The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is taking place from 13 to 24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The theme of this year’s event is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. On the UN Women website, you can take part of the latest updates and top stories from the event. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has asked men to be prepared to lose more positions to women as to ensure gender parity (Gender equality. 2017). Guterres argues that:
“Generally no one likes to lose positions they have long held, but the reality of gender parity is that many more will be in positions that today are occupied by men. But that’s a good thing.”
The event has indubitably suffered from the devastation of the budget proposal in Washington, D.C released four days in the event, specifying great cuts in fundings to the UN and speakers have also been drawing attention to the empty chairs at the event – a result of the travel ban (Zakaria, 2017). But for now, this let’s have a look at how CSW encourages you to take part of the session yourself by using social media.
With #CSW61, together with hashtags connected to all of the side events taking place, you can follow tweets from the event and discuss women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work with thousands of participants. You can also access the latest information on logistics, the official session and the side-events through @UN_CSW on Twitter and UN_CSW on Facebook, and even follow stories on unwomen Snapchat and Instagram. Continue reading
We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden – Sweden, who would believe this?
Donald Trump certainly managed to baffle Sweden on the 18th of February this year. The truth turned out to be that nothing really had happened the previous night and that it all came down to misinterpreted news about Swedish immigration policies from a questionable source, picked up by some random advisors and presented to Trump completely out of context. Last year’s American election campaigns clearly showed that the most uncertain quotes and non contextual news were picked up and twisted to suit its purpose and that sources and references are less important than a smashing headline. Groups on Facebook literally exploded with articles about the most random statements about both the candidates and the current state of America and the rest of the world.
The eternal question within development studies is what is to be considered development. Are all types of change development? Does development have to be connected to economic growth? Or is the prime purpose of development political? Is a negative development also considered development? I quite agree with the way Jan Nederveen Pieterse puts is it: What, under the circumstances, is the meaning of world development? Because of the combined changes of globalisation, informatisation and flexibilisation there is a new relevance to the notion that all societies are developing. This is not just an agreeable sounding cliché but a reality confirmed by transformations taking place everywhere, on macro as well as micro levels. The whole world is in transition. (2010:50). Continue reading
Ending child marriage is a global agenda in which many international partners are working through using various programs and tools to make a significant, positive change. “Girls Not Brides” is one of the initiatives to end child marriage and invest in girls. It is “a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 90 countries committed to ending child
The issue is global and it is not limited to particular culture or geographical area. In India, for example, communication skills are used to stop child marriage. Roshanara is a young girls of 15 and she would like to study but her parents proposed marriage because they said they wanted the money. It was a hard decision for a 15 year old child who does not have ability to raise her voice and anyone to contact for help. However, the interesting point is that Roshanara had learn communication skills from roomtoread, India, and was confident enough to convince her mother to cancel the marriage.
Ending child marriage is a global agenda in which many international partners are working through using various programs and tools to make a significant, positive change. “Girls Not Brides” is one of the initiatives to end child marriage and invest in girls. It is “a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 90 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.” Continue reading
Sunday on Orchard Road, migrant workers spending their day off together
Some time ago a post was circulating Facebook saying something like ‘Imagine if someone from the 50’s showed up today and we picked up our iPhones and said that -Look, we have the most amazing thing. It can fit in our pocket, we can access almost any library and newspaper with it, we can look at the world from above and even see specific buildings, we can call each other when we’re out and about and instead of writing letters, we can send instant messages with it. It’s great and we mainly use it to look at other people’s cats and dinners!’ New media has definitely changed the world and especially the way we communicate, not only on a macro, but mainly on a micro level. Though it might not be completely as first anticipated, we connect and communicate in a completely new way. Continue reading
Just like new media activism has contributed to a change in the discussion about equality in the global North, its impact on societies where these issues seem to be ignored by the society, media and policy-makers may be even bigger. Internet can give people the possibility to have a voice and create communities, which as a combination can help renegotiate identities in a structured social system (Mitra, 2001, p. 30). In Zimbabwe. Internet has given a voice to both women and their situation as well as to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersexual and Queer (LGBTIQ) citizens. The dominant homophobic patriarchal culture in the country has made it nearly impossible for the people to discuss human rights for marginalized groups. New media is offering alternative space of information, debate and discussion (Nhamo, Sithandazile, 2016 & Mpofu, 2016). Continue reading
The Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 aimed to unite women for “the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country” (Mission & Vision, 2017). In the blogpost “I’ll pass on “Unity” and the Women’s March” , Barbara Sostaita is taking distance from the event on the grounds that white women first need to demonstrate a promise. A promise, for which she even requires a contract, that white women will (in summary) put their bodies in the line for WOC and “commit to the lifelong struggle against hatred and oppression in all its forms” (2017). Continue reading