In Focus: CSW59

banner-beijing20-244px-gifThe year 2015 marks a significant milestone – the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – which will be the focus of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59). At the annual high-level gathering, taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9-20 March 2015, global leaders and activists will take stock of progress and remaining challenges for implementing this landmark agreement for gender equality and women’s rights. States drafting the Declaration in 1995, identified 12 critical areas of concern, all of which are still relevant challenges today.

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photoThe President of the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers, Mrs. María Elena Elverdin, attended the grand gathering on occasion of the International Women’s Day organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, held on March 7, 2015, in Berlin. The encounter underscored that the advancement of the ideal of equality in the world today has come face-to-face with a formidable barrier, the Islamic Fundamentalism. This phenomenon is endangering the entire Middle East and the world through genocide, terrorism and discrimination and more than anything is hostile to women.

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Twears ago, when the world convened a landmark conference on women’s human rights, the devastating conflict in the former Yugoslavia prompted deserved attention to rape and other war crimes there against civilians. Two decades later, with girls as young as seven not only targeted but used as weapons by violent extremists, it would be easy to lose heart about the value of international gatherings. But while we have a long way to go to achieve full equality – with ending gender-based violence a central goal – progress over the past two decades has proven the enduring value of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women.

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LOGO FIFCJ GRANDEThe International Federation of Women in Legal Careers receives with surprise and displeasure the decision of the newly elected Greek government to exclude women from its new cabinet. The FIFCJ also questions the statements in which the team of Mr. Alexis Tsipras, President of the Nation, has underestimated the importance of this issue.

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Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

logoOver 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. If current trends continue, about 86 million additional girls worldwide will be subjected to the practice by 2030. On 20 December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/67/146 in which it “Calls upon States, the United Nations system, civil society and all stakeholders to continue to observe 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and to use the day to enhance awareness- raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations”.

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FAO: International Year of Soils 2015

fao_logoOur soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations. As long as soils are at risk, sustainable agriculture, food security and the provision of ecosystem services are compromised. In this regard, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) declared 2015 as the “International Year of Soil”.

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Meriam Ibrahim on her escape from death row

guardian-logoMeriam Ibrahim made global headlines last year when Sudanese authorities sentenced her to death after she married a Christian man. She was jailed at eight months pregnant and forced to give birth in prison. The 27-year-old has now started a new life in exile with her family in the United States. In the article, she answers Guardian readers’ questions about her incarceration with her children, her strength of faith, and the ongoing battle for human rights in her homeland.

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India’s New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape

india-mapTwo years ago, a 23-year-old woman was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi. Three days later, she died from her injuries. The incident pushed millions in the city and all over India to protest the widespread violence against women. The protests led to tougher laws and empowered women to stand up against sexual violence. Ram Devineni was inspired to create a comic book superhero, Priya, who seeks to stop violence against women.

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On the passing of Mrs. Claire Jourdan, Honorary President

LOGO FIFCJ GRANDEClick here to read the message of Mrs. María Elena Elverdin on the passing of Mrs. Claire Jourdan, Honorary President of the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers.

See also: communication of the French Association of Women in Legal Careers.

Messages from other representatives.

The International Federation of Women in Legal Careers extends its condolences to her family and to the French Association of Women in Legal Careers.