Live from New York: IFA at the UN in April

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Post by Dr. Sandra Timmermann, IFA UN Representative and Editor of Live From New York.

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IFA UN TEAM ADVOCATES FOR OLDER WOMEN’S ISSUES AT CSW IN MARCH

The 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) convened at the United Nations from March 13-24 with over 6,000 women from around the globe attending. The theme was “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work.” The UN team advocated throughout the two weeks with a prepared handout to share at parallel and side events that addressed older women’s issues. There was tangible progress made in getting references to “ALL women,” “women of all ages,” and “throughout the life cycle” infused in 45 agreed conclusions of CSW61.

For the first time in the history of CSW, the empowerment of indigenous women was covered substantially as an emerging issue/focus area. Given the long history of efforts to place indigenous people’s issues on the agenda, it was an achievement.

The report on CSW deliberations included the following conclusion: “The Commission recognizes that the sharing of family responsibilities creates an enabling family environment for women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, which contributes to development, that women and men make a great contribution to the welfare of their family, and that in particular women’s contribution to the home, including unpaid care and domestic work, which is still not adequately recognized, generates human and social capital essential for social and economic development.”

The theme for CSW62 in 2018 is “Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls.”

OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON AGEING TO RECONVENE IN JULY

Preparations have begun for the eighth session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing which will meet from 5 to 7 July 2017 to continue discussions on the protection of rights of older persons. Member States, national human rights institutions, and non-governmental organizations have been asked to comment on two specific issues: (1) equality and non-discrimination; and (2) neglect, violence, and abuse. Deadline is 5 May 2017. Learn more here.

IFA RAISES ISSUES OF AGING AT UN COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Cynthia Stuen, one of IFA’s UN Representatives, delivered a statement to the United Nations Commission on Population and Development on 6 April, on behalf of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing, of which IFA is a member.  The statement drew specific attention to issues affecting older persons around the world: income security, health and care, and violence and abuse.  It was stressed that there was an urgent need for adequate data in order to ensure measurement of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click here to read the full statement.

IFA UN REPRESENTATIVE RECIPIENT OF AWARD

IFA UN Representative Cynthia Stuen will be receiving the prestigious Maggie Kuhn Award for her exceptional dedication and work in ageing and social services, nonprofit leadership and public advocacy, on 11 May 2017. Helen Hamlin, long-time UN Representative and team leader, received the award several years ago. To find out more about the Maggie Kuhn Awards, click here.