– Money for the change must go‘ round. During #CSW52 (2008), in the light of
The shock of a deadly pandemic combined with the subsequent confinement period has made us concentrate on what is important, our values but also the
Economic independence is a secret wish of all women, especially since de last quarter of the 19th century. Housework was facilitated by water, gas and
NB. We also want to emphasise how empowerment, participation and leadership of women can protect against and prevent violence.
1. Director of KARAMA Ms Hibaaq Osman
2. President of International Alliance of Women Ms Joanna Manganara.
Speakers will include representatives from South Africa, Cameroon and India
*What’s the Problem?*
_Catcalls, sexist comments, public masturbation, groping, stalking, and
assault. Gender-based street harassment
makes public places uncomfortable and frightening for many girls, women,
and LGBQT people. It limits their access to public spaces.
*_What is It?
_*Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week is an
opportunity to collectively raise awareness that street harassment
happens and that it is unacceptable. Hundreds of groups and thousands of
people in multiple countries participate every year.
The campaign is sponsored by IAW
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva, and its partner organizations, will host an NGO Forum as part of the UNECE ( United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Regional Review of Beijing+20 (Geneva, 6-7 Nov. 2014).This NGO Forum will examine the 12 critical areas of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action, to review progress made, remaining gaps and existing challenges. The Forum will also identify emerging women’s issues brought on by a changing world and seek government accountability for their commitments made to women’s rights, equality and empowerment initiatives. The outcome of the NGO Forum will feed into the ECE Regional Review Process and contribute to the Global Beijing+20 Report, as well as, the post-MDG agenda.
Hosted by UN Women as part of The Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign, in commemoration of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (25 November).
This year’s activities are focused on generating action and awareness at a general level.
The schedule of commemorative day events is as follows:
24 November: Both the Empire State Building and the UN building will be lit up in orange to draw attention to the issue.
25 November: A commemorative event will be hosted from 10am – 12pm in the ECOSOC chamber. The event will feature live performances that highlight the importance of taking the “UN to the streets,” as well as a celebration of the work that has already been accomplished.
25 November: Panel Discussion, “Violence against Women: Best Laws and Policies – Learning from the winners of the 2014 Future Policy Award” from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium.
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, tentatively scheduled for 9-20 March 2015.
Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action
Lessons Learnt from Women Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide
Senior Researcher Torild Skard, , IAW, Norway, presents her new book
“Women of power – half a century of female presidents and prime ministers worldwide” (Bristol: Policy Press).
Skard analyses the careers of 73 women in 53 countries to find out how women managed to go to the top, and if their role as top leaders made a difference to women?
The findings of the book and policies to increase the number of women in the top leadership worldwide will be discussed by
Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Administrator of the UN Development Programme, UNDP, (tbc)
Mona Lena Krook, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey, US,
Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica (tbc)
Moderator: Joanna Manganara, President, International Alliance of Women (IAW)
DEEDS – NO WORDS
IMPLEMENTING CEDAW & UN SC RESOLUTION 1325
WOMEN – PEACE – SECURITY
Prof. Marilou McPhedran, Director Institute for Internat. Women’s Rights,Winnipeg
Legal Framework CEDAW & UN SC Res.1325
Mavic Cabrera Balleza, Philippines, Global Coordinator of Global Network of Women Peacebuilders:
Sexual and Gender-based Violence as a weapon of war
Hibaaq Osman, Cairo, CEO El-Karama
Women as agents in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace building and reconstruction of societies
Eva Nagy, Norway, International Institute for Peace Education (tbc)
Educating for conflict prevention and resolution
Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General Council of Europe (tbc)
Council of Europe / EU South Programme
Moderator. Rosy Weiss, Honorable President of IAW
Co-chairs: Joanna Manganara, President IAW
Hibaaq Osman, Founder and CEO El-Karama
El– Karama, Cairo
Why the future of economics and economic development must be feminist.
This side-event will gather a panel of feminist economists to reflect on how can insights from feminist economics inform policies and contribute to the realization of women’s social and economic rights?
