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CSW Side Event: Have women forgotten girls?

Bringing girls to the heart of beijing

Who: Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, at the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University
H.E. Audun Lysbakken,  Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Norway.
Ms. Donnady Coquila Lao, Plan youth delegate, Philippines

What: Moderated discussion on whether girls have been forgotten in the context of the battle for gender equality.

When:  Wednesday, 3 March 2010 , 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Where: UNICEF House, Three UN Plaza, on 44th Street between First and Second Avenues
Background: The Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, continues to be the most comprehensive framework for achieving gender equality. The central strategy outlined in the Platform is gender mainstreaming to address 12 critical areas of concern. Critical area L calls attention to “the persistent discrimination against and violation of the rights of the girl child.” Yet, 15 years later, many of the Beijing commitments have not been met with respect to girls .

Girls hold an ambiguous and sometimes contradictory place in international, national, and local norms. They have not necessarily benefited from protections entitled to them by virtue of being female and children, but rather, have often been faced with double victimization of discrimination due to both their age and sex.

For further information, please contact:
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, + 1 212 326 7452 kdonovan@unicef.org




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