CSW62 organized by UN-Women

CSW62

Empowerment of rural women and girls

Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their full potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts.

IDA has attended  to the 62nd  Commission on the Status of Women CSW62

Regarding the  Empowerment of rural women and girls, organized by UN-Women.

Following the main activities done:

General Assembly

NourDign in UN General Assembly

Mr. Andrea Giannetto, IDA President do the presentation regarding the women empowerment project in Africa.

The goal of NourDign project is to install in the next five years 1 Million food-processing units to give the financial autonomy to 5 Million Women in West Africa. ADA (African Diplomatic Academy), IDA International and ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) have decided to implement a series of projects and programs aimed to improve economic and social conditions of African women and vulnerable groups.

Mrs. Marie Claude Bibeau

Plan International Launch Event: Girls’ Rights Platform

The Honourable Marie Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development & La Francophonie

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

Mrs. Caroline Rusten

Plan International Launch Event: Girls’ Rights Platform

Mrs. Caroline Rusten, Chief Umanitarian Unit, UN Women

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

Multi-Faceted crisis in the Great Lakes

Rural Women and Girls affected by the Multi-Faceted crisis in the Great Lakes

Mrs. Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security

International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.

The Great Lakes refugee crisis is the common name for the situation beginning with the exodus in April 1994 of over two million Rwandans to neighboring countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.

Andrea Giannetto: Multi-Faceted crisis in the Great Lakes

Rural Women and Girls affected by the Multi-Faceted crisis in the Great Lakes

Andrea Giannetto IDA President

International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.

The Great Lakes refugee crisis is the common name for the situation beginning with the exodus in April 1994 of over two million Rwandans to neighboring countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.

Andrea Giannetto IDA President has explained how to women empowerment and the economic independence can help the Peace in the area.

Mrs. Bineta Diop

Mrs. Bineta Diop

Mrs. Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security

Bineta Diop is the Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), an international NGO) that seeks to foster, strengthen and promote the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa. She played an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within the African Union Commission’s leadership and in the adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa as well as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. She has led peace building programs as well as many women’ peace and security initiatives. In January 2014, she was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security. M.me Diop was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2011. She was co-chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2014.

IFAD value chains in Africa

Enabling rural women to benefit from opportunities in agro-food value chains in Africa

Mrs. Cornelia Richter IFAD Vice President

IFAD promotes economic empowerment that enables rural women and men in Africa to have an equal opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, the activities that it finances. This is complemented by efforts to reduce the labor burden of rural women and increase their voice in decision-making at all levels. IFAD looks to move beyond mainstreaming and scaling up in order to achieve real transformative gender impact. In recent years, IFAD has placed particular emphasis on developing agricultural value chains that are inclusive of rural women and youth. This has strongly contributed to the emergence of rural women-led micro, small and medium enterprises that generate growth and employment in the various segments of agri-business sectors.

Mrs. Cornelia Richter

Mrs. Cornelia Richter

Ms. Cornelia Richter Cover the position of IFAD Vice-President.

Ms. Richter is a German national and join IFAD on 1 February 2018 after a long and distinguished career with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

(GIZ) GmbH, where she is Managing Director and member of the GIZ Executive Committee.

In addition to her recognized leadership in organizational change, Ms Richter brings extensive field experience acquired through various assignments focused on rural development in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has also worked in partnership with the private sector, non governmental organizations and the Gates Foundation on value chain enhancement in Africa and social security programmes in India. In addition, Ms. Richter is a member of several academic advisory boards.

Land degradation and drought

Empowering rural women and girls by addressing land degradation and drought

Mr. Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Island Minister of Social Affairs and Equality and H.E. Hon Doreen Sioka Minister of Gender and Child Welfare of the Republic of Namibia

Organized by the Group of Friends on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), in collaboration with UNCCD and UN Women, this side event will address, through national experiences and case studies, the nexus between DLDD, and the empowerment of rural women and girls. The event will also aim to understand how women are impacted by land degradation, desertification and drought, how is Land Degradation Neutrality both an SDG accelerator and integrator, and how to strengthen gender expertise to implement the UNCCD at country level. The event hopes to build synergies and partnerships to strengthen gender equality in regions affected by DLDD and to leverage expertise.

