Stakeholders meet in Canada to examine delivering for women's and children's health

20-22 NOVEMBER 2011 | OTTAWA – More than 100 policymakers, donors, technical advisors, academics and advocates from around the world gathered in Ottawa for a two-day meeting to advance the implementation of the workplan of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. Outcomes from the meeting included the development of a high-level action plan to take forward key components of the Commission’s recommendations, including acceleration of work on vital registration systems, resource-tracking, and global monitoring of progress.

Outcomes from the meeting included the development of a high-level action plan to take forward key components of the Commission’s recommendations, including acceleration of work on vital registration systems, resource-tracking, and global monitoring of progress. PMNCH will play a key role in this joint plan, leading on advocacy for the Commission recommendations in partnership with regional and national stakeholders, and contributing to the accountability work of the independent Expert Review Group (ERG). Continue reading

Grassroots Women Frame an Agenda for New UN Women’s Entity

Community women leaders, Murewa RMT, 2010

Over the next few weeks and months, the shape of this agency will emerge, including the appointment of an Undersecretary General to serve as the new head.  However we must all remember that new appointments and structures are not important in themselves, but only because form reflects function as well as the new culture that will eventually have a role in final outcomes.

With our own networks’ values rooted in grassroots women’s development priorities, we must ask ourselves how we can advocate for a UN entity that will have the interests of grassroots women’s organizations at the core of its agenda. What styles of leadership, formal structures and methods of operation are necessary to ensure that our concerns are addressed?

What important milestones and targets should the new agency work towards and what kinds of outreach and participation must we ensure?  The goals, shape and direction of UN Women will ultimately impact decisions we make on the role of the Huairou Commission, its shape, functions, operations and where our work should intersect with that of this new UN agency.

Source: An Extract from Huairou Commission Newsletter, July 2010.  http://www.huairou.org

“UN Women” Born: Civil Society Celebrates Creation of Gender Equality Entity After Four Years of Advocacy

GEAR PRESS RELEASE: 30 June 2010

The Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign celebrates the United Nations General Assembly resolution, agreed to on 30 June and to be formally adopted by the General Assembly on Friday, 2 July, to establish "UN Women"-the new gender equality entity at the UN.

This move has been sought by women's organizations and other civil society organizations around the world since the UN established a System-Wide Coherence Panel for UN Reform in 2006. Charlotte Bunch of the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, a founding member of the GEAR Campaign, stated, Continue reading