Women and Diaspora: From Past to Post-2015

  • UN 59th Session, Commission on the Status of Women New York, NY

Permanent Missions of Armenia and Cyprus to the United Nations, University of the Highlands and Islands and Armenian Relief Society, present a side event panel on the role of Women in the Diaspora.  

While women have historically shown their continued resilience against economic and social hardships as well as their capacity to drive progress in many societies, women of their respective diasporas, with their exposure to different cultural, social and gender norms, are indeed agents who drive transformational development. Despite progress made towards empowering women to drive such development through the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly (2000), women continue to face challenges. As such, this panel provided a platform for diasporan women, academics, civil society members as well as UN member states to share their experiences and ideas, with the goal of encouraging new opportunities to strengthen genderequality and empower women and girls in the post-2015 development agenda. In general, the discussions maintained the ideas of mainstreaming the gender perspective and utilizing strong ties between ancestral homelands and their respective diasporan communities based on historical, local, global and modern perspectives to empower women as agents for profound change.