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  • Title: 5WCW Welcome to the 5th World Conference on Women Site
    Descriptive info: .. Welcome.. News.. About Us.. Activism.. Events.. Documents.. Media.. Links.. Get Involved.. Join/Login.. Contact.. WELCOME TO THE 5WCW SITE.. This site was created as a clearing house of information and grassroots activism opportunities.. for those who support and wish to advocate for a United Nations sponsored.. 5th World Conference on Women.. 5WCW GLOBAL VISION.. (.. Click here to download 5WCW Global Vision Flyer.. ).. Let s spark and sustain inter-generational global feminism.. Let s bring the energy of the millennials and the experience of the boomers together in a world-changing 21st Century 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW).. Let s actively imagine grassroots activism growing in all of the 193 UN member states by the mid-21st century.. Let s remember that attitudes and behavior changes when a critical number of women change their perception about themselves: a woman s right to vote is a significant beginning to women s equality, empowerment, and full participation with men in decision-making.. Let s see 5WCW as the leading edge of transformational change anticipated by ancient, indigenous and astrological calendars.. Let s help bring what mothers universally want for their children to everyone: a peaceful world, good food, air, and water, universal education, medical care, the chance to develop and grow physically, intellectually, and spiritually.. ~Jean Shinoda Bolen.. MARCH 2, 2013 CALL TO ACTION.. From U.. N.. Ambassador Anwarul K.. Chowdhury.. March 2, 2012 -- Ambassador Anwarul K.. Chowdhury addresses a crowd of women at the 57th UN CSW to tell the truth about why a year ago a draft resolution for a 5th United Nations Conference on Women (WCW) did not even make it to the floor of the UN despite the UN leadership stating formally that it is high time and despite grassroots women strong support worldwide.. Seven or eight powerful countries, including the US and countries of Europe blocked it and continue to send the signal to slow it down.. It has been 17 years since the last WCW.. Why the delay? He explains what we should and can do about it.. Ambassador Chowdhury should know.. He is former Chief of the Security Council and Under-Secretary General of the Assembly and was the man behind drafting Resolution 1325 which ensures women are part of the peace-making process.. Please see our other video by Ambassador Chowdhury in which he explains why a 5th WCW would strengthen, not threaten the Beijing Platform for Action document.. We invite you to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Enoughers, and to visit our website, www.. weareenough.. org to stay connected to our coalition of grassroots women calling for a 5 WCW.. A CALL TO ACTION.. : There are two petition that we'd like you to sign at the links below:.. CLICK HERE TO.. CLICK HERE TO SIGN.. JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP!.. December 10, 2012.. :.. Download the Statment Advocating a Global Conference on Women at the link below:.. Statement Advocating a Global Conference on Women.. submitted by International Public Policy Institute and.. Pathways to Peace, non-governmental organizations in.. consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.. June 3, 2012.. 1.. Please post the following statement on your website or blog to show your support for a 5WCW:.. We support holding the 5th UN World Conference on Women and call upon our own UN ambassador and those of member states in the General Assembly to pass the 5WCW resolution needed to hold it in 2015.. We want 5WCW to address new and emerging issues affecting women and girls since the Beijing Conference in 1995, to build upon and not re-open previous UN documents.. Also place a WCW button or banner on your website or blog and use it in your emails.. Download them here.. 2.. Send a message to President Obama (.. here's the link.. 3.. Send the GoPetition link to your friends.. http://www.. gopetition.. com/petitions/5wcw.. html.. 4.. Tell your Facebook friend to.. LIKE our page.. 5.. List your organization in support  ...   as a 5WCW advocate, and in the address by Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, former president of the Security Council, whose efforts led to the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325, the Women, Peace, and Security resolution.. Both respected leaders emphasized that new issues deeply concerning women have arisen since 1995: the rise of terrorism, climate change, food scarcity, lack of safe water, economic recession and its effect on women and girls.. And that fears for undoing the Beijing Platform for Action, some of whose goals have been opposed by fundamentalist religious leaders should not stand in the way of all the benefits: inspiring a new generation of women leaders, energize the global women s movement, reach people worldwide through technology to raise awareness of problems to women, new and available solutions.. A Step toward 5WCW in 2015.. UN General Assembly Establishes UN Women.. On July 2, 2010 in a historic moment, the UN General Assembly voted unanimously for the establishment of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment, to be known as.. UN Women.. This was the result of years of negotiations between UN Member States and active advocacy of women s groups and civil society.. With the establishment of UN Women, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world has entered a new era in the UN s work for women.. UN Women will be headed by Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet.. It became operational in January 2011.. Click here for more information.. ).. Listen to Jean's Interview with See Jane Do about the need for a 5WCW.. Amplify the Girlz Effect.. 5WCW 2015!.. There is a whole generation of women who were not old enough to attend Beijing.. We advocate a 5th UN World Conference on Women and Girls, instead of a Beijing 20 review.. The new women's super agency would become known and make an impact through this conference.. The agency and the conference together would advance the women's agenda, and further the goal of reaching a tipping point to end patriarchy by bringing gender balance to the world.. We want to inform and energize girls to work toward a UN NGO 5WCW because they will be the ones to attend and through this, they will meet other girls and women who will be the generation with the energy and technical connections to further efforts to bring gender equity to international decisions and priorities.. OVA GIRLZ CHOIR at the UN.. What the UN Needs To Do.. The United Nations needs to be the sponsor of the 5th World Conference on Women, so that women from all 193 UN countries know that it is about and for them.. Many will be able to come only because it is a UN conference that is recognized by their governments.. It needs to be designated as the 5th, to acknowledge that it follows the other four, specifically Beijing and that it is intended to bring to fruition the goals and aspirations that were put into the Beijing Platform for Action (with no further debate on them).. It would be as significant to women working for women as the Olympics are to athletes.. Events leading up to it, the conference itself, and the ripples radiating out from it, including meeting in circles, would raise consciousness and oxytocin levels, moving us toward reaching a critical mass and a new era.. Check out our sister site at 5WWC.. org.. for new historical videos that have been added.. from previous World Conferences on Women.. 