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Report of the Sixth South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference “Commemorating Beijing” co-hosted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and UN Women held in New Delhi in January 2008

 

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Progress of Women in South Asia 2007- A Series for the Sixth South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference: Commemorating Beijing, prepared for UN Women by Ms. Ratna Sudarshan and her team at the Indian Institute of Social Studies Trust, (ISST), in collaboration with Ford Foundation.  

 

 

This fifth issue of ‘Progress of Women in South Asia’ forms the base document for the ‘Sixth South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference: Commemorating Beijing’, held on 17th – 19th January 2008, at New Delhi, India. The document presents a holistic overview of the situation of women in South Asia since 2005. It delineates, the strides made and the challenges that persist in relation to the advancement of women, particularly in relation to violence against women, economic and political empowerment of women, disaster preparedness, health and education, which had been flagged as priorities. Keeping these in mind, the Progress, works its way around them covering an array of issues. These range from the macroeconomic, which include the feminine face of poverty and the impact of reform on women, to gender and social policy, discussing social protection, health and education. Women’s human rights framework and combating gender-based violence are spotlighted as are the issues of armed conflict and post conflict reconstruction on women. The challenges of participation and leadership are explored and the role of the national machineries and media scrutinized. Beyond border issues, including those of disaster and human security are dwelt upon and the importance of multi stakeholder engagement highlighted. In addition, the publication provides one of the mechanisms to track progress on gender equality in the region, filling the need for a single combined document, showcasing some Government and civil actions on areas of concern.

 

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“The Concept of Substantive Equality and Gender Justice in South Asia” by Savitri W. E. Goonesekere

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 Report of the Fifth South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference

Celebrating Beijing Plus Ten

 

In an effort to keep the spirit of Beijing alive as also to track progress on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the region, UN Women South Asia has instituted the mechanism of Biennial Regional Reviews. Every alternate year, in collaboration with a government of the region, a review meeting is organized, bringing together governments, the SAARC Secretariat, NGOs, and members of civil society. Celebrating Beijing Plus Ten, was held at Islamabad, in May 2005, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan.

While being a continuation of the process of regional sharing and learning, the meeting provided an opportunity for observations, insights and debate on post Beijing + Ten, as well as unpacking the Beijing + Ten document in the regional context. The Report provides a strategic instrument for highlighting gender concerns at the Millennium Summit in September, when nations would come together for the five-year review of the MDGs.  

The Report captures the proceedings of the review, including Country Presentations, the consensus document, ‘Islamabad Declaration: Review and Future Action’, and technical sessions on: ‘The Varied Contours of Violence against Women by Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the former UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women; ‘Issues of Gender, Livelihoods and Resources’, by Dr. Govind Kelkar of the IFAD-UN Women Gender Mainstreaming Programme; and ‘Women’s Leadership Effectiveness and Representation’, by Ms. Khawar Mumtaz of Shirkat Gah. It captures the significant contributions by Prof. Savitri Goonesekere former member of the CEDAW Committee and Ms. Salma Khan, member of the CEDAW Technical Committee; as well as testimonies of elected women representatives from different tiers of governance.

3-5 May, 2005

Islamabad, Pakistan

 

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Progress of South Asian Women 2005 - A Series for the Fifth South Asian Regional Ministerial Conference Celebrating Beijing Plus Ten, prepared for UN Women by Dr. Ratna Sudarshan and her team at the Indian Institute of Social Studies Trust, (ISST), in collaboration with Ford Foundation.  

 

Description: This fourth issue of ‘Progress of South Asian Women’ forms the base document for the Fifth South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference Celebrating Beijing Plus Ten, being held on 3rd – 5th May 2005, at Islamabad, Pakistan. The publication is a comprehensive analytical report, which maps the situation and status of women in South Asia, within the framework of the twelve critical areas of concern identified in the Beijing Platform for Action. It presents an overview of the processes that have been at work in South Asia, both to promote the advancement of women and to identify gaps between the years 2000 –2005. In addition, the publication provides one of the mechanisms to track progress on gender equality in the region, filling the need for a single combined document, showcasing some Government and civil actions on the twelve critical areas of concern.

