CSW64 African Women's Position

António Guterres
United Nations Secretary General
405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017, USA
Mher Margaryan
Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia
119 E 36th St, New York, New York 10016
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women Executive Director
220 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, United States
Dear Excellencies,
Subject: There should be NO CSW64… until ALL women are present!
For the last 64 years, women across the globe have defied both natural and man-made pandemics to converge annually without fail at the UN Headquarters in New York for the annual pilgrimage for women – the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Africa has stood tall and engaged throughout the CSW journey and still maintains her determination to mark CSW64 – alongside all the women in the world – even as the world grapples with containing the devastating COVID-19.
The decision to postpone the CSW64 by Member states is indeed critical and necessary. In the face of the adversity of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the lives of women and girls, just like all humanity must be the priority.
Nevertheless, the sustained spirit and focus of the CSW64 must be maintained and indeed re-imagined to uphold this year’s very crucial process of the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted twenty-five years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.
To us women of Africa, as it is to all women globally the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was the pivotal revolution to the mandate of gender equality and women’s empowerment and hence 25 years after its inception it is extremely critical that we substantively unpack this process in platforms such as the CSW64.
In global solidarity therefore, as the world battles to contain the ravages of COVID-19, in our African resilience, tenacity and unwavering spirit to sustain the journey for gender equality, we reiterate the following to salvage the possible exclusion of a CSW64 by ensuring that it indeed occurs at a later date.
We the women of Africa:-

  1. Reiterate for the postponement of the CSW64 to a later date when the global COVID-19 health crisis has been managed and lives are not being put at risk NOT a cancellation or a reduction of the traditional 14 day CSW pilgrimage to a mere one-day procedural meeting as adopted by the informal CSW meeting held on 2nd of March 2020. The issues of gender discrimination, violence against women, sexisms, misogyny and a myriad of ills directed at women and girls because of their gender are too important to be reduced to a one-day discussion.

Postponing CSW is to uphold principles of ‘equitable participation’ and setting a precedence to stay true to our collective values and principles despite the circumstances. Reducing CSW to either a day session or to New York based delegates only is telling women’s rights organizations and activists across the world that you don’t matter. This is not the message the UN needs to send to millions of women and girls who continue to face structural exclusion and marginalization. African women in all our diversities are refusing to be excluded in our own space.
Therefore, the procedural CSW64 meeting set for next week will NOT be an indicator of the actual CSW process for this year but will seek clarity for a postponement of the CSW64 to a feasible later date in the year when health risks will be under control. As the resounding clarion call abound, there will be #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs#LeaveNoOneBehind.

  1. Urge the UN to uphold her global stewardship role to support women’s rights organizations to fully recover costs incurred due to the unprecedented postponement of the CSW64 such as flight cancellations and hotel accommodation. The UN is very much aware of the resourcing strains and challenges of Women’s Rights Organizations in Africa and across the globe and thus should rise up to this eventuality and be the buffer support for flights and accommodation cancellations by issuing official directives to airlines, hotels and service providers to refund full costs already incurred.

Given the importance of this year’s CSW (review and appraisal of the Beijing +25), most women’s rights organizations invested their resources to participate and engage in a meaningful way. Ignoring the reality of the plight of Women’s Rights Organizations and Feminist groups especially from the global South is unethical and inconsiderate of governing bodies and resource partners such as the UN.  We propose UN to setup a support system that can assist Women’s Rights Organizations in negotiating and recovering related costs.
Lastly, it should be noted that it is on the basis of local, regional and global processes and platforms for addressing gender equality and women’s rights that transformational change on equal rights and dignity continue to be realized.
The Women of Africa continue to be in the center of positive impact on women’s empowerment, rights and justice and reiterate their commitment to work in solidarity and close collaborations with the UN and Member States regardless of challenges and hurdles both foreseen and unforeseen.
As we march on in power and confidence to make the world an equal, fair and just place for all women and girls, we say Aluta Continua! – The Struggle continues! #PostponeCSW
Signed by:

 Name Organization or IndividualCountry
1Abel KokaIndividualTanzania
2Agatha Tanneh ThompsonMinistry of Information, Cultural Affairs and TourismLiberia
3Aïssa Doumara NgatansouAssociation de lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes extrême nord cameroun (ALVF-EN)Cameroun
4Amel Samoud KhamariL’association Tunisienne de la Gouvernance et de l’egalité des Chances Entre Les Femmes et les Hommes  dans les Postes De Décision l’atgecTunisie
5Araari NajetAssociation Des Femmes Tunisienne Pour La Recherche Sur Le DéveloppementTunisie
6Arrey-echi Agbor-ndakawIndividualCameroon
7Asseny MuroIndividualTanzania
8Astou SillahIndividualSénégal
9Atiqa OuhajjouUnion De l’Action FéministeMaroc
10Baiye FridaBAWAC CameroonCameroon
11Barbra LeoneIndividualKenya
12Barry Aminata  ToureAMASBIF /GCAPMali
13Bibyshe Mundjo TakubusogaActions Pour La Réinsertion Sociale De La Femme (ARSF)DRC
14Caroline OthimGlobal Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ)Kenya
15Chantal UmuhozaSPECTRARwanda
16Charlotte Inga Nsona DiantomiComité National Femme Et Développement (CONAFED)DRC
17Christina KwangwariIndividualZimbabwe
18Crispin Swedi BilombeleAube Nouvelle Pour La Femme Et Le DéveloppementDRC
19Djire FatoumataRéseau ouest africain des jeunes femmes leader antenne du MaliMali
20Djoukouo FélicitéAssociation Des Acteurs De Développement (ADEV)Cameroun
21Doo AphaneSwaziland Women’s Rights NetworkEswatini
22Dorothy OtienoFEMNETKenya
23Dr Juliet KimemiahAssociation of African Women for Research and DevelopmentKenya
24Dr Mariam KamunyuIndividualKenya
25Dunstanette MacauleyZonta, STSI, FEMNET memberUSA
26Ekaete Judith UmohFACICP DISABILITY PLUSNigeria
27Elisa ComéOrganization- MovfemmeMozambique
28Elisah MbizaFemmes Africa Solidarite (FAS)Senegal
29Elsie AlexanderPutting Women First TrustBotswana
30Erastus RotichIndividualKenya
31Esther KimaniZamara FoundationKenya
32Eunice WaweruWorkers Rights WatchKenya
33Facia B. HarrisParamount Young Women InitiativeLiberia
34Fatou DioufCAEDHU/ COSAPERESenegal
35Faustace ChirwaNational Women’s Lobby Group (NAWOL)Malawi
36Gabdibé Gab-HingonnéAction Pour l’Education Et La Promotion Et De La Femme (AEPF-Tchad)Tchad
37GETRUDE DYABENEIndividualTanzania
38Grizelda GrootboomSurvivor Exit FoundationSouth Africa
39Habonimana Pierre ClaverOrganisation des FemmesBurundi
40Halima ZaidSoroptimist International Club of MombasaKenya
41Hamisa Maalim ZajaCoast Association for Persons with DisabilitiesKenya
42Helen Kezie-NwohaWomen’s International Peace CentreUganda
43Hon. Amb. Ellen Attoh-WrehLiberia House Of RepresentativesLiberia
45Jackline WaweruSafe County Youth InitiativeKenya
46Jade MainaTICAHKenya
47Jane OnyangoSoroptimist International Club Of Europe MemberKenya
48Janice Smallwood MalekebuSister “4” Sister InternationalLiberia
49Jesica TuhaiseIndividualUganda
50Joan Ching’ambaCISE MalawiMalawi
51Josephine MalimukonoLigue pour la solidarite congolaiseDRC
52Justine NDJOKO BASELEComité national femme et développement (CONAFED)DRC
53Kabera Mujijima BoraMembre/ Chef De Division Provinciale Du Genre Famille Et EnfantDRC
54Kamin Tshiloz Kappongo SolangeDeogracias international ONGDDRC
55Kavinya MakauKem ConsultingKenya
56Kemigisha PatienceIndividualUganda
57Kenmogne Matchim PaulineAssociation Femmes Et EnfantsCameroun
58Kennedy Odhiambo OtinaIndividualKenya
59Kinzi Hussien KowdenWomen Rehabilitation And Development AssociationSomalia
60Kirui ZephanaihIndividualKenya
61Kouame YvetteLeadafricainesCôte d’Ivoire
62Laeticia MukurasiMyselfTanzania
63Lakshmi MooreLiberia Feminist ForumLiberia
64Lana RazafimanantsoaYoung Women-Led Organization Gasy Youth UpMadagascar
65Linda Rebecca WilliamsSierra Leone Association Of University WomenSierra Leone
66Lizzie KiamaThis Ability TrustKenya
68Louise W Mcmillan SiawaySehwah Liberia IncorporatedLiberia
69Lucy Nyawira  WairimuIndividualKenya
70Lum Ndeh Fon LizCOMAGEND (Common Action For Gender Development)Cameroon
