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Suggestions for Using the Tool Kit Follow-Up to Commission on the Status of Women 51 “Eliminate discrimination and violence against the girl child.” Purpose: • Increase knowledge and awareness about promises made to girls at the 51st meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2007. • Motivate women and girls to address these promises by becoming catalysts for change. • Prepare for the review of progress made on ending discrimination and violence against girls to be held by the CSW in 2010. Audiences: • Adolescent girls and boys in various settings. • Women’s and men’s groups. • Faith-based groups, youth groups, school classes, political organizations. Suggested Group Process: 1. Introduce yourself and ask those present to introduce themselves. 2. Introduce some of the key players at the United Nations. ¾ The UN is a group of 192 nations founded to: o Establish conditions of justice and respect for all peoples; o Practice tolerance and to live together with one another as good neighbors; o Unite our strength to maintain international peace and security; o Promote the economic and social development of all peoples. ¾ NGOs serve as a voice for the citizens of the world to: o Represent the members of their organization; o Monitor government discussions, decisions and actions; o Collaborate with the UN Secretariat to deliver relief aid, health and education programs, etc; o Organize world citizens to remind governments to keep their promises to the people of the world. ¾ The Working Group on Girls and its International Network for Girls is a consortium of NGOs that seek to: o Ensure that national governments implement commitments to girls; o Advocate for the ongoing inclusion and development of girls’ rights in the work of the United Nation system; o Promote the active participation of girls as agents of change in their own lives, families, communities and societies. 3. Introduce the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). (Information can be found in the Indicator Cards page 2.) 4. Read the Summary of Agreed Conclusions on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence against Girls (referenced below) and identify the promises made to girls by the Commission in their Agreed Conclusions and discuss their implications.
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¾ The document contains an analysis of the priority theme and the concrete recommendations for governments, institutions and civil society stakeholders to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local levels. ¾ It provides background information for your discussion of the indicators. 5. Work through each of the indicator cards. The questions can be used in many ways: ¾ As a starting point for discussion about girls’ rights. ¾ As research questions for individual or group projects. ¾ As interview questions to be used with government officials. ¾ As questions for country-focused case studies. ¾ Indicators can be used across the curriculum in a variety of settings including classes considering social justice, global issues, social studies, statistics and economics and in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Outcome: ¾ Tell us what you accomplished. Please send us your answers the eight (8) questions on the first page of the Indicator Cards. ¾ Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org ¾ Your answers will become part of a report from the Working Group on Girls to the Commission on the Status of Women. This year we have focused on the themes of education and financing for gender equality. We plan to develop indicators and repeat the process for the themes of protection and health in the near future and we hope you will join us as we examine those important issues. Thank you very much for your willingness to participate and thank you, too, for all you do every single day to ensure that girls everywhere enjoy all of their human rights! Copies of all these materials are available on our website www.girlsrights.org. Additional Resources: ¾ Birth Registration: www.unicef.org/protection/index_birthregistration.html ¾ Girls’ Education: www.ungei.org/ ¾ Financing: http://www.unicef.org/sowc04/sowc04_right_thing.html ¾ UNICEF - Information by Country: www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html ¾ Youth Version of the Report of The Expert Group Meeting on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence against the Girl Child http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_3131.html ¾ Child Marriage: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/341/index.html