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Invitation: Commemorating the UN International Day of Peace – September 15, 2022

Please see the attached invitation Commemorating the UN International Day of Peace “No Peace Without Women”

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Food on All Tables: Promoting access to food for all and its impact on women’s health and rights

You’re invited to attend Food on All Tables: Promoting access to food for all and its impact on women’s health and rights

This event will discuss how climate change impacts the rights to food and health for women and girls, and how those impacts can be mitigated and addressed to ensure food on all tables.

Hunger and malnutrition are huge deterrents to fundamental physical and mental health which impact multiple generations. Consistently on the rise since 2015, today two billion people suffer from hunger or malnutrition. In many low-and middle-income countries, people who make their living in the food system; farmers, processors, cooks, and vendors, the majority of whom are women, struggle to address the rising challenges of food insecurity and hunger. Climate change has severely impacted agriculture and is largely responsible for this insufficiency.

Women are more vulnerable than men to food insecurity. In times of crisis, when food prices rise and food is scarce, women and girls consume less food and receive less nourishment in order to feed their families. Rural women face greater constraints than men in accessing land, technology, markets, infrastructure and services. Evidence shows that when rural women have the same access as men to productive resources, services and economic opportunities, there is a significant increase in agricultural output and immediate and long term social and economic gains.

This event is organized by the Climate Change and Health Task Force of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva (NGO CSW Geneva).

Date: 22 March 2022
Time: 10:00-11:30 EDT New York / 15:00-16:30 CET Geneva

Moderator: Sharon Eubank, President, Latter-day Saint Charities
Keynote speaker: Hans R Herren, Biovision Foundation, Millennium Institute; recipient of the World Food Prize and the Right Livelihood Award
Also, including:
Maria Neira, Director of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation
Rio Hada, Team leader on economic, social and cultural rights; focal point on the human rights of older persons, UN OHCHR
Runa Khan, Founder, Friendship SPO (Social Purpose Organisation), Bangladesh

Register here. 

Flyer:
CSW66 Food On All Table Event

 

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Statement from WFUWO: Ukraine – Legacy of Trauma, Generations of War, Future of Hope

Ukraine: Legacy of Trauma, Generations of War, Future of Hope
Statement of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations Regarding the Current Situation in Ukraine

With each hour, Vladimir Putin’s threat of Russian aggression against Ukraine intensifies. Whether he chooses a military invasion of Ukraine, a crippling cyber attack, an economic chokehold, or any combination of destructive actions, his intent to break Ukraine, the nation, and her people, is unequivocally clear. Along with the rest of the civilized world, the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations cannot presume to understand Russia’s unilateral obsession with destroying Ukraine. Along with the rest of the civilized world, we fully condemn Putin’s actions.

All of Putin’s “reasons” for wanting to break Ukraine are factually baseless, historically inaccurate, and immoral. Ukraine does not pose a threat to Russia unless Putin chooses to fabricate a threat, Ukraine is not Russian land just because Putin wants it to be, and ultimately, Putin rejects the century-long international effort to stop the strong from subjugating those less strong simply because they can and want to do so.

Ukrainians have no illusions. Russia started a war with Ukraine eight years ago and will escalate in some manner. War is not coming. War is already here. Ukrainians are preparing for more, but not panicking since panic leads to weakness and Putin would like nothing more.

For the past 100 years, war is a leading reason why “historically, Ukraine has one of the largest diasporas in the world” (United Nations International Organization for Migration Report, 2010). Ukraine’s diaspora maintains ties to its homeland for generations. At present, approximately 10 million self-identified Ukrainians live beyond the borders of Ukraine, almost 25% of Ukraine’s in-country population of 45 million. Vast stretches of World War I, the “Russian” Civil War, World War II, were fought by foreign armies on Ukrainian land. Moscow sent Ukraine’s soldiers to die in the various international wars instigated by the USSR. Even after the inevitable and fortunate end of that dictatorial empire, Moscow could not leave Ukraine alone. Since Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine, 14,000 have died and 1.5 million civilians have fled their homes.

More than language, more than religion, or place of birth, the one characteristic common to every Ukrainian woman, whether in the diaspora or in Ukraine, is that each is either a direct or intergenerational victim of war. Every woman has her personal war-story legacy – as a survivor, as the mother of a soldier, as the daughter or granddaughter of a war refugee, as a woman whose great grandmother lived through two world wars. The very real and very immediate consequences of war – physical destruction, loss of life, a humanitarian crisis, then the long-term burden of alleviating the intergenerational trauma of war – raising healthy children, keeping families together, healing emotional and physical damage – primarily has been the responsibility of women, a burden needlessly imposed by foreign aggression. Once again, this fate awaits tens of millions.