1975 Conference.. 1980 Conference.. 1985 Conference.. 1995 Conference.. 5WWC.. is the predecessor to this website.. It is being maintained as a sister site documenting the history of this grassroots initiative in support of a 5th Women's World Conference prior to 2009.. It also contains the current listing of the organizations who have registered with us in support of a 5WCW.. Site design by.. CustomDynamic.. net.. Photos used on this site were taken at the 4th WCW in Beijing 1995..

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  • Title: 5WCW - News
    Descriptive info: In this section of the site we will provide links to news articles of interest.. New York, 8 March 2013.. Joint announcement by the President of the General Assembly and the.. United Nations Secretary-General on the occasion of the International Women's Day.. The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations would like to jointly propose the convening of a Global Conference on Women by the United Nations in 2015, 20 years after the last women s summit in Beijing.. Given that women make up half of humanity and given the importance and relevance of women s issues for global progress, it is high time that such a world conference is convened.. It is all the more important because of the enormous changes the world is going through, with both positive and other implications for women.. The President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General feel confident the international community will welcome this joint initiative.. They also hope that the Member States, who have the final authority to convene the proposed conference, could take the necessary steps during this 66th session of the General Assembly.. They believe that the high point that the United Nations reached with the establishment of UN Women in 2011 can be meaningfully substantiated with a global programme focusing on women that can be articulated at the Fifth Conference.. The Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995, adopted the current Forward-Looking Platform of Action.. The Beijing summit was preceded by three world conferences, beginning in 1975 in Mexico City, and followed by Copenhagen in 1980 and Nairobi in 1985.. The enthusiasm of civil society, particularly women s organizations, for such a conference has added extra strength to the general support expected for today s proposal.. The President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General believe that a world conference on women could review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.. They also believe it could tackle emerging issues, in particular those relating to women and political participation, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that deals with women and peace and security, equal access to decent work and to decision-making and the involvement of rural women and girls.. It could also cover aid effectiveness, food security, trafficking, drugs, migration, environment, climate change and information technology, all of which make an impact on women, and on nations and societies as a whole.. In all these matters, the role and involvement of young people, particularly women, would add an important dimension that was not properly reflected at earlier conferences.. MARCH  ...   the presidency in mid-September as the 66th session of the General Assembly begins.. Al-Nasser has been Qatar s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York since September 1998 and during that period he has served as Chairman of the so-called Group of 77 and China at the UN, as well as a stint in 2002-03 as Vice-President of the General Assembly and a separate stint as President of the Security Council in December 2006.. March 23, 2011: San Francisco began vying to become the host city of UN 5WCW.. through the initiative taken by Emily Murase after she returned from participating in the UN CSW parallel events.. After impressive wherases, the resolution (3/23/11) states: The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women supports most enthusiastically the hosting of the United Nations 5th World Conference on Women 2015 in San Francisco and urges our Congressional Delegation and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to work with U.. S.. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice so that she may secure the necessary support among UN Member States to bring the landmark conference to San Francisco.. Lobbying now commences through very savvy women with Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.. link to SFCOSW resolution.. ).. United Nations, New York: In a meeting chaired by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 30, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that specifically mandates peacekeeping missions to protect women and children from sexual violence during armed conflict.. The Security Council also requested the UN Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative to provide coherent and strategic leadership to address the issue.. Read story here.. 'Super Agency' Stirs Buzz at U.. Women's Session.. :.. Drumming Support for Women's Conference.. Published by We news (womensenews.. org).. (March 11, 2010).. click here for print version.. Petition initated in support of a.. (Oct.. 12, 2009).. UN Security Council Requests the Appointment of a Special Representative.. to Address Sexual Violence in Conflict.. (October 1, 2009).. UN Security Council Adopts 2nd Resolution.. on Sexual Violence - SCR 1888.. (September 30, 2009).. Draft Resolution of SCR 1888.. General Assembly authorizes formation of a UN women s super agency.. after a 3-year effort by over 300 international NGOs.. (non-governmental organizations that help women).. (September 14, 2009).. See Thalif Dean article September 5, 2009.. The GEAR campaign (Gender Equality Architecture Reform) by the CSW NGOs succeeded!.. UN Assembly Votes for More Powerful Women's Agency.. UN May Postpone Creation of New Women's Body.. New United States delegation appointed to the 2009 UN Commission on the Status of Women..

