Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program(OPDP) was represented at the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women(CSW62) in New York by Ms Moraa Obiria, the Communications and Media Officer, courtesy of a travel grant from International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net).

In New York, Ms Obiria attended side events organized by ESCR-Net namely rural women and corporate human rights abuses: feminist aspects on accountability; where discussions revolved around multinationals abusing human rights of the rural population and how the women have been on the frontline in reclaiming not just their rights but that of the whole community.

Ms Obiria also attended the forum on rural women leaders advancing human rights and shaping standards: evolving openings, in which women activists who are part of the ESCR-Net presented scenarios of human rights violations in their respective countries and the role played by women in reclaiming them.

She also met other ESCR-Net members from countries in Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, South America, East Africa and North Africa; during a meeting at the network’s office in New York.

The members looked at ESCR-Net’s prior work on land, housing and natural resources including challenging large-scale dispossession; reinforcing grassroots women’s leadership and strengthening international standards and using related processes as spaces for mobilization.

There were further discussions on how ESCR-Net members can collectively explore specific opportunities or spaces and engage in joint actions.

To that end, the members identified new activities for collective involvement in the medium and long term.



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