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At a critical moment as the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are drafted to determine global priorities for ending poverty, the Huairou Commission and UNDP launch a new community-based research study highlighting how grassroots African women living in poverty are proactively organizing to address challenges of accessing land and justice. Discussions around rule of law and women's land rights are key themes that will be debated this week during the 12th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (OWG12).
"Women’s access to property is critical for their economic security and for the economic security of their children. When women own their own assets, they also have more independence and a bigger role in decision-making in their households and communities. All this helps improve the strength and prosperity of societies. But around the world, women find obstacles in their way to owning property. Long-standing traditions which put all land and property in the hands of men, inadequate laws, ineffective courts and a lack of education conspire against women’s legitimate rights to assets. These traditions and legal barriers often damage women, their families and development efforts."
Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID), Uganda
The community-based research study Engendering Access to Justice: Grassroots Women's Approaches to Securing Land Rights, will be officially launched tomorrow at an event entitled "Justice and Legal Empowerment for Sustainable Development," hosted by UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, in cooperation with the Mission of Denmark to the United Nations.
The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at the UN from 1:15-2:30 at the North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7.
Del 27 al 29 de mayo, Guayaquil está acogiendo a más de 400 personas llegadas de 37 países distintos para celebrar la cuarta sesión de la Plataforma Regional para la Reducción de Desastres de las Américas. El foro dará cabida, entre otros, a las voces de decenas de líderes comunitarias expertas en prácticas de mitigación del riesgo desastres y reducción de los efectos del cambio climático. El encuentro se produce en un momento clave en el que organismos internacionales se disponen a renovar su apoyo y compromiso por el desarrollo sostenible en la agenda post-2015, así como por el avance del Marco de Acción de Hyogo. El éxito de la futura agenda de desarrollo dependerá de la capacidad de sus formuladores de incorporar las experiencias de las comunidades trabajando sobre el terreno.
El aumento en la incidencia de tifones, terremotos, corrimientos de tierra, huracanes, etc., que se ha venido experimentado en la última década está llevando a gobiernos de todo el mundo a prestar mayor atención y recursos a su prevención, así como a la mitigación de los estragos que estos desastres generan. En juego no solo hay millones de vidas, sino mucho dinero. Conscientes del papel que durante años las mujeres de base han jugado como primeras en responder a los desastres organizándose en sus comunidades, los gobiernos y organizaciones internacionales han comenzado a escucharlas. El conocimiento que las mujeres de base poseen es clave para la puesta en marcha de planes efectivos de reducción de riesgo de desastres en el futuro.
From 27 to 29 May, Guayaquil is hosting more than 400 people from 37 different countries at the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas. Among other things, the forum will support the voices of dozens of community leaders skilled in disaster mitigation practices and practices to reduce the effects of climate change risk. The meeting comes at a key moment in which international agencies are preparing to renew their support and commitment to sustainable development in the post-2015 agenda and to advancing the Hyogo Framework for Action. The success of the future agenda of development will depend on the ability of its policy to incorporate the experiences of communities working on the ground.
The increased incidence of typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, and hurricanes which the world has experienced in the last decade is leading governments to give greater attention and resources to the prevention and mitigation of the effects of these natural disasters. The stakes are high-- millions of lives and millions of dollars. For years, grassroots women have played the role of first responders to the crises of natural disasters, and now governments and international organizations have begun to listen. The knowledge base that these women possess is the key to effective implementation of plans which will reduce the impact of future disasters.
In the last few months, the final stage of the evaluation process of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action has been developed in all the signatory countries. Several women organizations members of Huairou Commission and Groots International had the opportunity to participate in their countries in this process. The following is the experience of three of these organizations:Fundación Guatemala, GROOTS Perú y la Asociación Rosa de Montaña en Venezuela.
Nueva York. Nueva York este marzo, nos recibe con un frío intenso, montañas y ríos de sus bosques circundantes aún lucen congelados, mientras en la Gran Manzana la nieve está en retirada pero el viento entumece. Las bajas temperaturas se ven contrarrestadas sin embargo, por el afiebrado ajetreo de decenas de delegaciones oficiales y no oficiales, de todas las nacionalidades, razas y edades que han arribado a esta ciudad con motivo de los eventos organizados alrededor de la 58 Sesión de la CSW-Comisión del Estatus de la Mujer de la ONU. Muchísimas mujeres, y una buena cuota de hombres, llegaron para debatir, comprometerse y llamar la atención de los serios obstáculos que subsisten aún, para el avance de la mujer. Este año, las deliberaciones se centraron en los logros de los Objetivos del Milenio, y en un balance previo de la Plataforma de Beijing, ad portas de su 20 Aniversario.
One of the most relevant outcomes of the Commission on Status of Women was the agreed conclusions on the priority themes for the future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and concrete recommendations for governments and institutions to implement at the local, national and global levels in the coming years.
The Agreed Conclusions for CSW58 were reached after a marathon sitting that went until 3 am. Lana Finikin, representing GROOTS Jamaica, talks in this interview about the process, the relevance of the outcomes, and the role that the agreed conclusions play for the future.
Contributed by: Olenka Ochoa Berreteaga
New York welcomed us with intense cold. The mountains and rivers of the surrounding forests still looked frozen, while in the Big Apple the snow was moving back but the wind still froze. But for us, the low temperatures were offset by the dynamic hustle of dozens of official and non-official delegations of all nationalities, races, and ages who had come to the city for the events organized around the 58th Session of the UN-CSW (Commission on the Status of Women). Many women-- and a good number of men-- came to discuss, pledge their support, and draw attention to the serious, enduring obstacles to the advancement of women. This year the discussions focused on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and on the current state of the Beijing Platform, nearing its 20th Anniversary.
The streets of Manhattan were filled with warmth and color, brightened further by the celebrations for March 8-International Women's Day. The UN headquarters launched its activities for the day with the slogan, "Equality For Women Is Progress For All" and a program led by Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, with Hillary Clinton as a special guest. The streets were filled with demonstrations outside of the UN, groups that varied from local Orthodox Jews to Tibetans to a group of young Ukrainians, representatives of the current crisis which has led to a new Cold War between USA and Russia, a crisis exacerbated by the recent events in Crimea. Any and all protesting with different demands, for territorial, religious, or political sovereignty, or for national or personal autonomy.
In addition, domestic political affairs heated the atmosphere. With the presidential announcement of the Public Budget for 2015, which seeks to revive the economy and throw lifelines to poor families and the middle sector burdened by the crisis, Obama moved a new playing card, attempting to draw reforms to reduce the tax duties on disadvantaged sectors and increase the public resources to improve education, job training, pre-kindergarten services and infrastructure. The main beneficiaries will be children, college students, low-income families, and especially a large segment of women of reproductive age with unstable income, who cannot balance both work and family care. Undoubtedly, this was a gift from Obama for Women's Day.
Medellín, Colombia. The Seventh World Urban Forum (WUF7), convened by UN-Habitat from April 5-11, comes at a critical point in global development processes. We are standing on the brink of a new framework for global development goals (Post-2015 agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs), a new Hyogo Framework for Action on disaster management and resilience (HFA2), and the upcoming Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in 2016 (Habitat III). All of these-- post-2015 agenda, HFA2 and Habitat III-- provide a critical opportunity to do development better. This time around, grassroots women are insisting upon meaningful engagement in the process.