March 2014

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Connects American Women's Experience with Women Around the World

March 11, 2014

As she began her remarks to the North America/Europe regional session on the MDGs, Post-2015 and Beijing+20 panel discussion, "Women and the Economy, Health and Political Participation,"  U.S.

Women and the Economy, Health and Political Participation" -- The MDGs, Post-2015, and Beijing+20

March 11, 2014

Leading off the presentations in this thought-provoking panel, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme of UN Women John Hendra identified access to quality education (particularly secondary and tertiary education) as the first of four main target areas for increasing women's economic advancement. 

UNESCO and UNICEF leaders highlight education in side session "Accelerating Progress on MDGs for Girls and Women"

March 11, 2014

High level leaders from UNESCO and UNICEF each highlighted education in their remarks at a side session on "Accelerating Progress on MDGs for Girls and Women." 

US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Statement to the CSW by Catherine Beane, NEA

March 11, 2014

"Human Rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights."  Noting that these words remain as accurate today as they were 20 years ago when then-U.S.

Canadian government doesn't exactly paint a true story

March 12, 2014

The experience of attending UNCSW58 has been simply incredible so far.  Our trade union delegation is made up of incredible women from around the globe and we all share the goal of ensuring that gender equity, access to education, protection of public services, decent work, decent wages and an extension of labour laws to all sectors are a part of this years' agreed upon conclusions.<

Canadian union women and the UNCSW

March 12, 2014

Every year women from across the globe come together in New York 

UNCSW holds a mirror up on member states regarding women's rights

March 12, 2014

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's opening remarks reiterated the priority theme “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, and the review theme  “access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.

Day 2 (March 11) was a busy one!

March 12, 2014

It began with the international labour briefing where union women from across the world strategized about lobbying their governments to ensure labour’s priorities are reflected in the Agreed Conclusions document being negotiated by members states.  After the briefing, I joined a committee of union women to review the Draft Agreed Conclusions document, and develop labour’s priority recommen

Whose voices are being heard at UNCSW?

March 12, 2014

UNSWC is held in Manhattan, New York. The main events are held in the official United Nations building, which require official passes to enter. There are a number of satellite locations which are accessible to folks without official status. All events appear to be presented in English only.

Netherlands government side event on decent work for women

March 12, 2014

On March 19th, the first day of the Commission on the Status of Women session, the Netherlands government hosted a side event on decent work for women with the aim to engage all relevant parties in support of paying living wages for women workers. Jenny Holdcroft, from IndustriALL Global Union underlined the importan