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  • Title: 5WCW International Advisory Circle
    Descriptive info: Timeline: Advocacy for a Fifth World Conference on Women, 2001 onward.. Click for Word doc.. or.. Click for PDF.. Click Here to Download large vertion of Timeline Graphic.. (jpg).. Click Here to Download large version of Timeline Graphic.. (pdf).. Convening A 5th World Conference On Women (5WCW):.. Vision Statement Urging the General Assembly Resolution.. The Fastest Way to Change Society is to Mobilize the Women of The World.. Charles Malik, former President of the United Nations General Assembly.. If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together.. purely and simply for the benefit of mankind,.. it will be a power such as the world has never known.. Matthew Arnold, 19th Century philosopher.. Recalling that the Charter of the United Nations reaffirms the equal rights of men and women.. Recalling the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women.. Recognizing that the participation of both men and women is essential for the attainment of sustainable peace and security and that the necessity and contribution of women is specifically acknowledged in Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820.. Noting that while two of the Millennium Development Goals specifically address women s concerns and that empowerment of women is necessary to attain all eight of them.. Noting the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women which is often described as a bill of rights for women remains a model for empowerment and equality for women.. Noting that the General Assembly Resolution on the Girl Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child if implemented are related to the empowerment and equality for women.. Noting recommendations for gender equality and equal participation of women in decisions to do with the environment.. Realizing that the need is to implement these existing UN resolutions and documents rather than create new documents.. Realizing that a UN sponsored conference on women could bring together a global conference of women to share information, best practices, and foster the next generation of women leaders,.. Realizing that this would be the first UN World Conference on Women in the 21st Century with the technology to link simultaneous conferences anywhere in the world.. Appreciating that a host-city proposal from San Francisco includes financial responsibilities for this conference and as might bids to be host city from other countries.. We urge a General Assembly 5WCW Resolution that:.. 1 Supports convening a 5th World Conference on Women in 2015.. Urges the Secretary-General to begin an open-ended preliminary process, similar to that which preceded the Beijing 4WCW and to consider any place for the conference site.. Calls upon all member states to encourage participation of civil society and government entities concerned with women and girls.. CIRCLE OF ADVISORS.. A 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) is an idea with widespread support.. The women listed below have agreed to serve on the 5WCW Circle of Advisors and have given their endorsement to this initiative.. To see the long and growing list of organizations that also supports a 5WCW,.. CLICK HERE.. to go to our sister site 5WWC.. org that documents the grassroots efforts prior to 2009 and maintains the list of supporting organizations.. If you would like to add your organization to the list,.. Isabel Allende.. is one of the world s most celebrated and successful women writers of serious fiction, a feminist and a humanitarian.. She imparts her vision for a world where gender, race, nationality or class will not define or determine people s destinies.. Her award-winning literary works include.. The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Paula and Daughter of Fortune.. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Allende has emerged beyond the Latin American literary world to achieve international acclaim.. Isabel started the.. Isabel Allende Foundation.. in 1996 to honor her daughter, Paula Frias, an educator and psychologist who died when she was only twenty-eight years old.. The foundation is guided by a vision of a world in which women have achieved social and economic justice.. This vision includes empowerment of women and girls and protection of women and children.. For more information visit her website at:.. www.. isabelallende.. com.. Jean Shinoda Bolen.. , MD, psychiatrist, author of ten books including:.. Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World.. ;.. Crones Don't Whine.. The Millionth Circle; The Tao of Psychology; Goddess in Older Women; Goddesses in Everywoman; Gods in Everyman; Ring of Power; Crossing to Avalon.. ; and.. Close to the Bone.. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center, and is an internationally known lecturer.. She founded and co-chaired Psychiatrists for ERA, which was a major influence within psychiatry in the early 1980's, that evolved into the Association for Women in Psychiatry.. For more information visit her website at.. jeanbolen.. Marilyn Fowler.. is Founder and President of the Women's Intercultural Network (WIN), a non-governmental organization consultative to the United Nations, based in San Francisco, CA that links women across cultures globally and in U.. communities for collective action.. WIN currently coordinates CAWA (California Women's Agenda) the state's follow-up to the 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, September, 1995.. CAWA is the anchor project for  ...   