Action Pledge to End Child Labour – August

In June this year, UNICEF and the International Labor Organization(ILO) released a joint report informing us that for the first time in 20 years, the global progress to end child labour has stalled. There are now 79 million children aged 5 to 17 years in hazardous work, a rise of 6.5 million since 2016. More than one in four children in the world’s poorest countries are engaged in work that is potentially harmful to their health. According to UNICEF, there could be over 32 million children that are out of school because of pandemic closures or have failed to return once their schools re-opened. School closures and the additional economic … Read MoreAction Pledge to End Child Labour – August

Working Group On Girls CSW 65 Statements

The 65th Commission on the Status of Women was held in March and with the pandemic still happening, was in a hybrid format with most meetings and events held virtually. The Priority Theme was “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” The commission also reviewed the agreed conclusions of the 60th session, “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.” It is important that the issues faced by girls, which in most instances are very different to women, are also addressed by the commission and UN member states. … Read MoreWorking Group On Girls CSW 65 Statements

Action Pledge to End Child Labour – July

Sadly child labour has increased for the first time in two decades. Worldwide there are now 160 million children in child labour. Any work that deprives children of their childhood is defined as child labour. A child who is forced to work instead of play loses her easy laughter and her chance to learn in curious and creative ways. But for some children and families, they have to work because their survival depends on it. Last month we launched our Action Pledge to Eliminate to Child Labour by raising awareness and inspiring local actions among our global network of over 200,000 students and members of our community. We need to … Read MoreAction Pledge to End Child Labour – July

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

They are not just another party to be won over, or merely another individual seated at a table of equals. They are our principal dialogue partners, those from whom we have the most to learn, to whom we need to listen out of a duty of justice, and from whom we must ask permission before presenting our proposals. Their words, their hopes and their fears should be the most authoritative voice at any table of dialogue on the Amazon region. Querida Amazonia Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, 26 – Pope Francis The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. … Read MorePermanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UN Secretary General’s CSW65 Report

The CSW 65 Secretary-General Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the current circumstances facing women globally. Although we have made progress, sadly gender equality remains a dream. The report includes recommendations as outlined below. First, the strengthening of normative, legal and regulatory frameworks with respect to gender equality. The following measures will enable this: comprehensive reform of laws, policies and regulations that discriminate women; gender parity of executive positions in local and national governments; 50% quota targets for parliamentary representations, amongst others. Secondly, the prevention and elimination of violence against women in public life. Measures suggested are: legal frameworks; law enforcement capacity; standard-setting; and provision of services, amongst others. Thirdly, … Read MoreUN Secretary General’s CSW65 Report

We Have a Responsibility

It was a reminder that we have a responsibility not to forget that ‘there is a global community outside of our own personal bubble’; that we must use our privilege to listen to and amplify the voices of others. Ailish Gaughan The CSW65 was an exciting, humbling and inspiring experience. For me, the recurrent themes were those of universality and accountability, and I learnt that it is crucial to make intersectionality the heart of the discussion. As said by another delegate: ‘it was an experience of listening. Very hard listening’. Transnational feminism was also integral to the Conversation Circle. Speaking with the girls in my own group, we discussed the … Read MoreWe Have a Responsibility

Global Conversation Circles at CSW65

Fourteen students from Loreto and CJ schools in Brazil, India, Mauritius, Nepal and the United Kingdom participated in an online Global Conversation Circles to discuss the Generation Equality Action Coalition Themes. Seventy girls from 18 countries shared their experience on the themes and put forward recommendation to address the issues faced by girls. The event was organised by the Working Group on Girls (WGG), in collaboration with NGO CSW, and was held during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) on March 16. The event was part of the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum and was led by girls for girls. Most of the participants facilitated the local Conversation … Read MoreGlobal Conversation Circles at CSW65

Mary Ward Women Attend CSW65

Twenty nine members of the IBVM/CJ network attended the virtual 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum last March. Together with over 27,000 participants, our delegates participated in various webinars and conversation circles while also watching a number of the CSW sessions on the UN WebTV. The hybrid nature of the event enabled a record number of people from all parts of the world to attend. It was a very different affair to last year’s 64th session that convened for only one meeting that included opening statements followed by the adoption of the draft Political Declaration. The rest of the session … Read MoreMary Ward Women Attend CSW65

Generation Equality 2021

In 2019, the UN Women announced the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), a global conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality, and to celebrate the power of women’s rights activism, feminist solidarity and youth leadership to achieve transformative change. The event is co-chaired by Mexico and France. The GEF was to be held in Mexico and Paris in 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. It finally commenced in Mexico in March 2021 and will conclude in Paris in July. The GEF aims to finish with concrete intergenerational and multi-stakeholder partnerships and accountability for scaled-up, urgent action on the critical issues to achieve gender equality by 2030. In … Read MoreGeneration Equality 2021

Mary Ward Family Action Pledge to End Child Labour

2021 is the United Nations designated Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. There are currently 40 million people in modern slavery and 152 million children in child labour. Target 8.7 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals calls for us to work together to end these unacceptable violations of human rights. Members of our Mary Ward network are already supporting and advocating for children working in the brickfields, in hidden domestic labour situations and other agricultural contexts. In line with our commitment to the United Nations, the elimination of human trafficking and the care of women and children, we will mark the 12th of each month with a focus on … Read MoreMary Ward Family Action Pledge to End Child Labour