The distribution of resources remains gendered and processes of change, including economic crises, neoliberal reforms, welfare state retrenchment and globalization, have huge gendered impacts.
Today feminist economics has become an academic field of its own, which is an important source of theory, methods, tools and empirical evidence, necessary for policies and models to assure ending the economic discrimination against women.
Edith Kuiper, Economics Department & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
State University of New York at New Paltz:
Women and Gender are Core to the Field
Marilyn Power, Sarah Lawrence University
Social provisioning as a starting point for feminist economics
Jennifer Olmsted, Dept of Economics and Director of Middle East studies, Drew University, Madison, NJ, USA.
Challenging the Humanitarian/Development Divide Through a Feminist Economics Lens
Tulay Atay Avsar-Ana, Anadolu University, Turkey
-Title: To be confirmed
Margunn Bjørnholt, Policy and Social Research AS:
New advances, new policies: theory, activism and policynaking
Much to the regret of the Union of Kuwaiti Women and IAW as a whole the International Meeting cannot be held in Kuwait. The situation in the region is too unstable.
Instead the meeting will be held in Paris
The International Meeting is the meeting where Presidents of the member organizations of IAW meet with members of the Board to exchange views, plan policies and make decisions for Congress in 2016.
This International Meeting will also include a seminar
All members of IAW are welcome to attend the meeting. We look forward to getting the advice and input from any member who wishes to contribute.
NGO CSW60 Forum – Key Dates
The NGO CSW60 FORUM will take place in New York simultaneously with the 60thSession of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW60) from 14 to 24 MARCH 2016. The Priority theme for CSW60 is: “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.” For more information on the NGO CSW60 Forum check the NGO CSW/NY website (NGOCSW.ORG) regularly and for information regarding the Commission:
ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND THE NGO CSW60 FORUM (INCLUDING PARALLEL EVENTS, REGIONAL CAUCUSES, MORNING BRIEFINGS) IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER.
Programme and agenda
Action programme documents:
– See more: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017
IAW CONGRESS HOSTED BY CYPRUS
The Pancyprian Movement Equal Rights-Equal Responsibilities has generously invited IAW to hold its 37th Congress in Nicosia, Cyprus October 20 – 28, 2017.
The venue is:
Semeli Hotel, Petraki Giallourou Str 10, Nicosia, 1077 Cyprus
Email: [email protected] – Tel +357 22 452121 Fax +357 22 670200
International Airport, Larnaca, Cyprus
Bus from Larnaca Airport to hotel ( app. 8 Euros) or taxi (app. 55 Euros)
Arrival: October 20 – departure October 28
Check for visa.
Cyprus is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean. The weather in October is pleasantly warm.
Below are the papers concerning the meeting. All documents have been circulated.
A: General Information:
1. Congres-Programme – List of participants has been sent out
B. Pre-Congress Board Meeting
C Post-Congress Board Meeting
In collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT), International Alliance of Women (IAW), and Global Health 50/50 (based at UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health)
The purpose of this side event is to highlight evidence-informed policies and strategies – in line with the mandates of the WHO FCTC– that will accelerate progress on gender-responsible tobacco control policies. Examples will be used to illustrate concrete actions that policy-makers, NGOs, women and youth groups, health professionals and other stakeholders can take.
Updated September 2018
-An official Parallel Program of the 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW64) (Beijing+25)
Primary Sponsor: International Bar Association (Women Lawyers Interest Group)
Co-Sponsors: American Bar Association SIL (Government and Public Interest Committee); International Alliance of Women; Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum; African Women Lawyers Association INT’L; TRLPLAW.
Characterized by free market trade, individualization and a paradigm-shift from state welfare,
Neoliberalism progressively/unabatedly permeates policies of world governments, international agencies and even, technical agencies of the United Nations.
