The space for women’s and feminist organisations at CSW is gradually closing, in particular at the international level.
Side event organized and sponsored by by International Alliance of Women (IAW), during the Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, March 13, 2015. The side-event gathered a panel of feminist economists to reflect on how insights from feminist economics can inform policies and contribute to the realization of women’s social and economic rights.
Statement on the March 3 Version of the Political Declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women
Negotiatiions the Political Declaration on the anniversary of Beijing+20 that will be adopted on the first day of the CSW are not going well. Women’s organizations, feminist organizations and organizations that work to achieve the full realization of women’s human rights are laying out a minimum of demands necessary to achieve the goals of fully realizing gender equality, the human rights and empowerment of all women and girls everywhere.
The adoption of a Political Declaration on the first day of this year’s CSW means that women’s groups and networks will not have real quality space and opportunity to contribute to the discussions and inform the Political Declaration. This is an expression of the backlash on women’s human rights. Changes in the working methods of must give decision power to women’s NGOs ,in particular access to negotiations over the outcomes of CSW
In spite of the efforts of NGOs a political declaration will be adopted on the very first day of this session, thus preventing NGOs from influencing the outcome of the meeting. IAW and others have objected to this procedure.