the Founder and Executive Director of the.. Women's World Summit.. Foundation; actively involved for the past 20 years in development education and in the elaboration of initiatives and programmes aiming the empowerment of rural women, children and NGOs and the practical application of women's and children's rights.. Zainab Salbi.. is an Iraqi American writer, activist and social entrepreneur who is co-founder and president for.. Women for Women International.. and the author of.. Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam.. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, she came to the United States at the age of 19.. Her experience with the Iran Iraq War sensitized her to the plight of women in war worldwide.. She has written and spoken extensively on the use of rape and other forms of violence against women during war.. Her work has been featured in major media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Washington Post.. In 1995, President Bill Clinton honored Salbi at the White House for her humanitarian work in Bosnia.. Leticia R.. Shahani.. was assistant secretary-general for social development and humanitarian affairs (1981-86) during which time she served as secretary-general of the Third World Conference on Women in Nairobi in 1985.. Before this she had worked in the UN s Division of Human Rights (1964-68) and in 1974 chaired the Commission on the Status of Women.. She also served as secretary-general of the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders.. She has held positions in the Philippine Senate for over ten years and been undersecretary of foreign affairs; chair and commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women; and Ambassador to Australia and Romania.. In 2007 she delivered the.. keynote address at the 3rd International Women's Peace Conference.. in Dallas.. She was born in the Philippines and educated at Wellesley College, Columbia University, and the University of Paris.. Gloria Steinem.. is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist.. She travels worldwide as an organizer, lecturer and media spokeswoman on issues of equality.. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.. She co-founded.. Magazine.. and helped found.. New York magazine.. , the.. Women's Action Alliance.. National Women's Political Caucus,.. a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level.. She has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO and a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime.. Her books include the bestsellers.. Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem.. ,.. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions.. , and.. Moving Beyond Words.. Alice Walker.. is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, anthologist, teacher, editor, publisher, feminist and activist.. She has written at length on issues of race and gender, and is most famous for the critically acclaimed novel.. The Color Purple.. , published in 1982 for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the first African American woman to win this award.. This award-winning novel served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg s 1985 film and has recently been adapted for the stage.. Her books have sold more than ten million copies and have been translated into more than two dozen languages.. In 1997 she was honored by the American Humanist Association as Humanist of the Year and in 2006 she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts.. Click here to visit her website.. Rosemary Williams.. , founder and former executive director of Women s Perspective, is a leading voice on the topic of women, money, and spirituality.. Rosemary conducts lectures, workshops and retreats across the US, and leads transformational trips to developing countries.. She is the author of.. A Woman's Book of Money and Spiritual Vision: Putting Your Spiritual Values into Financial Practice.. with Joanne Kabak, journalist and former CPA.. As a leader in encouraging transformation, she combines her deep faith with her financial know-how to help women explore and strengthen their connection between spirituality and money.. womensperspective.. Lea Wyler.. , born in Switzerland, was living a successful and affluent life as an actress.. In 1980, however, her life changed dramatically when she made her first trip to India and Nepal.. Deeply moved by the poverty she encountered there, she decided to abandon her acting career and dedicate her life to helping others.. With Dr.. Akong Tulku Rinpoche and her father Dr.. Veit Wyler, she co-founded.. ROKPA International.. whose mission is: Helping where help is needed.. The organization currently has branches in 18 countries and active programs in.. Nepal.. Tibet.. and.. Zimbabwe.. Lea's time is spent traveling between ROKPA's head office in Zurich to.. to check on the projects, to.. every winter to oversee the.. ROKPA Children's Home.. and other projects including the.. Women's Workshop.. Together with a large body of co-workers and.. volunteers.. , she develops and oversees projects, and raises funds that enable many people to both help and be helped.. For more information, see:.. The ROKPA Times.. rokpa..

