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RLS–NYC AT THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN #CSW62
March 10-17, 2018 - New York

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On February 14, 2018, UN Women released its SDG Monitoring Report, Turning Promises Into Action, which assesses what is needed to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular in regards to gender equality.

In line with the report’s focus, the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) addresses the challenges rural women and girls face in achieving gender equality and empowerment. Despite a number of advances globally, progress for women and girls remains slow, and even where it has been made it is often highly uneven. While issues such as stagnant economic growth, rapid environmental degradation, unsustainable land use practices, and the dynamics of migration and urbanization impact women in both the global North and South, they affect rural women in particular.

For the fifth year in a row, RLS–NYC will take part in the CSW, holding up the voices of women leaders who are active in social movements for sustainable agriculture, food security, and environmental protection. We are inviting activists from India, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Kenya to attend CSW62 and share their expertise on how global advocacy efforts can increase women’s voices in the process of tackling poverty, malnutrition, and environmental degradation.

At CSW62, we are organizing two parallel events to address these topics for a broader audience. Together with DAWN, the Global Policy Forum, and Social Watch we will host a public panel on “Strategies For Empowering Rural Women and Girls,” which considers the multiple roles of rural women and girls for preserving biodiversity, reducing inequalities, and combatting climate change. We are also partnering with MADRE to bring a delegation of Indigenous women leaders from across the world to take part in the CSW62. In a panel discussion on “Indigenous Women Transforming Power” we will highlight the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples on the SDGs agenda.

Public Panel Discussions:

Strategies For Empowering Rural Women and Girls
This panel will focus on approaches to advancing gender equality for rural women by analyzing the challenges small-scale women farmers face due to economic stressors such as food insecurity, hunger, and poverty. It will highlight women’s contributions to implementing the UN SDGs, including in the unorganized sector of farm workers. The presentations will affirm the importance of engaging women in policy-making around more equitable and sustainable production and consumption.

Speakers:
Barbara Adams, Global Policy Forum
Mercia Andrews, Rural Women Assembly
María Graciela Cuervo, DAWN
Vidhya Das, Agragamee (India)
Agnes Kirabo, Food Rights Alliance (Uganda)
Carolyn Sachs, Penn State University

Moderator:
Stefanie Ehmsen, RLS–NYC

Monday, March 12, 2018, 2:30 pm
Church Center for the UN
777 United Nations Plaza, 10th floor
New York, NY 10017

Free and open to the public.
Download the flyer here.

Indigenous Women Transforming Power
Indigenous women are valuable changemakers in their communities. They organize to boost rural women’s capacity to vote, run for and win public office, and mobilize to demand their voices be heard in policymaking. Hear firsthand from Indigenous women leaders from Latin America, Asia, and Africa about their path to empowerment.

Speakers:
Yasso Bhattachan, Advisor to the National Indigenous Women’s Forum (Nepal)
Rose Cunningham, Executive Director of Wangki Tangni (Nicaragua)
Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network (Kenya)
Aminatou Samira, youth Indigenous activist (Cameroon)

Moderator:
Yifat Susskind, MADRE

Monday, March 12, 20187, 10:30 am
4 W 43rd Street
Aqua Room
New York, NY 10036

Free and open to the public.
Download the flyer here.

In the lead-up to CSW62, we would like to draw your attention to one of our latest publications on Women Farmers and Food Justice: Preserving Biodiversity Through Farmer Control of Seeds, written by Carolyn Sachs. The study can be downloaded here.

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