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Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2016

The Socialist International Women (SIW) strongly believes that violence against women is a significant obstacle to the achievement of global gender equality and the true emancipation of women and girls. SIW fully supports the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and remains committed to continuing its work to promote gender equality and urge governments, civil society and NGOs to prioritise the elimination of violence against women as a matter of urgency...

 

UN Climate Change Conference 2016

Conference of the Parties (COP22), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Marrakech, Morocco, 07 to 18 November 2016

Parallel event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), the Forum of the African Women Post 2015 and Jossour Forum of the Moroccan Women

Date: Monday 14 November 2016

Place: Room Bouregreg, Green Zone

Time: 15.00hrs - 16.30hrs

 

Former SI President António Guterres to become next UN Secretary General

06 October 2016

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to congratulate António Guterres on being chosen as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. This position is a true recognition of his work, experience and strong advocacy for human rights, freedom, democracy, justice and peace.

António Guterres served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and President of our fraternal organisation, the Socialist International (SI) from 1999 to 2005. He was also Vice-President of SI between 1992 and 1999. Recently Guterres served as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a position which he held from 2005 to 2015.

With the conflict in Syria, the surge in terrorism attacks, and the world refugee crisis, the task of the next Secretary-General will be a challenging one, but SIW is certain that Mr Guterres' political capability, strong ideals, and excellent diplomatic and communication skills, will inspire leaders, governments, and people all over the world to choose peace instead of violence.

We also trust that Mr Guterres will make gender equality a priority of his work. It is women and girls who suffer the most from conflict, violence and poverty. True gender equality cannot be a reality when conflict and violence is still so widespread.

SIW take this opportunity to affirm its commitment to working with the UN in solidarity and in cooperation to support its work on attaining global peace and wish Mr Guterres all the very best in his new mandate as UN Chief.

 

Council Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 and 29 June 2016

The UN Sustainable Development Goals – Gender Sensitive Budgeting and Climate Change

 

SIW message of condolence following the murder of British politician Jo Cox

(22 June 1974 – 16 June 2016)

Socialist International Women is deeply saddened following the murder of British Labour politician Jo Cox and sends its condolences to her family and all those who knew her. She was a passionate and fearless campaigner for the women’s movement, as well as an ardent champion across the full range of human rights and gender equality issues.

Mrs Cox was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) in the May 2015 UK General Election under the British Labour Party’s all-women shortlists (AWS) political practice, designed to increase the number of women MPs.

Prior to her election as an MP, she held a variety of humanitarian and political campaigning roles, including being national chair of the Labour Women's Network. She is known to have worked tirelessly to highlight the suffering of children, women and migrants fleeing war-torn regions, helping to influence policy changes and encouraging high-level political dialogue. In 2012 she received the DEVEX award for her contribution to international development in recognition of her influence and commitment.

As an MP she is remembered for her intelligent, passionate and fearless efforts to champion the human rights of women, children and migrant populations, encourage multiculturalism and inclusiveness and promote cooperation and meaningful dialogue across all political platforms to effect positive change for both women and men.

Socialist International Women stands in solidarity with the core principles Jo Cox believed in, of gender equality, mutual respect, inclusiveness and cooperation for the benefit of all.

 

Agenda 2030: Peace, Security and Ending Violence against Women

60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, 14 to 24 March 2016

Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mali to the United Nations, Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Fondation Jean-Jaurès (FJJ)

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016

Place: Room CR-12, GA Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Time: 18.30hrs - 20.30hrs

Interpretation: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish

SPEAKERS:

• Ouafa Hajji, President of the Socialist International Women (SIW), Morocco

• Aissata Toure, President of the Women's Union, Assembly for Mali (RPM), Mali

• Zita Gurmai, President of PES Women, Hungary

• Sangaré Oumou Ba, Minister for the Promotion of Women, Mali

• Judit Tanczos, Gender Policy Advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

• Françoise Morvan, President of the French Coordination for the European Women’s Lobby (CLEF), France

Margarita Zapata, Former SIW Vice-President; Member of the Women's Commission of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), Nicaragua

 

Women and Sustainable Development - Reconnecting with Grassroots Movements

60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, 14 to 24 March 2016

Panel discussion hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Fondation Jean-Jaurès (FJJ)

