New Post-2015 and Call to Action briefings for the UNGA
GADN Briefing: Gender equality and women's rights at the UN General Assembly post-2015 discussion
GADN calls on Member States to ensure that the final post-2015 framework will be an ambitious one containing all the elements needed to achieve gender equality and women’s rights. To achieve this, the framework will need to build on the positive advances made thus far in negotiations, while filling in the missing gaps.
GADN has laid out elsewhere our full position on the post-2015 framework and the need to make gender equality and women’s rights a central issue. In this note we reflect first on the overall current state of the debate and then comment on the final Outcome Document of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals, suggesting what could be usefully kept or improved.
GADN Briefing: UNGA Review Event on the Call to Action on Violence against Women and Girls in Emergencies
The United States has assumed leadership of the International Call to Action to address violence against women and girls (VAWG) in emergencies (‘Call to Action’).
Members of GADN welcome the leadership of the UK and US governments on GBV in emergencies. The Call to Action continues to be a crucial platform to build a coordinated approach and improve GBV emergency response on the ground across states, UN agencies and NGOs, as well as to better address gender equality in emergencies at global, regional and field levels.
While we value the progress made to date, we urge all donors and humanitarian actors participating in the Call to Action to take further steps to translate high level commitments to change on the ground, with the ultimate goal of improving the life, safety, dignity and resilience of women, girls and GBV survivors in current emergencies, including survivors of harmful practices like such as early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).