Our Global Presence
Ilitha Labantu forms part of the Civil Society National delegation of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference - a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.
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International Conferences and Forums
In 2019, Ilitha Labantu hosted its International Conference on ensuring access to justice for victims of violence and abuse as well as the inaugural Ilitha Labantu Annual Lecture which was delivered by UN Women Executive Director, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. These initiatives among others continue to cement our role in promoting global and intersectional exchange and identifying key learnings between countries and between sectors to safeguard and advance the rights of women and girls across the world.
Participation at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
In the lead-up to CSW, Ilitha Labantu organises community dialogues and consultative forums where women activists at grassroots and national level discuss issues, challenges and recommend solutions. The report from these consultations are presented at CSW during high-level meetings and side events involving senior government officials, international civil society organisations and development institutions.
Reporting on Global Sustainable Development Goals
Working with Statistics South Africa, we are also active in tracking and reporting on key indicators related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - particularly Goal 5 on Gender Equality - including the economic, social, legal and customary barriers holding back women and girls that need to be addressed in order for South Africa to meet this goal by 2030. Additionally, we work with government and international organisations to ensure that civil society plays a prominent role in SDG implementation.