This growing problem was addressed by UN Women UK National Committee and the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) at a parallel event at CSW59 in New York which showcased Best Practice to policy makers, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, social enterprises and civil society.
The event was moderated by Dr Tuula Nieminen, a UN WOMEN UK National Committee Trustee and Human Rights lawyer. The event opened with the screening of a short video featuring a witness statement from Jihyun Park, a survivor of trafficking and slavery from North Korea to China. Read more…]]>
As we have learned in recent crises, including the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UN Women has a central role to play when crisis hits. Our focus is to support Nepal and its women and girls to cope with the impacts of the earthquake and to remain safe. And you can help us keep people safe.
We are helping to coordinate protection and then expanding our focus to other areas such as shelter, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene as more technical capacity arrives. Our Nepal country office is helping with essential support by supplying “dignity kits” that contain the basic necessities that displaced women and girls require.
Please help by giving generously via UN Women UK’s Nepal Earthquake appeal page.
Please give what you can.
Real time updates on the situation are available at http://reliefweb.int/disaster/eq-2015-000048-npl.]]>
Moez Doraid, Director, Coordination Division, UN Women:
“It is a pleasure for me to join you at this reception tonight to celebrate International Women’s Day. Every year people all over the world gather together to acknowledge all the gains women and girls have made since the First International Women’s Day in 1909 when it was designated in honour of garment workers’ strike in New York, and later in 1975 during International Women’s Year when the United Nations began celebrating on 8 March.
It is also a time to reflect on the challenges that remain and future actions needed to advance gender equality and bring about real transformative change in the lives of women and girls globally. The global theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Empowering women, Empowering Humanity”. It is very much related to our focus tonight on political empowerment.
Watch out for more updates on the He for She campaign!]]>
Students from Ricards Lodge presented their awareness-raising work on violence against women and girls, including FGM, forced marriage and access to education. It was truly inspirational.
The student’s incredible work was best summarised by Manju Nair: “ … if these girls are anything to go by, the fight for women’s rights is in good hands.”
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A UN Women National Committee UK event marking International Women’s Day and a unique opportunity to find out about CSW – the Commission on the Status of Women which will take place on Thursday 19th March 2015 at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
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Moving on in Partnership
The conference organised by UN Women UKNC brought together experts from the corporate sector, government, healthcare and FGM activists to showcase how their co-operative work has made strides towards the elimination of FGM. We were pleased to have Dame Marion Roe present at the event. A patron of UN Women UK NC, Dame Roe has been a tireless campaigner for women’s rights and sponsored a Private Members’ Bill banning FGM – enacted as the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985. UN Women estimates that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of FGM and up to 30 million continue to be at risk.
The energy and vision that our distinguished panellists brought to this event was inspiring. The panel consisted of:
The speakers acknowledged that not only do they share a common purpose but that their increasing co-operation and partnership has improved their knowledge and the efficiency of their work. To achieve the goal to eradicate this abhorrent practice, which some estimate to be over one thousand years old, in one generation, involvement of survivors and activists is crucial. The courage and tireless work of people like Hawa Sesay and Alimatu Dimonekene shine light on this complex and sensitive issue. But to enable survivors to share their experiences we need to create safe platforms –Alimatu Dimonekene shared that for her it was during a UN Women UK event that she felt able to speak up. Jason Ashwood said survivors and activists are essential to the work done with local communities. By providing a platform to share information and amplify activists’ voices, UN Women UK NC and other NGOs work to educate and stimulate the need for urgent action.
The panellists underlined how critical it is to understand that FGM is not only a legal but also a Public Health issue. The work of Comfort Momoh and other Public Health specialists helps us all to understand the physical and emotional damage caused by FGM. Alison Saunders spoke about how the round-table ministerial meetings including Public Health, Education and International Development Departments, and the work of the Police and CPS, along with the work of survivors and activists had helped to facilitate the interpretation of the current law and explore amendments. These joint efforts have resulted in an increased maximum penalty from 5 to 14 years for FGM-related crimes, the creation of joint FGM training for police and prosecution services, and the creation of public facing legal guidance. Examples of issues currently being discussed are changes which would enable prosecution of non-permanent residents who committed, aided or abetted an FGM operation, and the granting of life-long anonymity to survivors.
Alison Saunders and Jason Ashwood highlighted that the commitment and excellent work that goes into prosecution and effective safeguarding that prevents FGM from taking place are not necessarily evident in the prosecution statistics. Alison Saunders believes that the current UK legislation is generally ‘fit for purpose’ subject to some minor amendments but that there is more work to be done with the affected communities, including enabling women to rebuild their lives. For that work to be effective, she said, we need safe places where women and survivors can talk about their experiences.
Comfort Momoh concluded that after years of intense work FGM is getting the platform it deserves and that we are starting to see the results of the multi-agency approach. The common purpose which brought our panellist and guests together – the attainment of justice and equality for women – will continue to drive our joint efforts to eradicate FGM in one generation.
Many thanks to all our panellists and guests.
Monika Pindel, Member, UN Women UK NC]]>
On 27 February 2015, from 1.00 pm onwards, the provided link below will take you straight to the conference broadcast. There is no need to login. The whole conference will be streamed live.
Inspiring and Shaping the Future
- progress towards gender equality
Date: 27 February 2015, 1pm – 3pm
Key Note Speaker: Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP
Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities
Kathryn Haynes, Professor, Newcastle University, Business School
Jacqui Miller MBE, Business Ambassador & Main Board Director, Miller International Ltd
Sarah Kingston, Student, Framwellgate School Durham
Conference Chair: Lisa Hardisty, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University
This conference, in partnership with UN Women UK, is the final roadshow event concluding the series of regional consultations for the Government’s Women’s Engagement Programme. The consultations have been organised ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which remain the most powerful and comprehensive global policy framework to achieve gender equality in all dimensions of life. The aim of this conference is to revitalise public debate and to shape UK domestic and foreign equality policies in the future.
The Secretary of State will open the conference and share her views on gender equality: both the achievements and the challenges remaining. Experts from within the gender equality field will give presentations covering the following issues: education, gender diversity at workplace and the role of young girls in shaping the future.
Due to high demand the event is currently fully booked. If you have not secured your seat already, join us virtually by watching the live event online HERE – On the day, from 1pm, the provided link will take you straight to the conference broadcast, there is no need to login. The whole conference will be streamed live and it will be available from 1pm to 3 pm. To ask a question you can use the chat box you will see next to the video window or comment via Twitter #askwomenuk. Share your thoughts on what should be done in the near future to improve the lives of women and girls in the UK and share best practices how to overcome existing barriers. Be part of the more equal future.]]>
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.
The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.
The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
The regional commissions of the United Nations will undertake regional reviews. Both the national and regional review processes will feed into the global review.
>> National-level review of implementation
>> Regional 20-year review processes
Organization of the session
The Commission’s two-week session will include the following activities:
The documentation for the session is expected to become available in late January 2015.