Subject: [fem-women2000 179] CSW: Daily News #3 - English - 02.03.00
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CSW: Daily News #3 - English - 02.03.00

March 2nd  2000 New York CSW Daily Bulletin Number 3
Co-ordinated by WomenAction  2000

The cards were laid out from the start. This meeting, the CSW and
PrepCom, does not offer NGOs an opportunity for direct discussions with
governments. We are allocated only a few hours. It will be worse in
June. All the work was done
upstream. Since Beijing we have stepped onto a more visible stage,
including being recognized as a interlocutor of choice at the United
Nations. We cannot leave it at that. A few rushed minutes to speak
during a meeting do not replace
all the grassroots networking NGOs undertake.

The role of WomenAction 2000 is to disseminate these practices, to
transmit them outside, to cut the road to all forms of illusions which
would lead grassroots NGOs to believe that the UN system authorizes a
real political negotiation. WomenAction is at
your disposal to publish information, diffuse it using a multi-facetted
Internet-based strategy and to make your information known to the press
and the public at large. Our visibility is our power.
WomenAction 2000

When women bear the weight of development
Sissel Ekaas, director of the Women and Population Division of the FAO
is responsible for developing methodologies and analytical tools for the

integration of demographics and a gendered perspective into the
agricultural programs of member nations.
Although women play a critical role in rural regions, especially in
Sub-Saharan Africa, Their contribution is not included in the
statistics. Training programs and services developed by different
authorities in the agricultural domain fail to integrate
a gender perspective, with the result that they are not adapted to
women's realities.  For
example, tools are developed without taking into account physical
 All of them are designed for the (male) head of the household, even if
he is on the battlefield or has disappeared. There is no communication
between the men who decide and the women who work.  Even women do not
recognize themselves as economic actors,
because they are not paid -- for the simple reason that they do not own
the land.  The FAO is trying to identify the respective roles of women
and men at all levels, throughout the food chain from production to
commercialization to within families.  The
FAO is also studying the impact of AIDS in rural regions, especially on
young girls   'Girls are taken out of school to care for their parents
and to work in the fields', explains Sissel Ekaas.  'Women are starving
for time,' she adds.  This affects not
only their nutrition but that their entourage.  They don't have access
to credit even if it is they who carry the weight of development, both
locally and nationally.  In a period of globalization, of AIDS and of
civil war, stereotypes break down at
lightning speed.  Governments have to keep up.  In the meantime, women
take up the challenge and make common cause to find makeshift
solutions.  In the end, 'despite the constraints, they innovate.'
by Joelle Palmieri WomenAction 2000

Caucus Information
UNDAW, NGO CSW Committee and CONGO are working to make NGO meeting space

and information available. (1) Caucus announcements: complete the form
drop it in boxs either in conference room B or in 2nd Floor Church
Center. Deadline
3:30 PM the day before. (2) Meeting space booking of UN bldg: contact
Koh Miyaoi (find her at registration area, UN Visitor's Lobby); for
Church Center, submit forms in boxes in Conf  Room B or at the NGO
Hospitality Center (2nd Floor Church Center).
Deadline 3:30 the preceeding day. For emergency situation, mark it
URGENT and handcarry to NGO Hospitality Center.

Appropriate ICTs
The right to communicate
The relevance of placing the issue of communications within the
priorities of Beijing +5 is now more pressing than ever before. This is
because, on one hand, the process of globalisation has been possible
through the development of the
largest communications infrastructure in history and, on the other hand,

social, political, cultural and economic interactions are defined
through the influence that the media has.

It is for this reason that the Media Caucus is making recommendations,
to the CSW, to prioritise women's right to communication and is
highlighting the urgency of assigning resources and implementing
programs to increase the women's access to
communications systems and knowledge, especially to new communications

Sentimos no poder presentarles el boletin noticias completo ya que
tuvimos problemas tecnicos. Manana les entregaremos el boletin con mas
informaciones. / Suite 燼des problmes techniques, nous ne sommes pas en

mesure de publier notre
journal dans sa formule orginale. Nous vous promettons de diffuser au
plus vite ce quotidien dans sa version integrale en trois langues. / Due

to technical problems, we were unable to provide you with full version
of our Daily News. Please look out for our
news tomorrow!

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