexual orientation and gender identity: activism and challenges
Tuesday 28 February from 12.30 till 2.00 pm, CCUN building, 10th Floor
Around the world, people are targeted for violence and discrimination because of their actual or assumed sexual orientation and gender identity. Whether in the global North or South, lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face violations including the death penalty, torture, and discrimination in employment, health, and education. Women’s sexual autonomy is restricted through law, policy, and through day to day impositions from police, religious officials, family members, teachers, medical professionals and other authorities. Lesbians and transgender people are at particular risk because of “double discrimination” related to gender and sexuality – this “intersectionality” leads to further violations, many of which are often not reported to police or other authorities for fear of reprisals or harassment. And LGBT defenders and organizations are often under scrutiny and threat from government officials who want to restrict their activities.
This workshop will address violations and how activists from many regions have chosen to respond, resist, to claim human rights for everyone, and to live with security and dignity. From media campaigns to work with policy makers, activists from all regions are demanding to live lives free of violence and fear.
Follow that money!
Education International, Global Unions and Swedish Women’s Lobby
Thursday 1 March from 8.30 till 10.00, Salvation Army, Main Auditorium
Women’s rights and gender equality are often neglected in times of economic crisis. The financial crisis has a gendered dimension as it is triggered by a risk-taking masculine culture while the consequences are largely borne by women. How can
we ensure that women’s rights and gender equality stay on the political agenda? This seminar gives a feminist analysis of the economic crisis and will discuss how to ensure that gender mainstreaming and budgeting, women’s activism, quality
education for girls and decent work for women are guaranteed within economic structures.
Youth approaches to funding gender equality and women's human rights
Monday,5 March 12:30 pm to 2:00pm on Chapel, 1st Floor room at the CCUN
FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund, SPARK, Third Wave Foundation.
Panelists from the Third Wave Foundation, SPARK and the newly launched Young Feminist Fund - FRIDA, will discuss new strategies for funding women's rights and the importance of supporting young activists working across a diverse range of women's human rights issues globally.
Read more ilga.org/ilga/en/article/nplgTKn1pZ
You can check below the NGO Iinformation, including NGO side events :