Subject: [fem-women2000 607] Onsite Report from 45th Session of the UNCSW - No. 1
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発信人:Mavic Cabrera-Balleza


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 Subject: [apwomen2000] Onsite Report from 45th Session of the UNCSW  - No. 1

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Subject: Onsite Report from 45th Session of the UNCSW  - No. 1
source:   Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Isis International-Manila 
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date: 03.05.01
Dear APWomen2000,

Please find the attached onsite report from today's NGO Consultation held 
to prepare NGOs attending the 45th Session of the UNCSW. The day was 
divided into panel presentations on Racism and HIV/AIDS in the morning and 
breakout sessions on the same topics in the afternoon.

Tomorrow will be the start of the official sessions-if the 
weather  permits. The snowstorm is so strong and according to New Yorkers, 
they haven't experienced this in years. Temperature ranges from 25-28 F.

The Asia-Pacific women I've met so far are Pawadee Tonguthai, Virada 
Somswadi, Hiroko Hashimoto, and a couple of Taiwanese women. Others are 
apparently unable to get into New York because the airport has been closed 
down temporarily due to the snow storm.  Daily APWW meetings is scheduled 
to start tomorrow from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Church Center.

All for now,  I'll write again tomorrow.

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

05 March 2001 - Onsite report from the NGO Consultation for the 45th 
Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

The NGO Consultation took place today at the New York University Medical 
School  addressing the areas of  Racism and HIV/AIDS.

Carolyn Hannan, Principal Social Affairs Officer for Gender Mainstreaming 
of the UN Department of Economic and social Affairs, delivered the keynote 
address. According to her, there are important gender perspectives in 
relation to the prevention of HIV/AIDS; the risks of infection with 
HIV/AIDS; the social impact of infection on individuals, households and 
communities and possible means of addressing these consequences; and access 
to and quality of care. Hannan stated that there are clear gender 
differences and inequalities related to the factors identified as 
increasing vulnerability to infection such as health and nutritional status 
and poverty. The risk of mother-to-child transmission is a particular 
feature of the HIV/AIDS epidemic which also has gender dimensions, she added.

Hannan also stressed the importance of understanding and highlighting the 
direct impact of the roles and relations of women and men on differences 
and inequalities between women and men in relation to  vulnerability to 
HIV/AIDS, access to care, and responsibilities and burdens imposed by 
infection to HIV/AIDS. She also said that it is equally important to 
identify the impact of globalization, in particular through increased 
trafficking of women, and situations of armed conflict on the spread of 
HIV/AIDS and the particularly vulnerable position of women and girls in 
these situations. Hannan also underscored the persistent poverty in many 
parts of the world and the need to consider the gender  perspectives in 
terms of the causes of poverty, impact of  poverty and possible survival 

With regard to the issue of racism,  Hannan said that factors such as age, 
disability, socio-economic position, membership of a particular, ethnic, 
racial or religious group can lead to different forms of discrimination for 
women and men, girls and boys. "There is increasing recognition that 
failure to address the differences between different groups of women can 
obscure serious issues of double discrimination for some groups of women, 
including situations where women are denied normal means of redress and 
human rights protection," Hannan said further. It is important to 
understand the complexity of situations of discrimination of women, 
according to Hannan. For example, characterizing trafficking of women as 
solely an issue of gender discrimination while ignoring the racial, ethnic 
and class dimensions of the problem, does women a disservice by ignoring 
essential elements in the analysis of causes and possible means of 
addressing the problem.
Similarly, analysis of situations of domestic violence must take into 
account the total socio-cultural background  of victims and the impact of 
other factors such as race, ethinic group or religious affiliation, if 
adequate preventative measures are to be added, said Hannan.

Meanwhile, Carolyn Awasu of the Social Sciences/Social Work Department of 
the Nyack College Manhattan Center in New York highlighted the UNESCO 
statement on race that all human beings descended from one specie and 
therefore are all equals. Awasu said that race is actually a social 
construct that has no scientific basis and often functions globally as a 
justification of exploitation. She presented a number of recommendations 
including working with community groups in providing  training on how to 
combat racism; provision of capital to start up sustainable income 
generation activities for women; and utilizing the media as a tool for 
raising awareness on issues and pressuring governments into action.

Breakout sessions that further discussed the issues of Racism and HIV/AIDS 
took place in the afternoon. It was stressed in the breakout sessions that 
the CSW  session should have more intersectionality in addressing these 
issues and not discuss them separately.

At the end of the meeting, Leslie Wright, Chair of the NGO Committee on the 
Status of Women, New York  and Coordinator of the NGO Consultation 
announced that the Division  for the Advancement of Women is trying to make 
it possible for NGO intervention to take place earlier during the two-week 
official sessions and not just before the end of  each day's session.

The meeting started about 40 minutes late from the 10:00 a.m. schedule 
because of delays in the arrival of participants and speakers due to the 
snowstorm that is now hitting New York. As of 5:00 p.m. today, it was 
announced that there is still a possibility that the official session might 
be cancelled for tomorrow (06 March) due to the storm.

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Report prepared by: Mavic Cabrera-Balleza
05 March 2001, New York

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