ACORD at the 58th CSW: Hear the voices of African women and girls

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Hear the Voices – What Africa Women & Girls want: Film screening and roundtable debate on the MDGs
8.30 a.m. 12th March 2014
Salvation Army Auditorium 221
East 52nd Street, New York, New York, 10022

ACORD International will be hosting, during the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, Hear the Voices – The Africa women & girls want: Film screening and round table debate on the MDGs.

CSW58 and the months ahead leading up to the UN General Assembly 2014 (UNGA) is a vital time to advocate for citizen’s voices, especially women and girls to be heard and taken into account. Local awareness raising and mobilisation at country level must be combined with significant political buy-in both amongst African states and their international development partners. ACORD and other CSOs are working to influence African decision makers to ensure that at the UN General Assembly in 2014, African governments are torchbearers for a framework that meets the needs of local communities.

The 15-minute film, “Hear the Voices!” takes the example of Kenya in giving authentic views from women and girls at the grassroots level. Did they even know about the MDGs? Have the MDGs made a difference in their lives? What are their priorities and aspirations for the future? While a lot of progress has been made, many challenges in achieving the MDGs remain and progress has been slow and uneven, both within countries and among countries. Moreover, the conception of the MDGs did not address crucial issues related to the structural constraints to gender equality.

These include:

  • disproportionate share of unpaid care work carried out by women and girls;
  • women’s lack of access to assets and productive resources;
  • women’s low participation in decision-making at all levels;
  • sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • violence against women and girls;
  • unequal power relations between women and men and discriminatory social norms; and
  • stereotypes and practices that continue to hold women and girls back.

Discussants at “Hear the Voices” will be Salina Sanou, Head Policy and Advocacy, ACORD; Irma van Dueren, Head Gender division, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Monica Aleman Cunningham, Program Officer, Nairobi, Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice, Ford Foundation; Ursula Funk, Senior Advisor at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; and Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvada, Secretary General, World YWCA.

The 58th Commission on the Status of Women runs from March 10 to 21. The theme is “ Implementing the MDGs for women and girls.”

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  • africa
  • girls
  • united nations
  • women