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  • Title: 5 WCW Grassroots Activism Overview
    Descriptive info: Women who stand together for peace and justice are a moral force.. The United Nations has moral authority greater than any government or institution.. This is an alliance that may save us, especially now with the United States.. change of administration and spirit of service in Washington.. Overview:.. A resolution supporting a 5th UN World Conference on Women was introduced by Finland and tabled until the 2009 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting.. The new United States Obama-appointed CSW representative (term from 2009-2012) could actively support a 5WCW.. NGOs with ECOSOC status could submit statements to support a 5WCW.. A new resolution to support a 5th UN women s conference needs to be passed by the CSW, which then goes to ECOSOC, and from there to be voted on by the General Assembly.. It will take three years of planning before the conference takes place.. If you wish to get involved in this global initiative, also check the.. section of the site.. WHY I PERSERVERE IN ADVOCATING.. A UNITED NATIONS 5TH WORLD CONFERECE ON WOMEN.. By Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.. D.. January 30, 2009.. Click here to download a pdf of this article.. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, wrote: Jean Shinoda Bolen s.. Urgent Message from Mother.. is a book whose time has come.. Our earth home and all forms of life in it are at grave risk.. We men have had our turn and made a proper mess of things.. We need women to save us.. I pray that many will read Bolen s work and be inspired then to act appropriately.. Time is running out.. Women who stand together for justice and peace are a moral force.. The United Nations now has moral authority greater than any government or institution.. This is an alliance that may save us, especially with America s support.. This is a time to be an advocate for a 5th United Nations World Conference on Women, which would be the most influential and far-reaching women s conference ever held.. If the decision to hold it were made in 2009, it could take place in 2012, and be the first with widespread use of the internet and other 21st century technologies.. In the three years it takes to plan, there would be local, national and regional meetings.. Interest would grow in the conference and the possibility of going or being represented could be generated in all of the 192 countries of the UN.. Whenever possible meet in circles: Circles are an egalitarian form that helps people know each other, and fosters trust and authenticity especially when the circle has spiritual values such as compassion and wisdom, or moments of silence for prayer or reflection.. Each circle is also an archetype that contributes to collective consciousness and morphic field.. When a critical number of people change an attitude or perception, what was resisted becomes normal.. This is how consciousness-raising groups became the women s movement and brought personal, political and economic changes for American women in the 1970s.. The tipping point is the metaphoric millionth circle, the one which added to all the rest, balances masculine and feminine, circle and hierarchy.. OVERCOMING RESISTANCE AT THE UNITED NATIONS TO A 5WCW.. A fifth World Conference on Women can only be convened by the United Nations.. The four major women's conferences, including the one in Beijing, were convened by the UN, and NGOs were invited to attend, to host parallel events and to have input into the final documents.. Not everyone in the UN was initially happy with the idea that the NGOs would participate in these ways and opposed inviting them.. (Not everyone has ever been happy to give women a place at the table.. ) Most of the 40,000 people who came to Beijing in 1995, who took up the idea that human rights are women s rights were NGO women.. Some people in the UN fear that if we had a 5th women s conference, that the fundamentalists would dismantle the Beijing Platform for Action, which set forth premises and goals that (if followed) would result is a safer, more secure and equal world for women and therefore for children.. The eight years of Bush s people at the UN is past history.. Obama has selected Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State and Susan Rice, UN ambassador.. At the 2008 CSW, Ban Ki Moon, as the new Secretary-General announced that his personal project would be to end violence against women, ending his talk by blowing a penny-whistle (symbol of Uganda s grassroots effort to stop domestic violence).. Domestic violence and wars are psychologically connected, reducing one can affect the other.. A campaign began for UN gender equality architecture reform (GEAR) for a stronger, well-funded women s agency, similar in concept to UNICEF for children, headed by an Under Secretary-General for women.. The momentum has since bogged down.. Both a 5th women s conference  ...   same, which made peace negotiations possible and led to the Good Friday Peace Accords).. When it became evident that the Liberian peace process was going nowhere, women locked arms together and kept the men from leaving the building until they signed the peace treaty.. The women were the moral force, could not be ignored, brought international attention, and provided leverage for peace negotiators.. Women from Sierra Leone and Ghana joined Liberian women in this effort, supporting each other across national boundaries as well as religious ones.. In 2003, the treaty was signed, the president was given safe-passage, the UN Secretary-General sent an envoy and 9000 blue-helmeted peacekeepers entered the capitol.. The women then played another critical role in disarming the rebels, after the experts who had earlier discounted their suggestions failed.. Women saw that forgiveness, reconciliation and re-entry into community of the disarmed boy-soldiers was necessary for peace.. Next came democratic elections in 2005.. The women of Liberia supported Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who became the first woman president (of Liberia and in all of Africa) heading a government known for its lack of corruption among other qualities.. Rebuilding a devastated, impoverished and war-torn country is being done in Liberia as it was in Rwanda after the genocide.. The documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells how women did this in Liberia.. When this film was initially shown, Sara Gould, president of the Ms.. Foundation for Women said: As demonstrated so powerfully in Pray the Devil, women have the courage and deep commitment to pursue just solutions against all odds.. We must create connections with women's movements across the globe, to be inspired, and to learn from and support one another, as we build the collective power of women to create a better world.. I believe this could be best accomplished through a UN 5WCW.. Oxytocin Antidote: Women such as those that ended the conflict in Liberia or the Women in Black who began as the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, meet each other as if in circles rather than in hierarchies.. Someone