WLP Film Premiere and 2015 Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Events

February 26, 2015

WLP Film Premiere:

WLP CSW59 Parallel Events:

WLP and Equality Without Reservation Event

Protecting the Rights of Women in the Arab Region in the Post 2015 Agenda

Thursday, March 12, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Church Center of the United Nations, 777 1st Avenue, E 44th St, New York, NY, 2nd Floor

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is now in its fourth year post-Arab spring. Although hopes were high for a peaceful transition towards peace, democracy, participation, prosperity, development and inclusive citizenship, realities from the region seem to indicate that there is backlash as well as a rapid erosion of rights. Militarisation, chaos, lawlessness and the increased power of armed religious fundamentalist groups is threatening the mere existence of women let alone their freedom and agency. In addition, there are increasing signs indicating a dangerous reverse trend in women's access to health and education as well as their brutal exclusion from political and economic life and from participation in a much awaited nation building process. As such, it is quite challenging to envisage a post 2015 agenda within the current context, and a discussion of a potential Beijing + 20 will also need to take into consideration the potential losses on earlier gains that may occur given the rise of conservative forces in the MENA region as well as in other parts of the world.

This panel includes feminist activists who are nationals and based in a number of countries from the MENA region. Panelists will draw on their extensive experience in working at the grassroots level as well as on their work as human and women's rights defenders at the regional and international levels. They will highlight key strategies that are likely to ensure that women's rights and entitlements are an integral component and aspect of the post-2015 agenda. Panelists will argue that strategies that combine strong analysis, grassroots action, movement and solidarity building as well as a commitment to a culture of inclusive and participatory democracy are the most likely to ensure that women's rights are upheld during this critical period.

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WLP, Aurat Foundation, and Collective for Research and Training on Development - Action (CRTD.A) Event

Country Reflections Beijing Platform for Action: A Case Study of Government Compliance and the Way Forward for Pakistan and Lebanon

Monday, March 16, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Salvation Army Downstairs, 120 West 14th Street, New York, NY

The year 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the First World Conference on Women (FWCW) held in Mexico City in 1975 and the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), an international treaty articulated at the Fourth FWCW in Beijing in 1995. The Governments of Pakistan and Lebanon have ratified the Declaration made at the Beijing Conference by nation states, in turn committing both politically and legally to promote, protect and fulfill the rights of women, as enunciated under the twelve thematic areas in the Declaration.

The proposed session will focus on Pakistan's and Lebanon’s compliance and current status and updates in the areas of Women & Poverty; Education and Training of Women; Violence Against Women; and Political & Public Life. Speakers at the event will share more details concerning VAW, government action and progress towards fulfillment of international commitments during the proposed session.

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Other Partner Events

ADFM Event

Women’s Rights in Morocco 20 Years after Beijing

Monday, March 16, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Church Center of the United Nations, 777 1st Avenue, E 44th St, New York, NY, 2nd Floor

Sponsors: European Union; Global Fund for Women

Over almost two decades, Morocco has experienced significant advances at the normative, institutional and legislative levels concerning the protection and promotion of human rights and women’s rights, especially with the adoption of a new constitution in 2011, whose preamble enunciates the supremacy of international conventions. However, the effectiveness of these advances is hampered by:

  • The ambiguity that makes the enjoyment of those rights dependent on their compliance with the Constitution, the constants of the Kingdom and its laws; 
  • The upholding of declarations regarding Article 2 and Article 15 (4) of CEDAW;
  • The failure of Parliament to adopt a bill approving the Optional Protocol to CEDAW; and
  • The absence of genuine political will to harmonize national laws with international conventions.

ADFM, as an organization that has ECOSOC status, developed, in 2014, a report on the implementation by Morocco of the Beijing Declaration raising the main obstacles and challenges to be met and presenting its recommendations on the most critical areas of intervention. ADFM intends to organize a parallel event during the 59th session of the CSW to share its observations and its demands with the international community.

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ADFM – Spring of Dignity Coalition Event

Post 2011 Legal Reforms in Morocco: What Place for Women Victims of Gender Violence?

Monday, March 16, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The Church Center of the United Nations Chapel, 777 1st Avenue, E 44th St, New York, NY

Sponsors: UN Women

The objective of the panel is to influence the process of submission by the Moroccan government of its "Beijing +20” report by analyzing the way violence against women is addressed in the national legal framework and identifying the gaps and limitations in terms of punishment, protection and prevention of gender based violence. In Morocco, violence against women, though widespread, is often overlooked because of social acceptance, weak protection of victims, limitations of the legal and political systems and lack of prevention mechanisms, which contribute to the impunity of perpetrators. A recent survey revealed that 62.8% of women have been victims of an act of violence during the previous 12 months. This has a very high cost; it affects the physical and psychological health of women, and has an economic cost since it causes lost working hours, medical expenses, etc. The Spring of Dignity Coalition comprises 25 Moroccan organizations that fight for the defense and promotion of women’s human rights nationally and regionally. It considers combating violence against women a high priority and is advocating for reforms that would repeal all discriminatory regulations and policies, in accordance with the Preamble and Article 19 of the constitution and with Morocco’s international commitments.

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