Building on the successes of women’s coalition efforts around the United Nations (UN), we are building a Coalition of feminist, women’s rights, women’s development, grassroots and social justice organizations to monitor and engage with these emerging processes as a political opportunity to challenge, reframe and contribute to the global development agenda. Within this context we aim to address the structural factors underpinning the multiple crises we currently face at the national, regional and international levels, which result in deepening inequalities, increased poverty and environmental degradation. In the longer term we aim to strengthen the movement for gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment.
We, as the Coalition, commit to:● Analyze outcomes of international and regional processes to make them accessible and relevant to women’s groups and other community-based organizations● Provide alternative modes of communication, in particular through infographics, social media and trainings on policy literacy and advocacy, with an intent to make this knowledge available in multiple languages● Encourage and support the participation of women, feminists, and grassroots activists in spaces open to civil society consultation, and continually push to increase policy space for women’s allies● Facilitate ongoing regional meetings of activists to ensure that networks are connected, empowered and implementing action plans● Develop policy briefs and knowledge products to increase awareness of gender equality and women’s empowerment within the context of the SDGs, poverty eradication and financing for development● Promote and enhance the visibility and legitimacy of regional challenges and priorities in international decision making spaces● Raise awareness of practices at the local, national and regional levels that enhance gender equality and women’s empowerment, such as gender budgeting, implementation of international human rights conventions at the city scale, and citizen led monitoring mechanisms that have been mainstreamed into government decision making
(To read the full text of our Response to the 2030 Agenda, please click here.)