Date: Tuesday 15 March 2016

Place: 2nd Floor, Church Center of the United Nations (CCUN), 777 1st Avenue, East 44th Street, NY 10017, New York

Time: 08.30hrs - 10.00hrs

Interpretation: Consecutive interpretation from French to English

SPEAKERS:

• Ouafa Hajji, President of the Socialist International Women (SIW), Morocco

• Zita Gurmai, President of PES Women, Hungary

• Kane Kadidia Toure, Executive Secretary, National Bureau of the Women's Union of the Assembly for Mali (RPM), Mali

• Ghislaine Toutain, Advisor to the President, Fondation Jean-Jaurès (FJJ)

• Monique Halpern, Representing the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and member of the Transatlantic Gender Dialogue Network

• Pia Locatelli, SIW Honorary President and Member of Parliament, Italy

 

Declaration on International Women's Day

08 March 2016

The Socialist International Women (SIW) reaffirms its support of International Women’s Day (IWD) and its primary objectives of honouring women and girls worldwide and celebrating the collective achievements of the international women’s movement towards the empowerment of women and the realisation of global gender equality. Reflecting on the many successes in gender related issues over the last century is a vital reminder that tangible change is achievable. It is also a powerful call to all to recommit to taking action to achieve gender parity in all aspects of the lives of women and girls, including access to quality healthcare, education and employment; the right to ownership of assets; the expectation and protection of personal safety and the assertion of core human rights and freedoms...

 

 

News

UN Climate Change Conference 2016

Conference of the Parties (COP22), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Marrakech, Morroco, 07 to 18 November 2016

Parallel event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), the Forum of the African Women Post 2015 and Jossour Forum of the Moroccan Women, Bab Ighli Site, Green Zone, 14 November 2016

Former SI President António Guterres to become next UN Secretary General

06 October 2016

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to congratulate António Guterres on being chosen as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Council Meeting

28 and 29 June 2016

The UN Sustainable Development Goals – Gender Sensitive Budgeting and Climate Change

SIW message of condolence following the murder of British politician Jo Cox

(22 June 1974 – 16 June 2016)

Socialist International Women is deeply saddened following the murder of British Labour politician Jo Cox and sends its condolences to her family and all those who knew her. She was a passionate and fearless campaigner for the women’s movement, as well as an ardent champion across the full range of human rights and gender equality issues...

Regional Meeting

22 and 23 April 2016

Women and Asia - Promoting Gender Equality

SIW Written Statement Published by the United Nations

March 2016

SIW Written Statement published by the United Nations on the occasion of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)

Agenda 2030 - Peace, Security and Ending Violence against Women

17 March 2016

60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, 14 to 24 March 2016

Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mali to the United Nations, the Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Fondation Jean-Jaurès (FJJ)

Women and Sustainable Development - Reconnecting with Grassroots Movements

15 March 2016

60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, 14 to 24 March 2016

Panel discussion hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Fondation Jean-Jaurès (FJJ)

Declaration on International Women's Day

08 March 2016

The Socialist International Women (SIW) reaffirms its support of International Women’s Day (IWD) and its primary objectives of honouring women and girls worldwide...

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2015

Violence against women is a global issue of urgent concern, affecting women and girls of all ages, in all countries worldwide...

Council Meeting

Luanda, Angola, 24 and 25 November 2015

Global Agenda 2030: Women, Peace and Sustainable Development

Anne-Marie Lizin

05 January 1948 - 17 October 2015

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Anne-Marie Lizin, former President of the Socialist International Women (SIW) passed away on 17 October 2015 at the age of 66...

Regional Meeting

Marseille, France, 02 and 03 October 2015

Women and the Euro-Mediterranean: Migration and Climate Change - Women's Contribution to Living Together

Statement on UN Sustainable Development Summit

27 September 2015

SIW confirms its support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the far-reaching and inclusive Global Goals announced at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in New York on 25 to 27 September 2015...

Council Meeting

United Nations, New York, 08 and 09 July 2015

SIW's Vision for Beijing+20 – Gender Equality, Democracy and Political Participation in a Global World

Publications

The First Hundred Years

A Short History of Socialist International Women

By Irmtraut Karlsson

This book tells the history of the first one hundred years of the Socialist International Women

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