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55th CSW Session - 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Next year's CSW will be held from 22 February - 4 March in New York. The priority theme to be examined is: Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work. The review theme is: The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.

The Women's National Commission has submitted a written statement to the Commission in advance of next year's session which can be downloaded here

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 10th anniversary celebration PDF Print E-mail

In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, on 9th September the EU held an event entitled: Ensuring Women's Participation in Peace and Security in Brussels.

This event was jointly hosted by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, and by the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Steven Vanackere. Among the speakers were Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and Margot Wallstrom, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.

WNC Commissioner Bea Campbell, Chair of the WNC Advisory Group on Europe and the Commonwealth, attended the event and has written a report. Click here for the 1325 Conference Conclusions

9th Women Affairs Ministers' meeting PDF Print E-mail

The 9th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (WAMM) Partners Forum is the civil society event held prior to the ministerial meeting, and was held this year from 4-5 June in Barbados.  The Partners’ Forum was organised by the Commonwealth Foundation in collaboration with the CPDC (Caribbean Policy Development Centre) and the Government of Barbados, and provided a platform for civil society voices on issues of concern for women.  The theme was ‘Gender Issues in Economic Crisis, Recovery and Beyond: Women as Agents of Transformations’.  


WNC Deputy Director Sue Green attended the Partners’ Forum, and delivered a speech on partnerships and networks for achieving gender equality.  She also sat on the drafting committee for the Partners’ Forum statement.

Read on for more information about the 9WAMM

Belgian Presidency of the EU Council: July – December 2010 PDF Print E-mail

The Belgian Presidency will continue to advance the work programme agreed by the three countries of the Trio presidency: 

  • review the Lisbon Strategy so that the EU is better prepared to overcome the economic crisis, restore sustainable growth, a higher rate of employment and better competitiveness
  • better monitoring of the financial markets
  • broaden the social agenda and focus it on young people, on combating gender discrimination and fighting poverty
  • press forward on energy and climate change
  • make the EU a space for ever greater freedom, safety and justice (Stockholm programme)
  • set up a global European policy for immigration and asylum
  • set up a more consistent, effective external EU representation
  • place the emphasis on the defence of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Spanish Presidency of the EU Council: January – June 2010 PDF Print E-mail

The political programme of the Spanish Presidency included the issues which the Spanish government thought the EU should address as a matter of priority and which it wished to progress during the six months.

  • Consolidating Europe's social agenda, paying special attention to gender equality and the fight against domestic violence.

  • Promoting a People's EuropeGetting out of the economic crisis. The fundamental aims are restoring job creation and achieving a more competitive Europe, as stated in the Lisbon Strategy.

  • The European Union's energy security and the fight against climate change.

  • Enabling Europe to speak with its own voice on the international scene and promoting its common values, peace and well-being.Consolidating a safer Union for its citizens, responding to the challenges of immigration and constructing a shared space with judicial and police cooperation.
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