Act against rape! Use the Istanbul Convention!

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Swedish Women’s Lobby will hold a talk about rape culture at Zita Folkets Bio in Stockholm.

Gender equality conferences in Reykjavik









During year 2014 Iceland holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers and will be hosting two Nordic conferences on Gender Equality in the labour market on November 12th and 13th in Reykjavik.

The first Conference is arranged in co-operation with NIKK (Nordic Information for Gender Knowledge) which on November 12th will present a Nordic research report on part time work in the Nordic region. On November 13th, the Icelandic Presidency will host an international conference on equal pay and gender equality in the labour market. The conference is arranged in co-operation with a Nordic Network on Equal Pay and Gender Equality in the Labour Market.

There is no conference fee, the number of participants is however limited and registration is required.

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Conference: Eliminating Domestic Violence in Europe









The 25th of February Public Policy Exchange holds a conference on domestic violence in Brussels. Focus lies on implementing strategies for protection and prevention of violence against women.  

Violence against women is predominantly perpetrated by men. Currently, 9 out of 10 victims of domestic violence within the European Union are women. Furthermore, between 12 and 35 percent of women, depending on the Member State, are victims of intimate partner violence.

This timely International Symposium will analyse the existing challenges in shaping a truly comprehensive and holistic strategy and toolkits for tackling the gender dimension of intimate partner violence. The Symposium will examine the role of organisations at all levels, and of society in general, in moving to eliminate all forms of domestic and gender-based violence.

More info.

Seminar – The New Global Goals for Sustainable Development









The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in the year 2015, how will the post-2015 agenda look like? UNDP and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation invites to a seminar on implementation challenges and on how Sweden can contribute, not only to the adoption of the new agenda but also help support its implementation from the start.

Following the UN Secretary-General’s synthesis report ‘The Road to Dignity: Ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet’, the official intergovernmental negotiations on the new development agenda have now started. These will hopefully culminate in the adoption of new global goals for sustainable development by the UN General Assembly in September. However, reaching an agreement on a shared vision for the future is one thing, another is to implement it. A determining factor will be the implementation readiness of the member states.

Keynote presentations by Magdy Martinez-Soliman, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and UNDP Bureau Director for Policy and Programme Support; and Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Read more about the seminar and register here.

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CSW: New Action on Women’s Rights









The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. The Swedish Women’s Lobby will be there and arrange a seminar based on the outcome document from Nordiskt Forum. The seminar will be held together with the Feminist Nordic Network, the Swedish government and UN Women.

Conference Room CR-11 General Assembly building

The seminar will be webcasted at: webtv.un.org.

The final document from Nordiskt Forum: “Feminist agreements and demands” can be found here.

Contact: info@sverigeskvinnolobby.se / 004672 853 35 90

More about the CSW.

Symposium in Brussels on Female Genital Mutilation in Europe









The Public Policy Exchange will hold an international conference on how to combat Female Genital Mutilation under the heading “Free from Fear, Free from Pain”.

UNICEF estimates that more than 125 million girls and women around the world have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice which consists in the partial or total removal of female genitalia for nonmedical purposes. FMG may lead to a variety of health consequences, including severe pain, shock, infection, complications during childbirth, as well as long-term gynecological problems. The practice of FGM is originally common in numerous African countries, as well as in parts of Asia and the Middle East. In these communities, FGM defines cultural identities and gender-roles, as the practice is thought to enhance the girl’s femininity, often synonymous with docility and obedience.

During recent years, FGM has gained considerable attention in the EU, with the European Parliament estimating that 500,000 girls and women living in Europe have been subjected to FGM while 180,000 are at risk every year. As fighting gender-based violence and violence against children are core values of the EU, FGM has been recognised as a practice which violates human rights and attacks the dignity, equality and integrity of girls and women.

Key speakers during the symposium will be Assita Kanko, Author of “Because you are a girl: story of a circumcised life”, Municipal Councillor in Ixelles, Brussels and Fabienne Richard, Executive Director, GAMS Belgium and Coordinator, Daphne project Men Speak Out.

Find the programme and register your participation here.

