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[16days_discussion] FemLINKPacific Policy Brief (CSW): Security Through Women's Eyes

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls sharon at femlinkpacific.org.fj
Wed Feb 27 12:18:32 EST 2013


27 February 2013

As the world gathers this March for the 57th session for the UN Commission of the Status of Women FemLINKPACIFIC asked members of our rural women’s community media network what needs to be done to prevent violence against women and girls and enhance a culture of peace and security:
                
Through outreach consultations in rural centres in Fiji including in Tavua, Ba, Nadi, Labasa and Nausori as well as through our monthly “1325” network meetings 254 women  leaders from diverse background, representing on average 2540 members of networks and local clubs,  have reaffirmed that women and children must live a life free of violence. The prevention of violence needs economic security in homes and husbands and wives making financial decisions, deciding on income and expenses together. The prevention of violence also needs men and women sharing in decision making in our community, our town and also in our country.
 
At the regional level, according to the Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (RAP-WPS) the nature of security has evolved considerably for the Pacific region since the first coup in Fiji in 1987 and the civil war in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in the 1990s. Our region has witnessed and continues to be affected by armed conflict, civil unrest, tribal fighting, and local level conflicts over resources, increasing violent crime and political crises. It is also recognised that the impact of forced migration and displacement, as a result of climate change and the issue of poor management of natural resources will have serious implications on regional peace and stability of Pacific Island Countries and Territories. These political realities also heavily disrupt the lives of women and their families and increases the risk of sexual and gender-based violence.

However even at time of instability and insecurity because men, women and children experience conflicts differently they also have a significant role in contributing to preventing and managing conflict and sustaining peace in communities and at the national and regional level.

The RAP-WPS reaffirms the need for gender-specific approaches to conflict prevention initiatives.

(Full document attached)
Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Executive Director: FemLINKPacific (www.femlinkpacific.org.fj), M +6799244871

-----Original Message-----
From: Center for Women's Global Leadership <cwgl at rci.rutgers.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:08:09 
To: CWGL<cwgl at rci.rutgers.edu>
Reply-To: cwgl at rci.rutgers.edu
Subject: CWGL events at the 2013 UN CSW


      *UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
      57th Session . March 4 - 15, 2013*/
      *Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women
      and girls*/

*http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/program-areas/gender-based-violence/csw57*

*CWGL Events (CWGL CSW Events Flyer 
<http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/component/docman/doc_download/547-csw57alleventswebversion>)
*

  * *March 4, 2013 (10:30am-12pm): Investing in Peace? Violence Against
    Women, Militarism, and Budgeting for "Security"
    <http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/component/docman/doc_download/545-investing-in-peace-flyer>*,
    with Global Fund for Women and Women's International League for
    Peace and Freedom. Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 East 52nd Street,
    New York, NY.
  * *March 5, 2013 (2:30-4pm): 16 Days Campaign Open Forum
    <http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/component/docman/doc_download/546-16-days-event-flyer>*.
    United Nations Church Center, Boss Room, 8th floor, 777 UN Plaza,
    New York, NY.
  * *March 7, 2013 (8-11:30pm): International Women's Day Dance Party
    <http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/component/docman/doc_download/534-idw-dance-party-2013>*.
    The Culture Club, 20 West 39th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue,
    New York, NY.**
  * *March 12, 2013 (11am-12:30pm): Austerity, Fiscal Policies and
    Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Vienna+20 - Where are Women
    Now?
    <http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/component/docman/doc_download/544-csw-austerity-flyer>*,
    with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
    Rights. United Nations North Lawn Building, Conference Room D, 1st
    Avenue at East 46th Street, New York, NY. *MUST RSVP at
    rsvp at cwgl.rutgers.edu*.

*CWGL Co-Sponsored Events*

  * *March 5, 2013 (10:30am-12pm): The Post 2015 Development Agenda:
    What's at Stake for the World's Women?
    <http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/component/docman/doc_download/549-the-post-2015-development-agenda>*,
    with Women's Coalition on Post-2015. United Nations Church Center
    Chapel, 1st floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY.
  * *March 5, 2013 (11:30am-12:45pm): *Gender-Based Violence Prevention
    as a Human Right and a Legally Binding State Obligation, with
    Norway, South Africa, Sonke Gender Justice Network, The
    International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict.
    United Nations North Lawn Building, Conference Room D, 1st Avenue at
    East 46th Street, New York, NY.**
  * *March 5, 2013 (4:30-6pm):* Killings and Violence Against Women
    Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, with COC
    Netherlands, ARC International, Transgender Europe. Armenian
    Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY.
  * *March 6, 2013 (2:30-4pm): *Women, Peace and Security: Elusive
    Opportunity for Afro-Colombian Women in Conflict Zones, with Black
    Communities Process in Colombia. Armenian Convention Center Y-Room,
    630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY.
  * *March 7, 2013 (10:30am-12pm):* Women's Rights and LGBT Activists
    Share Anti-Violence Strategies, with MADRE and IGLHRC. Armenian
    Convention Center, Guild Hall, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY.
  * *March 7, 2013 (10:30am-12pm): Violence against Migrant Women and
    the Human Rights Framework
    <http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/component/docman/doc_download/548-violenceagainstmigrantwomen>*,
    with United Methodist Women and the Women and Global Migration
    Working Group. United Nations Church Center, 2nd floor, 777 UN
    Plaza, New York, NY.
  * *March 8, 2013 (10am-12pm):* International Women's Day March, with
    the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and United
    Methodist Women. First Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY.**
  * *March 12, 2013 (3-4:15pm): *Women Human Rights Defenders - a
    resource at risk? Obligations and practical measures to support
    Women Human Rights Defenders and protect them from intimidation,
    reprisals and violence, with Ireland, Office of the High
    Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Amnesty International, and
    Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. United Nations
    North Lawn Building, Conference Room B, 1st Avenue at East 46th
    Street, New York, NY.

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