NEW YORK (October 3, 2012)–Today the Gender Equality discussion was initiated on the World We Want website.  You can join this discussion here: The discussion on gender equality will run until 24 October 2012.

The discussion is guest moderated by Ginette Azcona, UN Women.  Throughout the discussion she will be joined by guest moderators who will assist in responding to your questions and contributions, and guiding and summarizing the discussion. We are delighted to introduce the first of these guest moderators: Nicole Bidegain from Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN); Rosa G. Lizarde from the Feminist Task Force of the Global Call to Action against Poverty; Kate McInturff from Amnesty International (Canadian Section), and Ranja Sengupta from the Third World Network (TWN).

Here’s some useful information regarding participation in the discussion:

To kick off the global conversation on gender equality we invite you to reflect on the following set of questions:

  1. What are the most widespread and fundamental forms of gender-based inequalities faced by women and girls? (Contributors may wish to cite examples, including discussion of where and among whom these challenges occur, their severity, the evidence about them, etc.)
  2. What are the major structural factors at the root of these inequalities, within and among different societies?
  3. What kinds of policies, strategies or interventions have been most successful in addressing the various inequalities experienced by women and girls? And under which conditions/in which situations have particular policies, strategies or interventions had the greatest, lasting impact? (Contributors may wish to cite examples or give references to these “successes”).
  4. Based on experience, what are the most important Recommendations that could be proposed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda for making a lasting and transformative impact on the different forms of inequalities faced by women and girls on the basis of gender?
  5. What actions and initiatives could be taken by different stakeholders, including civil society, to bring about lasting improvements in these inequalities? How can we ensure the implementation phase of the new Development Framework will be more inclusive of those who face inequalities, and more accountable to them?

To participate, it is not necessary to register, but you are welcomed and encouraged to log-in here. This site is available in English, French and Spanish, and you are invited to post your contribution in any of the sixty languages supported by the site’s Google translate feature.

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