UN Women South Africa
Call for Nominations:
South Africa Multi Country Office Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG)
UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office
The United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of Women, UN Women (www.unwomen.org) was established by General Assembly resolution 64/289 of 2 July 2010 on system-wide coherence with the mandate to assist Member States and the United Nations system to progress more effectively and efficiently toward the goal of achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women.
UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office (hereafter referred to as UN Women SAMCO) covers five countries, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.
UN Women SAMCO is seeking to revise and re-establish a Multi-Country Civil Society Advisory Group to provide a consultative forum, and a platform for regular dialogue with members from all the five countries covered by the SAMCO.
The UN Women’s calls for gender equality, or “Planet 50-50” by 2030 and the accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda necessary to achieve this provide an opportunity to strengthen our institutional partnerships and engagement with civil society. UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Groups (CSAGs), established four years ago as advisory and advocacy bodies, offer the opportunity to create a civil society solidarity network than can coordinate efforts with UN Women to accelerate advocacy and action to achieve gender equality by 2030.
The mandate of the CSAG
- The General Assembly requested the head of the Entity to continue the existing practice of effective consultation with civil society organizations, and encourages their meaningful contribution to the work of the Entity (GA/64/289).
- In her Vision and Action Plan the founding Executive Director said: “In recognition of the special relationship I envisage between UN Women and women’s organizations, I will be forming an NGO Advisory Group to advise me as Executive Director of UN Women. This will be a body through which NGOs can share their perspectives, expertise and knowledge from the country level and a channel for our ongoing collaboration.”
Goals of the CSAG
- To foster dialogue and engagement with a view to advancing the global goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment as they apply to the region.
- To enable the UN Women Representative to consult with civil society and draw upon the rich and diverse expertise, experience, outreach and networks, perspective and knowledge that civil society can offer.
- To serve as a consultative forum of ideas and strategies for UN women’s programmes.
Roles and functions of the Multi-Country CSAG
The UN Women CSAG strategy document has identified areas of strategic value for the CSAG including the following:
- CSAGs are a set of institutional mechanism for regular dialogue between UN Women and leaders from the gender equality movement, on key gender equality issues and priorities at national, regional and global levels.
- They have a double and complementary role — as advisors to UN Women and as advocates for the realization of the gender equality agenda.
- In their advisory role, CSAGs are a dynamic resource, for UN Women, of innovative initiatives, ideas, strategies and policy perspectives.
- CSAGs are a strategic and substantive network of eminently qualified persons with diverse experience and expertise, perspectives and knowledge in UN Women’s priority areas.
- In their advocacy role, CSAGs play a vital political part in advancing shared objectives in promoting women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women.
- CSAG members, individually and collectively, have leveraged their advocacy power and influence very effectively when engaged in inter-governmental processes and inter-governmental platforms.
- UN Women’s role is to facilitate spaces for dialogue in these intergovernmental spaces and between CSAGs and other stakeholders.
Role of the Multi Country CSAGs
At a multi-country level CSAG have both the advisory and advocate roles; UN Women and CSAG members draw upon each other’s initiatives, ideas, and policy perspectives to advance on national gender equality goals. UN Women draws upon the Multi-country CSAG for advocacy and political strategies at the country level to strengthen national activism and results for gender equality in countries and regions that countries form together.
- The UN Women Multi-Country Civil Society Advisory Group is to be composed of some 15 individuals of stature, with a record of accomplishment on the ground in areas related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- CSAG members will be selected among gender equality leaders who are strong, progressive and hail from the following categories: women’s rights leaders; male gender equality advocates who are considered leaders on this issue; youth leaders with a track record of work on gender equality; leaders of indigenous groups; LGBTI leaders; advocates and leaders of marginalized groups; labor/Trade Union leaders; feminist media leaders and advocates; leaders of progressive and feminist faith-based organizations.
- Efforts will be made to ensure that the CSAG has members who have thematic expertise in one or more of UN Women’s focus areas namely Women’s Leadership and Participation, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Women, Peace & Security and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.
Serving in the advisory group is considered voluntary work and UN Women will only cover travel related expenses of the members for the group’s meetings.
- Eminently qualified persons with diverse experience and expertise.
- Professionals and activists who have at least 5 years of experience working in civil society and have national or regional experience in gender, development and / or human rights.
- Proven record within the women’s movement and expertise in one of SAMCO’s areas of work.
- No active engagement in politics to safeguard neutrality of the UN
- The selection committee will endeavor to include 30% young women and 10% men advocates.
- The individuals shall be committed to the core values of the United Nations
- Members may not serve concurrently on another United Nations advisory body
There are three ways to submit a nomination:
- You may nominate yourself.
- You may be nominated by another person.
- UN Women SAMCO can approach you directly.
All nominations must include the following: name, organisation and contact details of the nominee, a short description (500 words or less) on why the nominee would be a suitable candidate for the CSAG, and a detailed CV of the nominee (2 pages), including three references and their contact details
Nominations can be sent by post to UN Women at: UN WOMEN South Africa Multi-Country Office, Floor 4, 351 Francis Baard Street, Metro Park Building, Pretoria, 0001, or by E-mail to: Ayanda.email@example.com by Wednesday, 25 May 2016
- The selection process will be carried out by an Independent selection panel
- The selection will be finally approved by UN Women SAMCO’s Representative
- The 10 selected members of the Civil Society Advisory Group will be announced by 3 June 2016
- The first meeting of the UN Women South Africa Civil Society Advisory Group will be held in June 2016
For more information about UN Women and Civil Society Advisory Groups, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/en/partnerships/civil-society/civil-society-advisory-groups