will take the lead in a specific situation, but she cannot give orders.. Women who are in a risky situation together bond with each other as women do, through the stories they tell each other.. Physiologically, there is an increase in oxytocin the maternal or bonding hormone, which reduces stress and increases trust.. The world needs more oxytocin, which is enhanced by estrogen, and in times of conflict and fear, there needs to be less flight or fight adrenaline, which is enhanced by testosterone.. Wars and conflicts, like gang wars in the neighborhood, are usually led by men who seek power and control, who are driven by fear of humiliation or fantasies of retaliation.. The fate of the neighborhood or the world is often in the hands of psychologically adolescent, high adrenaline-testosterone men, who avoid any identification with weakness and aren t able to feel compassion.. The oxytocin antidote to this is the power of women who come together to keep the children safe, who can draw upon enough is enough mother-bear energy and work for peace when men do not see anyway out of the conflict.. Such is the situation in Gaza, the latest round in the nobody-can-win, middle-east conflict.. Such were the brutal years of civil war in Liberia with 200,000 deaths without hope of a sustainable peace until women became involved.. In Liberia, a critical number of grassroots women made alliances, demonstrated, sang, talked and prayed.. Muslim and Christian women did not make religion divisive; as they saw it they prayed to the same god and given their realistic fears and the suffering they endured, probably prayed for the same things.. Women organized a peace protest that involved thousands of women and sustained it over time.. Dressed in white and carrying signs for peace, they were a moral force who appealed to the combatants and to the African and International community who responded.. The women mobilized in large numbers and put pressure on men combatants and their leaders to stop the conflict and enter a peace process, while peace negotiators brokered the accords.. Neither could have succeeded without the other.. The moral force of UN Security Council Resolution #1325 passed in 2000 aided them.. It specifically addressed contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace that women can make, as well as the impact of war on women.. We need each other and the world needs us to come together for there to be peace.. We need a UN women s conference so that the Beijing Platform for Action and Resolution 1325.. will become an implemented worldwide women s agenda.. We need to gather the women, save the world.. Yes We Can!.. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.. A whole stream of events issues from the decision.. ~W.. H Murray, the Scottish Himalayan Expedition.. Whatever you can do or dream you can.. Begin it.. ~Goethe.. purely and simply for the benefit of mankind,.. ~Matthew Arnold..

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  • Title: 5WCW Events at 2011 CSW
    Descriptive info: 5WCW SESSIONS OF INTEREST.. at the 2011 UN CSW.. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4 pm to 6:30 pm.. Proposal for 5th UN NGO World Conference on Women 5WCW.. Location:.. Church Center for the United Nations.. 2nd Floor Room CCUN Building.. 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th St.. and First Avenue).. New York, NY.. Thursday, February 24th, 2011 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.. The UN Women s Circle Workshop.. UN Women Circle s Campaign.. Sponsored by International Public Policy.. Institute and Circle Connections.. Participate in a FREE interactive circle workshop at the CSW,.. and receive written downloadable guidelines for successful.. circle leadership facilitation by local women  ...   International Catholic Organizations Center.. Holy Family Church.. 3rd Floor - Ring entry buzzer in vestibule.. 323 East 47th St.. (Between 1st and 2nd Avenue).. Friday, February 25 12 pm to 1:30 pm.. Millionth Circle: Empowering Women and Girls, Changing the World.. Main Auditorium.. Salvation Army Building.. 221 East 52nd Street.. (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).. Friday, February 25, 2011 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.. Ecology and Feminism: Sacred Feminine, Circles, Valuing Girls and Trees.. 2nd Floor CCUN Building.. Photo credits: Peggy Sebera.. SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS:.. Pathways to Peace.. Women s Intercultural Network.. Anglican Women s Empowerment.. Women s World Summit Foundation.. Millionth Circle.. Earth Child Institute..

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  • Title: 5WCW Historical Documents
    Descriptive info: In this section of the site we provide links to recent documents, articles and reports, as well as to historical documents, in support of a 5th World Conference on Women.. More Recent Documents, Articles and Reports:.. Timeline: Advocacy for a Fifth World Conference on Women (.. Click Here to Download Timeline Graphic.. December 10, 2012:.. Convening a fifth United Nations/non-governmental organizations world conference on women and girls submitted by the International Public Policy Institute, Pathways to Peace, the Women's Intercultural Network and the Women's World Summit Foundation, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.. Click below for Statement for a UN NGO 5th World Conference on Women Girls.. (Click for.. English.. Spanish.. Fifth Women's World Conference Concept Paper.. 2011 ECOSOC statement on need for a 5WCW (in.. French.. Secretary General's transcript announcing Ms.. Bachelet as the Head of UN Women.. (9-14-10).. Establishment of UN Entity for Gener Equality and Empowerment.. (July 2, 2010).. Report on 2009 CSW Meetings from Jean Shinoda Bolen.. Form of New U.. Women's Entity Still Nebulous.. by Thalif Deen.. Letter from Rachel Mayanja, UN Assistant-Secretary General.. re: 5WCW Urgent Message from Mother.. Oral Statement advocating 5WCW prepared for the CSW by Jean Shinoda Bolen.. The  ...   Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1716 Promoting a 5th World Conference on Women (March 2006).. The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Doc.. 10643 in support of a 5th World Conference on Women.. (July 6, 2005).. Fifth World Conference on Women and the 2005 CSW Review of the Beijing Platform for Action Discussions by NGOs at the 47th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, March 3-14, 2003.. Bejing Declaration.. Bejing Report of WCW 1995.. CEDAW.. (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.. ), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.. CSW Members.. ECOSOC Members.. Hillary Clinton's Address at Bejing 1995.. WCW Nairobi Report of the 1985 World Conference on Women.. UN Resolution 1325 - Women, Peace and Security Resolution.. UN Resolution 48-104 CEDAW Declaration.. UN Millennium Declaration.. Brief History of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).. Reforming the Gender Architecture in the UN System.. (Prepared by IWRAW Asia Pacific.. January 2007).. For more downloadable reports on the Bejing Conference.. Visit WomenWatch..

