The Ongoing Work for Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights

The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place over the last two weeks, from March 9th – 20th and included representatives from Member States, UN entities and NGOs from across the world. The two weeks kicked off with the International Women’s Day ‘March in March’ held on Sunday March 8th when thousands marched the streets of Manhattan carrying and waving the slogan “Planet 50-50: by 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality and Women’s Rights”. Read 59th Commission on the Status of Women – Short Summary  

Beijing+20

  As we work towards the 20th Anniversary of the 4th UN World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1994,we are preparing to celebrate the many advances of these years and at the same time commit ourselves to awareness and action for the coming years. “Our goal is to rekindle the spirit of Beijing to re-energize all of us in our work to advance women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the launching of the Beijing+20 Campaign.  “The vision laid out in Beijing, with 12 critical areas of concern for women, still resonates deeply around the world. It is still unfinished business”, she added. Read … Read MoreBeijing+20

Human Trafficking

“Trafficking of children is a grave violation of their rights, robbing them of their childhood, their well-being, and the opportunity to reach their full potential.” Dr. Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICE The Working Group on Children and Youth from the Ngo committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons recommends that Member States that anti trafficking legislation protects children and youth and that they be treated as victims and not as criminals. It asks civil society to campaign for ratification and effective implementation of international legislation such as the Palermo Protocol and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It asks Business to be vigilant against the use of child … Read MoreHuman Trafficking

Access to Energy for All

Human life depends on adequate sources of energy to provide water, food, education, health care, communication, and appropriate employment. Therefore, providing all people with adequate energy is a moral and ethical obligation for all. Alternate energy resources must be expanded if we are to sustain human life – indeed all life – on Earth and reduce the number of people living in poverty. However, such development must be carried out in harmony with Earth’s natural boundaries, that is, acknowledging the limits of Earth’s resources and the need to restore our damaged environment while developing new energy sources that are sustainably renewable, non-contaminating, affordable for those most in need, and accessible to … Read MoreAccess to Energy for All

Safe Cities

Have you ever  asked  yourself: Do I live in a city?  Do I feel safe? Is my city an agreeable place to live? What is my city like for women?  Does every sector of my city demonstrate that people can live dignified lives there?   Now, have you heard about UN Women’s “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Global Programme” or the Global Safe City Initiative? UN Women   states that “In cities all over the world, every day, women and girls face the threat of sexual harassment and violence in public spaces as they go about their daily routines—whether on city streets, on buses and trains, or in … Read MoreSafe Cities

“Trafficking of children is a grave violation of their rights, robbing them of their childhood, their well-being, and the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Dr. Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF The Working Group on Children and Youth from the Ngo committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons recommends that Member States that anti trafficking legislation protects children and youth and that they be treated as victims and not as criminals. It asks civil society to campaign for ratification and effective implementation of international legislation such as the Palermo Protocol and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It asks Business to be vigilant against the use of child labor in supply chains as well as monitoring suppliers’ implementation on the work floor. Human life depends on adequate sources of energy to provide … Read More“Trafficking of children is a grave violation of their rights, robbing them of their childhood, their well-being, and the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Trafficking of Children and Youth.

The International Labour Organisation estimates that 5.5 million children throughout the world are victims of trafficking and 2 out of 3 child victims are girls and 75% of victims of trafficking are women and girls. Civil Society at the United Nations is interlinked with that of Governments, Civil Society and Business throughout the world. It is essential that Governments ratify and implement international conventions and protocols relating to trafficking of children and youth and that they also implement legislation and law enforcement practices that treat children who have been trafficked as victims and not as criminals. Civil Society needs to increase awareness campaigns and advocate for stronger legislation at all … Read MoreTrafficking of Children and Youth.

Energy

The Working Group for Sustainable Development and the Integrity of Creation within Civil Society at the United Nations is advocating on behalf of access to non-contaminating energy for all as a means of creating a more sustainable environment. We acknowledge the moral obligation to ensure the fundamental Human Rights for all people. Because human life depends on adequate sources of energy to provide water, food, education, health care, communication, and appropriate employment, providing all people with adequate energy is therefore a moral and ethical obligation for all. We are aware that it is urgent to provide access to alternate energy including electricity and cooking fuels to rural and urban people … Read MoreEnergy

The Lunch Break Experiment: A tool for Teaching the SDGs

The lunch break experiment is an initiative developed by the IBVM to encourage a consciousness of the SDGs in our day to day lives. We ask anyone and everyone who is willing to take part to snap a few photos of their city or town whilst on a walk or on their lunch break. These photos should exhibit the Sustainable Development Goals either in action, or in contradiction.  This exercise will help strengthen your ability to see just how much your city is already doing to improve the state of the planet, as well as bring into your awareness the areas in need of improvement.  Example: “As soon as you walk … Read MoreThe Lunch Break Experiment: A tool for Teaching the SDGs

Generation Effect: Encounters for a Sustainable Future

Grandparents and older people have a profound ability to deeply empower younger generations to become strong leaders. In a world suffering from the exploitation of its resources, it is more important than ever that change is made so that future generations can thrive in their environment.The Generation Effect” aims to gather together grandparents, and older members of the community, to impart some wisdom to the younger generations about what life  was like when they were growing up. Through this discussion, younger generations are encouraged, as a form of mutual education, to share their insights on today’s climate and how it differs from their elders. What does the activity consist of? Grandparents … Read MoreGeneration Effect: Encounters for a Sustainable Future