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Myth and Reality: New Alliances to Challenge Stereotypes and Build Gender Equality Beyond 2015

Mar. 12, 2014 - Mar. 12, 2014

All over the world women's rights activists, gender experts, donors, government representatives, and UN staffers are gearing up for this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which will take place from 10-21 March in New York.

This year's theme is 'Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls': A timely topic that suggests there is still a little time for some reflection and learning, in the midst of the clamour of advocacy to shape the post-2015 agenda.

Wednesday 12 March 2014 12:30 to 14:00 The Guild Hall of the Armenian Convention Center,  630 2nd Ave (at 35th Street),  New York

The event will also be recorded and can be watched online afterwards:

Join our NGO/CSO parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women 2014.

The lead up to target setting for the post-2015 agenda offers unparalleled entry points for influencing global decision-making on gender and women’s empowerment. Calls for a stand-alone goal and the integration of gender throughout the post-2015 consensus are growing in strength.

We will not achieve gender justice unless we challenge gender stereotyping – wherever it occurs in international development. In addition, real and sustained change is unlikely without a concerted effort on the part of all progressive social justice movements to leverage gender transformation – in their practice and in their advocacy positions.

Drawing on findings from research on unpaid care, women’s empowerment, men and masculinities, and gender and social movements, this event will explore the steps we need to take to create strong and sustainable alliances to influence global policy processes, to challenge the myths and expose the reality.


  • Hazel Reeves (gender rights consultant)
  • Gary Barker (Promundo)
  • Jerker Edström (IDS)
  • Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed (IDS)
  • Mariz Tadros (IDS)

Chair: Andrea Cornwall (University of Sussex)

Please come along and join our lively roundtable discussion. If you can’t attend in person, follow us on Twitter #CSW58GPS or follow the proceedings online after the event.

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You can read more about the Gender Power and Sexuality Programme on the IDS website.