Ecumenical Women’s Advocacy team has been hard at work this week, putting together a platform of our coalition’s interests. Below, please read our “short and sweet” draft recommendations for the CSW Agreed Conclusions.

Elizabeth Lee of the WCC speaks at an Ecumenical Women Advocacy Meeting

Elizabeth Lee of the WCC speaks at an Ecumenical Women Advocacy Meeting

Partners for National Responses

Promote national responses that are inclusive, and recognize the role that civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups, community groups and families and a broad array of sectors and stakeholders must play in developing, implementing and monitoring efforts to respond effectively to the HIV epidemic and to increase capacity for treatment, care and support (Based on A/62/895 (para 48) and A/Res/60/262 (para 14)).

Women in Decision Making Processes

Enhance and ensure equitable opportunities for women and girls to shape, design and implement public policy, allocate resources and expenditures so that their interests may be recognized and addressed (Based on Beijing Declaration, para 185).

Caregivers

Develop multi-sectoral policies and programmes and increase resource allocations to strengthen and support home-based care providers, including through improved access to information on HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, as well as training, basic equipment and resources; (based on E/CN.6/2009/2, para 78(p)).

Prevention

Implement measures to increase capacities of women and adolescent girls to protect themselves from risk of and vulnerability to HIV infection, through the provision of health care and health services, including for sexual and reproductive health, and through prevention and comprehensive sexuality education that promotes gender equality within a gender sensitive framework (Based on 2001 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, para 60).

Empowerment of Women and Girls

Women of all ages and girls are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, therefore it is necessary to develop and accelerate the implementation of national strategies that promote the advancement of women and women’s full enjoyment of all human rights; promote shared responsibility of men and women to ensure safe sex; and empower women to have control of and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality in order to increase their ability to protect themselves from HIV infection. (Based on Beijing Declaration (para 98) and 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, para 59).

Gender Equality Architecture Reform

Strengthen coordination, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency in the United nations system for the achievement of and to address under-resourcing in gender equality and the empowerment of women, including in the context of care giving and HIV, and to that end make adequate and reliable human and financial resources available, especially in the context of further substantive action related to the modalities paper on “Institutional options to strengthen UN work on gender equality and the empowerment of women”. (Based on 52nd Session of CSW Agreed Conclusions, para 19, 21, 21kk, and A/RES/62/277 para 5).

Donor Countries

Encourage donors to recognize initiatives that promote gender equality as essential components of national responses and provide countries with sufficient financial and technical support to implement such efforts (A/62/895, para 47).

Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820

Promote and enforce Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 addressing the impact of war on women and girls and their contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Enforce the rule of law, train police, and invest in a functional and appropriate legal system that protects and women’s and girls’ rights.

Conventions

The Commission reiterates that the full adherence to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.