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  • Title: 5WCW Media
    Descriptive info: In this section of the site we link to videos and other media in support of a 5th World Conference on Women.. Jean Shinoda Bolen Speaking on.. Winning Strategies in Gender Equality Panel.. United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,.. NGO Parallel event.. March 1, 2010.. Video Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.. on the occasion of International Women's Day 2010.. (see transcript below).. The fight for women's rights is central to the UN's global mission.. Fifteen years ago, in Beijing, Governments committed themselves to equality, development and peace for all women, in all countries.. The Beijing Declaration was a landmark on the road to women's empowerment.. It has guided policy making.. It has inspired women and girls to strive for equality and opportunity, and reminded everyone that this is their right.. We have seen progress.. Girls are now more likely to receive an education.. Women  ...   representative to mobilize international action to address these crimes.. At the United Nations itself, we have more women in senior posts than at any time in history.. Securing women's rights is central to all our hopes for peace, security and sustainable development.. As we look back on 15 years of achievement, let us look forward to a world of equality and progress for all.. The World Through Women's Eyes.. This 3-part half-hour long documentary was created in conjunction with the National Council of Churches at the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995 held in Beijing and Huairou, China.. In this documentary a wide variety of women who attended the Conference and NGO parallel events are interviewed.. Also featured are clips and soundbites of music, dance, and other speakers at the events, focusing on the question, Is there a global women's movement?.. Part 1.. Part 2.. Part 3..

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  • Title: 5WCW Resource Links
    Descriptive info: Listed below are links to United Nations Components,.. Major Women's NGOs and NGO Networks/Alliances.. and Other Resource Links.. Jump to:.. Major Women's NGOs.. |.. NGO Alliances Networks.. Additional Resource Links.. UN Components.. CSW (Commission on the Status of Women).. is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.. It is the principal global policy-making body.. Click here for information on how to participate in CSW meetings.. DAW (Division for the Advancement of Women).. advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world, and the achievement of their equality with men as equal actors, partners, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace and security.. ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean).. ,.. headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations.. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world.. ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council).. serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.. It is responsible for: promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.. It has the power to make or initiate studies and reports on these issues and to assist the preparations and organization of major international conferences in the economic and social and related fields and to facilitate a coordinated follow-up to these conferences.. With its broad mandate the Council's purview extends to over 70 percent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system.. Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI).. was created on 1 March 1997 to promote and strengthen the effective implementation of the Millennium Declaration, the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) held in Beijing in 1995 and the Outcome Document of the special session of the General Assembly on Beijing+5.. Major Women's NGO's.. CONGO (Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations).. in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).. It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making.. CONGO is most active at the major UN centers of New York, Geneva and Vienna but its work stretches out to all regions of the world.. UNIFEM.. (United Nations Development Fund for Women) is the women's fund at the United Nations.. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster  ...   monitors and influences international economic and development policy and practice from a feminist perspective.. WIDE's work is grounded on women's rights as the basis for the development of a more just and democratic world order and the search for alternative approaches to the economic mainstream.. Additional Links to Helpful Resources.. UN Millennium Development Goals.. : The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 form a blueprint agreed to by all the world s countries and all the world s leading development institutions.. UN Millennium Development Goals Monitor.. : Shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).. With the 2015 target date fast approaching, it is more important than ever to understand where the goals are on track, and where additional efforts and support are needed, both globally and at the country level.. The MDG Monitor is a tool designed to: TRACK progress through interactive maps and country-specific profiles; LEARN about countries' challenges and achievements and get the latest news; SUPPORT organizations working on the MDGs around the world,.. UN Millennium Development Goals Indicators.. : This UN site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.. You will also find the official progress reports as well as links to related sites and documents.. Sources of Information.. To register your organization,.. click here.. To see a listing of supporting organizations,.. Women Watch.. is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programs, specialized agencies and academic and research institutions.. It is a joint United Nations project created in March 1997 to provide Internet space for global gender equality issues and to support implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action.. The website also provides information on the outcomes of, as well as efforts to incorporate gender perspectives into follow-up to global conferences.. Women's United Nations Report Program Network (WUNRN).. is a non-governmental coalition to implement the conclusions and recommendations of a United Nations Study on Freedom of Religion of Belief and the Status of Women From the Viewpoint of Religion and Traditions.. This study is a major, universal, comprehensive U.. approach to intolerance and discrimination against women based on religion and traditions.. PeaceWomen.. is a project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) United Nations Office, in New York City.. The PeaceWomen Project monitors and works toward rapid and full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.. The website provides timely information on women, peace and security issues and women's peace-building initiatives in areas of armed conflict..

