Wednesday, January 16, 2013

UN briefing on CSW57

A briefing on the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 57), 4 – 15 March 2013, was held at the UN on Monday 17 December 2012.

The Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations and Chair of CSW 57 H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara (see photo) outlined the meetings of the Session, which will begin with an Introductory Statement, followed by the General Discussion on the topic of the Priority theme of the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” These meetings will be held in the mornings (Monday – Thursday).

During the afternoons there will be inter-active dialogues including the High Level Roundtable and two Expert Panels on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls and Multi-sectoral Responses. There will also be two Expert meetings on the Review Theme -- The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS.

Agreed Conclusions
The work on the Agreed Conclusions will begin two days in advance of the opening of the Commission meeting. The draft will be prepared by the Bureau well in advance and a meeting will be held to present the draft in mid-February, when a more detailed time line for the process should be available. They will be negotiated on Thursday 7 March after the General Debate, Friday 8 March after the International Women’s Day event and then during the following week.

Two reports will be prepared by the UN Secretary-General – one on prevention and one on a multi-sectoral response. Eight UN agencies have contributed to the process. These reports are being drafted now.

For details of the programme of work for CSW 57 see:
Please note that the Chairperson and members of the Bureau remain the same as those for CSW 56.



Getting ready

My preparation for CSW 2013 is slowly getting started. On the 6th of December the Dutch civil society met to discuss our asks towards the Dutch government. Together with WOREC, Women's Rehabilitation Centre, Nepal; Masimanyane, South Africa, and the Women’s Support Centre, Kyrgyzstan, I managed to submit a proposal for a workshop at the NGO side events two days before the deadline. We hope to share our experiences on "Making our Domestic Violence laws and policies work in practice." The selection committee let us know that they will announce who will get a time slot before Christmas. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hope for success.

And I am finding there are almost too many opportunities to share information about the preparation. For example there is the LinkedIn group Supporting International Women's Rights were many people have been commenting on the following question that I posted: "Are people preparing to come to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2013. I am hoping to attend, See also very relevant comments below

And on Twitter people are sharing thoughts and comments as well. If you want to join in on the Twitter debates u can use @UN_CSW and #CSW57. All of these activities are getting me excited about attending this CSW on Violence against Women. Let's hope we do manage to get strong agreed conclusions this year.

Loeky Droesen

Freelance consultant gender and human rights, Rights for change