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

International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women’s Day 2021 we celebrate Mary Ward women around the world who have responded with creativity and resilience to the needs of their families and communities during this pandemic. This booklet showcases just some of the many stories of women doing ordinary things extraordinarily, to shape a more equal future and recovery post Covid19. As our International Leaders, Noelle Corscadden IBVM and Jane Livesey CJ wrote in their letter, “We know that they (women) are often the first to respond to needs and in the context of the pandemic are often carrying the burden of caring for family and loved ones, to which some of the stories in … Read MoreInternational Women’s Day 2021

Stop Violence Against Girls

We remember girls during these 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. We know that violence against girls is worldwide. It is perpetrated on every continent, in every social and economic class, and sanctioned to varying degrees by every form of government, every major religion, and every kind of communal or familial structure. There is no place of complete refuge for the girl child, only promises of stronger legal regimes and more robust non-governmental assistance. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) defines a child as: a “human being below the age of 18 years, unless under the law applicable to that child, majority is attained earlier.”  Forced and Child … Read MoreStop Violence Against Girls

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  


  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