GMMP network member appointed to UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group

  on January 21, 2014

 Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls of FemLINKPACIFIC (Fiji), Pacific region co-ordinator of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) has been appointed to the UN Women's new Global Civil Society Advisory Group.

The announcement was made on May 17, 2012 in New York by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet. According to a report from the Women's UN Report Network (WUNRN), the Global Civil Society Advisory Group will facilitate regular consultations and dialogue between civil society and UN Women. The Group serves as a consultative forum for UN Women.

“I am delighted that a group of outstanding international women’s rights advocates and experts on gender issues have agreed to serve on my Global Civil Society Advisory Group. They will play an important consulting role, and provide strategic perspectives on advocacy on gender equality and women’s empowerment and on UN Women’s thematic priorities,” said Ms. Bachelet. “They will also help strengthen UN Women’s engagement and partnerships with civil society at all levels. I look forward to working together towards our common goals,” she added.

The report notes that the establishment of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Groups at the global, regional and national levels was announced earlier this year at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Global Group appointed by the Executive Director is based on wide consultation with civil society networks and nominations from civil society organizations. All members have proven track records of work in areas related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and bring diverse experience and expertise to the group. Members include grassroots, rural and community-based leaders, leaders of indigenous people’s groups, feminist scholars, human rights lawyers, and male leaders working on gender and women’s rights issues.

A dedicated women's rights activist, Bhagwan-Rolls has maintained a consistent lobby for the implementation of international and regional commitments to improve the status of women in and through the media. She is also a strong advocate for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

The report notes that national and regional civil society advisory groups are currently being set up by UN Women regional and country offices, and a dedicated global website will be established for information sharing between the civil society groups and UN Women.

Source: Women's UN Report Network (WUNRN), http://www.wunrn.com. 17 May 2012.

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Setting global standards to which governments and the media can be held accountable
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