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In solidarity

The International Center for Research on Women stands with our staff, our community, with people everywhere seeking to transform the underlying systemic inequities that perpetuate the dehumanizing violence that manifested last week in the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Injustice – whether targeting people on the basis of their race, gender, class, religion, age, orientation, ability, origin – will persist as long as we do not act to disrupt it. As a people, we must disassemble the structures that fuel and sustain inequity and together build a solid foundation for social justice, equity and a new direction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Ahmaud Arbery. Trayvon Martin. We have witnessed crimes against Black people and communities of color over and over. These are crimes against humanity – stark and painful indicators of the injustice and racism that have existed in this country for centuries.

For those of us in the majority, we must recognize that we have to examine our own privilege and work to dismantle the long-standing social inequities that have maintained our position of power in this society. We must all stand up when we see others pushed down and rise up together with purpose.

We at ICRW stand in solidarity with the Black community. We will use our research and advocacy platform to interrogate injustice, drive evidence-informed solutions and collaborate with our partners near and far to create a better world.

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PROGRESS UNDER THREAT

Advocacy, Women

Publication Subtitle: A report card on the Secretary-General's second year from the Feminist U.N. Campaign
Publication Year: 2019
Publication Author: Teresa Casale, Lyric Thompson, Sarah Gammage and Lila O'Brien-Milne

The Feminist U.N. Campaign issued its second annual report card assessing U.N. Secretary-General’s progress towards building a gender-equitable United Nations. The Campaign recognized his efforts with a grade of B-, up from C+ at the end of his first year.

The review notes that, in his second year, Secretary-General Guterres increased public messaging on women’s rights and gender equality, was on track or ahead of schedule to achieve gender parity in U.N. leadership and was rolling out a number of efforts to address sexual harassment and gender-based violence — although internal backlash and bureaucracy threatened progress in a number of areas.

The authors warned that progress is anything but assured. Initial actions taken by the Secretary-General to implement structural changes to promote gender equality have met considerable resistance — from staff and from member states — and the Secretary-General has not prioritized action on a number of issues the Campaign has put forward on its agenda.

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