Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women

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You are invited to participate in the online discussion on the theme "Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women", which is being organized by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. The discussion will run for four weeks from 18 June to 15 July 2007 . The purpose of the online discussion is to contribute to a further understanding of the existing mechanisms and processes of financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women at the national, regional, and global levels; identify good practices and lessons learned; and highlight gaps and challenges requiring further action.

The online discussion is part of the preparatory process of the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held 25 February to 7 March 2008, which will consider "Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women" as its priority theme.

To register: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/forum/forum-daw-financing.htm

If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Mr. Rajkumar Cheney Krishnan (cheneykrishnan@un.org) at the Division for the Advancement for Women. Contributions made to this online discussion will serve as a resource to the work of the Commission on the Status of Women in developing concrete recommendations on the issue of financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Themes of the online discussion

The online discussion is scheduled to begin on 18 June 2007 and to continue for four weeks. Each of the first three weeks of the discussion will be devoted to one theme, while the last week will provide the opportunity to raise additional issues and wrap up. Further details and questions on the themes will be posted shortly on DAW's website.

Week 1: 18-24 June 2007
Public finance: Using budgets for promoting gender equality

Week 2: 25 June - 1 July 2007
Bilateral and multilateral assistance: The way forward for promoting gender equality

Week 3: 2 July - 8 July 2007
Funds and Foundations: Mobilizing private and public resources for gender equality

Week 4: 9 July - 15 July
Other issues, wrap-up and recommendations for future action