Delivering as One

Delivering as One: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with and for rural women and girls

Phumzile Mlambo – Ngcuka is United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women and Mrs. Cornelia Richter IFAD Vice President

This Side Event brings together the Rome based Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP) and UN Women and high level government officials to engage with a diverse audience to assess the opportunities for strengthening collaboration and strategize on how to reinforce sustainable development with and for rural women and girls. A key guiding question will be how each organization or sector can build on their experiences and comparative advantage to enhance efficient and effective partnership and collaboration for gender responsive rural transformation in the context of the SDGs.

Andrea Giannetto: Delivering as One

Delivering as One: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with and for rural women and girls

Phumzile Mlambo – Ngcuka is United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Mrs. Cornelia Richter IFAD Vice President and Andrea Giannetto IDA President

This Side Event brings together the Rome based Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP) and UN Women and high level government officials to engage with a diverse audience to assess the opportunities for strengthening collaboration and strategize on how to reinforce sustainable development with and for rural women and girls. A key guiding question will be how each organization or sector can build on their experiences and comparative advantage to enhance efficient and effective partnership and collaboration for gender responsive rural transformation in the context of the SDGs. Andrea Giannetto IDA President has done his contribution explain how in Senegal the NourDign project is working to achieve the Sustainable Development with and for rural women and girls.

Mrs. Phumzile Mlambo - Ngcuka

Mrs. Phumzile Mlambo – Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo – Ngcuka is United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women

Before joining UN-Women, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka worked with women and girls in different capacities within civil society and as a public representative, focusing on political and economic rights, as well as girls’ education.  Her experience includes promoting gender equality in both the private and public sectors, as well as women’s involvement in her country’s struggle against Apartheid.  As World YWCA Coordinator for Young Women’s Programmes, she has worked with young women all over the world. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa (2005-2008).  She initially joined Parliament in 1994, chairing the Public Service Portfolio Committee.  She was Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry (1996-1999) and Minister for Minerals and Energy (1999-2005), also acting briefly as Minister for Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (2004).  In all her portfolios, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was actively involved in policy and legislation that impacted positively on the lives of women and girls.

Empowerment of Rural Women - New Zealand and Australia

Case Studies of Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in New Zealand, Australia and Argentina

Mrs. Julie Anne Genter New Zeland Minister for Women

Women’s contribution to rural society and the economy has been vastly underestimated worldwide. There are opportunities to achieve gender equality for rural women through economic empowerment. This panel of experts from New Zealand, Australia and Argentina will focus on successful case studies of women’s entrepreneurship, the challenges women and how barriers can be over-come to economically empower rural women.

Mrs. Julie Anne Genter

Mrs. Julie Anne Genter New Zeland Minister for Women

From a very young age she engaged in activism for peace, cannabis law reform, marriage equality, environmental protection and ending the excessive influence of large corporates on government policy. At University she lived in a student-owned housing cooperative, which was her first experience of consensus-driven, community based democracy. Julie Anne has been a strong advocate for building towns and cities that put people at their heart, support strong healthy communities and enhance our natural environment. As a Green MP Julie Anne has been a spokesperson on  a broad range of issues, including climate change, transport, health, finance, housing and women. She has helped shape public debate on transport, medicinal marijuana, gender equality, and mental health. Prior to becoming a member of Parliament, Julie Anne was a volunteer and adviser in the Party. She also worked as a transport and planning consultant for some of New Zealand’s leading firms.

General Assembly

General Assembly

Phumzile Mlambo – Ngcuka is United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women

General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

Presentations from the Government delegates regarding the women projects in the respective countries.

Rural women in the MENA Region

Economic empowerment for rural women in the MENA Region

Mrs. Teresa Bellanova, Italian member of the Parliament  and Mrs. Neziha Laabidi, Minister of Woman, Family and Childhood of Tunisia

In 2016, the female population in the MENA region was estimated at 210 million, whereby the population of working age women (15 – 64) was 135 million. Only 20% of the female working age population was reported to participate in the labor force, a rate that has remained rather stable over the years in the MENA Region and is the lowest observed at the global level. While the gender gap in education has been mostly eliminated, this has only had a small positive impact on women’s participation in the economic life. Young women’s participation to the labor force does not in fact differ from the overall female working age population participation rate.

JPRWEE

A holistic, integrated approach to accelerate rural women’s empowerment: JPRWEE case

HE Elback Zeinabou Tari Bako, Minister  of Women’s Promotion and Child Protection of Niger

This side event will showcase results and emerging lessons from the Joint  Programme on Accelerating Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment (JPRWEE), focusing on the programme’s contribution to rural women’s food security and nutrition, income generation, leadership and, hence, sustainable development. Furthermore, the event will create additional support and commitment for women’s economic empowerment as a key component of the 2030 Agenda to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Shea Value

Contribution of the Shea Value in the Empowerment of Women in Rural Environments: Experience of Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso

African countries, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Mali and Togo, produce about 500,000 tons of shea. In northern Ghana, the fruits contribute to food security, particularly for the rural area. Processing of shea butter is a way of life for many women in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso and others west African Countries.

