International participated in the 52nd session of the Commission on
the Status of Women (CSW), held at United Nations Headquarters in New York,
from 25 February to 7 March 2008.
DI chair Dr. Widad Akrawi
part of Defend International's commitment to gender equality, women's empowerment and human rights Defend
International president, Dr. Widad Akrawi, joined thousands of other attendees from
around the globe.
CSW is one of nine Commissions of the Economic
and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations. The commission is dedicated totally to gender equality and advancement of women's
CSW consists of 45 member states of the
United Nations elected for a period of 4 years on principle of "equitable geographical distribution": 13 members from Africa, 11 from
Asia, 9 from Latin America and Caribbean; 4 from Eastern Europe
and 8 from Western Europe and other States.
During this 52nd session the CSW
evaluated progress on gender equality, identified challenges, set global
standards and formulated concrete policies to promote gender equality and
advancement of women worldwide. It also considered a priority theme and an
emerging issue. Additionally the Commission reviewed implementation of the
agreed recommendations on a theme considered at an earlier session.
for gender equality and empowerment of women
February 2008 - 3 to 6 pm and Tuesday 26 February 2008 - all day)
Group Meeting on "Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of
Gender perspectives on climate change
(Thursday 28 February - 3-6 pm)
Women's equal participation in conflict
prevention, management and conflict resolution and in post-conflict
(Friday 29 February - 10am - 1pm)
Parallel event on the
theme for the 53rd session in 2009
The equal sharing of responsibilities between
women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS.
(Thursday 28 February - lunchtime)
Some of the benefits from attending CSW
- Networking with country delegates,
officials and NGOs;
- Be present at the official plenary
Sharing information about ongoing and
planned programmes, lessons learned and best practices; Promoting NGO efforts, equal
participation of women in decision and outcomes for women; Working to influence the votes of the
countries that are members of CSW; Pursuing ideas and experience on topics of
common interest in smaller stand-alone meetings devoted to more informal
discussion and debates in the margins of the 52nd sessions of CSW.
DI and CSW
Defend International as an organization member
of IANSA Women's Network participated in various forums and discussions which
occurred during this session. Side by side with women from around the world DI president, Dr. Widad Akrawi, was involved in several side events that discussed a wide
range of issues and challenges in devising gender equality policies and
DI, IANSA and IANSA WN
There is a tremendous cooperation between
Defend International and IANSA. A strong collaborative frame work is already in
place to work together promoting common goals and objectives, such as:
- Prevent small arms violence against women;
- Involve women fully in peacemaking,
peacebuilding and disarmament;
- Reduce military spending;
- Break the link between violence and
- Stop gun violence around the world.
The Impact of Guns on Women's Lives
On 3 March 2008 Defend International was
involved in a panel discussion focused on "The Impact of Guns on Women's Lives", organised
by IANSA and the Conventional Weapons Branch of the UN Office for Disarmament
Affairs (ODA). It was a groundbreaking as it was the first time the ODA holding
an event during the Commission on the Status of Women.
speakers highlighted the similarities between different contexts and showed how
guns affect us all. DI president was one of the speakers. Dr. Akrawi addressed the audience on "breaking
the link between guns and masculinity". One of the points she underlined
was the problems of women in Southern Iraq, in Basra,
and hounor killings in Kurdistan region.
information about the event:
Impact of Guns on Women's Lives"
Monday 3 March 2008
1.15pm - 2.45pm
UN HQ Conference Room 2
UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and IANSA
The event was chaired by IANSA Women's Networks coordinator Sarah Masters
Dr. Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University,
Akrawi, Defend International, Iraq/Denmark/Norway;
Daniel Prins, cheif, Conventional Arms Branch of UNODA;
Claire Ruhamya, Belgium/DR
Nepram, Manipuri Women Gun Survivors Network,
Pia Devoto, Asociacion para Politicas Publicas (APP), Argentina.
DI attended other meetings and events
the facts to make the change: how violence against women surveys lead to change
permanent mission of Canada
to the UN; Mission of Finland, UNDAW
important role of women in conflict prevention and post conflict peace building
Zenab for Women in Development
at national level on 1325: What are women asking for?
IWTC & Isis WICCE
from conflict - What has been the experience of Northern Ireland Women?
Northern Ireland Women's European Platform
- Financing for gender equality and the
empowerment of women - the CEDAW and the UN SCR 1325
International Federation of Women in Legal Careers
Hall Meeting: An Open Dialogue on SCR 1325
NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security
on Peace and Security: Where Are We Now with SCR 1325?
NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security
empowerment, the key to women's equal participation in conflict prevention and
in post-conflict peacebuilding
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding
To view the agreed conclusions of the 52nd session of CSW click here.
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
The 52nd session