What Will Shape Women’s Rights Over the Next 15 Years?

logoDecisions made in 2015 will help shape the women’s rights agenda for the next 15 years. In September, world leaders will endorse a new set of development goals at the UN. The proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), feature a standalone goal on gender, which encourages the world to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Discussions about the content of the goals, which will apply to all countries, began in 2013, and a final draft was published in July. The UN starts negotiations next week on finalising the SDGs.

Read full article in The Guardian.

Amnesty International: Coverage of Recent Events in Nigeria

niWJ1nYDThe International Secretariat’s Amnesty International Media Center provides media professionals with access to breaking news, expert comment and important information about human rights issues around the world. It will help you to stay tune on the more recent events in Nigeria. The International Federation of Women in Legal Careers follows the development of this conflict closely.

Click here to visit Amnesty International English website

CSW 59 / Beijing+20 (2015)

B1DbteBIYAEJ3t1The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015.

The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption. It will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 Development Agenda.

For more information about the CSW59, visit its website by clicking here.

International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women

vistinskiot-mazh-nikogash-ne-udira-zhena-199171The 25th of November was chosen by the United Nations as a day of remembrance for the Mirabal sisters, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal were known by fellow members of the resistance movement against the dictatorship as Las Mariposas or The Butterflies. In 1999, the United Nations chose this date to honor their lives and courage, and to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

 According to UN Women, “1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner; about 120 million girls have been forced into intercourse or other sexual acts at some point in their lives; and 133 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation.”

Addressing this situation, the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers understands that the scope of violence exceeds its physical sphere, affecting the autonomy, freedom and mental integrity of women and girls. That is why we must ensure the enactment of integral laws that address gender-based violence considering its different manifestations. In this regard, the FIFCJ applauds the recent entry into force of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women. We hope that in the near future similar initiatives protect more women and girls worldwide.

Education in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

LogoCRC25Denise Scotto, Vice-President of the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers, was invited to provide the keynote address at the Symposium on Education as an Imperative for a Transformative Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda on November 21, 2014.Organized by the Mission of Grenada to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Rights of the Child, the meeting was webcast by the UN Web TV Channel:

Click here to watch the complete video of the session.