Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to From Language to Action hosted by the National Women's Alliances at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney today. The forum was a great opportunity to discuss how we can effectively use international human rights instruments in our domestic advocacy for gender equality and women's rights. You can catch up on today's happenings searching for the Twitter hashtag #globaltolocal.
Pre-registrations for NGO representatives to CSW58 close on 27 January 2014. This is the Monday public holiday for Australia Day, the last business day before that is Friday 24 January.
Please note that the selection process for the position of non-government representatives on the Australian Government delegation to CSW58 has not yet been finalised. Unfortunately this means that if you applied for a position on the Australian Government delegation, but intend to self-fund your attendance to CSW58 if you are not succesful, it would be best to register now to ensure you are able to attend. Australian Government CSW delegation applicants will be notified of the outcome in the coming weeks.
Information on how to register for CSW58 can be found on the CSW website. More information is available in the JERA guide.
Applications for the U.N. open meeting with Youth Organisations, Networks and Movements 18-20 September close soon. Applications that require funding must be sent by August 20th the latest. All other applications should be sent by September 15th. You can apply here. For more information on eligibility, see here.
The Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development has been tasked by the Secretary-General’s to coordinate support from across the UN system to implement his Five Year Action Agenda priorities on working with and for youth, including the appointment of the Envoy on Youth, the development of a System-Wide Action Plan on Youth and the establishment of a UN Youth Volunteer Programme. The IANYD is committed to do this jointly in partnership with young people themselves, as has taken the unprecedented step of hosting an open meeting with youth-led organisations, networks and movements. This meeting will be an opportunity to report to young people on progress made so far, to identify concrete partnerships for working together, as well as to set up institutional mechanisms to increase youth participation and strengthening accountability. This meeting will also seek to engage in a high-level dialogue calling for increased investments in young people and promoting their priorities in the post-2015 agenda.
The face of homelessness is increasingly that of a woman. Women are more vulnerable than ever with a greater likelihood of experiencing poverty and violence, putting their risk of homelessness at an all time high. Is this the face we want to show to the world on International Women’s Day 2013?
Take action today and join our campaign to guarantee the inclusion of prevention of gender-based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.
At the end of March, all governments in the world will gather to do the final negotiations of an Arms Trade Treaty. This is our chance to make sure that prevention of armed gender-based violence (GBV) is included in the treaty. As we all know, any references and focus on gender have a tendency to end up merely as a secondary criterion or forgotten all together. It is therefore important that WILPF members pushes our governments to support specific language on GBV in the treaty.
It is now time to mobilize our sections, and make a difference!
We’ve set up a petition that every WILPF member and their friends should sign. So please spread this to your national members and networks, and encourage all your contacts to spread it. You can forward this email, share on Facebook, twitter, letter doves and message in a bottle. Each person that signs the petition also has an opportunity to sign up for our newsletters, so we also can remind them of the other great work we do throughout the year, and to hopefully report that our campaign was a success once the treaty negotiations conclude.
An information session will be held on the ACT microcredit program. No intertest and low interest loans are made available for eligible applicants to start or grow a business. Key target groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, migrants, young people, women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.