Thursday, March 1, 2012

Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women 1

In the organization of Work of CSW 54 Thursday 1 March was dedicated to the Review theme Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women. In two panels experts presented their views, often in the form of a shorter oral paper presentation and a more extensive written version, available on PDF on the CSW 54 website, as is the Issues paper prepared by the secretariat (your have to scroll down untill you see the aanouncements of the panels). The morning focussed on the national experiences and the afternoon was dedicated to the perspecive of international organisations an multilateral development partners.

For the Dutch organizations, especially Hivos and WO=MEN, the review theme did have a special meaning as they had been very intensely engaged in the lobby for strong Agreed Conclusions on the subject of Financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment. By the way: it is recommendable to read the blogs the HIVOS/WO=MEN/IIAV team wrote back in 2008, the year when we started the WomeninNewYork.blogspot.

This keen interest was the reason Hivos applied also on behalf of the other Dutch organizations, for an oral intervention in the afternoon session. As a starting point we used the joint Dutch NGO recommendations from 2008 and the statement the NGO’s issues after having analysed the Agreed Conclusions CSW 52. However, given the fact that the panel was supposed to be interactive, we included questions to the panelists. What we present to you in our next blog is the result of preparation beforehand and adaptation during the session. We included the phrases we had to skip in view of the very limited time.

Leontine Bijleveld
writer and speaker of the intervention

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