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WMG publishes Feminist Analysis of Our Common Agenda

13. Mai 2022 - 19:41








The Women’s Major Group is excited to share our feminist analysis of ‘Our Common Agenda’.

As the world is facing multiple unprecedented crises, how the United Nations will respond to these challenges will affect billions of lives throughout the world.

The “Our Common Agenda” (OCA) report includes the UN Secretary General’s key proposals across the 12 commitments from the Declaration on the Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations as well as proposed key moments. It was created in response to a request from UN member states for a report-back with recommendations on how to move forward on current challenges. But, does “Our Common Agenda” provide us with an impactful roadmap that can take us out of the multiple crises the people and the planet imminently face? This is the question we address in our feminist analysis, which was drafted with the extensive input of our members. We point out key gaps, concerns, and recommendations regarding the OCA report, including on:
  • Authoritarianism and anti-rights actors
  • Corporate capture of the UN
  • Gaps in consultations and the need for co-production. Who will be left behind?
  • Gender analysis falls short
  • Systemic and structural analysis is missing

Read our complete analysis here.

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WMG at the 66th Commission on the Status of Women

31. März 2022 - 21:34

The WMG and our feminist advocacy was present at CSW66, the 66th UN Commission on the Status of Women, which, for the first time in 2 years, took place in person at the UN Headquarters in New York as well as in a virtual format from the 4th to 25th of March 2022. This year’s priority theme was achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.

While several of our WMG Organizing Partners and members were able to travel to New York, the doors of the UN headquarters only opened to civil society at the very last minute, leaving behind many of our global feminist movement, especially our allies and activists of the global South. However, by working in a hybrid format, alongside WMG members as well as with the Women’s Rights Caucus, our feminist ally coalition in the CSW space, we were able to bring our global feminist demands to CSW66.

Some highlights of our work at CSW66 include:

  • WMG hosted a virtual parallel event titled “Debunking False Solutions, Towards Feminist Climate Justice,” along with the Women & Gender Constituency and Campaign of Campaigns.
  • We had meetings with over 10 member states and UN entities to advocate for feminist climate justice, systemic solutions, human rights approaches & connections across UN processes, like the upcoming HLPF.
  • We were part of NGO CSW NY’s consultation day‘s feminist climate justice speak out organized by the Women’s Environment & Development Organization, including WMG OP, Cécile Ndjebet of REFACOF as a speaker.
  • WMG Organizing Partners and Secretariat held two hybrid strategy meetings on CSW as well as on the lead up to the 2022 HLPF.
  • Alongside the Women’s Rights Caucus, WMG held an informal coffee hour gathering for feminist civil society. It was so great to finally hug and see our members in person!

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MGOS Coordination Mechanism in Support for Ukraine on the occasion of the Russian Invasion!

27. Februar 2022 - 8:20

Statement by the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders in Support for Ukraine on the occasion of the Russian Invasion

On February 24th, Russian troops entered the territory of sovereign Ukraine and launched the first strikes on Ukrainian cities, violating all possible international laws and treaties. More than 100 000 people were displaced in the country in one day after the attack started, 137 people were killed and 316 were injured on the Ukrainian side only.

The international community was working to eliminate such risks of war and now we see that the UN and its Security Council could prevent the attacks from Russia on Ukraine. As civil society advocates for the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and it’s SDGs, we know that without peace there is no development. Likewise, without respect for human rights and international law, there will be no peace. Peace is the foundation of the UN and one of the five pillars of the SDGs.

We agree with the Secretary General that the consequences of this invasion are not only devastating for Ukraine and the Russian Federation, but for the entire world. This war will impact the global economy in a moment when we are emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating financial impacts. We are already off track to achieving the SDGs. This pernicious attack will set us back even further.

We call the international community, on all Member States and the UN, to use all diplomatic and peaceful means possible to stop the scaling up of military actions by Russia. We further call on the UN through the Security Сouncil to continue to call for a cease fire and removal of Russian troops in Ukraine, despite Russian opposition.

We support the voices of human rights defenders and civil society in Ukraine and are ready to amplify their calls for peace. We stand in solidarity with Ukrainian citizens, and all those affected by war and conflict throughout the world. Moreover, we are in solidarity with Russian civil society who does not support any military action and have clearly expressed it in statements (see Solidarity with Ukraine and Call for Peace in Europe – EU-Russia Civil Society Forum). We condemn the persecution of those voicing opposition to this invasion, including the 1705 people who were arrested in Russia for protesting for peace.

We know that war does not lead to better outcomes for people and the planet. We demand the maximum respect for human rights, peace, justice, and international solidarity. We demand for the lives of people to be front and center above any geopolitical interest. We believe in human rights, peace, justice, and international solidarity.

Citizens around the world are fighting collectively to overcome the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the rest of the crises that go through us. Now, more than ever, we demand responsibility from political leaders, that they live up to the expectations of citizens of the world and the historical context in which we live.

Today we are heavy hearted, but we do not have the luxury to lose our hope and belief for peace!

Neither war that destroys us, nor peace that oppresses us!

February 25, 2022
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WMG at the 2022 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

7. Februar 2022 - 21:00

The 2022 ECOSOC Partnership Forum took place in a hybrid format on the 2nd of February on “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

The Women’s Major Group (WMG) brought our feminist proposals and analysis to the forum in multiple ways:

We hosted the 6th officialSpotlight Session,” along with the LGBTI Stakeholder Group, Global Policy Forum, and Campaign of Campaigns, titled “Meaningful, effective and inclusive partnerships for gender equality.” We looked into the ways we can learn from the failings of the current partnerships systems in place and recommendations and examples for what meaningful and inclusive partnerships for gender equality can look like, that consider power dynamics, are accountable, feminist, human rights-centered, and that can deliver to the ambitions of Agenda 2030. The session had 115 attendees and the speakers included:

  • Rosa Lizarde, Feminist Task Force (Moderator)
  • Amb. H.E. Ms. Alicia Buenrostro – Permanent Mission of Mexico to UN
  • Andre Rivas – Familias Diversas of Argentina (AFDA)
  • Cham Perez – Center for Women’s Resources (CWR)
  • Emilia Reyes – Equidad de Género

We had an official intervention slot during the plenary session, where WMG member Elena Marmo (Global Policy Forum) delivered a powerful statement on behalf of the WMG. The statement centered on our concerns over corporate capture of UN spaces and called for an emphasis on human rights. You can watch the recording here (our intervention starts around minute 51.)

WMG members and Organizing Partners (OPs) also spoke at a wide range of events, including:


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