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The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York on March 14–24, 2016. The annual conference engages government representatives, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in addressing progress towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women, discussing challenges and opportunities, and creating global standards and policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

Equimundo will present on behalf of MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign at one official side event and two NGO parallel events. The side event, “Sharing the Care,” will highlight strategies and policies – including paid, non-transferable parental leave – that encourage men’s equal participation in childcare and domestic work. The parallel event, “Expert Session on Gender Transformative Approaches,” will focus on how gender-transformative approaches can contribute to sustainable development and gender equality. The parallel event, “Empowering Women and Men to Prevent Violence and Promote Health Together,” will focus on current practices and research related to gender-synchronized programming – including MenCare and MenCare+.

Check out the events below, and join the conversation on Twitter by following @Equimundo_US@MenCareGlobal and #CSW60.

Monday, March 14

What: Sharing the Care: How to Recognize, Reduce, and Redistribute
When: 1:15pm – 2:30pm EDT
Where: United Nations Headquarters, Room CR11 (405 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017)

Presented by the Permanent Mission of Iceland, the Government Offices of Sweden, UN Women, MenEngage, and MenCare.

Recognizing and valuing unpaid care work has been broadly recognized as a strategy to advance gender equality as well as economic development. Although this aim has been outlined in declarations and global goals, solutions have fallen short. “Sharing the Care” will debate what data, policies, and programs can truly revolutionize and advance the unpaid care agenda.

Speakers:

  • Shahra Razavi, Chief, Research and Data Section, UN Women (moderator)
  • Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex and Chair of the UK 
Women’s Budget Group
  • Eygló Harðardóttir, Minister for Social Affairs and Housing, Iceland
  • Åsa Regners, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden
  • Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations
  • Gary Barker, International Director, Equimundo, MenCare’s Co-coordinator
  • Corina Rodriguez, Executive Committee Member, Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era (DAWN)

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Monday, March 21

What: Empowering Women and Men to Prevent Violence and Promote Health Together: New Developments in Gender-Synchronized Approaches
When: 10:30am – 12:00pm EDT
Where: Church Center of the United Nations, 10th Floor (777 United Nations Plaza, #8g, New York, NY 10017)

Presented by EngenderHealth and Greeneworks.

Gender norms influence our health and well-being in fundamental ways, whether by perpetuating violence against women, by leading individuals to take risks, or by limiting access to and use of reproductive health services. To eliminate violence against women and girls and improve everyone’s health, programs must tackle inequitable beliefs and power disparities. This event will discuss current practices and the latest research on a new generation of “gender-synchronized” programs that are engaging young and adult men and women to challenge gender norms and catalyze the achievement of gender equality and improved sexual and reproductive health.

Speakers:

  • Margaret Greene, PhD, GreeneWorks
  • Ruti Levtov, PhD, Senior Research & Program Officer, Co-Coordinator of the MenCareCampaign, Equimundo
  • Fabio Verani, MPH, Senior Technical Advisor on Gender, EngenderHealth
  • Jenifer DeAtley, Director of U.S. Programs & Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor, EngenderHealth

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Monday, March 21

What: Expert Session on Gender Transformative Approaches (GTA): Link and Learn from Reflections and Lessons Learned from MenCare+
When: 4:30pm – 6:00pm EDT
Where: Salvation Army, Downstairs (221 E. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022)

Presented by Rutgers and MenCare+ partners.

Research shows that well-designed gender-transformative programs with men and boys that challenge underlying destructive gender norms have proven effective in reducing gender-based violence (GBV). These programs often seek to reshape gender relations to be more equitable, in order to “free both women and men from the impact of destructive gender and sexual norms.” Equimundo’s Giovanna Lauro will present on MenCare+, a three-year, four-country program, and its impact as a GTA on gender equality; violence prevention; sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH).

Speakers:

  • Giovanna Lauro, Deputy Director of International Programs, Equimundo
  • Siska Dewi Noya, SGBV Specialist/Program Manager MenCare+, Indonesia Office Rutgers WPF
  • Kerryn Rehse, Programme Manager, MenCare+, MOSAIC Training, Service & Healing Centre for Women South Africa
  • Leyla Sharafi, Gender and Youth Specialist at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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