Siyanda Update: Civil society organisations and the 15-year Review of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+15) Issue No. 86, April 2010 http://www.siyanda.org/ Past issues of the update are available at:
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In This Issue:
I. Quick Guide: Civil society organisations and the 15-year Review of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+15)
II. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda experts who have written on gender issues from civil society perspectives
III. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives
I. Quick Guide: Civil society organisations and the 15-year Review of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+15) ======================================
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) adopted during the IV World Conference on Women in 1995. A 15-year Review of the implementation of the BPfA (Beijing +15) has been undertaken. Civil society organisations have contributed to the Review with studies, reports, statements and updates on whether or not commitments made by governments to uphold the BPfA have been met. They have also offered recommendations on how to improve policy and practice to better implement the BPfA.
The following resources have been chosen from a selection of materials produced by civil society organisations for the Beijing +15 Review and recently added to the Siyanda database:
- Website: AWID blogging Beijing+15, Association of Women in Development (AWID), March 2010 This link to AWID's daily blog posts provides key insights from a range of the parallel and official sessions at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 54th session.
- Civil Society Statement Concerning Beijing +15 Process Review at Commission on the Status of Women (in English and Spanish), Women in Development Europe (WIDE) et al., March 2010 This civil society statement expresses deep concern that the spaces for influencing decision-making by women's organisations at the Beijing+15 Review have been significantly reduced.
- Videos: Talking about Section J, VIMEO, March 2010 This selection of video interviews contains experiences and testimonials on the role of the media and ICTs in promoting gender equality, with a specific focus on Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action, concerning women and the media.
- Women and Gender Equality Texts Included in Outcome of Copenhagen: "Draft Decisions Presented to the Conference of the Parties at its Fifteenth Session for Consideration and Adoption", Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO), February 2010 This document presents some recommendations put forward by the Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) to mainstream gender in the Outcome document of the Copenhagen summit on climate change.
- Website: Archive for Gender Matters - CSW54, Society for International Development Forum (SID), January 2010 This site currently features in situ blogs of the 54th Commission of the Status of Women held in New York during the first two weeks of March 2010.
- Costing and Financing 1325. Estimating the Resources Needed to Implement Women, Peace and Security Resolutions at the National Level (draft), Cordaid, January 2010 This paper, presented at the Commission on the Status of Women 54th session, focuses on the cost and funding of implementing resolution 1325 at national level.
- Chinese Women's NGOs Report on "Beijing+15", All-China Women's Federation (in Chinese and English), Chinese Women's Research Society, October 2009 This document provides an in-depth review and evaluation of the Chinese government's progress since the World Conference on Women, in particular since the "Beijing +10" Conference.
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The next Siyanda Update, covering May 2010, will contain new materials on Rwanda. Users are invited to suggest their resources for possible inclusion in this selection: http://www.siyanda.org/addinfo?em=1004&tag=QG
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II. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda experts who have written on gender issues from civil society perspectives ============================================================
The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.
The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focused consultancies.
Each profile contains the Expert's contact details and areas of expertise, and highlights their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have written on gender issues from civil society perspectives.
-Gender Mainstreaming in Institutions: Challenges from the Grassroots, Thekkudan, J., 2007 -Gender Mainstreaming and Analysis Checklists for Civil Society Projects, Frogh, W., 2007 -Women's Education and Civil Society in Sudan, Bonezzi, A., 2006 -Capability Assessment of Women Self Help Groups, Tewari, A., 2004 -Gender and Civil Society in the Middle East, Al-Ali, N., 2003 -Lessons Learned: The Struggle of Guatemalan Women's Organization in the Implementation of the Peace Accords, Jimeno, C., 2001
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