United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

59th Annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 9-20, 2015

United Methodist Women Offers Free Workshops

59th Annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 9-20, 2015

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. United Methodist Women is an active participant in this annual global gathering, especially through its Church Center for the United Nations. This year, we will be offering four free workshops you can attend March 10-13. No registration is necessary, but we suggest a timely arrival. Come be a part of— and help us change—the conversation.


Maternal Health
Tuesday March 10, 2015
Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd floor
777 First Avenue at 44th Street, New York
10:30 a.m. to noon

Twenty years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, maternal mortality still remains nothing short of an epidemic. Each year, nearly a quarter of a million women die worldwide from preventable causes relating to pregnancy and childbirth. The Millennium Development Goals related to women and children’s health (goals 4 and 5) saw the least of progress in the past 15 years. United Methodist Women and the World YWCA, as faith-based and women’s organizations, recognize this issue as a critical area of concern and priority.

United Methodist Women and World YWCA will convene a peer learning workshop focusing on YWCA delegates and United Methodist Women delegates at CSW-59. This workshop will bring together health delegates and partners of United Methodist Women and YWCA from over 10 countries worldwide (including Haiti, Colombia, Japan, Sierra Leone, United States and more) to share experiences supporting maternal and child health needs in their communities and to develop three- to four-year individual and joint action plans for addressing these needs. The goal of the workshop is to provide a collaborative space for health advocates worldwide to share best practices and develop concrete task plans for implementation upon return to their communities.

Sponsors: United Methodist Women and Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)

Participatory Development: Learning From Grassroots Women Leaders
Wednesday March 11, 2015
Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd floor
777 First Avenue at 44th Street, New York
10:30 a.m. to noon

As we reach the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, we take this opportunity to not only reflect on gains and challenges for women’s empowerment but also look ahead to how grassroots women can work with partners to be key stakeholders, decision makers and implementers in global development processes in the coming years.

This multi-stakeholder dialogue will feature grassroots women leaders from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, with over two decades of experience in collective organizing around the issues of health, livelihoods, food security, land and housing, education and basic services.

Panelists will present challenges in their communities and relevant innovative local solutions related to 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action and Emerging Issues, including poverty and power and decision making. They will discuss how grassroots organizing improve local governance and impact development processes. These grassroots women will reveal how they and their partners could be meaningfully involved in the next stages of fulfilling the mandate of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Women’s Empowerment agenda within the post-2015 sustainable development goals. 

Sponsors: United Methodist Women and Huairou Commission

Women’s Migration, Flawed Development Strategies and the Way Forward
Thursday March 12, 2015
Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd floor
777 First Avenue at 44th Street, New York
10:30 a.m. to noon

As we assess gains and setbacks for women’s human rights over the past 20 years, one dramatic reality is the huge increase in the number of women in migration around the world. This growth of migration points to the disastrous results of setting economic development and gender equality goals in the context of globalized neoliberalism. Efforts to implement both the Beijing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals have been within a pro-growth economic model focused on exports, privatization, deregulation, commodification of nature and free trade. This model has led to growing poverty and income inequality, loss of land and food sovereignty, precarious jobs, failed social service infrastructure, and displacement. One major outcome is the movement of women, particularly women of color, within and across borders.

Nations are currently shaping a post-2015 development agenda that purports to address a broad range of sustainable development goals, yet they want to pursue these within the same failed development model. The agenda would reaffirm a “circular migration” model that has encouraged low-wage contract labor to meet job demands in developed countries and send remittances home to poor countries. Discussions on financing the post-2015 development agenda include a reliance on remittances, effectively relying on the poorest and most vulnerable rather than addressing global financial imbalances.

Join us to explore why more of the same will not get us the outcomes we need! We will look back at the changes since Beijing that have resulted in mass increases in women’s migration along with an increase in restrictive and repressive migration and border management policies that have particularly impacted the health, safety and welfare of women migrants. And we will explore how movements are coming together to affirm social protections and economic and social human rights, climate justice and new concepts of “development” for people and the planet, women’s human rights, migrant rights and the struggles of frontline communities globally for a new development framework that would make migration a choice, not a necessity.

Organized by the Women and Global Migration Working Group
Cosponsors: United Methodist Women, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Migrant Rights International.

Walking the UNSC1325 Talk: Women Cross Most Militarized Border in the World
Friday March 13, 2015
Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd floor
777 First Avenue at 44th Street, New York
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we are convinced that peace is attainable and inextricably linked with the advancement of women, who are a fundamental force for leadership, conflict resolution and the promotion of lasting peace at all levels.

On the 15th anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, leading global women peacemakers will attempt to cross the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea—the most militarized border in the world—to unite women from North and South Korea in calling for peace and the reunification of Korea. Known as the Forgotten War, the Korean War (1950-1953) claimed 4 million lives and ended only with a temporary armistice agreement. The absence of a peace treaty has left Korea in a state of war, which has led to the massive militarization and repression of democracy and human rights on both sides of the DMZ. Although UNSC 1325 ushered in a new international standard requiring all parties to ensure that women participate fully in peace negotiations and postconflict reconstruction, North and South Korea have failed to honor its commitment to involve the voices of women calling for peace.

Come hear Cora Weiss, Suzy Kim and Christine Ahn explain why urgent action such as this is needed now to lift up women’s leadership to end the Korean War. 

Sponsors: United Methodist Women and Women De-militarize the Zone

Posted or updated: 2/12/2015 11:00:00 PM
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