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Council Meeting

United Nations, New York, 14 July 2017

Rural Areas, Media and ICT - New Challenges and More Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment

In Memory of Carmen Chacón

09 April 2017

The Socialist International Women was deeply saddened to receive the news of the death of Carmen Chacón on 09 April 2017 at the age of 46 years. Carmen Chacón Piqueras was an extraordinary socialist, a great mother and a reference in politics for many men and women in her country.

Born in Catalonia, from a very young age Carmen showed her passion for defending socialist ideals and over the years she became a very important figure in the political field. She joined the PSC and PSOE when she was a law student, becoming elected councillor in her hometown of Esplugues de Llobregat, later serving as a Member of Parliament for Barcelona for five periods, from 2000 to 2016, and Vice-President of the Congress of Deputies. During the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was Minister of Housing in 2007 and a year later, seven months pregnant, broke barriers to be the first female Minister of Spanish defence between 2008 and 2011 and marked a time for women with her strength, courage, dedication and work. In 2012 was also the first woman to appear as candidate to Secretary General of PSOE, election that she lost by a narrow margin. Between 2014 and 2016 she was Secretary of International Relations of PSOE.

She suffered from a congenital heart disease from birth, but this did not prevent her from living a full life and dedicating herself to politics and defending her ideals with passion and dedication.

Carmen will be missed immensely but leaves behind an outstanding political trajectory and a legacy of professionalism and dedication that will serve as an example for future generations.

 

Council Meeting and XXI Congress

Cartagena, Colombia, 25 - 27 February 2017

Gender Inequality in the World Today – Understanding the New Challenges and Ending Gender Inequality by 2030

 

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.

 

 

News

Council Meeting

United Nations, New York, 14 July 2017

Rural Areas, Media and ICT - New Challenges and More Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment

In Memory of Carmen Chacón

13 March 1971 - 09 April 2017

The Socialist International Women was deeply saddened to receive the news of the death of Carmen Chacón on 09 April 2017 at the age of 46 years...

Council Meeting and XXI Congress

25 - 27 February 2017

Gender Inequality in the World Today – Understanding the New Challenges and Ending Gender Inequality by 2030

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...

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)

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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