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International Symposium 2019

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Leaving no one behind – gender equality for global goals

Date and time: September 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Venue: Deutsche Welle, Bonn (Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 3, 53113 Bonn)
Partner: United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Hashtag: #SDGSymp

The 2030 Agenda is one of the most ambitious endeavors of our times, and we can only achieve its overarching goal of leaving no one behind if governments, civil society, industry, academia and the general public all join to ensure that there can be sustainable development for all.

While considerable progress has been made in recent years across almost all areas of development in a number of states, the pace of progress observed is insufficient to fully meet the SDGs by 2030.

For instance gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts - including legal frameworks - to counter the deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that so often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.

So far, gender equality has been related exclusively to SDG 5. The importance of gender equality for the other goals has been underestimated, even though indicators in another 11 goals make reference to gender equality.

We want to change that with our International Symposium: We will analyze the state of implementation of selected goals regarding gender equality and demonstrate the key role of women to achieve the goals. We will identify drivers for an accelerated realization of the SDGs, and provide a platform for exchange and networking. The event is free of charge and open to all interested persons. Do feel free to forward our invitation. 

Please note: Registration is closed as all available spots are now filled. Registrations will now be filtered into our waiting list. You will be notified if there are still places available. Please let us know if you cannot attend so we can spread the free seats to our waiting participants.

Please register for the waiting list using this form.

Agenda

From 09.30 a.m.: Registration 

10.00 a.m.: Welcome by Karin Nordmeyer, UN Women Germany  

Keynote on the SDGs by Dr. Angela Langenkamp, GIZ 

Presentation discussion paper "A tale of multiple disconnects" by Gabriele Köhler       

11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.: First set of workshops (in parallel - order may change)

On Goal 3: "Empowering women to ensure access to sexual reproductive and maternal health services"
Lead by: Katrin von der Dellen, CARE Deutschland e.V. 

On Goal 4: "Accelerating Gender Equity in Education"  
Lead by: Henry Kulaya, The Launch Pad Tanzania

On Goal 6: "Gender Equality and Water for All"  
Lead by: Dr. Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, UN Women Germany

1.00 – 2.00 p.m.: Lunch                            

2.00 – 3.30 p.m.: Second set of workshops (in parallel - order may change)

On Goal 11: "Lessons from  the Development and Implementation of Integrated Safe City and Safe Public Spaces with Women and Girls’ Initiatives" 
Lead by: Laura Capobianco, UN Women
 

On Goal 13: "Accelerating climate action through gender equality" 
Lead by: Fleur Newman and Pilar Roman, UNFCCC

On Goal 16: "Women, Peace and Security: Applying a Gender Lens to SDG 16" 
Lead by: Jeannette Böhme, medica mondiale

3.30 – 5.00 p.m.: Compilation of results and recommendations, discussion              

Concluding remarks       

Networking

Moderator: Dimitria Clayton, State Chancellery North Rhine-Westphalia

Brief description of the workshops

Please note: We will update this section with a description of the workshops successively. 

Workshop on SDG 3: "Empowering women to ensure access to sexual reproductive and maternal health services"
Workshop leader: Goal 3: Katrin von der Dellen, CARE Deutschland e.V. 
Social media handle: Instagram, Twitter 
Main Topics: Sexual reproductive and maternal health (SRMH), Empowering women to address social and cultural barriers, Participatory governance
Content: Inequitable gender and social norms that limit women in their ability to participate in decision making, their mobility, and accessing information present a strong barrier in accessing SRMH services. Another obstacle is a lack of qualitative and culturally appropriate services. In this session, the focus will be on identifying barriers to access SRMH services, ways to help people thinking differently about their roles and rights as men and women and make informed decisions about their reproductive choices, and how to increase the quality of SRMH services through dialogue with service providers.

Workshop on SDG 4: "Accelerating Gender Equity in Education"
Workshop leader: Henry Kulaya, The Launch Pad Tanzania
Social media handle: Instagram, Twitter
Main topics: Gender Equity, Inclusive Education, Lifelong Learning
Content: Gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. This workshop will stimulate discussions from participants based on their experiences, showcasing best practices and challenges encountered in implementing SDG 4 in relation to SDG5 in their respective regions. It is envisaged that through this dialogue a consensus will be reached and a summary of findings shared to enable all participants to decide on the next phase of their implementation in their respective regions.

Workshop on SDG 6: "Gender Equality and Water for All"
Workshop leader: Dr. Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, UN Women Germany
Social media handle: Instagram, Twitter
Main topics: Women & Water, Participation & Leadership, Scaling up of best Practices
Content: Identify the main challenges related to a timely implementation of SDG 6 with a special focus on gender equality (SDG 5) and make recommendations for an accelerated way forward, looking into best practices for a transformative agenda to better link the main water- and gender-related SDGs.

Workshop on SDG 11: "Lessons from  the Development and Implementation of Integrated Safe City and Safe Public Spaces with Women and Girls’ Initiatives"
Workshop leader: Laura Capobianco, UN Women  
Main topics: Safe Cities, Programmes in Action, SDG 5 & 11
Content: The workshop will present the global safe cities and safe public spaces global framework which includes a focus on women’s economic, political and social empowerment. The session will also share good practices, challenges and lessons learned from implementing integrated safe city/safe public spaces initiatives that help to accelerate action on multiple SDGs, including SDG 11 in different contexts.

Workshop on SDG 13: "Accelerating climate action through gender equality" 
Workshop leader: Fleur Newman, Pilar Roman, UNFCCC
Social media handle: Instagram, Twitter
Main Topics: Inclusiveness, Action, Ambition 
Content: The workshop will focus on the gender dimension of climate action with adaptation and mitigation as the main areas of analysis. The discussion will be held on the impacts of the integration of gender considerations into medium and long-term adaptation, and the potential gender-positive impacts of mitigation efforts.

Workshop on SDG 16: "Women, Peace and Security: Applying a Gender Lens to SDG 16"
Workshop leader: Jeannette Böhme, medica mondiale
Main topics: Women, Peace and Security; Conflict Prevention, Gender-Just Peace
Content: In October 2000 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on "Women, Peace and Security" recognizing that the protection of women and girls in armed conflict and their full participation in the peace process contributes to the promotion of international peace and security. Almost 20 years later governments worldwide fail to fulfil their obligations arising from Resolution 1325. Lately, push back from some members of the Security Council even threatens to weaken the "Women, Peace and Security" Agenda. The workshop addresses current challenges of the agenda and how to promote gender-just peace.