WGG Annual Report 2007-2008

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  • UN High Level Round Table discussion at CSW: Addressing the UN High Level Roundtable was Fulya Vekiloglu, Co-chair, Working Group on Girls of the NGO Committee on UNICEF. Among other things, she urged the commission to make a greater effort to promote social policies that protect, empower, and “invest in” girls at the national and local levels. “Investments in girls have amazing cascading benefits,” said Ms. Vekiloglu, speaking in her role as co-chair of the NGO Working Group on Girls. “When girls are healthy, well-educated and empowered to contribute to their families and societies we all benefit.” She also urged the commission to promote policies that “disaggregate” data collection on women’s issues by age and sex. “In too many places and at too many times girls continue to be invisible, lumped together with women by some and with children by others,” said Ms. Vekiloglu. “Gender equality and women’s empowerment cannot be accomplished unless we adopt a life cycle approach to this critical issue.  Unless we ensure the visibility of girls, we can never guarantee women’s rights.”\n\n\n
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  • Girls Caucus: Ann Scholz at SSND issued a report to WGG Steering Group on the caucus aimed at three objectives: 1. Provide a space where those interested in Girls’ Rights can meet and network. 2. Discuss Draft Outcome Document and develop amendments. 3. Plan and organize lobbying activities. The caucus took place over four days on February 25th, 27th, 29th, and March 4th, with participation at 60+, 30+, 15+ and 10+ on respective days. There was an interest on common themes such as trafficking, education, early and forced marriage, sexual health/education and violence. The event resulted in the production of Draft Outcome Document, introduced NGO reps to the WGG, raised further awareness, and made recommendations on future caucuses.\n
  • CSW52: Working groups on Girls Summary Report, Girls Workshop. This was an event organized by girls, for girls, to have an opportunity to educate the girls on the issue and give them an opportunity to network and collaborate on topics of gender equality. About 55 girls from the age of 12 to 22 attended the event. The workshop introduced the theme of the CSW52: Financing for Gender Equality through various discussions and activities. This included group discussions and games aimed at raising awareness on gender issues. The girls drafted suggestions on the types of programs they wanted the government to focus funding on for the CSW delegates at the end of the workshop.\n
  • CSW52: Working groups on Girls Summary Report, Girls Workshop. This was an event organized by girls, for girls, to have an opportunity to educate the girls on the issue and give them an opportunity to network and collaborate on topics of gender equality. About 55 girls from the age of 12 to 22 attended the event. The workshop introduced the theme of the CSW52: Financing for Gender Equality through various discussions and activities. This included group discussions and games aimed at raising awareness on gender issues. The girls drafted suggestions on the types of programs they wanted the government to focus funding on for the CSW delegates at the end of the workshop.\n
  • CSW52: Working groups on Girls Summary Report, Girls Workshop. This was an event organized by girls, for girls, to have an opportunity to educate the girls on the issue and give them an opportunity to network and collaborate on topics of gender equality. About 55 girls from the age of 12 to 22 attended the event. The workshop introduced the theme of the CSW52: Financing for Gender Equality through various discussions and activities. This included group discussions and games aimed at raising awareness on gender issues. The girls drafted suggestions on the types of programs they wanted the government to focus funding on for the CSW delegates at the end of the workshop.\n
  • CSW52: Working groups on Girls Summary Report, Girls Workshop. This was an event organized by girls, for girls, to have an opportunity to educate the girls on the issue and give them an opportunity to network and collaborate on topics of gender equality. About 55 girls from the age of 12 to 22 attended the event. The workshop introduced the theme of the CSW52: Financing for Gender Equality through various discussions and activities. This included group discussions and games aimed at raising awareness on gender issues. The girls drafted suggestions on the types of programs they wanted the government to focus funding on for the CSW delegates at the end of the workshop.\n
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  • “Financing for Gender Equality – A Toolkit for Follow-up to CSW 51” was an event that took place on February 28th, 2008 was attended by 68 persons. Its objective was to present the CSW51 Review Toolkit to members of the NGO community present at CSW 52, with background information and relevant details to enable members and girls to utilize the Toolkit on-the-ground in settings throughout their own communities and nations. Co-chair Fulya Vekiloglu, welcomed the main speakers of the evening which included Liv Indreitin, Carolyn Hannon, and members of the WGG Task Force. The speakers called on all participants to become agents of change and stressed that violence and discrimination against girls and women is a problem for everyone. Director Hannon recommended that we bring a personal face to the many issues of the girl child in order to make a real change. Members of the Task Force presented the Review Kit, which provided a girl-friendly summary and some material aimed at raising awareness and encourage participation. Overall response to the event has been very enthusiastic with a lot of comments and questions. We will follow up with various regions of the world and encourage and motivate the focus groups to further their work and follow on the action.\n\n
