After last year’s dissension in the EU over questions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issues and the reopening this year of the same controversial discussions at the 57th session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, it has become even more crucial for IPPF to push for the incorporation of gender equality terminology in the final Agreed Conclusions of the CSW in order to empower women and promote their rights. Conservative groups are suspected to negotiate the “zero draft” so to exclude wording on a number of controversial issues.
“Gender equality” versus “Equality between men and women” or “harmful traditional practices” versus “harmful practices” are some of the preferred language IPPF is pushing for. See IPPF's submission to the CWS and Key language at the Commission on the Status of Women).
As the lead partner of a coalition, IPPF, in partnership with ActionAid UK, Oxfam, WomanKind, Orchid Project, Gender and Development Network, has produced a series of fact sheets to be used for lobbying and advocacy, also in the run-up to the Commission on the Status of Women:
Gender Equality: the key to ending violence against women
International Human Rights Standards
Young Women and Violence
Harmful Traditional Practices
Violence Against Women and Girls
Violence Against Women and the post-MDG Framework
A number of Member Associations from IPPF European Network will be present in New York during the two weeks of the CSW. IPPF Member Associations from Denmark, France and Spain will be part of their national delegations. Other Member Associations from Belgium, Ireland and Sweden are working hard behind the scene to enable delegations to understand fully the role of language and to speak up when and where needed during the CSW.
On 4 March, the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations will co-organize a Side Event -Violence against women: our concern, our response.
The Spanish Delegation will co-organize a side event titled "Two Roads to gender Equality: Insights from the MDG-F experience", in collaboration with the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F).
On 5 March, the governments of Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Turkey and the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health will be co-hosting a High Level Task Force event for ICPD on Charting a Forward-Looking Agenda: Ending Violence against Women and Girls & Fulfilling Sexual and Reproductive Rights for All.
The Delegation of the European Union will organize a side event on "Comprehensive strategies to combat Violence against women
/domestic violence in the European Union: results and challenges".