We deplore that 20 years after the 1995 Beijing Conference , in most countries including the Philippines, gender inequality remains pervasive economically, politically and socially, . Women continue to suffer from authoritarian and military regimes, increased militarisation, violence and armed conflicts, unlawful foreign interference, lack of fundamental freedoms and human rights violations, corruption and poor governance, development injustice, and discrimination
AIWC President Mrs. Veena Kohli: In India poverty is multi-dimensional social problem. Causes of poverty are many like -unemployment and underemployment, lack of property rights, dependence on agriculture, high population growth rate, caste system, corruption and above all holding of financial resources in the hands of males.
Side event organized and sponsored by by International Alliance of Women (IAW), during the Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, March 13, 2015. The side-event gathered a panel of feminist economists to reflect on how insights from feminist economics can inform policies and contribute to the realization of women’s social and economic rights.
Negotiatiions the Political Declaration on the anniversary of Beijing+20 that will be adopted on the first day of the CSW are not going well. Women’s organizations, feminist organizations and organizations that work to achieve the full realization of women’s human rights are laying out a minimum of demands necessary to achieve the goals of fully realizing gender equality, the human rights and empowerment of all women and girls everywhere.
The adoption of a Political Declaration on the first day of this year’s CSW means that women’s groups and networks will not have real quality space and opportunity to contribute to the discussions and inform the Political Declaration. This is an expression of the backlash on women’s human rights. Changes in the working methods of must give decision power to women’s NGOs ,in particular access to negotiations over the outcomes of CSW
For a long time, Congolese women have often been victims of conflicts and atrocities. The time has come for women to commit themselves as agents of development. To this end, we have taken the resolution to stand up with other women in the DRC as agents in our own development and be ready for action. It is for this reason that a honour diploma was awarded to us by the United Nations Association of the Democratic Republic of Congo on 30 March 2011 on the occasion of the festivities of the month of the woman.
Adoption of the Political Declaration on the first day of the session of CSW59 narrows the space for civil society engagement and participation in the intergovernmental process itself and deprives NGOs of the possibility of making a meaningful contribution to the ethos of the Declaration .
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, President of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women- Geneva: The decision to adopt the political declaration on first day of the CSW reduces space for civil society participation. We strongly recommend a review of your decision on timing for adoption of the political declaration.