Africans women leaders

African Women Leaders Network

Mrs. Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security and others African women Ministeries

Event aims at highlighting the contribution of the African Women Leaders Network, established by the AU in partnership with Germany and UN Women, to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Attendance of the majors African women Ministers.

African Women Leaders Network

African Women Leaders Network

A side conversation among some of the most important women of the continent:

Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security, Ndèye Sali Diop Dieng Women Senegal Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba Ghana Women Minister, Isatou Touray Gambia Trade Minister, and others. Comprising about 55 national and international organizations, the GIMAC aims to create a space for civil society to monitor the implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), mainly by holding bi-annual Pre-Summit Consultative Meetings to the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

Digital skills

Empowering rural girls and women through digital skills

Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications, Ghana Roland Lindenthal, Head of Unit “Education and the Digital World”, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

The event, co-organized by UNESCO and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as co-leads for the EQUALS Skills Coalition, will explore what governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector are doing to “crack the code” and empower rural girls and women to be ICT users, creators and innovators through gender-responsive STEM education and skills training. Key experts from government, the private sector and civil society will shed light on the situation globally including factors that contribute to girls’ and women’s acquisition of digital skills and competencies, and share examples of good practice.

Widowhood

Widowhood in rural areas

Mrs. Patricia Kaliati Gender Minister of Malawi

In addition to the main theme, participants will review progress on a theme adopted by the CSW in its 2003 session: “Participation in and access of women to the media and information and communications technologies as well as their impact and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.” This year’s session will also review progress made to implement last year’s session recommendations held under the theme “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”

Food Assistance

Food Assistance for Assets & Rural Women’s Empowerment

Mark Gordan, Chief, Asset Creation and Livelihoods Unit, Programme Policy Division, World Food Programme

Command of assets is a key element of empowerment for rural (and all) women; contributing to the achievement of both SDG 2 (End Hunger) and SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality). Drawing upon WFP’s multi-country study, a panel of experts and activists will explore how asset creation and ownership can foster shifts towards gender equality; addressing such key factors as (i) social cohesion and dignity; (ii) skills and confidence; (iii) awareness about rights; (iv) perceptions about ‘women’s roles’; (v) fair and manageable workloads; (vi) quantity and control of income; (vii) livelihoods, and (viii) understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Challenges of ICT

Ending Violence against Women – Opportunities and Challenges of ICT

Ms. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. It occurs worldwide, cutting across all generations, nationalities, communities and spheres of our societies, irrespective of age, ethnicity, disability or other background. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) is ever increasing in this modern world, and provides a unique opportunity for women to participate in society more actively than ever.

Andrea Giannetto: Challenges of ICT

Ending Violence against Women – Opportunities and Challenges of ICT

Ms. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General and Andrea Giannetto IDA President

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. It occurs worldwide, cutting across all generations, nationalities, communities and spheres of our societies, irrespective of age, ethnicity, disability or other background. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) is ever increasing in this modern world, and provides a unique opportunity for women to participate in society more actively than ever. Andrea Giannetto IDA President has done his contribution regarding the implementation that ICT could give for Ending of the Violence against Women.

Women's Empowerment at the Community Level

Preventing Violent Extremism through Women’s Empowerment at the Community Level

Yenny Wahid, Head of the Wahid Foundation in Indonesia

This is a follow-up event to the World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2017 held in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 1-3, This side event will highlight role of women in building social cohesion, creating peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism in rural communities. It will include the sharing of results and lessons learned from Japan supported programs on women, peace and security.

Mrs. Yenny Wahid

Mrs. Yenny Wahid

Yenny Wahid, Head of the Wahid Foundation in Indonesia

Zannuba Ariffah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid, or more popularly known as Yenny Wahid is an Indonesian Islamic activist and politician. She is currently the director of The Wahid Institute, an Islamic research center founded by her father.

