From Seeds to CEOs: Women Meet About Money
Documented in high definition by Firefallmedia, the two week UN/CSW
conference provides a forum for governments and women's groups from
around the world to meet at the U.N. to promote and advance women's
equality, from birth to old age.
New York (PRWEB) March 7, 2008 -- The 52nd Session of the Commission on
the Status of Women celebrated International Women's Day yesterday, two
days early, with agreed conclusions and new resolutions on the table.
The theme this year was Financing for Gender Equality and Women's
Empowerment. The process is complex and the organizations involved are
many, and the video in progress is meant to present the players and the
new language of gender objectives in easy-to-understand form. The
viewer will also experience the inner workings of the U.N.
NGOs (Non Government Organizations) have considerable influence,
perhaps none more than the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New
York. "The participating groups are the eyes and ears on the ground,"
in the words of the official U.N. representatives. And indeed the
message from the keynote NGO speaker this year, University Professor
Gayatri Spivak, author of "Can the Subaltern Speak?" was to learn from
below. "That is where we find out truth. That is where we benefit
people most," she said.
The video, to be available later this spring for broadcast,
documents and demonstrates the reality. Simply, money is a tool for
women's equality and human rights. Funds for implementation are the
chief concern, though every nation has a different way of moving
The NGO/CSW/NY, chaired by Dr. Vivian Pender, held an orientation and
consultation day preceding the conference, to give it a jump start, at
which three members of the official U.N. Commission, including its
chair, Ambassador Belle of Belgium, also spoke. "We depend on you," he
said to the NGO gathering on the first day.
Finance as a tool was dealt with directly during the celebration of
International Women's day. Muriel Siebert, the first woman to hold a
seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and Inez Murray, with the Women's
World Banking, both championed financial literacy, as an educational
requirement for women in all countries. Additionally Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon announced that he was doubling the budget for the UN
Division for the Advancement of Women, as well as for the gender
adviser in his own office. Next the new CEO of Goldman Sachs spoke
seriously about his small contribution to the advancement of women, and
the need for women to invest. Inez Murray then cautioned that in the
past international investment has been at the expense of the poor and
only added to their burden.
For further information, contact Robinson Joyce at firefallmedia.com,
or the NGO/CSW/NY at ngocsw.org.
The film will be distributed by Film Media Group in due course.