Members

  • Susan O'Malley (Co-Chair), Intl Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW), USA
  • Erica Higbie (Co-Chair), FAWCO, USA
  • Stacy Dry Lara, Graduate Women International, Geneva
  • Laurie Richardson, FAWCO, Vienna
  • Linda Witong, Soroptimist International, USA
  • Lois Addo, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), Ghana
  • Lana Finikin, Sistren Theatre Collective, Jamaica
  • Carole Shaw, Asia Pacific Women's Watch, Australia
  • Diana Abou Abbas, Marsa Sexual Health Center, Lebanon
  • Mabel Bianco, Foundation for Studies and Research on Women, Argentina
  • Ani Karapetyan, Armenian International Women's Association, USA

ABOUT:

In keeping with the NGO CSW/NY mission to inclusively lobby for gender equality, the Advocacy Research Group (previously the Zero Draft Subcommittee) will provide solicited and researched recommendations leading up to and during the CSW Outcome Document negotiations. The Group will research issues raised in the CSW Priority Theme with input from Regional NGO CSWs and Civil Society. Recommended language will be provided to receptive government representatives in advance of negotiations for consideration and inclusion in their discussions, and to UNWomen, the CSW Bureau and during opportunities for Civil Society input.

Initially, the group will organize and undertake a research strategy (Nov-Feb) guided by the Priority Theme and will ultimately write Zero Draft recommendations (Feb). Advocacy with Permanent Missions and UNWomen will be coordinated with NGO CSW/NY Leadership.

CIVIL SOCIETY ZERO DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS:

Read the recommendations of our Advocacy Research Group for the CSW65 Agreed Conclusions document. These recommendations are based on several months of collaborative research and outreach by members of all of the Regional NGO CSWs: New York, Geneva, Vienna, Latin America and Caribbean, Arab MENA, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

KEY CRITICAL ISSUES ONE-PAGERS

The Advocacy Research Group also compiled one-pagers on the critical issues identified in the UN Women Report of the Expert Group on the priority theme in October 2020. Six key critical issues and actions for advocacy were identified, with input from all regions, and researched in the hope that advocates participating in CSW65 might use these one-pagers as tools for their own interactions. Download the one-pages on each of the key critical issues below.

ADDITIONAL ISSUES FOR ADVOCACY

This document covers some additional cross-cutting issues that the Advocacy Research Group felt were important. UN precedent documents are included should CSW65 attendees wish to advocate on them during Forum Events, Side Events or Outcome Document negotiations.

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES ON KEY ISSUES AFFECTING WOMEN

Lastly, you will find a results summary of a Youth Survey on these same critical issues - very illuminating for understanding priority theme relevance to young participants and decision-makers in public life. Read the survey summary below.

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