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CSW 62


The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

WLP parallel events are open to the public and do not require registration:
1) "Investing in Rural Women's Leadership: A Solution to Counter Marginalization"
March 13, 2:30 PM • Salvation Army, downstairs
Hosted by WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research & Training on Development – Action (CRTD-A)

Women and girls bear the brunt of development failures and suffer most from the absence of infrastructure in rural areas, compounded by the impact of traditional gender roles, constrained mobility, discriminatory laws, and limited access to education. Panelists from the Middle East and Africa will argue that investing in and nurturing leadership and collective action among rural women have the ability to bring about changes in women's positions, increase access to services, increase access to and control over land, and bring women to decision-making circles to address endemic crises in rural areas.

2) "Media and Women’s Rights: The Double-edged Impact of Information Technology"
March 16, 2:30 PM • Salvation Army, downstairs
Hosted by WLP Jordan/Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J)

While women's rights activists and women human rights defenders have used both traditional media and new digital technologies to expand the outreach of their messages, these two conduits remain laden with misogyny and continue to be exploited as tools to intimidate, harass, threaten, and silence women. This panel will share effective practices in using media and IT, discuss how to advocate for laws that criminalize gender-based violence and discrimination perpetrated through technology, and highlight strategies to ensure media does not reproduce inequalities.

3) "Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights"
March 20, 2:30 PM • Church Center of the United Nations (CCUN), Chapel

Since 2003, WLP’s Lifelines series has linked poetry and prose to the struggle of realizing women’s human rights. Featuring readings by leading women poets, the event connects the listener to testimonies that inspire and build solidarity among feminist activists everywhere. As in years past, Abena Busia—Ghanaian Ambassador to Brazil, professor, and author of two poetry collections—will moderate the event.

Other WLP activities:

1) Arab Caucus Training
March 13, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM • Center for the United Nations, 10th Floor

2) Arab Caucus
March 15, 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM • Armenian Convention Center, Guild Hall

3) International Peace Institute/GIWPS/Government of Norway Side Event
March 15, 1:00 PM- 2:45 PM • Trygve Lie Center for Peace,
Security & Development, International Peace Institute, 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor
(Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)

WLP Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib will speak at The International Peace Institute, the Government of Norway, and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS) panel discussion on advancing the measurement of women’s inclusion, justice, and security by linking the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index to WPS in practice.

Speakers:
H.E. Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Dr. Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security
Mr. Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women
Ms. Lina Abou Habib, Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership

4) UNDEF Side Meeting
March 22, 4:45 PM -6:00 PM • United Nations compound

WLP Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib will be among six panelists speaking at this event entitled “Empowering Women Through Democratic Processes and Innovative Solutions” for grantees to share experiences and knowledge addressing the question of the role of women’s civil society organizations in strengthening respect for human rights.

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About CSW62 :
Priority theme:
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
Review theme:
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women .



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