Summary: Working Group on Civil Society and International Organizations Cooperation
Evolution of civil society-international organizations cooperation
This working group discussed two topics on the theme of the evolution of co-operation between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the UN.
'The growth of civil society today requires us to take global measures.' This was the theme of the presentation with which Mr. Cyril Ritchie, of the Fédération des Institutions Internationales Semi-officielles et Privées Etablies à
Genève, opened the working group. In his speech on NGOs, he stated the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of tackling economic and social problems.
Ms. Musimibi Kanyoro, of the Young Women's Christian Association, spoke of the evolution of women's rights specifically within inter-governmental organizations, such as the United Nations, culminating in 1995 with the UN Conference on Women's Issues in Beijing. She confirmed that women's organizations, which began more than a century ago as movements, exist today as formal organizations. Looking to the future, she cited two issues of concern: the monopoly of leadership positions by older women to the exclusion of younger generations, and the recognition of class interests in the women's movement. Ms. Kanyoro urged that active steps should be taken to protect the interests of women, especially those on the poverty margin.
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