GIN at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women

GIN-SSOGIE had the pleasure to attend the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which took place at the UN headquarters in New York from 12th until 23rd March 2018.

CSW takes place each year, and serves for representatives of Member States, UN entities, and NGOs from all regions of the world to share good practices, experiences and lessons learned around specific themes. This year priority theme was “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Each year, the outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme takes the form of agreed conclusions, negotiated by all States. CSW62 is a space for agreeing to key actions to be taken by governments and other stakeholders to accelerate the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (for gender equality and women’s and young girls’ empowerment). Many side-events are also organized for all stakeholders to gather and exchange perspectives on specific topics around the themes chosen for CSW62. This is a very important venue and time for activists and advocates to meet and gather resources.

GIN team’s aims, this year were:

  • To co-organize our first own side event, with IFOR and the Global Faith and Justice Project, “Reclaiming Faith and Family by the LGBTIQ Community: the Ethics of Reciprocity Project” on Friday 16th March, with Ymania Brown and Yvette Abrahams as keynote speakers.

 

As well as:

  • To continue to meet stakeholders from faith communities, civil society, international institutions (and more), (re) introduce GIN-SSOGIE and build relationships
  • To continue to identify possible long-term relationships to work together within the UN space, particularly as it related to our own programs (including seminar series on Family and Traditional Values, Religious Dialogue Partners process, and the GIN Speakers Bureau).

 

The organization of side event on Friday 16th March, “Reclaiming Faith and Family by the LGBTIQ Community: the Ethics of Reciprocity Project”, with Ymania Brown and Yvette Abrahams, our two guest speakers both presented, was extremely powerful and well attended (with 95+ participants). Some presence of right-wing representatives which we tried to neutralize by engaging in dialogue with them before the beginning of the session, and not taking questions from them. The European Delegation representative came up to Patti Ackerman afterwards, asking for the possible repetition of such an event around Family Day (May 2018). Patti Ackerman also presented the EOR project, and its second event which will happened in October 2018 in NY, at a smaller scale than last year.