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CSW66: Overview Events/Statements/Presence 2021-2022

The NGO CSW Geneva is proud to announce that more than 110 parallel events were organized (and co- organized) by its member organizations and many individual members were active as speakers in different panels. In addition, members of NGO CSW Geneva were very active in writing (and co-signing) various statements during the CSW66.

Events of members of CSW66

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Overview of Parallel Events CSW66 organized by members of NGO CSW Geneva

For the first time, the UN CSW66 addressed “gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction. The NGO CSW Forum hosted over 750 parallel events with more than 25,000 participants.

Overview Parallel Events CSW66 organized by members of NGO CSW Geneva.

 

 

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Watch CSW66’s Parallel Event: The Human Right to a Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment: Building Global Solidarity and Partnership

At CSW66, NGO CSW Geneva ran a parallel event titled, “The Human Right to a Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment: Building Global Solidarity and Partnership.” If you missed it, it’s not too late to watch the speakers at the event. It was recorded and uploaded on YouTube here.

 

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NGO CSW Advocacy & Research Group’s CSW66 Zero Draft Recommendations for CSW66

After months of collaborative research and outreach by members of the global and regional NGO Committees on the Status of Women: New York, Geneva, Vienna, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, and MENA, we have identified critical concerns for “the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.

The following letter with 6 Key Recommendations on behalf of women and girls in all their diversity were sent to the UN Secretary General, UN Women, the CSW Bureau, and other receptive member states for inclusion in the CSW66 Zero Draft.

CSW66 Recommendations for the Zero Draft NGO CSW Advocacy Research Group 3 December 2021

We respectfully submit the following Recommendations on behalf of girls and women in all their diversity for inclusion in the CSW66 Zero Draft. After months of collaborative research and outreach by members of the global and regional NGO Committees on the Status of Women: New York, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Geneva, Latin America and Caribbean, MENA and Vienna, we have identified these as critical concerns for “the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.”

1. Investment in gender-responsive policies and programs that prioritize girls and women of all ages (including underrepresented, rural, Indigenous and people with disabilities) in decision-making, implementation and monitoring of mitigation and adaptation strategies at the local, community and national level.

2. Prioritization of knowledge management and strategies for disaster reduction and resilience that focus on the care, protection and support of girls and women who are dependent on natural resources for their well-being and livelihoods.

3. Collection of comprehensive data on displaced girls and women, disaggregated by birth and marriage documentation, to form evidence-based policies on climate-induced migration, as outlined in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly Migration.

4. Training for women in climate-resilient jobs, including food and water security, to transition to a carbon-free environment and education in schools on climate crisis mitigation and adaptation for a sustainable future.

5. Financial support for mitigation and adaptation to climate change for women in the Global South through dedicated funds, debt cancellation, grants instead of loans and 1 reparations from the Global North that privilege local ecosystems, Indigenous knowledge and youth leadership.

6. The elimination of legal barriers to women, including widows, concerning land ownership, resources and inheritance, to reduce the economic impacts of climate change on girls and women who suffer most from food and water insecurity.

We hope that identifying these representative global issues will assist you as you prepare for the CSW66 negotiations on the Zero Draft, which will be addressing the most significant challenges of our time.

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Join the Global Youth Conference on the Commission of the Status of the Women organized by the NGO CSW Geneva

You are invited to join us for the Global Youth Conference on the Commission on the Status of Women by NGO CSW Geneva.

Theme of the Conference: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental, and disaster risk reduction policies and programs.

What is this conference about?

This conference shall simulate the UNCSW with youth representatives from all around the world while engaging in an intergenerational conversation.

If you would like to participate as a delegation at the conference representing your organisation or institution, please write to Srruthi, with a list of your delegation participants after registering everybody through the below registration link.

Age: 16 – 30 years old
Venue : Online
Dates : 15th – 16th of January 2022

The conference includes workshops, training and interactive sessions with experts from UN and other International Organisations.