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Key Gender Issues in South Asia: A Resource Package

 

Description: Technical papers presented at the Fifth South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference - Celebrating Beijing Plus Ten.

 

1) The Varied Contours of Violence Against Women in South Asia - by Radhika Coomaraswamy

2) Gender, Livelihood and resources in South Asia - by Govind Kelkar / Dev Nathan

3) Women's Representation, Effectiveness and Leadership in South Asia - by Khawar Mumtaz

 

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Translating the Beijing commitments into action in South Asia

The publication captures the process of establishing a unique accountability mechanism that Governments and the women’s movement have very successfully deployed as a regional review procedure in South Asia , to track implementation of the BPFA and CEDAW.


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Brochure of Enabling accountability mechanisms:  Voices from South Asia

 

UN Women South Asia side event at the CSW on 1 March 2005

 

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Report of Fourth South Asia Regional Meeting - ‘Commemorating by UN Women South Asia

Description: In an effort to keep the spirit of Beijing alive as also to track progress on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the region, UN Women South Asia has instituted the mechanism of Biennial Regional Reviews. Every alternate year, in collaboration with a government of the region, a review meeting is organized, bringing together governments, the SAARC Secretariat, NGOs, and members of civil society. Commemorating Beijing IV, was held at Paro, in May 2003, in collaboration with the Royal Government of Bhutan.

While being a continuation of the process of regional sharing and learning, the meeting provided an opportunity for observations, insights and debate on post Beijing + Five, as well as made an input into the Beijing + 10 process. The Report captures the proceedings of the review, including Country Presentations, the consensus document, ‘The Bhutan Forward Moving Strategies’, and Panel Discussion on Engendering the Census Process in South Asia; Gender Analysis of Budgets; Knowledge-based Advocacy on CEDAW; Trafficking in Women and Girls; and a sharing from the 47th Session of the CSW & WSIS on ‘The Participation and Access of Women to Media’. Annexures include, the programme, the presentation on ‘Progress of Women in South Asia, by the Regional Programme Director, UN Women South Asia and the list of participants.

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Index and Overview (Size 407.57 KB)
Country Presentations (Size 464.83 KB)
Regional Sharing and Learning (Size 256.21 KB)
Concluding Session (Size 124.19 KB)
Annexure (Size 73.65 KB)

 

Carrying the Beijing Torch: Promoting Gender Equality in South Asia by UN Women South Asia (ISBN: 0-912917-54-7 – 2001)

 

Description: In an effort to keep the spirit of Beijing alive as also to track progress on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the region, UN Women South Asia has instituted the mechanism of Biennial Regional Reviews. Every alternate year, in collaboration with a government of the region, a review meeting is organized, bringing together governments, the SAARC Secretariat, NGOs, and members of civil society.  Commemorating Beijing III, was held at Bandos Island in 2000 in collaboration with the Ministry of Women's Affairs & Social Security, Government of Maldives. In addition to the past practice of sharing experiences and best practices, this review focused on two key regional priorities, viz., CEDAW implementation and reporting and combating the alarming rise in the trafficking of women and children. The meeting also provided an opportunity to collectively unpack the Beijing + Five Outcome Document in the South Asian context. Ministers responsible for Women’s Development, Secretaries of the Women’s Affairs Ministries, leading NGOs from the South Asia region, CEDAW Committee members, and the UN Special Reporter on Violence against Women joined hands to increase the dimensions of the review. The Report captures the proceedings of the review, including the country presentations, the technical sessions on CEDAW and Trafficking and the consensus document, ‘The Maldives Forward Moving Strategies’. Addresses and presentations are included as annexures.

 

Powering the Momentum – UN Women South Asia Regional Office Promotes the Global Agenda for Women’s Advancement, is based on contributions by Dr. Deepa Grover. The publication describes the process undertaken by the UN Women South Asia Regional Office in preparation for the Beijing + 5 Review, employing its comparative advantage to keep the spotlight on the Beijing Consensus and contributing to the acceleration of ongoing efforts for women’s advancement in South Asia.