Posted on February 24, 2017

Youth Forum
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at
9:00 AM &
Sunday, March 12,
2017 at 6:00 PM (EST)Location: United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017
Hosts: UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality
The Youth Forum at the 61st Session on Commission on Status of Women (CSW 61) is a critical opportunity for young people and adolescents in all their diversities to convene in advance of the official opening of CSW to amplify their common concerns and advocacy efforts.The Youth Forum is a safe space for young people, particularly young women and girls, to openly, and strategically discuss the challenges and opportunities in their local, national, regional and global contexts in accelerating progress to achieve gender equality and sustainable development.
WGNRR will be at the CSW61 Youth Forum represented by youth staff Marisol Ruiz, get in touch with Marisol by writing to marisol@wgnrr.org


Advancing Action on SRHR: Harmonizing Online & Offline Campaigning Strategies

Tuesday 14 March
4:30 pm
UNHQ, New York: 2nd Floor Church Center

Hosts: WGNRR + Love Matters

Given the regressive geo-political developments that are currently underway, now, perhaps more than ever in recent history, our ability to mobilize and build communities online and offline is of vital importance. In this event, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) and Love Matters, a multimedia platform engaging young adults to talk about love, sex, and relationships, will share their recent experiences in collaborating and using online and offline campaigning to connect information seekers with advocates, and increase broad mobilization and support for SRHR. Participants will gain knowledge on creative means of advocacy, the value of intersecting forms of campaigning, and harmonizing online & offline strategies to advance even the most challenging aspects of SRHR advocacy.

To RSVP please send an email to communications@wgnrr.org

Pushing boundaries: Advancing Safe Abortion Advocacy in Restrictive Settings

Monday 20 March
13:00 pm – 15:00 pm
Permanent Mission of the Netherlands
666 3rd Ave, New York

Hosts: Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN and WGNRR

While substantial progress was made towards MDG 5 (reducing maternal mortality and ensuring universal access to reproductive health), limited access to safe and legal abortion services continues to be one of the greatest contributors to maternal mortality, and one of the largest unaddressed barriers to realizing women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

It is often argued that it is difficult to advance the right to access to safe abortion in highly restrictive contexts, due to conservative cultural norms, pervasive abortion-related stigma, discrimination and the criminalization of women and abortion service providers, among other factors. This session will present evidence to the contrary, illustrating not only that it is possible to increase access to services and reduce stigma in restrictive settings, but also the imperative of ensuring that CSOs are capacitated and supported in order to take advantage of advocacy opportunities as they arise.

Moderated by WGNRR’s Executive Director Kathy Mulville

To RSVP please send email to: marevic@wgnrr.org

Not attending the CSW61st session in New York? Join the CSW61 discussions and interactions on social media!
Follow us @WGNRR and use the hashtag #CSW61 when sharing your thoughts and suggestions to the CSW61 session. We’ll also be live-streaming side events and sessions so stay tuned!
You can ALSO participate and influence the CSW61 agenda locally by following the event via live webcasts provided by the United Nations Webcast at http://webtv.un.org/




Please find more details about the sessions here: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=00529ca3c34c19618475c0007&id=f6a6ea3ec5&e=%5BUNIQID%5D