Registrations open : CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

To see our flyer, click here.

For any further information and queries please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Srruthi Lekha at s.lekha@wfwp.org

 

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Written Statement by WFWPI on CSW 66

Please read our latest statement presented by the Women’s Federation for World Peace International (WFWPI) on behalf of its members in 97 countries, addressing the priority theme of the 66th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, “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.”

 

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Making social protection work for and with mothers

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Written Statement
63rd Session of UN Commission on the Status of Women – #CSW63
Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure
for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls

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Making social protection work for and with mothers

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hen paid work and unpaid care work is combined, women work more than men1. Yet, women make up the majority of the world’s poor – and most of them are mothers. Persistent gender inequality, which is rooted in gender norms, the division of assets, work and responsibilities, and the systematic devaluation of “women’s work”, adds to their vulnerability and perpetuates the feminization of poverty.

Social protection, whose main objectives are to reduce and prevent poverty, and to level off inequalities, is essential for women empowerment. In its most basic form, social protection includes the provision of essential health care, as well as income security along the life course – two pillars which are especially relevant to women in their role as mothers.

Universal health coverage and maternity protection is the cornerstone of a social protection system that works for women

Health is the cornerstone of human development, and a fundamental right. However, for half of the world’s population, this basic need is far from satisfied2, whether in developing countries, for lack of infrastructures, or in developed countries, for lack of access. Healthcare is especially crucial for women during pregnancy and around childbirth, both for the mother and the child. Universal health coverage must be achieved as a basic element of social protection.

Too many mothers still die today in relation to pregnancy. According to the World Health Organization, the global figure in 2015 was 216 deaths per 100,000 live births – with large disparities between regions. With the Sustainable Development Goals and target 3.1 UN Member States have committed to divide this figure by three by 2030.

The example of the United States, where this mortality rate is increasing, shows the importance of social protection measures that have proven successful in many countries:

– Access to high quality healthcare, including mental health, with antenatal visits for information and identification of high risk, as well as
– Maternity protection, including maternity leave and income security. Access to healthcare, especially in the first months of life is also essential to maximize the chances of survival and harmonious development of children. Social protection should go beyond essential healthcare in supporting parents, especially mothers in vulnerable situations, and ensuring that every child receives the nurturing care that will support their development to their full potential and make a difference for their future. Healthcare infrastructure (including health centers and qualified health professional), which offers high quality maternal and child health services that are accessible for all, must be considered as one of the best investment a country can make, for both women empowerment and child development.

Beyond cash transfers: addressing the unequal distribution of unpaid family care work to empower women and lift them out of poverty

Cash transfer is a proven social protection policy instrument to ensure income security along the life course. It is especially powerful when the beneficiaries are mothers: there is evidence from many studies that mothers typically spend their income on food, healthcare and the education for children, whereas men tend to spend a higher proportion of their income for personal needs.

However, reducing inequalities and poverty also requires addressing the root causes of women’s particular vulnerabilities, beginning with their disproportionate share of unpaid family care work.

According to the International Labour Organisation, globally women perform 76.2 per cent of unpaid care work – that is the essential work and responsibility of maintaining the household and feeding and caring for family members. In poor rural households, women’s work is also dominated by time intensive activities such as water and firewood collection, as well as care of livestock and subsistence agriculture. All too often, women compensate through drudgery work the lack of basic infrastructure, water and energy in particular. This large share of unpaid family care work results in women’s “time poverty” and greatly limits their ability to perform other income-generating
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Advocacy work Committee Communications Committee Information CSW Economic Empowerment & Employment Events Panel Event Rights, Peace & Justice Violence against Women and Girls

Widows’ Rights International: Importance of the Media Especially to Rural Widows: to Ensure Last Woman First – March 2018

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Widows’ Rights International: Economic Empowerment for Widows and Female Headed Households: Lessons Learnt from the MDGs

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Widows’ Rights International : Past, Present and Future: widowhood: What we have learnt and what is left to do – March 2015

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