This unconscionable pursuit of profit inexorably exacerbates a global crisis involving inter-alia, worldwide ecological devastation; poverty/underdevelopment; violence; worsening patriarchal despotism; decreased civil societal influence; increased inequalities and heightened systematic onslaught on women’s rights ubiquitously.
Remedially, this program will re-evaluate prevalent neoliberalist defies to the Beijing Declaration vis-a-vis applicable regulatory instruments within international human rights law, whilst establishing much-needed advocacy partnerships for a new world order, towards our rocky journey to 2030.
The Program Format
This event is to be presented in compliance with specific procedures of the NGO CSW/NY (a group of New York–based women NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council) which is responsible for the organization of parallel events at UN CSW Sessions.
The planned format will (as is the norm) comprise an erudite, renowned panel of discussants who will be both gender and geographically diversified -and specially selected by each of the collaborating entities represented for inputs. The schedule will be as planned and presented by the Program Chairs (also from each collaborating entity) who will double up as moderators and who will direct the session. The audience/attendants will also comprise globally-renowned stakeholders with invaluable insights on the topic, subject-matter of discourse who will be specially-invited for their knowledgeable/experienced inputs and vivid participation.
Possible Panelists/Specially Invited Stakeholders
Program Chair(s)/Facilitators/Interim Speakers
Olufunmi Oluyede, IBA/ABA/AWLA/TRLPLAW
Charandeep Kaur, IBA Women Lawyers Interest Group
Oluyemisi Bamgbose, Chair, Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum
Meg Strickler, Co-Chair, ABA Government & Public Interest Committee
Luz Nagle, Chair, IBA CL Crimes Against Women Committee
Mandy Asagba, President, African Women Lawyers Association INT’L
Call for Congress
May 8 2020
Dear IAW members,
A pandemic has locked down the world, and it is very uncertain when it will again be safe and financially feasible to travel across borders and to meet in large groups. The world has changed, and IAW must change with the times. The lockdown must not prevent us from continuing our work for women’s rights.
38th IAW Congress 2020
When the pandemic hit the world, preparations for Congress had already started, and the dates had been set for Congress in November, in Rabat, Morocco hosted by Samira Yassni, president of L’Observatoire Marocain des Droits de Femmes (OMDF). WE owe Samira Yassni many thanks for the work already done. Hopefully we shall be able to go to Rabat in 2021 or 2022.
Virtual Congress 2020
All around us, governments, NGOs, the UN and other international bodies, small and big organisations, have responded to the pandemic by having virtual meetings. If all these organisations can work that way, so can IAW.
So, after serious and thorough deliberations in the Extended Board and with experts outside IAW, it has now been decided to have a virtual IAW congress. We will meet virtually by means of modern technology.
This will be new to many of us, but we will make sure that everybody who wants to participate in Congress will be given the training needed.
An opportunity for IAW
Meeting in space will be an opportunity for IAW. Many more members will be able to participate. There will be no travel and hotel expenses and no visa difficulties. Of course, we shall miss seeing each other and visiting – in this case- beautiful Rabat, but instead we shall hopefully see many more faces and thus make new friends.
A taskforce has been established consisting of President Joanna Manganara, Secretary General Olufunmi Oluyede, Soon-Young Yoon, Alison Brown, Lene Pind, Lyda Verstegen, Marion Böker and Ursula Nakamura. The taskforce will look into all aspects of having virtual meetings: the kind of software/ platform we need, rules of participating, virtual voting, moderating, how to train participants etc.
Call for Congress
On behalf of the IAW Board I hereby call for the 38th Congress to take place within the time period between 24–28 November with Pre-Congress and Post-Congress Board Meetings to be called separately. It is uncertain at this time when exactly within those 4 days the business sessions of Congress will take place, but a precise schedule will of course be sent out later.
Congress papers will be sent in due course, including candidate’s lists, nomination forms, agenda, information about the eligibility of board members, registration form etc.
I look forward to a new and inspiring Congress
Papers pertaining to the preparation of Congress will be made available in Members Area. The password has been circulated to all members. If you have forgotten it, contact Lene Pind at [email protected]