Independent Member, Egypt.
CSW65 Side Event: Virtual Townhall Meeting of Civil Society and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Tuesday 16 March 2021.
Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General and UN Women.
Women and the environment, Women in power and decision-making, The girl child, Women and the economy, Human rights of women, Violence against women, Women and poverty, Women and health, Women and armed conflict
SDG3 – Good Health and Well-Being, SDG5 – Gender Equality, SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality, SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Bullying (2016), Harassment (2016), Tolerance of Minority Groups (2016), Child Marriage (2016), Young Members (2016)
Egypt has successfully implemented the UN resolution of " Strengthening National and International Rapid Response to the Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls". This resolution was presented by Egypt in collaboration with Algeria, China, Saudi Arabia and Zambia. It was adopted by the UN General assembly unanimously. Egypt shared this successful experience in one of CSW65's side events.
UN SG invited civil society to localize SDGs and provide doable suggestions that can be incorporated in UN's thinking and policies; provided UN's initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls as a model for partnerships with national governments and civil society; informed civil society of the UN reform to achieve parity at all levels by placing women and girls central to all future planning; stressed the necessity of including women to achieve a more inclusive and networked multilateralism; reported the meeting with eminent women economists to brainstorm new approaches and solutions to address the impact of the pandemic on trade, financial flows and the jobs needed for a sustainable recovery; called for the reignition of the Decade of Action for SDGs and for charting a path to more equal, just, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies; asked for 5 transformative actions to build women's representation, participation and leadership that include realizing women's equal rights, taking concrete steps to ensure equal representation for women, supporting women's economic inclusion, addressing GBV through emergency plans and making space for intergenerational transition by supporting young women leaders ; and finally explained how UN has put women at the center of Covid-19 response and recovery through COVID response fund designating resources for gender-sensitive programming.
If GWI members accept UN SG's invitation to localize SDGs, they can certainly make real change on the ground and be able to provide him with doable proposals that can be incorporated in UN policies.

Utilizing the rich diversity of its membership, GWI can partner with UN and UN Women to implement UN’s recommendations to achieve more inclusive, networked and multilateral communities. By implementing one and the same project by the different NFAs, GWI will present a valuable case study that will provide UN with practical recommendations to be incorporated in its future policies.

Author: Sahar Gamal

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