As MenCare+ and MenEngage we are pleased to invite you to be part of our exciting and yet important discussions at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60). CSW runs from March 14 to 24 at UN Headquarters in New York. The main theme for CSW60 is sustainable development and women empowerment. It is therefore our pleasure that this will be a platform for us to engage with women’s rights organisations, governments and international organisations about gender transformative approaches and engaging men and boys.
Our goal is to show that engaging boys and men for gender equality is improving the lives of women and girls. International agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, recognize the ongoing inequality between men and women, and the power aspects of gender. It is acknowledged that by engaging boys and men and addressing harmful attitudes and practices and rigid gender norms, the lives and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of women and men, boys and girls can be improved. It is essential that SRHR programming and policy efforts address the ‘gendered’ vulnerabilities and specific SRHR needs of girls and (young) women, boys and (young) men.
Rutgers welcomes the agreed conclusions of the CSW60. Women and girls and their rights are strongly represented in the text and there's a strong link with the 2030 Agenda. In the document two paragraphs are incorporated about the importance of involving men and boys in reaching gender equality. We are glad that at the CSW the role of men and boys is looked into and how they are part of this agenda. Unfortunately, controversial issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights are under pressure, such as comprehensive sexuality education and other than heterosexual identities, and gender identities (read homosexuality and transgenders). And it is a pity that these agreed conclusions aren't more progressive than previous UN outcomes.
Another resolution was adopted on hiv/aids. This was a difficult process. There is attention for the specific risks for women and girls, but key populations are overlooked. We find this a missed opportunity.
Highlights (overview of daily events)
This is a roundtable session about how to work together on a joint agenda for gender justice with women’s organizations and engaging men and boys. This dialogue session invites an open discussion on these trends and their impacts on women, women’s organizations, and our shared goals to achieve gender justice for all.
Friday 18 March, 04:30 - 06:00 PM Salvation Army (SA), Downstairs Room
An intensive, interactive Case Study Course in Africa to build advocacy and leadership skills
Women’s empowerment can improve health and well-being for women and their families. However, without attention to gender roles and masculinities, empowerment efforts may fall short.
Monday 21 March 2016, 08:30 AM CCUN Drew
EXPERT SESSION:On Gender Transformative Approaches (GTA); link and learn from reflections and lessons learned from MenCare+
In this session we will explore how Gender Transformative Approaches can contribute to sustainable development and women equality. This will be done through interactive discussions with experts, program managers and advocates.
Monday 21 March, 04:30 PM Salvation Army - Room Assignment: Downstairs
From the Istanbul Convention to implementation: Addressing violence against women with different approaches and at different levels
Tuesday 22 March 2016, 08.30 AM Church Centre (CCUN) 10th floor, 777 UN Plaza, NYC
Rutgers is present at CSW to plea for full gender equality and sustainable development, and to realize the SRHR of women and men, boys and girls.
Representatives at CSW60 are:
Jeroen Lorist (Technical Advisor Engaging Men in SRHR and Gender Justice at Rutgers)
Ilze Smit (Advocacy Officer at Rutgers)
You can follow them on twitter: via @ilze_utrecht
For more information about CSW, you can visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw60-2016. Follow us on twitter @RutgersNL @mencareglobal, @SonkeTogether, @menengage #CWS2016 for live updates. You can also like us on facebook www.facebook.com/mencarecampaign