The sixty third session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 11 to 22 March, 2019. This year, discussions focused on “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. The review theme was “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)”.
ARC International actively participated in meetings, and in the side event “Inclusive Public Services for LGBT+ Persons”, where our Communications Officer Mariana Winocur delivered a speech on “The concept of gender ideology and its effects on public services”, focused on what is happening in Latin America under conservative/religious governments. (Watch the full session here, and Mariana’s speech here)
Mariana also participated in a strategic meeting with the Canadian Minister for International Development/Women’s and Gender Equality, the honourable Maryam Monsef. The meeting focused on Canada’s new $30 million fund for LGBTIQ2 communities, and some of the most pressing opportunities and challenges LBTI women and gender non-conforming people face globally.
ARC was also very active in the LBTI caucus meetings and disseminated research, messages and images through the CSW LBTI caucus site. During a town hall with UN Secretary General António Guterres, Mariana was randomly chosen to ask a question on behalf of the LBTI caucus about violations of human rights on the grounds of SOGIESC (minute 26:46). (The answer that Guterres gave can be heard here (minute 33:23).
As part of the caucus, Mariana also met UN Women’s ED Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to continue the ongoing engagement between the CSW LBTI Caucus and UN Women.