TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY IN POLITICS
New-York, 3 March 2005
|A parliamentary event organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union|
and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women
on the occasion of the 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
The 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held in New York from 28 February to 11 March 2005 to review and appraise the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome document of the Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly.
In keeping with its policy of contributing to major international forums by seeking to introduce a parliamentary dimension into the proceedings of intergovernmental organisations, the IPU organised with UNDAW a one-day parliamentary event entitled Beyond Beijing: Towards gender equality in politics. The aim of this event was to provide a forum for debate for parliamentarians from all over the world, and to contribute to the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action.
The meeting took place on 3 March 2005, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Trusteeship Council Room at United Nations Headquarters in New York and focused on the strategic objectives of women in power and decision-making, and the role of parliaments in meeting these objectives. Parliamentarians were invited to share experiences and reflections on the role of women in politics and consider mechanisms to strengthen parliaments’ capacity to address all of the Beijing objectives.
|Registration form [PDF]|
|Information Note [PDF]|
|Provisional annotated programme [HTML] [PDF]|
|RELATED SITES AND DOCUMENTS|
|49th session of the Commission on the Status of Women|
|United Nation Division for the Advancement of Women Homepage|
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|9 - 10 a.m.||Registration of participants and distribution of documents|
|10 - 10.45 a.m.||Inaugural session|
|10.45 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Session one: Improving women's access to parliament
Key themes: progress and setbacks of women in political life; electoral systems, political parties (structures, positions, agendas), dissemination of information, work and family balance, gender-balanced candidate lists, quotas, critical mass, communication strategies, training and mentoring, solidarity among women, awareness raising, legislation change.
|1 - 3 p.m.||Lunch break|
|3 - 5.30 p.m.||Session two: Strengthening parliament's capacity to address the Beijing objectives
Key themes: gender-sensitive parliaments, institutional change, caucuses and committees, leadership and capacity training, work and family balance, women's issues, transparent criteria for promotion, mentoring and political campaigning, public speaking and self-assertion, inclusive processes.
|5.30 - 6 p.m.||Closing session|
Summary of proceedings
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