In the forthcoming years, WO=MEN plans to conduct diverse programmes, some in its capacity as coordinator or main player, others as a subcontractor or strategic partner. These programmes will enable us to achieve WO=MEN's different objectives. WO=MEN is currently involved in the following programmes:
Action Plan 1325-III
Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WO=MEN is coordinating this third National Action Plan, which is concerned with the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace & Security. WO=MEN coordinates and supports the 70 social signatories to and implementers of this plan. NAP 1325 will run from 2016-2019.
Alliantie Samen werkt het!
The Alliance's strategic objective is that all men and women share paid work and unpaid care tasks more equitably by 2022. We focus on financially vulnerable women. By ensuring they are better informed, they become more aware of their choices, and how to make better decisions. WO=MEN forms the link between the national and international agenda. We make sure that social and political developments at, for example, EU and UN level, can contribute to improving gender equality on the Dutch labour market.
Samen werkt het!, is an alliance comprising WOMEN Inc., Bureau Clara Wichmann, Nederlandse Vrouwen Raad, WO=MEN, Movisie and the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The collaboration will run from 2018 - 2022.
2019 - De Grootste Onderneming van Nederland (The Largest Enterprise in the Netherlands)
The Largest Enterprise in the Netherlands is not Shell or ING. The Largest Enterprise in the Netherlands counts over 9 million employees. These are women and men who perform unpaid work selflessly every day, as parents, carers or volunteers, without any self-evident protection or appreciation, that comes with paid work. This must change. This is why De Grootste Onderneming van Nederland stands up for all its 9 million unpaid workers, who not only make society a humane place, but also keep it going.
Commission on the Status of Women & CEDAW shadow reporting
On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and in cooperation with Atria and the Dutch CEDAW Network, WO=MEN is responsible for coordinating civil society initiatives with regard to international gender equality agreements.
Every year, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is held in New York. It is where international agreements are made between the 193 UN countries, related to gender equality - including themes of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and LGBTI. WO=MEN coordinates Dutch input from civil society and processes it for the Dutch government delegation. In addition, we provide the government delegation with knowledge and information prior to, during and after the negotiations in New York. We do this in collaboration with Atria.
Furthermore, we ensure that the Netherlands is able to fulfil its obligation in terms of efforts and monitoring in relation to the CEDAW Convention (Convention of the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women). The Dutch CEDAW Networkproduces the shadow report, and we jointly monitor developments with a critical eye.
Count Me In!
Count Me In! is a feminist consortium of Mama Cash (secretary), Urgent Action Fund, CREA, AWID, Just Associates (JASS) and WO=MEN. The consortium focuses on three themes:
As a strategic partner WO=MEN advises and supports the consortium with, for example, sustainable funding for women's rights organisations and binding human rights obligations for companies, nationally as well as internationally. WO=MEN actively seeks opportunities to shape and influence policy arising from these strategic partnerships. We do this on the themes of human rights and companies and investment policy mainly for instance in the raw materials sector. CMI! will run from 2016 – 2020.
WO=MEN is a part of the global gender equality and women's rights movement. Together with fellow activists, organisations and networks, we form opportune alliances, such as the Dutch Women's March. This allows us to respond in a flexible manner to current developments, while our long and medium-term goals remain our top priority.
We are a member of and collaborate with platforms and networks such as Breed Mensenrechten Overleg, Emancipator, MenEngage, the Dutch Council of Women, Partos, and WIDE+. We are also a part of coalitions such as the Common Effort Community in which (I)NGOs, ministries and military personnel work on an improved integral approach to conflict resolution. We are also part of the independent NATO Civil Society Advisory Panel on Women, Peace & Security. In addition to the SDG Charter, SDG 5 and gender mainstreaming WO=MEN also monitors the other 16 goals.
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