We commend and are grateful to the nations who support Ukraine, understand that Ukraine is the current fault line between the past and the future – a victory for the old world order of aggressive and authoritative powers, or a victory for the future of a rules-based international order with a goal of peace.

Regardless of Russia’s immediate actions, the unwinding of this war will take decades. In the end, Putin’s vision will fail. For every Ukrainian he kills today, there is a mother raising a child in a foreign land to understand that might does not make right and that the dignity of each individual and each nation lies in the ability to freely choose a destiny.

In the title of her iconic 1890 poem Contra Spem Spero! the poet Lesya Ukrainka offers the essence of a message that every Ukrainian understands – with no reason to hope, I still hope. In three words, she summarized Ukraine’s reality. With no objective reasons to hope, we still hope.

WFUWO Executive Board
February 12, 2022

Світова Федерація Українських Жіночих Організацій є міжнародною координаційною надбудовою українських жіночих організацій у світі, яка була заснована в 1948 р. СФУЖО має акредитацію в Департаменті глобальних комунікацій і консультативний статус в Економічній і со¬ціальній раді ООН та членство при ЮНІСЕФ. Мережа СФУЖО діє у 31 країнах світу.

The World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations is an international umbrella founded in 1948 in Philadelphia, USA. WFUWO is an NGO affiliated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (1990), accredited in consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (1993), and a member of the NGO Committee on UNICEF (1997). The WFUWO network currently represents and coordinates the work of women’s organizations in 31 countries of the Ukrainian diaspora.

Executive Office: 145 Evans Avenue, Suite 203, Toronto, Ontario M8Z 5X8 Canada
Facebook: WFUWO at the UN & Світова Федерація Українських Жіночих Організацій

E-mail: wfuwo.office@gmail.com

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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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LDS Charities: Fortifying Families Webinar Series – 29 September 2020 – 15 May 2021

International Organizations and the Family: An Overview

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represented by
Latter- day Saint Charities in New York and Geneva, and the European Union & International Affairs Office in Brussels, is pleased to invite you to join us for the “Fortifying Families” webinar series. As the name suggests, this series will focus on what individuals and governments can do to fortify families, as well as the societal benefits of fortified families.

The initial episode, “International Organizations and the Family: An Overview” will air live on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:30 AM ET (New York) / 3:30 PM CEST (Brussels). The episode will provide an introduction to the series, and thus focus broadly on family advocacy within international organizations, including positive steps that these bodies have taken to strengthen family policy, how fortified families can help those organizations achieve their long-term goals, and some of the issues and tensions that arise when advocating for the family.

This episode is organized in partnership with the Federation of
Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), and will run
approximately 30 minutes. We encourage active participation from the listeners. If you wish to do so, please use the “Questions & Comments” text box provided on the registration page, or during the webinar, to suggest questions for our guest speakers.

Speakers:
Vincenzo Bassi, President, Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE)

Renata Kaczmarska, Focal Point on the Family, Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs
(DESA)

Hosts:
Francesco Di Lillo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – European Union & International Affairs

Ryan Koch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – United Nations & International Affairs

Registration is required and free of charge. Feel free to forward this email to your colleagues or others who might be interested.

REGISTRATION

https://churchofjesuschrist.zoom.us/webinar/register/2115998650787/WN_lSk9OtvFRfuau-LhstBtAg

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BACKGROUND ON THE WEBINAR SERIES
The family is the fundamental unit of society and strong, stable and healthy families sustain strong, stable and healthy societies. This series will explore contemporary issues affecting today’s families, significant ways families provide solutions to social ills, and suggested policies to fortify families as the fundamental unit of society. It is anticipated that this series will run biweekly during
the academic year, with episodes starting on September 29, 2020 and culminating in a celebration of the International Day of Families on May 15, 2021.

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Women Federation for World Peace: International Day of Peace Webinar, 21-22 September 2020

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Widows’ Rights International : Child widows and young widows – 4 September 2020

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Call for applicants: Consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent

 

In accordance with resolution A/RES/73/262, adopted by the General Assembly, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organizing a one-day consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent to be held at the United Nations in Geneva on 29 March 2019.

OHCHR invites civil society representatives interested in participating in the consultation to submit their application for accreditation and assistance by 1 March 2019. For more information:

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Application form

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

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