The 59th Session of the annual UN Commission on the Status of women (CSW) took place from 9th – 20th March 2015. FEMNET and our members engaged and participated in this international space, though together with several women’s rights and feminist organizations, we were utterly disappointed that as the world commemorated 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the political declaration adopted on the first day was not only ‘weak’ in language but lacked real commitment to address new and persistent challenges to the realities of women’s and girls’ lives worldwide. A tweet on the hashtag #CSW59 noted, “political declaration lacks not only teeth, but heart and voice too. CSOs totally shut out.”  The South African Minister for Social Development noted and asked “the Political Declaration passed at this year’s CSW did not, even once mention the term Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as some delegations feel that this is too controversial? Is it really controversy to save the lives of women through providing them with needed services guaranteed by a human rights framework?”

​As the current global development framework, the Millenium Development Goals (MDGS) expire at the end of 2015, are you ​keen to know more about and influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…this Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the Post-2015 Development Agenda is for you!
We invite you to downlaod, get informed and share with others this March 2015 E-Bulletin and feel free to share with us your feedback on email:
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