CSWopeningGAhall_9March2015Hope everyone had a great International Women’s Day and took a moment to reflect on the progress toward gender equality!

 

Here’s whats making gender news at the moment…

 

“World Leaders Pledge to Achieve Gender Equality by 2030” – Updates from the CSW: The Guardian

“World leaders have pledged action to fully implement laws designed to protect women’s rights and end discriminatory practices, following weeks of closed-door discussions that have been criticised by women’s rights activists.

At the opening of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on Monday, government ministers adopted a political declaration confirming their commitment to achieve gender equality by 2030.”

 

This was met by some criticism – see The Women’s Agenda opinion piece

“The Declaration marks the twenty year anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. It is a strong call for gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and the realisation of their human rights.

But it also misses the mark. Where the Beijing Platform for Action set a roadmap for action, this time round, the Governments of the world have not been able to name the inequalities that shape our days, mark our bodies, and transform our lives. This Political Declaration is silent on climate change. Is silent on online trolling of women. Is silent on goals for women’s leadership, or education, or health. It fails to set a roadmap for transformative action.”

Did you see the all female panel on Q&A on Monday night?

Check out the clip here at the ABC:

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s4177814.htm

 

Here’s some comment on what happened this just past International Women’s Day:

“Yes, we’ve come a long way in the last century but even in the most developed areas of the world, women still don’t have equal pay. We are still responsible for over 80% of domestic chores. We are still the large majority of victims of domestic and sexual violence. And that’s just in countries where women supposedly have equal rights. When did we start to forget about the “international” part of International Women’s Day?”

Via The Guardian

International Women’s Day at the UN

“On Friday afternoon, the UN Women For Peace Association held their annual luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day, which is March 8th each year. “Men To End Violence Against Women” was this year’s theme and in conjunction with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the United Nations raised a glass to women worldwide. Long-time campaigner Muna Rihana Al-Nasser spoke eloquently on the cause.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, spoke about the global issue of violence against women, “We have all the strong supporters for gender equality and that has been my main priority since day one.” He later continued, “We should never let women and girls be left behind.””

Via The New York Observer

That’s all from JERA for today – we’ll keep you updated further on progress at CSW59! Thanks for stopping by!

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