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Join Equimundo at the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), which runs March 15 through March 26. The session provides an opportunity to review progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women, identify challenges, set global standards and norms, and formulate policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

Following the theme of: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, Equimundo’s team will be speaking during the following sessions. Please join us!

Changing Norms, Promoting Rights. The Power and Impact of Conventions

Hosted by: Sweden, Montenegro (tbc), Council of Europe and Equimundo

Date/time: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 10:00am – 11:30am ET

Staff Represented: Gary Barker

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The Istanbul Convention is widely recognized as the most far-reaching legally binding instrument to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence as a violation of human rights. The webinar will engage government representatives and civil society on the power of the convention as a comprehensive and harmonized response to ensure a life free of violence for all women. It will explore the practical implementation and impact of these norms and standards for greater protection and support, for improved legislation, policies, services, and the discourse on the violence women and girls experience and how they are supported and empowered.

International Approaches to Coordinating Community Responses: Violence Against Women

Hosted by: American Society of Criminology – Division of International Criminology

Date/time: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm ET

Staff represented: Clara Alemann

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This parallel event aims at highlighting community mobilization activities around the world using the coordinated community response (CCR) approach. The panel directly relates to Strategic Objective #20 of the Beijing Declaration which states that the participation and contribution of all actors of civil society, particularly women’s groups and networks and other non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations, with full respect for their autonomy, in cooperation with Governments, are important to the effective implementation and follow-up of the Platform for Action. The purpose of this collaborative event is to offer feminist approaches to address the involvement of communities and how to coordinate their responses.

Shifting Masculine Norms to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment

Hosted by: The OECD Development Centre and the Austrian Development Cooperation 

Date/time: Monday, March 22, 2021, 9:00am – 10:30am ET

Staff represented: Gary Barker

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This side event will highlight the importance of masculinities in the economic, political, and private spheres, the role they play in women’s economic empowerment, and their impact on the well-being of men and boys. Furthermore, it will convene a diverse group of panelists to discuss what policies and programs can promote gender-equitable masculine norms that support women’s empowerment and gender equality in practice.

Engaging with Men to Advance a Gender-Just Recovery

Hosted by: Azad Foundation and Equimundo 

Date/time: Monday, March 22, 2021, 10:30am – 12:00pm ET

Staff represented: Aapta Garg

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This session will engage through local narratives of ongoing global engagement with men and masculinities in Africa, Asia, and America to understand its potential to impact women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life for a more gender-just recovery. The panelists from Azad Foundation India and Equal Community Foundation will speak about their programs with young men and boys on challenging norms of masculinities, supporting in care work, and challenging gender-based violence. Equimundo will share its global work on engendering men for gender equality, rethinking masculinities, MenCare, and Sonke Gender Justice from South Africa will discuss how they are challenging the systemic and human rights challenge of gender-based violence.

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