Every Woman Every Child Side Event on Accountability at the UN CSW
On Friday, March 2, 2012 the Government of Canada, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and the United Nations Foundation hosted a side event in support of Every Woman Every Child during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The event articulated the links between this year’s CSW theme – the empowerment of rural women – and the goals of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, and outlined the effort’s robust accountability framework and important role of stakeholders.
Dr. Carmen Barroso, a member of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG), articulated the effort’s accountability framework, and explained that the iERG will monitor the implementation of the COIA recommendations and submit its first report in September 2012. She provided examples of mechanisms already in place in Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where web-based reporting systems and alignment of national health plans, respectively, will help facilitate accountability. To ensure the highest levels of commitment to implementing the Global Strategy, the iERG has issued a call for evidence from all stakeholders to generate information on vulnerable and hard to reach groups including refugees, displaced populations, people living in occupied territories, young women and women seeking access to safe abortion.