Auteur : Millennia2025
Source : United Nations Economic and Social Council
Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the special session of the General Assembly entitled "Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century"
Commission on the Status of Women
9-20 March 2015
Statement submitted by Institut Jules-Destrée (The Destree Institute), a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
in collaboration with the Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation, Public Utility Foundation
Distr.: General 4 January 2015 English Original: French
The Secretary-General has received the following statement, which is being circulated in accordance with paragraphs 36 and 37 of Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.
The Fourth World Conference on Women, which took place in Beijing in September 1995, resulted in a Declaration and Platform for Action that continues to guide the research and work of women throughout the world. The concept of solidarity is present throughout the document, in particular with regard to combating the increase in poverty and the need to promote the advancement and empowerment of women in order to move forward into the future (p. 2); it provides solutions for economic growth and development (p. 9) and must be strengthened among women through information, education and sensitization activities (p. 83).
The Millennia2025 Solidarity-Women project aims to give women in vulnerable situations greater access to common goods in order to improve their daily life and, consequently, that of their children also. It is implemented by the Institut Jules-Destrée and the Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation under the Millennia2015 plan of action for women's empowerment and gender equality, developed with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Multiple forms of inequality exist between men and women, including in relation to salaries, employment, rights, education, professional advancement and health. Violence against women and girls is one of the scourges of our society, owing to war, conflict, natural disasters, the economic situation and, unfortunately, the foolishness of men and sometimes of women.
Millennia2015 has applied a foresight methodology in its work since 2007 with a view to achieving its goal by 2025, because the situation is extremely urgent for women and girls, who are abused at all levels in too many countries and regions of the world. The vision is to set society in motion by using scientific tools to understand the past, analyse the present and build the future, optimizing opportunities to reach the objectives established. One of the strengths of that methodology is that it involves all stakeholders, from civil society to decision-makers, from research centres to companies. We have set up a large network of men and women who are concerned about women's empowerment and gender equality. Even in the countries and regions most affected by obscurantism, men are working alongside women to ensure equal rights. The Millennia2025 international network of voluntary researchers comprises 70 per cent women and 30 per cent men.
We have observed a trend among women in the analyses conducted for Millennia2015: they do not come across as victims but as fighters. They are emerging as leaders in their respective life contexts. They are putting all their energy into addressing their situation and building a better future, for themselves and for their children. Their will and creativity are an engine that gives us inspiration, and we wanted to contribute to their projects by giving them a voice.
Assessment of the strategic axes of Millennia2015 brought to light a fundamental concept: that of solidarity. As a result, Millennia2025 Solidarity-Women is structured as a model that can be replicated at the level of the European Commission, the francophone countries, the developing countries and the United Nations. One of the missions of Millennia2025 Solidarity-Women is to help its beneficiaries become the leaders of their own lives and step up their role in achieving empowerment. Financial assistance is therefore a short-term measure rather than a long-term objective. To achieve our goals, it is vital to generate a citizens' solidarity fund that will enable the beneficiaries to obtain goods and services from suppliers at a discounted rate. [...]
=> Direct link to the statement, UN ECOSOC website: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/CN.6/2015/NGO/262
=> Direct link to UN Women CSW 59 official documents: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/official-documents
including this one: E/CN.6/2015/NGO/262 Institut Jules-Destrée
=> UN ECOSOC Translations: pdf files in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
=> Direct link to the statement on Millennia2015 website: www.millennia2015.org/UN_CSW59_Millennia2025_Solidarity_Women_Statement
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