54th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW54): March 1 – 12, 2010

A record number of NGOs attended the CSW meeting this year as the focus was on the accomplishments over the last 15 years and the challenges in the future. It has been 15 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women. CSW focused on assessing what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference and outlining priority actions going forward. The Commission discussion the following four areas or priority importance to women:

  • Maternal mortality
  • Violence against women
  • Role of women in decision-making
  • New gender entity

In addition, there were nearly 100 side events. BPW International sponsored workshops for Life Long Learning Program included Empowerment Tools and Emotional Intelligen, Equal PayDay and Diversity. A detailed report is available on the BPW International website.

 

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Reception hosted by Canadian Ambassador to the UN - John McNee (far left in photo). Others in the photo: Doris Hall, Helene Guergis - Minister for the Status of Women, Jill Worobec - Regional Co-ordinator of North America and the non-Spanish Speaking Countries of the Caribbean and Gerlinde Sarkar - BPW Saskatoon.

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53rd CSW Meetings at United Nations in New York

At the 53rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2009, BPW members participated in the Gender Budgeting Discussion Panel, Equal Pay Day Workshop and the launch of the BPW International Equal Pay Day Awareness Campaign. Also BPW proudly hosted the Inaugural Claire Fulcher Dinner in honour of Claire’s many years of service to BPW International as one of our permanent representatives at the UN. International President Liz Benham also hosted the first Presidents’ Seminar. This annual two-day event connected clubs around the world, with 28 countries represented.

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From left, Sue Calhoun, Doris Hall and Kathryn Munn.

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Canada's Permanent Mission to the UN held a reception for the Canadian NGO's. From left, Jill Worobec (BPWI Regional Coordinator, North America); Niki Ashton (BPW Manitoba), also MP for Churchill and was part of the government delegation; Sue Calhoun (BPW Canada President); and Doris Hall (BPW Canada 1st VP).   BPWI International held a reception for BPW Canada's delegation on the first evening in New York. From left, Lisa Dare (BPW Calgary); Mary Ozcan (BPW Montreal); Freda Miriklis (2nd VP, BPWI); Sue Calhoun (BPW Canada President); Liz Benham (BPWI President); Gabriella Canonica (BPWI 1st VP); Kathryn Munn (back, BPW London); Doris Hall (BPW Canada 1st VP) and Dawn Nasson (BPW Calgary).