CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015)


The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20, March 2015. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.

Gestos will be there represented by Alessandra Nilo.

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Latin America Regional Consultation for the third Conference on Finance for Development, Santiago, Chile, on March 12th and 13th.

Gestos will represent ABONG at the consultation, where it will push for financial transactions taxes as an innovative mechanism to fund human and evironmental development.

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Sustainable Development Goals ongoing negotiations. Final agreement to be reached at 69th General Assembly, in September 2015.

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Sustainable development is only possible

if women's health is prioritised


Let the 21st century be the century of women. These were the words of the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, when he launched his report on the post- 2015 development agenda. The empowerment and rights of girls and women must be at the heart of everything we do, said Ban.

Lets hope the member states were paying attention.

In September, UN delegates will come together in New York to decide on the content of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will drive the global agenda on social, economic and environmental development for the next 15 years. Work thus far has resulted in 17 draft goals and 169 specific targets. The goals are broad and ambitious, but improving womens health is not mentioned specifically in any of them and is referenced in just two targets.

Even a glance at the list of proposed goals makes clear that universal access to contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services is vital to achieving many of them. How can we end poverty if women and couples cannot determine whether or when to have a child, or how many to have? How can we ensure equitable education for all if so many girls drop out of school due to unwanted pregnancy? How can we achieve gender equality if womens reproductive rights are not fulfilled?

The answer to all of these questions is the same: we cant. But these are the questions that must be asked in September as UN delegates and civil society groups negotiate a final version of the SDGs.

For negotiations to take womens wellbeing into account effectively, they must start with the basic facts. While more women are practising modern contraception today than a decade ago, contraceptive use has barely kept pace with global population growth.

New research from the Guttmacher Institute shows that a shockingly high number of women in developing regions still do not receive the services they need to protect their health and that of their newborns: 225 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using contraceptives and 43 million pregnant women face health risks by giving birth outside a health facility. Read more...

 
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