56th session of the CSW

The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 9 March 2012

ARC Co-Director, Kim Vance, attended portions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in late February.

Photo from government panel on “Good Practices”: L-R Lynne Featherstone, UK Minister for Equalities, Lulu Xingwana, South African Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities and Virginia Giménez, Legal Advisor, Instituto Nacional contra la Discriminacion, la Xenofobia y el Racismo (INADI).

Led by COC Netherlands and CREA, ARC co-sponsored a successful side-event on Violence and Discrimination: Activism and Challenges. The panel focused on the recent OHCHR report and featured panelists from the organization Women Living Under Muslim Laws and LBT groups in Botswana and Sri Lanka.

In addition, the Government of the Netherlands, in partnership with Norway, Argentina, the United Kingdom and South Africa sponsored an extremely popular and inspirational side-event on “Good Practices of Governmental Policies”. In both side-events, ARC made interventions about the need for better documentation and data collection at the State level with regard to LBT populations.

ARC was also advocating with a delegation of NGO and UN staff colleagues for a new UN Women-produced guide on data collection and statistics to include recommendations to States to collect disaggregated data, especially on violence against women, that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. ARC will be establishing a small strategic listserv to allow groups regularly engaging at the CSW to have ongoing planning and cooperation, especially leading into next years important session focusing on violence against women. Please contact us to be included. We will also attempt to gather digital copies of all the presentations to publish in the Best Practices section of our web site.

See UN Women’s report on the CSW56 here.