Myth and Reality: New Alliances to Challenge Stereotypes and Build Gender Equality Beyond 2015

Wednesday 12 March 2014 12:30 to 14:00
The Guild Hall of the Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Ave (at 35th Street), New York

Join our NGO/CSO parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women 2014.

The lead up to target setting for the post-2015 agenda offers unparalleled entry points for influencing global decision-making on gender and women's empowerment. Calls for a stand-alone goal and the integration of gender throughout the post-2015 consensus are growing in strength.

We will not achieve gender justice unless we challenge gender stereotyping – wherever it occurs in international development. In addition, real and sustained change is unlikely without a concerted effort on the part of all progressive social justice movements to leverage gender transformation – in their practice and in their advocacy positions.

Drawing on findings from research on unpaid care, women's empowerment, men and masculinities, and gender and social movements, this event will explore the steps we need to take to create strong and sustainable alliances to influence global policy processes, to challenge the myths and expose the reality.


  • Hazel Reeves (gender rights consultant)
  • Gary Barker (Promundo)
  • Jerker Edström (IDS)
  • Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed (IDS)
  • Mariz Tadros (IDS)

Chair: Andrea Cornwall (University of Sussex)

Please come along and join our lively roundtable discussion. If you can’t attend in person, follow us on Twitter #CSW58GPS or return to this web page for the recorded multimedia after the event.

You can read more about the Gender Power and Sexuality Programme on the IDS website.

The Guild Hall of the Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Ave (at 35th Street), New York