Zonta Report from CSW to USA Caucus:

Zonta Report from CSW to USA Caucus:

Pam Perraud  reported that this year’s CSW  was largest by far with approximately 5000 registrants in attendance an another 5000 attending via zoom.  Attendees included 2 heads of state, 3 vice presidents and over 100 ministers.  Despite the  recent huge backlash against women’s rights,  Pam reported that many of the speakers were frank and sober about the current situation.
Consensus at the meeting was that women need to push forward and push back against the backlash; that NGO’s need to get moving; and that despite depressing news, everyone was galvanized to move forward.  Pam reported that the Palestine/Israel conflict was discussed, as were women’s  issues in Iran and Afghanistan.   LBGTQ rights, donut economics, wellbeing economics were discussed as well as presentations indicating that women are disproportionately impacted by climate change and disasters.
Child care issues included discussions that the average child care worker makes $28,500/yr and that the current poverty level is $25,000 and that the current costs of two kids in day care requires 260k of income and that there is a 53% turn over with day care workers.   Presentations concerning equal pay for equal work highlighted that women are not even close to parity.
Bobbee reminded us that H. Clinton famously said at the Beijing platform 30 years ago that “women’s rights were human rights.”  Pam reported that Zonta  had a joint program with UNICEF covering  rights of children at the program and Unchained at Last provided great information about child marriage in the US.
Suggestion: More Zonta USA members should attend CSW, even if virtually, and work with congress to integrate and recognize SDG5.
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