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SUBMISSION FROM THE AD HOC WOMEN'S CAUCUS
TO THE COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
FEBRUARY 26, 1997
We applaud the ideas that we have heard over the last few
days with respect to the importance of sustaining the Summit's vision and
coherence. We also endorse the need to focus on implementation.
We have a very practical suggestion as to how you can
immediately begin to implement the Summit's commitments with respect to
gender equity and how this commitment might continue to be implemented
over the years.
We propose that the Bureau itself begin to reflect the
Summit's commitment to gender equity. More specifically, we recommend that
gender equity be reflected in:
a) the structure of the Bureau's membership;
b) the Bureau's policy work; and
c) the Bureau's processes and implementation strategies.
One way to implement this recommendation is for the Bureau
to be composed of two representatives from each region to ensure an equal
number of women and men on the Bureau. All members of the Bureau should also
be charged with the responsibility, especially the women, to ensure women's
equality and an elimination of the deep-rooted assumptions against women in
policy work and implementation strategies.
This will involve ensuring that data presented are gender
disaggregated- and that data are presented for both men and women. It will
also involve an insistence on women-centered as well as patricentric
assumptions. For example, in addressing the question of full employment, we
ought to recognize full employment for women requires child-care policies,
We also encourage governments next year to place a
priority on gender equity when naming individuals to this Commission for