71MabelSonke Gender JusticeUganda
73Madame Aissatou BarryAssociation Guinéenne des Assistantes Sociales (AGUIAS)Guinée Conakry
74Mageda EsolyoWomen Global Network Reproductive RightsKenya
75Mama Koite DoumbiaRESEAU MUSONETMali
76Marche Mondiale Des Femmes/MaliL’organisationMali
77Margaret TaylorWomen Empowerment NetworkLiberia
78Margerite ZawadiAides Aux Personnes Démunies (APED)DRC
79MariaAssocation For Women’s. Sanctuary and DevelopmemtEthiopia
81Martha KaruaIndividualKenya
82Marthe Chiwengo MwanapatiForwermintDRC
83Mbeinda DiopCollectif Senegalais Des Africaines Pour La Promotion De l’Education Relative A l’Environnement (COSAPERE)Senegal
84Mingashanga EugèneCONAFEDDRC
85Mme Banata Tchale SowForum International Des Femmes De l’Espace Francophone (FIFEF), Région Afrique CentraleTchad
86Mme Illiassou Haoua Issoufou Presidente Ong TanadiLutte Contre La Pauvrete Et La Defense Des Droits Des Femme Et Des Enfants En Difficultes. ONG TANADINiger
87Mohamed Lamine KabaYouth Action Hub Guinea – CNUCEDGuinée
88Msafiri MwajumaShirika La Usawa TanzaniaTanzania
89Musenga Mafo Marie LouiseLa Fondation Wetu Mama InternationalDRC
90Mwanahamisi SinganoIndividualTanzania
91Nancy GitongaE.A. Women In Business PlatformTanzania
92Naomi SolankeCommunity Healthcare InitiativeLiberia
93Ndefon BeatriceWfACCameroon
94Nelly-Françoise ComteCERPACDRC
95Nene Odette NzajeAssociation of Actors of Development (ADEV)Cameroon
96Nicole NyangoloCOCAFEM/Great LakesBurundi
97Nina WambijiSoroptimist International Mombasa ClubKenya
98Nuong FaalongIndividualGhana
99Nyambura GathumbiIndividualKenya
100Nzigamasabo LéonidasWorld Merit BurundiBurundi
101Nzuzi Nsamba JeanneCONAFEDDRC
102Okeke NgoziWIPGG NigeriaNigeria
103Patricia Blankson AkakpoNETRIGHTGhana
104Patricia NdhlovuYoung Women’s Christian Association ZambiaZambia
106Rachel KagoiyaIndividualKenya
107Rafa Valente MachavaWomen, Law and Development, MULEIDE)Mozambique
108Rebecca BakareAshokaUnited States
109Rita AtukwasaInstitute for Social TransformationUganda
110Rogaya Hamza OsmanPASEDSudan
111Rose Achieng OngondoRachounyo North Women For DevelopmentKenya
112Rose ReubenTanzania Media Women’s AssociationTanzania
113Ruth MuganziKuchutimes Media UgandaUganda
114Saizonou GhislaineIndividualTogo
115Salome Sonie TulayWomen and Children Initiatives IncLiberia
116Samson OraoFederation of Women Lawyers Kenya (FIDA-Kenya)Kenya
117Samuel NorgahIndividualEthiopia
118Sangeetah SeetulparsadIndividualMauritius
119Sarah M MulbahMinistry of Finance and Development PlanningLiberia
120Sesilia ShirimaYoung and Alive InitiativeTanzania
121Severina LemachokotiNaretu Girls and Women Empowerment ProgrammeKenya
122Sitabile DewaWomen’s Academy for Leadership and Political ExcellenceZimbabwe
123Sorie DambeleyNasscorpLiberia
124Tafadzwa MuropaIndividualZimbabwe
125Tamba. Forkpah Jedidiah JohnsonHe For She Crusaders LiberiaLiberia
126Teresa Omondi AdeitanForum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE)Kenya
127Toko VirginieAssociation Des Femmes HandicapéeCameroun
128Toure KeitaIndividualMali
129Ulrike NeubertPRODEV LtdKenya
130Vanisa Njimanu NjongAssociation Des Acteurs Du Développement (ADEV)Cameroon
131Vetty AgalaMedical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Rivers StateNigeria
132Vicensia ShuleIndividualTanzania
133Wagubi MoureenInstitute for Social TransformationUganda
135Wilson AjuogaIndividualKenya
136Wilson AjuogaIndividualKenya
137Wivine NganduIndividualDRC
138Yvette NyinawumuntuSave Generations OrganizationRwanda
139Yvonne Dembo OkitoComite National Femme et DeveloppementDRC
140Zamuda Jeanne SabitiCommission Nationale Des Femmes Entrepreneures,Membres De La Federation Des Entreprises Du CongoDRC
141Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-WondiehWomen for A Change / Beijing25 CAR Working GroupCameroon


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