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  • Title: 5WCW - Get Involved - What You Can Do
    Descriptive info: A CALL TO ACTION!.. June 10, 2012.. Also place a banner on your website or blog.. The April 11, 2012 THANK YOU CAMPAIGN was successful.. and is now completed.. Thanks to all of you for your participation.. We clogged the in-boxes of the Secretary General and President of the U.. advocating for a 5WCW and they got the message loud and clear that women as well as numbers of men.. DO.. want a 5WCW in 2015.. For your next step please see the.. June 10.. Call to Action.. above and the.. Additional Activism Steps.. you can take below.. ADDITIONAL ACTIVISM STEPS YOU CAN TAKE.. Sign the Petition.. in support of a 5th World Conference on Women.. Register in the 5WWC/5WCW Living Directory.. to keep informed.. Join us on.. Facebook.. Inform yourself.. See the.. UN Links.. and the.. Resource Links.. on this site as a starting point.. List your organization in support of a 5WCW on our new Facebook page:.. (Note: our old organizational listing page on the 5WWC site will no longer list additional organizations.. If your organization is listed there, we encourage you to list it again on the new Facebook page.. Place a banner on your website or blog.. Contact your elective officials to let them know that you want your country to be in favor of a  ...   were made this year, it could take place in three years, and be the first with widespread use of the Internet and other 21st century technologies.. The three years leading up to it would be a time for consciousness-raising, networking, and creating circles for action, reflection, and support.. We need only one member-state ambassador to sponsor the resolution for 5WCW in the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (September 2011-June 2012) which begins in September.. The best situation in this short time, would be for this resolution to be co-sponsored by other developing countries: in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and a Scandinavian/European country.. Toward this end, we have a.. Concept Paper.. that is in the language and form that ambassadors and delegations are familiar with and a.. sample draft document with enumerated paragraphs.. Once the concept is accepted, a 5WCW resolution would simply need to say something such as:.. With the creation of UN Women, once a General Assembly draft resolution is passed, it will go to UN Women for implementation and following protocol, Michelle Bachelet as Executive Director would become the Secretary-General of the UN 5WCW.. Listen to Jean Shinoda Bolen's message.. about the need for a 5th World Conference on Women.. followed by the reading of her poem,.. Untapped Source of Peace.. Tweet This.. Join Us..

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  • Title: Join the 5WCW movement
    Descriptive info: JOIN THE MOVEMENT.. IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED.. CLICK HERE TO LOGIN.. If you wish to be updated on the progress of this grassroots movement, you can register in the Living Directory group that has been set up for this purpose.. We are using the original 5WWC Living Directory set up in 2003, so if you have already registered in that group, there is no need to register again.. If, however, you are new to the movement, please take a few minutes to register now.. Here are the easy steps:.. Simply click on the link below.. Fill out the short form and press the submit button.. Check your email for an automated verification of your registration.. Click on the link in that email to activate your profile and choose a password.. Once you have followed the steps above you will receive a personal email from Carol Hansen Grey welcoming you to the 5WWC Living Directory and giving you instructions on how you can use Living  ...   anonymous activities.. Each participant maintains her own profile and has control over how visible they are in the network.. Security features are built into the software to prevent SPAM by keeping all email addresses invisible to everyone except the group coordinator.. Participants in the network can use the search functions to find other participants and to connect with them using the directory email function (clicking on the @ icon on the person's profile brings up an email form).. To remain active in the 5WWC directory you merely need to keep your email address current.. You can enter additional information about yourself (i.. e.. , bio and networking data) and also may choose to share your profile with one or more of the over 200 other organizations participating in the Living Directory Trust Network.. For more information about Living Directory and how to use it, click on.. Living Directory FAQs menu.. that includes HELP topics that walk you through the various features of the Living Directory..

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  • Title: Contact us
    Descriptive info: CONTACT.. If you wish to contact us, please click on the link below to be brought to the 5WWC Living Directory Contact page.. There you will be able to send us a short note.. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US..

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