From: kcarruth-AT-edc.org Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 15:40:05 -0400 Subject: invitation, women's working groups [Si vous desirez recevoir ce message en francais, merci de contacter <beijingplus5-AT-edc.org>] [Si desea recibir este mensaje en espanol, por favor contactar: <beijingplus5-AT-edc.org>] JOIN THE BEIJING +5 GLOBAL FORUM HOW FAR HAVE WE COME IN ACHIEVING EQUALITY FOR WOMEN? TELL THE UNITED NATIONS YOUR VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE! In June 2000, the UN General Assembly in New York will meet to review whether governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector have fulfilled the commitments made at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. We need to hear from you! The UN's WomenWatch is organizing the BEIJING+5 GLOBAL FORUM, a series of Internet Working Groups to provide input into the UN review. Join government representatives, activists, academics, private sector representatives and many others to share your experiences and ideas for achieving women's equality! Your input will directly feed into the General Assembly's assessment of progress and the recommendations that it makes for further actions. You can make a crucial contribution to the UN's review! The Working Groups will discuss: * Policies, legislation, strategies and partnerships that have been successful in furthering women's equality * Case studies, best practices and other examples of successful government, business, and civil society efforts * Obstacles that remain and how they can be overcome * What still needs to be done A TRAVEL GRANT to attend the Special Session in New York will be awarded to the Working Group member who contributes the most striking example of an action or strategy that helped reverse a long-standing discriminatory practice. JOIN THIS IMPORTANT GLOBAL FORUM! DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HELP FORMULATE SUGGESTIONS AND DEMANDS FOR ACHIEVING EQUALITY FOR WOMEN! HOW TO JOIN THE BEIJING+5 GLOBAL FORUM Join as many of the Working Groups, described below, as you wish. Reply to this message <beijingplus5-AT-edc.org> and place an X in the brackets in front of the Working Group(s) you want to join (You can just type in the X like this: [ X ]) WORKING GROUPS: [ ] End Violence Against Women - This ongoing discussion examines successful strategies for ending violence against women around the world. (began October 1998 - through January 2000) [ ] End Women's Economic Inequality - Examines economic opportunities and obstacles women face and the broader issue of economic policy making. (6 September 1999 - 15 October 1999) [ ] Strengthen Women's Role in Environmental Protection - Discusses women's role in decision-making processes relating to environmental policies. (6 September 1999 - 15 October 1999) [ ] Promote Women in Power and Decision Making - Focuses on women's leadership in national and local centers of power. (6 September 1999 - 15 October 1999) [ ] Secure and Promote Women's Health - Discusses all aspects of women's health from a life cycle approach, including reproductive health and reproductive rights. (6 September 1999 - 15 October 1999) [ ] End Women's Poverty - Examines strategies for addressing the needs of women in poverty. (11 October 1999 - 19 November 1999) [ ] Women and Armed Conflict - Focuses on women in situations of armed conflict, and women's leadership role in resolving those conflicts. (11 October 1999 - 19 November 1999) [ ] Achieve Educational Equality - Examines equal access at all levels of education and the removal of gender discrimination. (11 October 1999 - 19 November 1999) [ ] Women and the Media - Addresses the role of women in traditional and electronic media, including the influence of women in content and development. (8 November 1999 - 17 December 1999) [ ] Empower the Girl Child - Discusses ways to empower girls and to create an enabling environment. (8 November 1999 - 17 December 1999) [ ] Claim Women's Human Rights - Discusses the political, social, economic and cultural rights of women, and the impact of international treaties on women. (8 November 1999 - 17 December 1999) TELL OTHERS ABOUT THESE WORKING GROUPS! Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested. We wish to encourage participation from developing countries and CEE/CIS countries. Any suggestions for involving those without Internet access would be most appreciated. TO JOIN! As described above, return this message to <beijingplus5-AT-edc.org>. Put an X in the brackets next to the Working Groups, listed above, that you wish to join. Approximately a week before your Working Group(s) begin, you will receive detailed information about the discussion. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION For further information about the Beijing +5 Global Forum, please contact: Janice Brodman EDC jbrodman-AT-edc.org ABOUT WOMENWATCH WomenWatch is the UN Internet gateway to global information about women's concerns, progress and equality. It was initiated by the UN Division for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women. WomenWatch is currently an interagency activity with active participation from many UN organizations. WomenWatch is located on the Internet at www.un.org/womenwatch.
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