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63RD COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AT UNITED NATIONS

WHAO’s REPORT ON CSW63 AT THE UNITED NATIONSMarch 25, 2019According to the World’s Women 2015 report, 496 million women and girls over the age of 15 are illiterate, that’s nearly two-third of the world’s illiterate population. Gender equality is not only a basic human right but is also instrumental to achieving the full potential of humanity, promote sustainable development and ultimately achieve a peaceful society. Empowering women contributes to greater productivity and economic growth throughout the world. We still have a long way to go to fully achieve gender equality, which would lead to equal opportunities for women.The World Human Accountability Organization (WHAO) is honored to have actively participated in this year's Sixty-third Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), which was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 11 to 22, 2019. This year’s topic of the General Assembly is continuing promoting gender equality and empowering women. WHAO will continue to work on our education and poverty alleviation programs to provide all young people with increased access to education, training and to consistently work towards gender equality goals. Accelerating implementation of Beijing DeclarationOn Wednesday, March 13, 2019, The World Human Accountability Organization (WHAO) joined a high-level interactive dialogue at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the Beijing Declaration. The dialogue was entitled: “Accelerating implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: Exchange of best practices in preparation for the Beijing +25 review and appraisal.”Government representatives, civil society, including women’s organizations, representatives of UN Women, the private sector and members of the media discussed steps to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In September 1995, thousands of activists gathered in Beijing to open the Fourth World Conference on Women. At the conference, they agreed to focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment globally. This led to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a progressive platform for women’s rights.This high-level dialogue was interactive and focused on accelerating the advancement of women’s rights, as stipulated in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Some questions that arose at the conference were: how are different stakeholders contributing to the Beijing +25 process and what steps they are taking? How will implementation gaps be addressed?Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women, explained that governments, private organizations, the media and other entities need be involved in the process. She also mentioned there will be a review of the Beijing Declaration and they will introduce the results of the 2020 conference. In her opening remark Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “We want millions and millions of women, especially young women to participate in this review using all means that are possible, all platforms that are possible for us to have an inclusive dialogue. We will use every technology that is available to facilitate this dialogue.”Ms. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, FiJi Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation communicated the advances made in her country especially considering the creation the Fiji Women’s Forum in March 2018. She emphasized that an integrated and balanced approach supported by institutional arrangements, adequate data, measurable goals and accountability will help achieve gender equality. For her part, Ms. Kelly O'Dwyer Minister for Women, Australia said they are proud of what they have achieved in specifically two areas: first, leadership and participation in public life. She explained that 60.7% of women are currently participating in the paid workforce compared to 70.9% of men. The second area is women’s economic security, which according to her is at the highest level in Australia. They are working to ensure that all women in Australia can fulfill their potential.Interactive Dialogue: The Data Challenge—and OpportunityWHAO on Monday, March 18th, 2019 joined the conference entitled: "Interactive Expert Panel 'The Data Challenge—and Opportunity: Good Practices'”. This conference addressed the important facts that data, which has often been neglected by people, and as such, more awareness needs to be raised. The use of data can lead to a more gender inclusive and more equitable society.Most data neglects women, especially women in the poorest populations of the world. Data should be inclusive and take into consideration all populations, genders, ages, people from all regions, and people with disabilities. According to the UN, the poorest population in the world are the fastest growing population. Despite this fact,only 1/3 of the 20% poorest populations around the world are registered with the government. It is vital for people to access their services and resources, it should be a basic human right. Registration can link birth, death rates, health and disease, disability rates etc. Disaggregation the data can help target those in need.Data is available but not harnessed and published, right now, only 5% data have been used.. Intergovernmental, non-governmental organizations, private sectors, civil society organizations are welcomed to provide data, although not official. Data can contribute hugely to people’s lives, but it also can be racist and marginalized if used, collected, or published incorrectly. In addition, before ending this 63rd session of Women’s Conference, UN Women and partners launched a new initiative to abolish global discrimination laws, The Equality in Law strategy calls for the immediate repeal of:· “Clawback clauses” and other constitutional provisions that override non-discrimination guarantees;· Personal laws that deny women equal rights as spouses by restricting their ability to exercise agency in the management and distribution of marital property, choice of residence, parental rights and responsibilities, and the right to inherit equally with men and boys;· Discriminatory civil laws that deny women the ability to apply for a passport without the permission of their husbands or transfer their nationality to their child or foreign spouse and place restrictions on physical mobility, employment, decisions on where to live and sexual and reproductive autonomy;· Labor and social security laws that perpetuate discriminatory pay structures, divisions of labor and pension schemes, while at the same time failing to recognize the restrictive and unpaid burden of care that women carry at home, or to make parental leave available to both women and men; and· Criminal laws that limit access to justice for women and girls by, for example, placing a higher burden of proof on them, reducing the value of their testimony and allowing perpetrators of rape to marry survivors or invoke “honor” or “provocation” to escape criminal responsibility.CSW63 Official Events that WHAO attended:· High-level interactive dialogue among Ministers on the priority theme 'Building alliances for social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls'· High-level interactive dialogue 'Accelerating implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: Exchange of best practices in preparation for the Beijing+25 review and appraisal'· Interactive dialogue Review theme 'Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development'· Interactive expert panel on the review theme:Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development ‘The data challenge – and opportunity: good practices’CSW63 Parallel Events that WHAO attended:· No More Fear! Ending Trauma for Women (March 22)· Too Young to Wed (March 21)· Women and Girls Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship (March 18)· Economic Empowerment of Refugee and Immigrant Women (March 11)· Why Slavery? Film Screening· What Drives the Gender Gap in Science, Technology and Innovation and How Do We Close It?Sources:World Women Report 2015: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/worldswomen.html Repeal Discriminatory Laws Official Report: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2019/3/news-un-women-and-partners-launch-initiative-to-repeal-discriminatory-laws
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2019-03-25

HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2018

The WHAO team recently attended the High-level Political Forum 2018(HLPF 2018) which took place at the United Nations Headquarters from July 9th to July 18th. This conference serves as a United Nations central platform to follow-up and track the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. HLPF 2018 required full and committed participation from all States Members of the United Nations and States members of all specialized agencies. (The WHAO team attended the Local 2030 panel which discussed local government and their role in relief efforts.)(WHAO attended the Resilient Women panel event that touched on the rights of women, the state of various nations in regards to women's rights, and the future of women.)The week-long conference, themedTransformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,focused on specific Sustainable Development Goals. The discussions focused on the following goals:(goals provided by the United Nations official website)Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for allGoal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for allGoal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainableGoal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patternsGoal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:
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2018-07-25

62ND COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-PARALLEL EVENT AT UNITED NATIONS

World Human Accountability Organization and Woodenfish Foundation held an opening dinner at Yale Club in New York on March 19th, 2018. Guests included Queens College Professor Dr. Yifa, representatives from Aimer Foundation, and other NGO representatives. The dinner was held to gain a deeper understanding of challenges rural women and girls face. Attendees discussed different ways Chinese NGOs can uplift rural women and girls in their communities. WHAO believes collaborations can make an even bigger impact and is currently seeking NGOs and individuals to work with.Dr. Yifa, who attended Yale University, introduced guests and thanked them for their continued support. Ms. Holly Chang, founder of the Golden Bridge Organization, shared how growing up in America influenced her choice to do philanthropic work. She highlighted that women need to have the same leadership opportunities as men. Ms. Chang also touched on the differences between Chinese and American non-profit organizations, and suggested ways to improve the international status of non-profit organizations in China. A question-answer session was held after the speakers had presented. Speakers and those in attendance exchanged views on how to keep momentum in efforts to improve the lives of women and girls. The two-hour dinner was successful as it attracted a large amount of media coverage. The open dinner was one of the many events with the goal of finding effective ways to positively impact women and girls. WHAO hopes organizations and individuals put all discussed at these events into practice. On the next day, the World Human Accountability organization participated in a 62nd Annual Commission on the Status of Women parallel event on March 20th, 2018. The event, Incubating Next Generation East Asian NGOs to Uplift Rural Women and Girls, aimed to ignite conversation between different NGOs concerning the work they are doing to improve the lives of women and girls. Although NGO participation was at the core of the discussion, members of the public were encouraged to get involved in whichever way possible.The Salvation Army auditorium was filled with people as they awaited the afternoons’ discussion. A Woodenfish Foundation representative welcomed all the guests and gave a brief overview of the program. Speakers included; President and Founder of Woodenfish Foundation Venerable Dr. Yifa, CEO of Aimer Foundation Yuhui Song, Meiduoo Gesang of Juegang Global, and WHAO Executive Director Mrs. Bina Wang. Mrs. Wang presented on the current state of NGOs in China, WHAO’s contributions, and the future plans.Mrs. Wang stressed that NGOs in China need to pay more attention to issues concerning women and girls. She highlighted that majority of Chinese based NGOs primarily focus on environmental issues and leave little room to discuss women and girls. Mrs. Wang gave examples of WHAO is currently doing to empower girls. From supporting a cancer patient, to empowering women and girls through an upcoming sports initiative, Mrs. Wang highlighted the multifaceted approach WHAO continuously takes to empower women and girls.
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2018-03-20