Who Profits on the Exploitation of Women’s Bodies? Event at #CSW60









During CSW60, the international Comission for the Status of Women in New York, the Swedish Women’s Lobby will, together with ROKS and UNIZON, arrange a seminar about the economic forces behind the exploitation of women’s bodies.

CSW61: Underpaid and Undervalued – What a Way to Make a Living









Welcome to a discussion on what policies and measures are needed to combat the gender wage gap during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Women’s wages and working conditions have always been core issues for the women’s movement. Yet, there are still large groups of women with an income too low to make a living. And yet, women’s work is less valued all over the world. Is it time to reboot the issues of equal pay and women’s economic independence? How can alliances between trade unions and women’s organizations be strengthened?

Opening speech:
Þorsteinn Víglundsson, Minister of Social Affairs and Equality, Iceland

Panel:
Dr. Heidi Hartmann, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Professor Janet Gornick, City University of New York
Arianna Rossi, the ILO Better Work Programme
Maya Raghu, the National Women’s Law Center

Venue: Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue, room: Guild Hall

Contact: info@sverigeskvinnolobby.se

Facebook event.

Organizers: The Swedish Women’s Lobby & the Fredrika Bremer Association. In cooperation with: International Women’s Association Sweden, the Left Federation of Swedish Women, Roks – the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters in Sweden & Unizon.

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-first session of the CSW takes place in New York, March 13 – 24. The main theme is Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, is part of the Swedish delegation led by the Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. The Swedish Women’s Lobby will hold events and seminars together with our member organisations about the gender pay gap and prostitution.

More information about the CSW 61 can be found here and the NGO Forum here.

CSW61: Prostitution – not a choice, not a job









Prostitution is not work. It is not sex and it is definitely not “sex work”. It is violence against women, an obstacle to gender equality and a crime against women’s human rights. Welcome to an event on how to combat prostitution during the 61 session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Wrongly turning sexual slavery into “sex work” goes against empowering women and girls. Any system that is built upon the notion that men have the right to buy women and girls only empowers men.

Eliminating the prostitution and pornography industry is necessary in order to achieve gender equality. The women and girls in the prostitution and porn industry have the right to live free from violence.

The NGO CSW has denied several organizations to host seminars on prostitution and pornography. This is why we, a number of organizations have united to host the event Prostitution – not a choice not a job.

Panel:
Julie Bindel, writer, feminist, and co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women
Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts
Cherie Jimenez, Space International
Per-Anders Sunesson, Ambassador at Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Moderator: Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby

Location: Church of Sweden, 5 East 48th Street, New York
More info: unizon.se
Please RSVP to: info@unizon.se

Facebook event.

Hosted by the Swedish CSW-network: Unizon, Swedish Women’s lobby, Roks, the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters in Sweden, Neither Whore Nor Subdued, Women Organisation of Sweden, the Girl Child Platform, The National Federation of Immigrant Women Associations, Swedish Women of the Left.

THE 61ST SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

The sixty-first session of the CSW takes place in New York, March 13 – 24. The main theme is Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, is part of the Swedish delegation led by the Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. The Swedish Women’s Lobby will hold events and seminars together with our member organisations about the gender pay gap and prostitution.

More information about the CSW 61 can be found here and the NGO Forum here.

Reclaiming SRHR – panel at CSW62









The Swedish Women’s Lobby will participate in the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place in New York March 12-23. Do not miss our panel “Reclaiming SRHR – Why commodification of women must be addressed in SRHR policies”.

Commodification of women is today one of the biggest threats to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. As long as the trade in women for prostitution, pornography and surrogacy is a blind spot in SRHR policies, women’s sexual and reproductive rights will never be secured. This event will present a modern response to these growing threats to women’s rights.

The event is organized by the Swedish Women’s Lobby in cooperation with Unizon, Roks, RIFFI, SKV, the Fredrika Bremer Association and Operation 1325.

Panel:
Taina Bien-Aimé, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Sethembiso Promise Mthembu, Embrace Dignity
Serena Sapegno, Snoq-Libere
Lead on SRHR, UN Women (tba)
Marlène Schiappa, Secretary of State in charge of Gender Equality, France (tbc)
Moderator: Clara Berglund, the Swedish Women’s Lobby

Contact: info@sverigeskvinnolobby.se.

More information about the event can be found here och more about CSW62 here.

You can find a facebook-event here.