FTF at the #UNGA

The Feminist Task Force @femtaskforce will be on the ground promoting a women’s rights agenda at the United Nations on the occasion of the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as well as the UN Sustainable Development Summit, where 193 governments will adopt 2030 Agenda, the global priorities for sustainable development consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to be a charter for people and the planet in the twenty-first century. As happens annually, the opening of the UNGA brings a flurry of activities and events, particularly this year which marks the 70th anniversary of the UN, the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) and Beijing Platform for Action, as well as the adoption of a new set of global sustainable development goals charting the course of the UN for the next fifteen years. For the FTF, we see this is an opportunity to make the linkages between women’s rights, human rights, feminization of poverty, climate justice and the #SDGs. Join us on the ground or online @femtaskforce:

Women’s Rights as Human Rights  –   “Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation:  Young Feminist Activism in China” a photo exhibit highlighting feminist activism and courage in the face of persecution and detainment. This photo exhibit will coincide with the global women’s summit organized by UN Women and the Chinese government on September 26th commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women (1995). Co-hosted with China Rights in Action and the Asian American Arts Centre.

Date: 23 September – 27 September, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm-7:00 pm
Location: The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (The Clemente), LES Gallery, ground floor 107 Suffolk Street NY, NY 10002

#WethePeoples Hub –  Interactive social media hub:  

Together with the Policy and Strategy Group of the World We Want 2015 global platform and UNMC, the #WethePeoples Hub will showcase different media stations, including social media platform, data visualization and data presentation stations using interactive screens, and a virtual reality film screenings on the Ebola crisis in Liberia, a Syrian refugee camp and women on the front lines of activism.

Date: 1 October, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: “We the Peoples” Hub, United Nations Plaza, near main entrance to the UN. R.S.V.P. or UN badge required.

10th Anniversary celebration of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and the Feminist Task Force
The 10th Anniversary celebration of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (the campaign under which the Feminist Task Force was launched) and the Feminist Task Force will include the Feminist Task Force #FTF10 Leaders Exhibit, showcasing the FTF leaders over the course of ten years including representatives from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the MENA regions.

The programme includes our dear colleagues, Alejandra Scampini and Marta Benavides, also GCAP co-founders, Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace Int’l.) and Salil Shetty (Amnesty Int’l.) (invited), as well as Amitabh Bejar (WADA Na TODO) and Richard Ssewakiryanga (NGO Forum, Africa), Betsy Apple (Open Society Institute) (invited) and a presentation on the FTF Leaders Exhibit by the current FTF Director, Rosa Lizarde. The FTF Leaders portraits were commissioned by the Mexican-American artist, #MARALOVE.

The September FTF celebration is the fourth celebration following celebrations in New York in March, Tunis in April, and Addis Ababa in July. #FTF10 @FemTaskForce

Details: Please RSVP to info@feministtaskforce.org

Partner events:

GCAP Global Assembly
Date: September 27 & 28th
For more information and locations, please contact: Ingo Ritz (ingo.ritz@whiteband.org).

Dialogues for Justice, Public Interest, and the Common Good: From the Margins to the Frontlines

From September 25-27 of this year, Heads of States and Governments will gather at the UN in New York City to agree on a new set of “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) and a “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” that promises to “transform our world” and “leave no one behind”.

Can the new development agenda live up to the hype and rhetoric? Will the SDGs usher a just and transformative mode of development?
On September 28, the day after the UN Summit on development, hear the perspective from the margins and the frontlines – those most affected by the current unjust and unsustainable mode of development.

Date: 28 September 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Francis of Assisi Church
San Damiano Hall, 135 West 31st Street, New York, NY

Participants should register at the following link:

Mobilization:  #Light the Way: Action 2015 

This September, world leaders will gather in New York to
sign on to the global goals and ensure a brighter future for
both people and planet. But these global goals will only
move from words to action if world leaders feel the
pressure from people like us. We can’t afford to miss this
once-in-a-generation opportunity.

Join the Feminist Task Force in highlighting the way for world leaders. Let’s remind world leaders to #LightTheWay for a brighter future for women and girls, all people and the planet.

The FTF is joining the global campaign with @action2015 to post a photo of light and using the hashtag #LightTheWay for #Women’sRights. By sharing photos of light from candles to a star-lit sky, together we will shine a light on the global goals and stand in solidarity with thousands of people across the globe to remind world leaders to #LightTheWay for a better future for people and the planet.

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