Climate change

Climate change adaptation strategies for capacity building and economic empowerment of women farmers

Mrs. Patricia Kaliati Gender Minister of Malawi

Agriculture remains one of the most important areas of the work of women in the world with more than a third of women employed in the agricultural sector. Women farmers face several key structural barriers that limit their access to land, information, finance, infrastructure, technologies and markets. Bridging the gender gap in agriculture through informed investment that eliminates these barriers is a huge opportunity for women’s economic empowerment. It has been estimated that equalizing access to inputs could increase agricultural production by up to 20 percent in Africa.

Ghana disability inclusion

Ghana – Empowering rural women and girls- disability inclusion

H.E. Otiko Afisa Djaba Ghana Women Minister

The priority theme for CSW62 is challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls and the review theme is participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women. Several side and parallel events will include and address issues related to women and girls with disabilities.

Otiko Afisa Djaba and Andrea Giannetto

Ghana – Empowering rural women and girls disability inclusion

H.E. Otiko Afisa Djaba Ghana Women Minister and Andrea Giannetto IDA President

The priority theme for CSW62 is challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls and the review theme is participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women. Several side and parallel events will include and address issues related to women and girls with disabilities. Andrea Giannetto after the meeting with H.E. Otiko Afisa Djaba Ghana Women Minister.

Climate change adaptation strategies

Climate change adaptation strategies for capacity building and economic empowerment of women farmers

Dr. Purna Sen UN Women

The side event, consisting of a panel discussion and a photo presentation, will highlight the importance of ensuring that the gender aspects of trafficking in human beings, as recognized in Target 5.2 and 16.2, are prioritized within the global anti-trafficking agenda. The attendees will have an opportunity to engage with representatives of the survivor-led movement, gain insight into survivors’ perspectives and understand how gendered aspects of trafficking in human beings can impact anti-trafficking policy implementation. The side event will be an opportunity to discuss challenges, good practices and entry points in addressing implicit bias, from identification to reintegration of women victims of trafficking.

World YWCA

The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA)

Dr. Sharman Stone

Soli from YWCA Samoa and Naomi from YWCA Papua New Guinea with the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone. The World YWCA is a global movement working for women’s empowerment, leadership and rights in more than 120 countries and 20’000 local communities. Empowering women and girls is our way to change the world. Our members and supporters include women from many different faiths, ages, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Guide for young women’s transformative leadership. Designed to share and strengthen the YWCA movement’s good practices in leadership training for transformative change, the guide helps young women claim their human rights to lead positive social, economic and environmental change.

Vision for Africa and Senegal

ICT – Vision for Africa and Senegal

H.E. Ndèye Sali Diop Dieng Women Minister of Senegal

The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) is ever increasing in this modern world, and provides a unique opportunity for women to participate in society more actively than ever. With the participation of Dr. Hayat Sindi from Islamic Development Bank, H.E. Ndèye Sali Diop Dieng Women Minister of Senegal, Andrea Giannetto IDA President, Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security, Isatou Touray Gambia Trade Minister, and others.

ICT – Vision for Africa and Senegal

ICT – Vision for Africa and Senegal

Andrea Giannetto IDA President

Andrea Giannetto, IDA President has done his contribution for the theme of ICT and the women empowerment. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) is ever increasing in this modern world, and provides a unique opportunity for women to participate in society more actively than ever. With the participation of Dr. Hayat Sindi from Islamic Development Bank, H.E. Ndèye Sali Diop Dieng Women Minister of Senegal, Andrea Giannetto IDA President, Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security, Isatou Touray Gambia Trade Minister, and others.

Gender is my Agenda Campaign

Gender is my Agenda Campaign – GIMAC

H.E. Ndèye Sali Diop Dieng Women Minister of Senegal Mrs. Bineta Diop Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security

Comprising about 55 national and international organizations, the GIMAC aims to create a space for civil society to monitor the implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), mainly by holding bi-annual Pre-Summit Consultative Meetings to the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

AWALEBIZ

AWALEBIZ

Mrs. Nafy DIAGNE

During the CSW62 Mrs. Nafy Diagne, at the presence of H.E. Ndèye Sali Diop Dieng Women Minister of Senegal, Andrea Giannetto IDA President, Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security, Isatou Touray Gambia Trade Minister, and others; has introduced AWALEBIZ. AwaleBiz is the world’s number one online marketplace for unique African products, arts and crafts. In the spirit of the game ‘Awale’, based on the idea of spreading seeds to collect fruit, our company focuses not only on the bottom line but on promoting our artists and sharing the wonderful African culture. Awalebiz is the outcome of miscellaneous factors combined in the path and life of an IT Engineer who has lived and worked in Africa and Europe, traveled across different continents while discovering the richness and beauty of each country.