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Call for Participation: Grassroots Women for Beijing +15

A Sub-Committee on Outreach to Grassroots Participation for Beijing + 15 has been established to ensure that grassroots women - women who are living and working in their own communities on issues directly affecting their lives - are meaningfully involved in the 2010 NGO Global Forum for Women and the 54th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

In order to ensure participation of grassroots women – who are so often marginalized from global dialogues, the Committee asks you to consider doing the following:

In preparation for the Global Forum and for CSW 54:

a) Organize a consultation process with grassroots women on the Beijing Platform for Action, and record their experiences, challenges, disappointments, and their best practices in achieving gender equality. The Committee will attempt to make tools and formats to guide your consultations available on NGOCSW.org

b) Send information and reports on your consultations to: grassrootsparticipation@ngocsw.org. The Committee will post information about and from local, national and regional consultation processes on NGOCSW.org

c) Share the contents of the Beijing Platform for Action where women have not heard of it. Copies can be found at: www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform

d) Include a grassroots woman in your delegation to CSW54, so that as many grassroots women as possible can take part in these important governmental proceedings.

During CSW 54:

In order to ensure effective participation of grassroots women (many of whom may have never attended a global meeting before), members of NGOCSW are organizing the following events:

a) An orientation session specifically for grassroots women

b) A grassroots caucus for sharing experiences, strategizing and networking

c) A number of side events that will showcase grassroots women’s perspective on the Beijing Platform for Action and what they have achieved since the 4th World Conference on Women

If you would like to be involved in these efforts, please contact the Committee by writing to Grassrootsparticipation@ngocsw.org

For further information on the Global Women's Forum 2010, please visit: http://www.ngocsw.org/en/main

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