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Women and the Economy, Women and Violence, Women in Power, the Advancement of Women - NGOs to Assess the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the UN/ECE Region

Published: 14 January 2000

Geneva

more than 500 NGO representatives are expected to meet in Geneva at the Palais des Nations to assess the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the UN/ECE region (see provisional agenda attached). The meeting is expected to prepare concrete proposals for action for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UN/ECE) Regional Preparatory Meeting on the 2000 Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, due to take place on 19-21 January 2000 in the same location. In order to do so, four main caucuses will address the main themes of the Conference, namely

Women and the economy

Women and violence - Trafficking and domestic violence; Violence against
women in war/conflict situation

Women in power and decision-making

Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women

On Monday 17 January, taking the opportunity of this region wide gathering, NGOs will organize a number of workshops to give substance to the caucus deliberations which in turn will help to facilitate an effective dialogue between governmental and non-governmental participants. Some workshops will also address other issues and prepare for the global event in June in New York (see list attached).

For further information please contact:

Ms. Renate Bloem

President NGO CSW Women

Tel: +(41 22) 917 47 35

Fax: +(41 22) 917 01 81

Ms. Danielle Bridel

Chair, ECE Working Group
on Women

or

Information Unit

United Nations Economic Commission
for Europe (UN/ECE)
Palais des Nations, Room 356
CH - 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Tel: +(41 22) 917 44 44
Fax: +(41 22) 917 05 05
E-mail: info.ece@unece.org

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

NGO WORKING SESSION

prior to the ECE Regional Preparatory Meeting

on the 2000 Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action

 

17 January 2000

10:00-13:00 Plenary Opening Session

10:00-10:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Renate Bloem, President, NGO Committee on the Status of

Women

Danuta Hübner, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic

Commission for Europe

Patricia Flor, Chair, Commission on the Status of Women

Danielle Bridel, Chair, NGO Working Group on Women in the ECE

10:30-11:30 Presentation of Alternative Reports prepared by:

European Women's Lobby: Denise Fuchs

 

KARAT: Coalition: Kinga Lohman

Canadian NGOs: Charlotte Thibault, FIFA

US NGOs: June Zeitlin, WEDO

11:30-13:00 General Debate

15:00-17:00 Workshops on:

17:00-19:00

(See details overleaf)

Women and violence

Institutional mechanisms

Women in power and decision making

Cross cutting issues

Trafficking

Violence in war and conflict situations

Women and the economy

 

18 January 2000

10:00-13:00 Caucus Meetings for each of the four themes of the ECE Regional

Preparatory Meeting

15:00-16:00 Caucus Meetings (continued)

16:00-17:00 Plenary Closing Session

Reports of Caucuses Convenors

Recommendations for the ECE Regional Preparatory Meeting

Closing remarks: Yakin Erturk, Director of the Division for the

Advancement of Women

15:00-18:00 UNDP RBEC Panel on the Contribution of Women in Transition Countries

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

17 January 2000

15:00-17:00

Violence against women:

WOMEN’S COUNCIL IN DENMARK - Contact: Randi@kvinderaad.dk

 

Women in power and decision making

WEDO - Contact: June@wedo.org

Women in power and decision making process

KARAT - Contact: wad@olb.net

How Youth Organizations promote girls’ and young women’s empowerment

WAGGS - Contact: lschurch@pbs.ch

Strengthening partnership between NGOs and national machinery

KARAT - Contact: kingacom@waw.pdi.net

Promouvoir les femmes par le biais des ONG de femmes dans le dialogue civil

EWL - Contact: Ewl@womenlobby.org

Institutional mechanisms "The World Conference on Women in 2005"

Finnish NGO Committee on Beijing + 5 - Contact: hilkka.pietila@pp.inet.fi

 

Human rights perspectives on the platform and ECE themes

Center for Women’s Global Leadership - Contact: Cbunch@igc.org

Mainstreaming gender into general education

Finnish NGO Committee on Beijing + 5 Contact: hilkka.pietila@pp.inet.fi

 

17:00-19:00

Violence against women: Abuse and exploitation through trafficking of girls and young women – prevention and action

UNICEF / NGO WG on the Girl Child - Contact: mrajandran@unicef.ch

Consequences of armed conflicts in Balkan women’s lives.

KARAT - Contact: kingacom@waw.pdi.net

The reproductive health and rights’ consequences of violence against women in situations of armed conflict

Centre for Reproductive Law and Policy and the International Health Coalition

Contact: Mindy.roseman@crlp.org

Health effects of nuclear radiation in war and conflict situation

WILPF - Contact: edibal@iprolink.ch

Women and the economy and E-Commerce

International Federation of University Women - Contact: cponcini@ifuw.org

The impact of globalization on women in the region

Center for Women’s Global Leadership - Contact: clmellon@yahoo.com

Women and the economy: Training and consulting

Il Cenacolo - Contact: Ilcenacolo@yahoo.com

Women and the economy: Women responsible for food production

NGO WG on Nutrition - Contact: Joannakoch@gmx.ch

Measuring the unpaid work and production in the households

Finnish NGO Committee on Beijing + 5 - Contact hilkka.pietila@pp.inet.fi


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