Documenting changes since UN 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995

Warm Greetings on a chilly afternoon to contacts/links to women’s NGOs in Auckland region…
on behalf of Jane Prichard, Convenor of New Zealand Women’s Watch and Board members.

2015 is 20th anniversary of UN 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995, an event which has had a huge impact on the lives of millions of women and girls ……

Attached for your information is  NZWW Newsletter March-April 2014 which includes a brief item on preparations for the Beijing + 20 Review, next year/2015.

NZWW Newsletter March-April 2014

Also attached is an ‘Approach letter’ – your Invitation to be involved in  NZWW’s national NGO nation-wide Review of the Beijing Platform for Action and its 12 Critical Areas of Concern eg Women and poverty, Violence against women, Women in power and decision-making, Human Rights of Women and 8 more……….as they are for women and girls, now in 2014.

Beijing+20 Review-Approach letter  (word file)

Beijing+20 Review-Approach letter  (pdf)

As individuals or organisations you are warmly invited to attend or hold a Workshop and/or to distribute its Questionnaire “How Are We Doing?” [gaps? gains/achievements?  on-going or new challenges?] relating to the implementation to date of the Beijing Platform for Action .

We are seeking women from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and of all ages to tell us what they think about their daily lives now, 2014 compared with 5 years ago…  This comes via answering the same simple anonymous Questionnaire “How are we doing?“as was used up and down NZ in 2009 and 2004 etc

This ‘Snapshot of NZ women’ is focussed on 2 months mid-April until mid-June 2014, exactly 5 years since 2009 Beijing + 15 Review  was undertaken.  The whole research process replicates once more the preparation of PWW(NZ)’s initial 5-yearly review in 2000.  Full guidance notes and all materials will be supplied and facilitators are available on request.

NZWW is keen to enthuse women’s organisations to host or attend a Beijing + 20 Workshop that gathers info on changes – for better or worse – for women of all ages and stages of their lives ie “achievements” /”gaps”/”challenges” in the advancement of women compared with 5 years ago…
Such info is an important part of a longitudinal study which is invaluable as a pointer to changes, trends, emerging issues etc…… and has been the national responsibility of PWW(NZ) members since 2000…

The attached ‘Beijing+ 20 Review Approach letter’ explains this more fully and has contacts for responses or queries and  requests for all background material/ info/ advice re ‘how to’ eg Workshop Plan, Questionnaire  ……

New Zealand belongs to the Asia Pacific Region and is following exactly the same pattern as 5, 10  and 15 years ago.
National NGO reports will feed into a regional review and then into the global review of progress for women and girls since 2010 – this will be a focus of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2015.

The outcome of 2009’s activities was  PWW(NZ)’s Beijing Platform for Action + 15 Review and Appraisal, which was submitted to UNIFEM/UN Women in late 2009 and also, closer to home – to ESCAP, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Nov 2009.
This NZ NGO Beijing+ 15 Report (2009) is accessible on PWW(NZ) website:
Go to ‘Reports’ and open ‘Beijing + 15 Review which was uploaded on 10 January, 2010.

We were delighted with the nation-wide feed-back  and data input in 2009 and are keen to have the same levels of involvement this year – all contributing organisations will be acknowledged in the Report.

Your assistance and input to produce a truly representative  NZ report for the  Beijing+ 20  Review will be invaluable and I look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes as we continue to support each other in our shared vision for gender justice.

on behalf of Convenor and Board members of NZWW
Beverley Turner
Deputy Convenor New Zealand Women’s Watch
[ registered as Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) ]

ph:  +64 9 4180700
Working for Gender Justice

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