  • The “Keeping our Promises to Girls: Implementing CSW 51” event took place on March 4th and boasted an attendance of 78 persons, including various esteemed ambassadors. The event was sponsored by the Mission of Qatar, Ambassador Carmen Maria Gallardo Hernandez Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of El Salvador to the United Nations was also present at the panel. Within her remarks was a challenge to members of the NGO community to partner with focal points of the government at country level in order to achieve the promises made at CSW 51.  Ms Rachel Mayanja, Assistant Secretary General, Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women made a very stirring reminder that girls are, in fact unique in the needs as well as potential and that we need to be serious in addressing them as current and future leaders. The event’s objective was to formally present the CSW 51 Review Tool-Kit, in collaboration with the mission to Qatar as well as several UN agency focal points and girls. The event included usual discussions of gender issues, gave an account of recent successes, issued further challenges to participants to take action and gave some instructions on how to use the Tool-Kit. The response was very enthusiastic. Now the task force is in the process of identifying networks who will commit to use the process and report to the WGG on eight questions regarding implementation.\n\n\n
  • EMPOWERING GIRLS TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE\nTHROUGH NON-TRADITIONAL CAREERS IN STEM -\nScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics\nThe panel and discussion will address the issue of how STEM education gives girls a background to enter higher paying careers based in the disciplines ofScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Educational research indicates that girls need a different kind of education and support in schools, family the workplace. Existing programs and networking efforts have been successful in encouraging girls to enter these fields and to find employment that makes them financially sustainable. Once Governments see the economic and social benefits of a STEM educated community of girls and women, they may be more inclined to promote and invest in quality STEM education.\n\n\\VEDNESDAY, 5 :March 2008\n10:00-11:30\nChurch Center of the UN, 8th Floor, Boss Room\nSpeakers:\nHelene-Marie Gosselin, Representative to the United Nations and\nDirector, UNESCO New York Office\nMichael Sieff, National Director ORT South Africa (Invited)\nDot McLane, AAUW Regional Liaison, National Girls Collaborative\nProject\nModerator:\nJackie Shapiro, Zonta International United Nations Chairman\n\nCo-Sponsors: ORTAmericalWorld ORT; UNESCO; The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund; Working Group on Girls, NGO Committee on UNICEF; Zonta International: Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.; Soroptimist International; The NGO Committee on Education\n
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  • 1. NGO Committee Working Group on Girls on UNICEF
  • 2. The WGG -Inside and OutA look at how the WGGorganized from within andinteracted with Missions,UN agencies and other NGOs toaccomplish their goals.
  • 3. The WGG began the year with a Strategic Plan• This plan outlined five standard steps that could be followed by each task force of the WGG. • Review past documentation and define WGG position and entry points • Create Advocacy Kit • Plan supporting events involving missions, UN agencies and NGOs • Plan to involve Membership and regional representation • Develop follow-up plan for implementation and monitoring
  • 4. The WGG built capacity within its ownmembership by:• involving all members in planning programs• engaging in ongoing self-evaluation• mentoring new members• networking internally• membership expansion• bringing in new skill sets• inviting experts on pertinent issues to speak at membership meetings
  • 5. The WGG continued to make use of:our website, publications and list serve to communicate with our networkand the UN community.
  • 6. Publications
  • 7. Publications
  • 8. http://www.girlsrights.org/
  • 9. The WGG responded with several activities and events tothe following opportunities:• General Assembly Resolution on the Girl Child• 16 days of Activism Campaign• World Fit for Children+5• Follow-up to CSW 51• CSW 52
  • 10. Advocacy on SRSG• Beginning this past July, the WGG joined other NGOs to advocate for a Special Representative on Violence against Children.• Many INfG and WGG members signed a petition organized by the NGO Advisory Council for follow-up to the UN Study.• WGG members in New York visited over 20 missions alerting governments early on to the need for a Special Representative, and suggesting the possible details of the mandate including voluntary funding. Panel Discussion on the Girl Child during the Third Committee
  • 11. Education forDevelopment:Keeping Girls inSchool7 November, 2007Organized by the PermanentMission of Zambia on behalf ofSADC in cooperation with theNGO Committee on UNICEF,Working Group on Girls
