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53th session

The fifty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 2 to 13 March 2009.

 

The primary theme of the 53rdsession of the CSW  is «The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care giving in the context of HIV/AIDS» and review theme is «Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels». Participation was funded by the Global Fund for Women

 

At the 53rd session of the CSW Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan has organized two parallel events – two workshops: one on “International laws and women’s political empowerment”  and the second parallel event was «Sharing responsibilities between women and men: Central Asian situation«.

On March 3 from 2:00 till 4:00  pm Forum’s workshop was held on Sharing responsibilities between women and men: Central Asian situation. This workshop has highlighted disbalance in responsibilities between women and men in the context of Central Asia. Speakers from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan have shared analysis and findings on role of women and men in domestic, social and political areas. Focus of reports was being on role of cultural stereotypes and social consequences of gender disbalance in sharing responsibilities. 4 Speakers were Nurgul Djanaeva, Kyrgyzstan, Evgenya Kozyreva, Kazakhstan, Maksuda Aitieva, Kyrgyzstan, Cholpon Ergeshova, Kyrgyzstan.  26 participants attended and actively participated in this workshop. Participants were from China, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, USA, Australia,   Malaysia, UN, Namibia, Zambia, Central Asia, etc.

 

On March 5 from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm Forum’s workshop was held on International laws and women’s political empowerment. Discussion was focused on the role of BPFA, CEDAW, UN SCR 1325 and other international laws and their impact on country level of women’s participation in political processes. Women’s NGOs are using monitoring of CEDAW, BPFA and shadow report as tools to further advance women’s political rights. There was an analysis of experience and plans. Experience and vision on working with UN SCR 1325, which also has paragraphs on women’s participation in political processes is part of the discussion. There were sharing vision or understanding or analysis of impact of implementation of international financial obligations under AAA and PD on women’s participation in political processes, it would be useful for many of us in women’s movement. 10 Speakers were Nurgul Djanaeva, Kyrgyzstan, Rashila Ramli, Malaysia APWLD, Pam Rajput from India APWW, Evgenya Kozyreva, Kazakhstan, Young Hay Park, South Korea APWW, Andrea Friedman, USA, Cholpon Ergeshova, Kyrgyzstan, Tahira Khan, Pakistan APWLD, Chinara Kartanbaeva, Kyrgyzstan, Lisa Pusey, IWRAW – Malaysia. Participation of members of Several regional women’s NGOs (APWLD, APWW, IWRAW) with fantastic experience  and vision of lobbying CEDAW implementation in various countries and big collected data on implementation of CEDAW, its general Recommendations related to Women and politics, Concluding comments of the CEDAW Committee, of the BPFA made workshop very successful and dynamic.

Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan used its monitoring of CEDAW, BPFA and shadow report as tools to further advance women’s political rights.  There was an analysis of our experience and plans. Forum has made a presentation of its program on 50 women to politics.GlobalJusticeCenterwith experience and vision on working with UN SCR 1325 has shared with its plans and work. Feminist League fromKazakhstanhas shared its lobbying tools. APWLD contributed with its experience on application of laws for women’s participation in political processes inAsiaand pacific. A book from APWLD on women’s electoral strategies (“From seethings to seatings”) was disseminated at the workshop. Speaker from IWRAW shared with news on applying CEDAW to strengthen its impact on women’s political rights advancement. Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan presented its experience with its CEDAW shadow reporting and linked its monitoring of CEDAW, BPFA and shadow report as tools to further advance women’s political rights. Forum contributed to the workshop with the analysis of its experience and plans. Participants discussed the role of CEDAW, UN SCR 1325 and other international laws and their impact on country level of women’s participation in political processes. Also Central Asian women’s work and experience became more visible at international level. It strengthened better understanding of the role of international laws in the promotion of women’s political rights, it provided a chance to share and discuss our local experience with international audience, to gain new ideas and knowledge from other participants of CSW.

Such our participation gave also better visibility of our region and give concrete ways for new contact and partnerships at the international and UN level. Also participation at CSW gave better access toKyrgyzstan’s country reports.

We have visited during our trip to UN: to UN DESA, UNIFEM, UNDEF, global justice center,Kyrgyzstanmission in UN.

We have participated in the various and numerous workshops and sessions: CSW plenary official session, daily NGO briefings, AP caucus, Beijing15 caucuses, numerous NGOs’ parallel events.