Parallel Event to CSW 59: 20 Ways to Achieve Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women



Dianova organized a parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59). The Commission undertook a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women, in 1995.


During the session, which was held in New York from 9 to 20 March, Dianova organized a parallel event to support the review. This event took place at the United Nations Church Center in collaboration with the General Board of Church and Society (Methodist Church), IBON International and the Freedom from Fistula Foundation.


In line with the goals of the Commission, Dianova and partners have analysed the challenges and progress achieved in advancing women’s rights and have identified 20 ideas for supporting the development agenda for women beyond 2015.


The round table was moderated by Rev. Liberato Bautista, from the Methodist Church and there were four contributions from speakers representing different aspects of the women’s agenda:

  • Roma Bhattacherjea, specialist in International Development and Women’s Rights, sharedher experience in social development and in the area of women, peace and security.
  • Danica Bourque from Dianova Canada, together with Jeannie Sappa y Pascalle Laneuville presented Dianova’s work with the indigenous Inuit community.
  • Susan Burton, Director of Women’s and Children’s Advocacy, General Board of Church and Society, of the Methodist Church,  talked about current challenges for women.
  • Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron from IBON international focused her contribution on the concept of justice and its implications for women.


The conclusions of the panel and discussion have been summarized in a report.