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RLS–NYC AT THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN #CSW63
March 11-15, 2019 - New York

Listen to the podcast  “We want equal access! Austerity Policies vs. Feminist Activism,” our official side event at CSW63.

For the sixth year in a row, RLS–NYC will take part in the annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters from March 11 to March 22, 2019. Our office will work on the priority theme of CSW63, which focuses on “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” As an ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization, RLS has invited a delegation of women leaders to come to NYC and attend the CSW, elevating the voices of women and bringing their demands for a feminization of politics to this international forum.

In partnership with the Global Policy Forum (GPF), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and MADRE, our office is organizing a week of events, including: an informal round table,  a film screening and reception, and an official side event at the UN. These conversations and events have been developed to address issues surrounding austerity policies and their impacts on gender inequality before a broader audience.

Our official side event at CSW63 is titled: “We want equal access! Austerity policies vs. feminist activism.” It convenes speakers from different European countries to explore how austerity measures have impacted women’s access to public services—from cutbacks in access to public services and rights, such as sexual and reproductive health and shelters for victims of gender-based violence, to greater precarity in employment contracts. Based on a series of case studies, we will discuss how austerity policies undermine social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender, and we will explore feminist strategies to counteract these developments. The speakers include Oksana Dutchak (Ukraine, Deputy Director Center for Social and Labour Research), Inés Campillo Poza (Spain, Sociologist CPU and Suffolk University Madrid), Aliki Kosyfologou (Greece, Municipal Theatre of the Central Greece School), and Barbara Adams (Global Policy Forum), and is facilitated by Dunja Krause (UNRISD).

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4:45 – 6 pm

Ex-Press Bar
UN GA Building
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

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

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