[Brussels, 6 March 2017] Like every year, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) will take part to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (13-24 March). EWL membership is very active during CSW61, organising side events and influencing the negotiations on the Conclusions which should be adopted by the UN member states at the end of the session.
This year’s priority theme is "Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work" and the emerging issue is ’The empowerment of Indigenous women". Ahead of CSW61, the EWL had sent, together with its members, a joint statement highlighting the situation of women domestic workers. We have also made comments on the zero draft of the conclusions.
During CSW, the EWL is organising two events :
- A side event co-organised with Belgium and Iceland, on "The Nordic Model on prostitution: a key step to ensure girls’ and young women’s economic empowerment", on Wednesday 15 March, 8.15-9.30am, in conference room 8 of the UN.
- A parallel event co-sponsored by NAWO Youth, Unizon, Wagggs, the European YWCA and Rights4Girls, on "#HerFuture: Challenges & opportunities for girls’ and young women’s economic empowerment", on Wednesday 15 March, 2.30-4pm, at the Salvation Army (downstairs).
See the flyers below.
EWL side events have been listed as part of the youth-related side events listed by the UN on this page.
EWL members are also very active:
- NAWO (UK) organises a series of events, some already posted on their dedicated webpage. Among them, the EWL is a partner of the event "The contribution of Indigenous women and girls to economic empowerment", on Friday 17 March, 10h30-12h at BIC.
- The Swedish Women’s Lobby organises an event on "Underpaid and Undervalued - What a Way to Make a Living" on Tuesday 14 March, 6.15-7.45pm
- The Swedish CSW-Network organises an event on "Prostitution, not a choice, not a job!" on Wednesday 15 March, 1pm-3Pm, at the Church of Sweden
- "Diverse, Resilient and Viable - Empowering Women through the G20" with the National Council of German Women‘s Organizations, on Monday 13 March, 1.15-2.30pm
- "Women’s Economic Empowerment in Lusophone Countries" organised by the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights, 16 March, 2.30-4pm, Armenian Center
- "Girls’ and women’s economic empowerment: addressing gender norms and stereotypes", Wagggs, Tuesday 14 March, 4.30-6pm
- "Les crises et les femmes : fenêtre d’émancipation ou menaces de régression", organised by Regards de Femmes, 15 March, 10h30-12h
- "Does full decriminalisation of the sex trade lead to women’s empowerment?", organised by Women@thewell, 16 March, 4.30-6pm
- "Economic empowerment: An important strategy for prevention of violence against women", organised by the Global Network of Women’s Shelters, where our Dutch expert on VAW will speak, 16 March, 10h30-12h
- "Future women leaders: empowering underserved young women for the labor force", organised by Kagider, 17 March, 8.30-10am
- "The migration age: society enhancing economic empowerment of migrant women", organised by RIFFI (member of ENoMW), 18 March, 12h30-2pm
- "Shifting the burden to empower women involved in prostitution", organised by the UK National Board of Catholic Women, Wednesday 22 March, 2.30-4pm
- "Economically empowering trafficking victims to stay permanently off the streets", organised by women@thewell and Holy See, 22 March, UN conference room 11
- The Director of the Czech Women’s Lobby will speak at the event organised by her country on "Gender equality awareness and the art of grabbing the political will", 17 March, 1.15-2.30pm, UN conference room A
EWL Secretariat members will also be speaking at:
- "A year of focused actions to combat violence against women and girls", an event of the European Commission, on Wednesday 15 March, 1.15-2.30pm, UN conference room 2
- "Trading on the Female Body" on Tuesday 14 March, 1-3pm
- "Supporting feminist movement building for Planet 50-50 by 2030" on Friday 17 March, 5-8pm
- “Women Doctors: Economic Empowerment and Social Determinants of Health”, organised by MWIA, Wednesday 15 March, 12.30-2pm, Hardin room Church Center
We will take part to the EU-briefing, and will co-facilitate the meetings of the caucus for Europe and North America:
- Wednesday 15 March, 6.15-7.45pm, Boss room Church Center
- Monday 20 March, 6.15-7.45pm, 2nd floor Church Center
EWL supports the event of the US-based organisation World Without Exploitation, "After 18 - a new play by Katie Cappiello", on Friday 17 March, at 6pm, at Proskauer (Times Square).