Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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

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