  • 12. Education forDevelopment:Keeping Girls inSchool7 November, 2007Organized by the PermanentMission of Zambia on behalf ofSADC in cooperation with theNGO Committee on UNICEF,Working Group on Girls
  • 13. Panel Presentation onViolence Against GirlsDuring the 16 Days ofActivism Campaign29 November, 2007Presented by the NGOCommittee on UNICEF,Working Group on Girls
  • 14. Panel Presentation onViolence Against GirlsDuring the 16 Days ofActivism Campaign29 November, 2007Presented by the NGOCommittee on UNICEF,Working Group on Girls
  • 15. Toward a World Fitfor Girls: Confrontinga Modern DaySlavery11 December, 2007Presented by the NGOCommittee on UNICEF,Working Group on Girls
  • 16. Toward a World Fitfor Girls: Confrontinga Modern DaySlavery11 December, 2007Presented by the NGOCommittee on UNICEF,Working Group on Girls
  • 17. Mission Visits prior to CSW 52• Armenia • • Korea• Croatia • Slovenia (EU)• Ecuador • Turkey• Indonesia • Zambia
  • 18. CSW High Level Round TableFulya Vekiloglu, Co-chair, Working Group on Girls of the NGO Committee onUNICEF addressing the Roundtable
  • 19. Financing GenderEquality in Education25 February, 2008Presented by the United NationsGirls’ Education Initiative(UNGEI), the UNICEF GenderUnit and Education Section, andthe Working Group on Girls ofthe NGO Committee on UNICEF
  • 20. Financing GenderEquality in Education25 February, 2008Presented by the United NationsGirls’ Education Initiative(UNGEI), the UNICEF GenderUnit and Education Section, andthe Working Group on Girls ofthe NGO Committee on UNICEF
  • 21. Caucus Objectives1. Provide a space where thoseinterested in Girls’ Rights canmeet and network.2. Discuss Draft OutcomeDocument and developamendments.3. Plan and organize lobbyingactivities.The event resulted in theproduction of Draft OutcomeDocument, introduced NGO repsto the WGG, raised furtherawareness, and maderecommendations on futurecaucusesCaucus on Girl’s Issues and Concerns at CSW 52
  • 22. Girls’ Workshopat CSW 52 -25 February, 2008This was an event organized bygirls, for girls, to have anopportunity to educate the girlson the issues and give them anopportunity to network andcollaborate on topics of genderequality.
  • 23. Girls’ Workshopat CSW 52 -25 February, 2008This was an event organized bygirls, for girls, to have anopportunity to educate the girlson the issues and give them anopportunity to network andcollaborate on topics of genderequality.
  • 24. Workshop on "Skills toEmpower Women In thePolitical Process: SkillsWhich May HelpWomen ObtainFinancing and AchieveOther Goals"27 February, 2008WGG co-sponsored thisworkshop of the League ofWomen Voters of the UnitedStates.
  • 25. Financing for Gender Equality in Education:Toolkit for Follow-Up to CSW 5129 February, 2008
  • 26. Keeping Our Promises to Girls: Implementing CSW 514 March, 2008Presented by the Mission of Qatar and theNGO Committee on UNICEF, Working Group on Girls
  • 27. EMPOWERING GIRLS TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE THROUGH NON-TRADITIONAL CAREERS IN STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Panel & Discussion March 5, 2008Speakers:Helene-Marie Gosselin, Representative to theUnited Nations andDirector, UNESCO New York OfficeMichael Sieff, National Director ORT South Africa(Invited)Dot McLane, AAUW Regional Liaison, National GirlsCollaborativeProjectModerator:Jackie Shapiro, Zonta International United NationsChairman, Co-Chair NGO Committee on UNICEF Co-Sponsors: ORTAmericalWorld ORT; UNESCO; The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund; Working Group on Girls, NGO Committee on UNICEF; Zonta International: Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.; Soroptimist International; The NGO Committee on Education
  • 28. Achievements DuringCSW 52• Mission Visits• Talking Points• WGG Statement• Girls’ Statement• Agreed Conclusions
  • 29. Achievements DuringCSW 52• Mission Visits• Talking Points• WGG Statement• Girls’ Statement• Agreed Conclusions
  • 30. Moving Girls’ Agenda Forward . . . Working Group on Girls of the NGO Committee on UNICEF WGG Co-Chairs - Steering Committee Task Force on Developing Membership Survey on Mapping Task Force on Developing Strategy and Out Priority Areas and Expertise/ Specialization of Member Recommendations for Girls Participation Organizations. Adwoa Aidoo and Emily Bent Co-Chairs: Dagmar E. McGill and Emily Bent Overall Goal: Institutionalizing of Girls Rights through the UN System and Structures including UN Agencies, Members States and NGOs Communication & Program AdministrationStrategic Development Annual or (for a Communication CSW 51st -52nd-53-54: Secretary: Treasurer :for Institutionalization of Designated Period) Coordinator: Carolyn Thematic: Violence General Coordinator To be filled Mary KayGirls Rights: Co-Chairs Against Girls’ Campaign: Ann Scholz Louchartand the WGG-Steering Campaign Coord. and Newsletter: Coordinator: Members to be filled! Mary Ann StrainA: Through UN CSW51 -Implementation Corresponding FundraisingSpecialized Agencies and TF Chair: Mary Jo Toll. Secretary: To be filledMembers States You may join to become a Eleanor Members with expertise member Web-site: Coordinator: Schlesinger or interested members Doris Schapira B: Through UNICEF may join to help inand UNICEF Executive these areas as well. CSW53 -Task Force on International Network Preparation for the CSW for Girls 2009TF Chair andC: Through HR Inst. Rosemary Reynolds Members: To be FilledCEDAW and CRC