Dialogues at the Economic and Social Council

Achieving Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment and Strengthening Development Cooperation

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This publication presents key debates that took place during the 2010 High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), during which was organized the second biennial Development Cooperation Forum. The discussions also focused on the theme of the 2010 Annual Ministerial Review, Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and the impowerment of women. It contains keynote speeches, issue papers, roundtable summaries, National Voluntary Presentations, transcriptions of other dialogues and discussions, including a video of the United Nations television debate “Face-to-Face”.



Women as agents of change: Women’s participation in post-conflict governance, decision-making and planning

Advocacy efforts for women’s full and active role in decision-making have increased considerably over the last decade, as evidenced by the passage of numerous international and regional resolutions, instruments and protocols on women’s rights and roles in decision-making. They gear towards giving women the voice and prominence they deserve during and after conflict, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); the Beijing Platform for Action; MDGs 3; United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1880, and 1889, among the international instruments; and the African Union Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Rights of Women; African Union Constitutive Act; Solemn Declaration of Gender Equality; African Union Gender Policy; and Declaration of 2010 -2020 as the “Decade of the African Women”, among the regional (African) instruments.


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