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.

Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai

Dr. Francis Crick's Nobel Prize Medal on Heritage AuctionsOn July 12, 2013, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education for every girl and young women. This was her first public speech since the coward attack that almost ended her life in 2012; she said: “I am not against anyone (…). I’m here to speak up for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all terrorist and extremists.”

And she continued: “Malala Day [the name of the event] is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.”

On October 10, 2014, the Norwegian Committee awarded Malala Yousafzai, along with Kailash Satyarthi, President of the Global March Against Child Labour, the Nobel Peace Prize. The International Federation of Women in Legal Careers celebrates this well-deserved recognition and hopes that the Malala pacifist message reaches all corners of the world and feed the spirits of all those who share a desire for a more equal and just world.

Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets

1420888021The largest mobilization on climate change in history happened on September 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in New York and in over 2000 other communities around the world. It was a beautiful expression of our love for all that climate change threatens, and our hope that we can save this world and build a society powered by 100% clean energy.

For more information and pictures, visit Avaaz.