This week, Karama’s delegation of 32 women from around the Arab world is headed to the UN in New York to participate in the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
During the session, Karama’s team will join women’s activists from around the world to present a detailed review of progress towards fulfilling the gender equality goals set fifteen years ago in the Beijing Platform for Action and ten years ago in the Millennium Development Goals.
Our delegation will present the Arab Regional NGO Shadow Report on Beijing+15 to illuminate the gains and gaps in fulfillment of major international conventions and goals in the region.
These interventions will culminate in a one-day conference on March 3rd, hosted in partnership with UNIFEM to allow our delegates and other experts to share analysis, recommendations and strategies for future advocacy in fulfilling international standards of gender equality.
Through four sessions featuring expert speakers our international partner organizations and Arab women leaders from ESCWA, The League of Arab States, UNDP, UNIFEM, UNESCO, and the Jordanian Senate, Karama will present critical issues and best approaches, linking the advancement of women’s status and conditions in the region through fulfillment of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Planned highlights from the March 3rd program include:
9 – 9:15 a.m. Keynote Address: Ten Years of MDGs in the Arab Region, Mrs. Amat Alsoswa, Director of Regional Arab Bureau, UNDP
9:15-10:45 a.m. Progress and Challenges Implementing Beijing in the Arab States
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Using CEDAW to Accelerate Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Remaining Challenges to Meet MDG3 in the Arab States Today
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. The Way Forward: A Five Year Plan for Accelerating the MDGs, CEDAW, Beijing, and Resolution 1325 in the Arab States
We invite you to join the leaders of the Arab women’s movement to discuss the past, present and future of women’s rights in the Middle East.
Karama’s diverse team this year represents a pivotal and historic opportunity to galvanize momentum toward our goals of meeting international standards of equality, justice and dignity.
You can download the full event agenda here.
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