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March 2009


53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women

UN HQ, New York, USA, 2 - 13 March 2009
Host / Sponsor: UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

Priority theme:
The Commission on the Status of Women will consider the theme: "The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS" at its 53rd session.

Review theme:
An interactive dialogue will evaluate progress of the implementation of the agreed conclusions "Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels" adopted at the 50th session of CSW.

Emerging issue:
The emerging issue on "The gender perspectives of the financial crisis" will be considered through an interactive expert panel.

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International Women's Day

Worldwide, 8 March 2009; UN Commemoration on 05 March 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

The theme for 2009 is “Women and men united to end violence against women and girls”.

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Course: Mainstreaming gender equality: concepts and instruments

ITC/ILO, Turin, Italy, 9-20 March 2009
Host / Sponsor: International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO)

Understand key approaches to gender mainstreaming and try your hand at using practical analytical tools withwhich to achieve gender equality.

Target audience: Policy makers, programme and project managers, educators in the private and public sectors and staff of international aid organizations and the UN system.

Deadline for candidatures: Friday 6 February 2009, noon

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Expert meeting on mainstreaming gender in trade policy

UNCTAD Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-11 March 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

The Expert Meeting will first analyze the extent to which trade policies affect women’s empowerment and well-being; and the impact of trade policies on the level of inequality between men and women. Secondly, it will provide the opportunity for discussing relevant strategies to make trade policies more responsive to the specific needs of women.

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Course: An introduction to gender budgeting

ITC/ILO, Turin, Italy, 23-27 March 2009
Host / Sponsor: International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO)

On this course you will analyse how budget decisions affect men and women in government programmes and in organizations. It will provide you with an effective tool for better policy-making and programming.

Policy makers, national and local public service staff; civil society representatives; United Nations and other international organization staff.

Pre-requisite: proven knowledge of a gender mainstreaming approach and gender tools.

Deadline for candidatures: Friday 6 February 2009, noon

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Live Chat with Experts on MDG 5: Improving maternal health

Online, worldwide, 25 March 2009
Host / Sponsor: UN Millennium Campaign

The world is more than half-way towards 2015, the target date that was set by the international community for achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals. A little past the midpoint, MDG 5, improving maternal health, with its targets to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductuctive health, is the lagging farthest behind. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth remain the leading killer of women in the developing world, with one women dying every minute. Countless women are still without access to comprehensive reproductive health care. Unless urgent action is taking, it is unlikely that MDG 5 will be achieved.

To raise awareness about the need to rapidly increase attention towards maternal health, Womens' eNews and the UN Millennium Campaign will host a live chat /March 25 at 10:00 am EST/ with Annie Raja, General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women and Dr. Jemima A. Dennis-Antwi, the International Confederation of Midwives' Regional Midwifery Adviser for Africa. Both women will share their firsthand experiences from the front lines of the fight against maternal mortality, and discuss the importance for the world's women of achieving the MDGs.

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Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 30 March - 3 April 2009
The Global Symposium is hosted by an alliance of non-governmental organizations including Promundo (Brazil), Instituto Papai (Brazil), White Ribbon Campaign Canada, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the MenEngage Alliance, and Save the Children Sweden. The Symposium is organized by a steering committee of 22 organizations from different countries, including UNDP, UNIFEM, and WHO.

Four hundred fifty participants from around the world will share their work in applied research, policy, and program development. Their work challenges rigid gender norms and engages men and boys in reducing violence against women and girls, promoting sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and fatherhood and caregiving.

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