Feminist accountability frameworks that include Civil Society

Feminist accountability frameworks that include Civil Society

  As the central platform for follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) starts today and  NYC groups will be taking action to advocate for accountability frameworks that allow civil society to work equally alongside partner UN agencies to advance gender equality. The HLPF is a prime occasion to assess the progress of Goal 5, as well as the inclusion of gender across all Goals. While the SDGs present an opportunity to mainstream gender in all global sustainable development efforts, accountability mechanisms for monitoring their implementation…Read more
UN Conference Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

UN Conference Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, later preserved as a monument - known as the Genbaku Dome - at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. UN Photo (Source WURN) 7 July 2017 – Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years. “The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said following its adoption. “The Secretary-General…Read more
Call for Action –  Ipswich, Queensland 19th & 20th June – Come along and be heard

Call for Action – Ipswich, Queensland 19th & 20th June – Come along and be heard

In 2012 eS4W / JERA International conducted a study ‘Women’s Voices from the Flood Plains’ an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland.  A period of time which has seen further floods in the areas covered in Queensland in 2012, 2013 and 2015.  During this time many things have changed for those who participated in the original study.   This year we are following up with communities in Queensland who participated in the original study to determine if the recommendations made immediately following up from the disaster have been carried…Read more
UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 61st Session Agreed Conclusions

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 61st Session Agreed Conclusions

  The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 13 -2 4 March 2017.  The meeting took place at a critical juncture in the changing global political landscape and key challenges to gender equality, the women's empowerment agenda and Civil Society Organisation (CSO) representation were very evident.  In effect, CSW 61 was viewed as a litmus test of the strength of international political commitment in the face of gains secured, especially between the 2012 t0 2016 period.     It was…Read more

CSW61 – NGO’s Access to the UN has Been Limited

NGO's Access to the UN has Been Limited The UN Security Division has apparently, in the past two days, determined that NGOs may not have access after 6pm. The CSW negotiations have been scheduled for the two rooms that have delegate access only from the second floor delegates lounge. This undermines our ability to work in partnership with NGOs. Please sign on to this letter to protest this action: TIME SENSITIVE. Sign by 9:30am ESTRead more