Womankind and partners to launch Post-2015 campaign at the UN

Natasha Iwowo | Feb 28, 2014

Campaigns Officer Natasha Iwowo reports on the Post-2015 work led by our partner FIDA Kenya, who campaign on the Post-2015 Development Framework, as they engage civil society and government representatives…

In just over a week Womankind and our partner organisations including LIWOMACWiLDAF–Ghana and FIDA Kenya will travel to New York to launch a new campaign, “Don’t roll back on women’s rights”, during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This campaign will ask for women’s rights to be a central element of the universal framework which will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

What is the Commission on the Status of Women?

The CSW is the main international policy-making body dedicated solely to gender equality. Every year at the CSW, representatives of United Nations (UN) Member States and women’s rights organisations gather in New York to evaluate progress towards gender equality, reaffirm their commitment to women’s human rights agreements, and identify what can be done to reach these commitments. The outcome of the meeting is a set of ‘agreed conclusions’, passed by consensus by all Member States of the UN.

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. Over 3000 people from member states, UN entities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will meet to discuss this year’s theme: “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”.

CSW58 is a vital moment to build consensus on global progress on gender equality, and to ensure that governments commit to a post-2015 framework which has women’s rights at its core – which is why we are launching the campaign there.

What do we want in the Post 2015 framework?

Womankind and our partners are calling for the framework to include:

  1. A standalone goal on women’s rights and gender equality
  2. For women’s rights to be mainstreamed throughout the new framework
  3. For full, equal and meaningful participation of women in all decision making bodies at international, regional, national, community and household levels.
  4. For the elimination of violence against women and girls through effective prevention, funded support to survivors, improvements in and enforcement of laws, and a change in social norms.

What will Womankind be doing at CSW?

A small team of Womankind’s advocates are being joined by representatives of our partner organisations from Liberia, Kenya, Ghana, Afghanistan and Nepal.

Whilst there, we will attend meetings with governments and UN bodies to ask them to act on our call for a Post-2015 framework which prioritises women. We want officials, who are negotiating at CSW, to make sure that our four campaign priorities are central to the Agreed Conclusions.

Some of our partners who are not attending have shown their support by taking part in a CSW solidarity action which echoes the recommendations that Womankind is working towards in the Post 2015 framework.

We are also providing a forum for partners to share their experiences and evidence supporting our recommendations for the Post-2015 agenda in a parallel event called “Building on the MDGs: Perspectives from women’s rights organisations”. This will take place from 8.30 – 10am on Friday, 14th March, in the Salvation Army Downstairs Room, 221 East 52nd Street, New York, 10022.

Don’t roll back on women’s rights!

We are really excited about going to CSW to launch this important campaign. However you can also get involved by signing our petition which calls upon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development to be a champion for women and girls on the international stage.

Justine Greening has publicly expressed her commitment to the call for a stand alone goal on women’s rights and gender equality, which is also mainstreamed in the Post-2015 development framework. We need your help to ensure to she stands firm by this pledge, which will be available on our website and social media by 1 March.

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