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CSW 56th Session's Side Events
Spring: Voices of WomenFebruary 27, 2012 - Today,
women share the center stage with men in the Arab Spring. As dictators toppled
and new governments were established, women made themselves the focal point of
turbulent yet revolutionary times. With new constitutions and cultural shifts
under way in the Middle East, the question has turned to the role of women in
these new societies. Where do they fit within the reconstructed political
structures of society? How do they participate as equals? This panel
articulated the vision of Arab women as well as the initiative necessary to
achieve equal participation among men and women in the Arab world.
Implementing MDG One:
Reconciliation through Empowerment of Rural WomenFebruary 28, 2012 - Reconciliation
serves as a vital tool, to encourage the empowerment of rural women and help
strengthen their role in society. By
incorporating poor communities into existing social and political structures,
rural women can reduce their dependency and manipulate opportunities to thrive
in their respective societies.
Reconciliation will certainly affect the living conditions and
well-being of women and girls in these communities for the better.The ambitious goal of eradicating poverty urges
us to assume a global perspective as global citizens in pursuit of this end. The speaker for the event introduced her
practical experience with respect to existing projects to enlighten attendees
on the subject matter.
Human TraffickingFebruary 29, 2012 - Human
trafficking has been deemed modern-day slavery and has emerged as one of the
world’s most expansive and enigmatic global phenomena of the 21st
century. It has been referred to as a
“Shared Global Shame” since it affects all nations and has yet to be stopped
despite aggressive international efforts.
As international awareness of this issue has increased, efforts by both
the governmental and non-governmental sectors have mounted. This panel discussion examined all forms of
human trafficking, including sex trafficking, domestic servitude and forced
labor and explored the lessons learned as the world continues to move forward
in its fight against human trafficking.
are mirrored in Each Other: An Interfaith Dialogue March 1, 2012 - USFMEP hosted its annual inter-faith dialogue
between Jewish, Muslim and Christian women.
USFMEP believes that it is fundamental to bring together women of
different faiths to facilitate understandingand tolerance among the varied
faiths of the world, as women play a key role in the fight toward harmony and
peaceful existence. During the course of
this event, the women discussed their visions on how to eradicate religious
intolerance and discrimination; two of the main sources of religious
violence. Dialogue is crucial in
strengthening relations and building acceptance, thereby preventing violent
uprising among religious groups.