[Brussels, 18 May 2012] EWL Secretary General Cécile Gréboval was yesterday named as one of the members of the new Global Civil Society Advisory Group set up to liaise with the UN women’s rights agency. The EWL has a long-standing record of working at UN level within the framework of the Commission on the Status of Women and the Economic and Social Committee, and was the European focal point of the global campaign that brought about the foundation of UN Women, the GEAR campaign.
More information on the GEAR campaign can be found here. Below is the press release from the UN announcing the names of the members of the new Advisory Group.
UN Women Announces Global Civil Society Advisory Group
United Nations, New York — May 17, 2012 - UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet today announced the members of her Global Civil Society Advisory Group that will facilitate regular consultations and dialogue between civil society and UN Women.
“I am delighted that a group of outstanding international women’s rights advocates and experts on gender issues have agreed to serve on my Global Civil Society Advisory Group. They will play an important consulting role, and provide strategic perspectives on advocacy on gender equality and women’s empowerment and on UN Women’s thematic priorities,” said Ms. Bachelet. “They will also help strengthen UN Women’s engagement and partnerships with civil society at all levels. I look forward to working together towards our common goals,” she added.
The establishment of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Groups at the global, regional and national levels was announced earlier this year at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Global Group appointed by the Executive Director is based on wide consultation with civil society networks and nominations from civil society organizations. All members have proven track records of work in areas related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and bring diverse experience and expertise to the group. Members include grassroots, rural and community-based leaders, leaders of indigenous people’s groups, feminist scholars, human rights lawyers, and male leaders working on gender and women’s rights issues.
The main objective of this Group is dialogue and engagement to advance global goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Group serves as a consultative forum for UN Women.
The membership of the Group will be rotational, and the current members will be serving for a period of two years. The current members of the Group are: Marling Haydee Rodriguez, President of the Union of Cooperatives Las Brumas, Nicaragua; Teresa Fernández de la Vega Sanz, Former Vice-President of Spain, Eminent Jurist and Founder, Women for Africa Foundation, Spain; Tarcila Rivera Zea, Founder, Center of Indigenous Cultures of Peru, Peru; Rawwida Baksh, Former Head of the Women’s Rights Programme, International Research and Development Centre, Trinidad and Tobago; Patricia Perez, Global Chair of International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), Argentina; Charlotte Bunch, Founder of GEAR Campaign, United States; Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon Campaign, Canada; Hibaaq Othman, Strategist for Dignity Fund, the Think Tank for Arab Women and Karama, Somalia; Nehad Abol Komsan, Founder and Chairperson of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, Egypt; Rabea Naciri, President of the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women, Morocco; Violet Shivutse, Leader, GROOTS, Kenya; Bineta Diop, Executive Director and Founder, Femmes Africa Solidarité, Senegal; Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, South Africa; Josephine Castillo, Organizer-Trainer, Damayan Ng Maralitang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA), Philippines; Hina Jilani, Founder, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan; Bandana Rana, Executive President of Saathi and Regional Coordinator, South Asian Campaign for Gender Equality, Nepal; Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Founder, FemLINKPACIFIC, Fiji; Drude Dahlerup, Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden; Selma Acuner, Professor, Ankara University, Turkey; Cecile Greboval, Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby; and Joanne Sandler, retired Deputy Director, UNIFEM.
The first meeting of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group will be convened at the time of the 67th session of the General Assembly in September, when members will be able to provide important inputs into the work of UN Women, including on partnerships and the post-2015 development agenda.
National and regional civil society advisory groups are also currently being set up by UN Women regional and country offices, and a dedicated global website will be established for information sharing between the civil society groups and UN Women.