Gender Equality Global E-discussion - Week 2 CLOSED
This discussion closed on 2 November 2012. Many thanks to all those who contributed. The final summary of the discussion will be posted shortly.
This week we are joined by guest moderator Emily Esplen from Womankind Worldwide, Nicole Bidegain from Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), and Rosa G. Lizarde from the Feminist Task Force (FTF) of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. They will respond to your questions and contributions, and guide and summarize the discussion.
We hope this platform is an opportunity for a multitude of voices to be heard from civil society, academia, media, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, governments, the UN System, and most importantly, the general public. We invite you all to join us in envisioning a world free from inequalities and gender-based discrimination.
The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be part of a synthesis report that will be presented at a high-level meeting in Denmark in February 2013 on inequalities. The report will also be transmitted to the High-level Panel appointed by the Secretary-General.
The aim of the consultation is to be as broad and open as possible. You are strongly encouraged to share not only your views, but also engage with and bring forth the voices of the constituencies you represent.
Week 2 questions:
- Last week we asked about the most widespread and fundamental forms of gender-based inequalities. This week we want to explore how these forms of gender based inequalities intersect with inequality based on income, race/ethnicity, age, location, disability, and sexual orientation. How should the Post-2015 development framework address the needs of specific groups of women, especially those from the most marginalized groups and those facing multiple forms of discrimination?
- "Gender" refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men.[i] These socially prescribed gender roles create limitations and obstructions for women and men. What are the gender norms in your society and how do these impede gender equality? What are some successful approaches for tackling the social norms that cause and perpetuate gender based inequalities, including innovative strategies for working with men and boys to promote gender equality?
Week 1 questions:
- What are the most widespread and fundamental forms of gender-based inequalities faced by women and girls?
- What are the major structural factors at the root of these inequalities, within and among different societies?
- What kinds of policies, strategies or interventions have been most successful in addressing the various inequalities experienced by women and girls? And under which conditions/in which situations have particular policies, strategies or interventions had the greatest, lasting impact?
- Based on experience, what are the most important Recommendations that could be proposed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda for making a lasting and transformative impact on the different forms of inequalities faced by women and girls on the basis of gender?
- What actions and initiatives could be taken by different stakeholders, including civil society, to bring about lasting improvements in these inequalities? How can we ensure the implementation phase of the new Development Framework will be more inclusive of those who face inequalities, and more accountable to them?
To participate, it is not necessary to register, but you are welcomed and encouraged to log-in here. This site is available in English, French and Spanish, and you are invited to post your contribution in any of the sixty languages supported by the site’s Google translate feature.
Without further ado, the space is yours. We look forward to hearing from you on how to work for a better world!