The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. The priority theme for this year's event was: 'Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development'. IDS co-organised two events: one on sustainable women’s economic empowerment, drawing on research from the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women programme, and the other on intersectional inequality and power. Interactions was there to cover both of them.
During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25 November, until 10 December, the IDS research team, along with its global partners, engaged in a series of dialogues on the engagement of men and boys in tackling sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This one-off blog series offered an opportunity to openly talk about SGBV and the successes and challenges connected to addressing it. We heard from experts on the topic discussing the effective engagement of men and boys, how stories can help confront violence and working with men and boys to address violence against women and girls in post-Ebola Sierra Leone. The dialogue is still open for people to take part in the discussion via the comments section.
On Thursday 19 November, IDS hosted a 'A Gender & Sexuality Provocations' seminar discussing the rape of men in conflict settings and launching the film 'Men Can Be Raped Too', which has been developed by the members of the Men of Hope Association, a refugee support group in Uganda. There were 'provocations' from Refugee Law Project Director, Chris Dolan and, via video link, members of the MOHA.
This year's CSW, from 9-20 March, focused on progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after it was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. Amy Hall from the Interactions team was in New York, covering the event. Follow her updates on our special event page.
The four-day global learning workshop, held at the IDS in the UK, will bring national partners in Egypt, India, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda, together with IDS researchers and other programmatic and policy stakeholders to explore how best to organise and sustain collective action to address sexual and gender-based violence, with respect to engaging men as allies and actors.
This workshop brought together activists, researchers and practitioners from diverse civil society organisations. The event, held in Bangkok, Thailand from January 22 & 23 2015 was part of our collective organisations' on-going work to raise the policy visibility of the intersection between women’s unpaid care work and their access to decent work. Interactions tracked the action from the event, including images, comments and sounds on our special Interactions Live pages.
Members of the IDS team report from the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium in Delhi, India from 10-13 November. You can follow their reports, thoughts and reflections live on the site or find out more about our special satellie event, access poster presentations and download key resources.
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