|"The Millennium Development Goals and Women’s human rights advocacy: Strategic window or bottleneck?"|
Freitag, 09.09.2005, 14.45-16.30 h
NRO-Frauenforum und Womnet, Deutschland
Moderation: Birte Rodenberg, Birgit Dederichs-Bain
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are based on the Millennium Declaration (2000). Both will be reviewed in September 2005. Because the MDGs correspond to states’ existing human rights obligations found in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and others, it will be important to relocate the MDGs in a human rights framework. Thus, the workshop will not only focus on the anti-poverty-approach in the development policies but also on the MDGs as tools for advancing women’s rights and achieving gender equality. It will review the MDG-framework and experiences made so far from a women’s movement perspective.
Drawing on data from an evaluation of the MDG reporting process, the conceptual and practical challenges to reporting on Goal 3 (the so-called “Gender Goal” will be highlighted as well as the necessary mainstreaming approaches to all the other goals, especially Goal 8. Strategies being adopted by women’s groups for engaging with the MDG process, and the barriers they encounter in attempting to influence it, will be discussed. The session will be participatory and interactive, and will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the political implications of the MDGs, and strategic potential of the MDG reporting process as arenas for feminist action.
The introductory part of the workshop will give basic information about the MDGs, the declaration and the campaign:
- How did MDGs come into being? Who set them up? What understanding of "development", poverty and poverty eradication is there behind the concept? What are the objectives related with MDGs? What is actually going on in terms of implementation?
The second part will reflect the experiences with MDGs from a feminist and socio-political movement perspective:
- How are women's organisation involved into the campaign? What is the main critique by feminist scholars and activists on procedures, contents, implementation and monitoring of MDGs? What are the opportunities for women’s participation in monitoring processes? How can we use them?
Birte Rodenberg, NRO-Frauenforum und Womnet
E-Mail email@example.com, Homepage http://www.womnet.de/
Aktualisiert: 11.08.2005, hbr