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CSW64 Parallel Event

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 14:30

Context

The Countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan and Republic of Central Africa endured violent conflicts in recent years, with much of the violence directed against women. Increasingly, rape has been deployed as a weapon of war and has inevitably carried over into domestic violence, poisoning the relationship between the husbands and wives and deeply impacting the children who witness it. Since 2014, Fountain-ISOKO/NGOWG on Women and Youth on peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region of Africa in partnership with national and regional NGOs such as RWAMREC and BENIMPUHWE in Rwanda, COMEN and CEDECO in DR Congo, BMEN and Fontaine-ISOKO in Burundi developed an innovative model allowing men and women to interact as equal partners to break the endemic and interconnected cycles of sexual and gender-based violence in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. This model is engaging males and females into reflections on gender, violence and masculinities. At both local and regional levels, our members are taking leadership in supporting governments and stakeholders to implement and monitor the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and UNSCR 2250. Fountain-ISOKO created a strong regional network of like-minded organizations to disseminate best practices, and influence policy and programming at both national and regional levels.

The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is planned to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In this perspective, Fountain-ISOKO/NGO Working Group on Women and Youth for Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region of Africa in collaboration with RWAMREC are organizing the CSW64 parallel event around an innovative model “Men and Women as Partners for Gender Equality: Key Lessons”.

Overall goal: Create spaces for interactions among researchers, advocates, human rights defenders from the Great Lakes Region of Africa and international multi-stakeholders on innovative approaches and advocacy for result-based programs to achieve gender equality, the empowerment of women and the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Specific objectives:

  1. 1. Discuss the Regional Brief Policy on “Men and Women as Partners of Gender Equality” with International and Regional experts, collect and integrate external inputs, feedbacks in the regional Model;
  2. 2. Initiate a strong partnership for the funding and the implementation of the “Men and Women as partners of Gender Equality” model in the Region;
  3. 3. Support the ICGLR and Governmental delegations’ efforts to advocate for the funding and the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 Regional Action Plan and the UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans;
  4. 4. Initiate an on-going interaction among National, Regional and International Experts to advance Women and Youth for Peace and Security agenda in the Great lakes Region of Africa.

 

Additional information: 
Public debate: “Men and Women as partners for gender Equality, Key lessons”
Contact: 
fountainisoko@gmail.com
Host name: 
Fountain-ISOKO/NGOWG on Women and Youth for Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
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