Tagged: CSW57

BLOG: Introducing Our Parallel Event At United Nations CSW58

The great line-up of amazing speakers who will address the three major epidemics burdening women and girls; and they’ll do this in ground-breaking fashion…

BLOG: 38 Most Fascinating Moments Of 2013

2013 is a year in IOGT history filled with great successes and fantastic accomplishments. As it comes to an end, it’s time to reflect, remember and cherish those moments of glory and to express thanks and appreciation to everyone involved…

BLOG: Ending Gender-Based Violence In Public Spaces

The prevalence of these forms of violence make the public space a restricted area for women and girls, eliminating freedom and the human right to participate in the cultural and social life of a community. Alcohol harm, like gender-based violence in public spaces, clearly is a threat to democracy and a rich, fulfilled, free life…

BLOG: Growing And Rolling

Great times and new heights in IOGT International: as we reach to the highest levels of policy-making in our global advocacy work, we also welcome great, new member organisations from all over the world…

BLOG: Culture – A Hot topic At #CSW57

Another reason of not going against a culture is our realization that it is something that we have been part of, perpetuating on a smaller or a bigger scale. Admitting that the culture is dysfunctional, we actually admit that we, as a part of it, have been doing something wrong. That’s a tough one for many egos. So we better find excuses and go on with the harmful culture passing it on to the coming generations.

So imagine the alcohol norm. Imagine all the parties, all the celebrations of birthdays, newborns, sport victories, cosy evenings or lonely days when people use alcohol as a part of the culture that says, that screams out loud, that all those events are to be cheered to with a bottle of alcohol.

BLOG: Primary Prevention On The Way To Become A Key Issue

I think it is powerful to be able and willing to name things as they are and to move from there to mobilizing political will to address the problem. The problems we face in human societies around the world are made by humans and all can be solved by humans – as soon as we are willing to…

BLOG: 6000 Minds And Hearts To End The World’s Pandemic

More than 6000 participants are registered for the event. Imagine the power! Imagine the momentum. 6000 minds and hearts have gathered here to end this pandemic. I realised the importance of NGOs, not less the importance of the work of IOGT International and all our members and partners. At the moment, there is a major focus put on tertiary prevention – easing the harm, taking care of survivors of violence. Which I consider incredibly important and I believe the countries feel the urge to fix the wound that hurts the most. At the same time, if we want to eliminate the violence against women and girls, we need to look at the cause – which is the status of women and the power relations between men and women. If we manage to challenge those, we might win this battle. Several countries were mentioning involvement of men in the solution. Challenging the concept of masculinity as the term for toughness, roughness, lack of emotion, sympathy, and empathy. Alcohol culture promoting macho-culture serves just like an oil to the fire and that is why I was pleased to hear at least from two countries (Uganda and South Africa) that they take alcohol use into consideration when preventing violence against women. So IOGT International is not standing alone on that which was a great insight. Let’s see what discoveries the coming days bring…

BLOG: This Stuff Really Matters…

We learned that 6000 civil society representatives are in town for the CSW57. 6000 from all over the world. That’s amazing and shows how many people in the world care for the issue of elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. 6000!
And to be honest with you, Kristina and I could feel during the whole day: This really matters. The NGOS CSW Forum Consultation Day gathered almost 800 participants, mostly women, but all of them deeply caring for their fellow human beings who are exposed to atrocious situations and experiences. You hear testimonials throughout the day of panelists and people from the audience about being a victims of rape, a survivor of domestic violence, you hear stories of little girls from all over the world and young women and elderly women. Yesterday, after having understood and explored the political and policy dimensions, the social and academic dimensions of the problem of violence against women and girls, yesterday I understood and explored the emotional dimension.