WHAO CHAIRMAN ZHU MET THE DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF PAKISTAN

The sixty-second session of theCommission on the Status of Womentook place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 12th of March to the 23rd of March 2018. The chairman of World Human Accountability Organization and XDMS Group, Mr. Zhu, was invited to attend the parallel conference on the 14th of March 2018.Chairman Zhu met with Mr. Nabeel Munir, the deputy permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, after the conference. Chairman Zhu also met with Mr. Muhammad Ijaz Noori, the chairman of Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights,and Mrs. Sharon Hamilton Getz, the president of World Harmony Council and Forum, and the previous president of UNA-USA.They began by discussing in-depth the current social development situation in Pakistan. They also touched on the establishment of sustainable cooperative relations with Pakistan’s non-profit organizations in the future.Chairman Zhu invited them to discuss concrete cooperation plans in the WHAO New York office. He hopes that collaboration with Pakistan’s non-profit organizations will greatly improve the lives of women and girls in Pakistan. Along with seeking collaboration, chairman Zhu urges all people to raise awareness and take responsibility for these issues. At the same time, he also calls on all people in the world to raise awareness of social responsibility and undertake social responsibilities.
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2018-03-14

WHAO ATTEND THE SIXTY-SECOND SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUES OF WOMEN PARALLEL EVENT

The sixty-second session of theCommission on the Status of Womentook place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 12th of March to the 23rd of March 2018. Mrs. Bina Wang, the executive director of WHAO, represented Chairman Zhu as he could not attend the 13th meeting. António Guterres, the ninth secretary general of the United Nations, gave a speech on how to protect and uplift women and girls. Mr. Guterra made sure to answer all the questions from women representatives. He was asked about how to deal with tough situations such as rape and violence experienced by a number of women in many African countries. He assured those in attendance that The United Nations is taking action to combat those issues, and that each country will arrive at a solution at their own pace. Mr. Guterra plans to initiate more events for the youth to be involved with political conversations.Mrs. Wang talked to Consul General of Pakistan, New York, Raja Ali Ejaz after the parallel event. She introduced him to all XDMS Group services and invited him to work with WHAO in activities associated with the United Nations. Mr. Ejaz gladly accepted her offer and will be meeting with Mrs. Wang to further discuss possibilities at WHAO headquarters New York City in April this year. WHAO will follow António Guterres’ instructions to contribute to raising social awareness on women and girls issues, and to make more of a connection with developing countries. The top largest Newspaper in Pakistan also report this event.The Executive Director of WHAO Mrs. Bina Wang as a representativeof XDMS group, has scheduled a meeting on April with theConsul General of Pakistan, New York, Mr. Raja Ali Ejaz to have a deeper discussion regarding to how XDMS group and WHAO work together to help Pakistan with their women, girls, education and energy industry.
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2018-03-13

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