1991-2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Programs and accomplishments

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1991-2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Programs and accomplishments

WWSF-Women’s World Summit Foundation is a Swiss Foundation and intl. humanitarian, secular, not-for-profit NGO with UN consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA and DPI). It serves with its annual initiatives, campaigns, prize awards and
world days the advancement of women and children’s rights and the UN SDG Agenda.

✔ Why was WWSF created?

Recognizing that women and children (girls and boys under the age of 18) represent the world's largest constituency (75 %) who have to-date little to say in shaping the economic and political space in which they live, it is imperative that their thoughts and visions, skills, concrete and effective participation in development, and their deep aspiration for a more just and peaceful world be considered to help catalyze the necessary political will for the transformation of systems and structures into pathways of equality, development and peace.

✔ What is the aim of WWSF

To serve the implementation of women and children's rights; the fulfillment of the UN Study on Violence against Children, the Beijing Platform for Action, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

✔ What are its programs

- Empowering especially rural women and their communities worldwide, one of the most marginalized groups on the planet, to become leading development actors in their countries, and make them aware of their basic human right to development, education, safe water, health and gender equality. 60-70 percent of the world's poor are rural women.

- Creating a worldwide movement for better prevention skills of violence and abuse against women, children and youth by mobilizing an international coalition of civil society actors working together with governments and the media, educating men, women and children on gender-based violence prevention measures, protection skills and the right to dignity, equality, development and peace.

- Mobilizing Swiss citizens to participate with the White Ribbon Campaign CH and promise online: "I pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about gender-based violence against women and youth": Horizon 2030.

• Created in 1991 in Geneva, (on 8 March, Int. Women's Day), its principle objective is to empower women, children, youth, and NGOs via its annual campaign Calls to Action, World Days, Prize awards and Round Tables to help create a global community that cares, shares and upholds human rights for all. During the first few years, international and national fact-finding conferences were held in Africa, India and Europe.

• In 1994, launched its annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, honoring rural women leaders and groups for their courage and compassion in helping to end poverty, marginalization and violence in rural communities. 432 prizes (US$ 1000 per prizewinner) awarded by 2017 in over 140 countries

• In 1995, co-launched at the Beijing 4th World Conference on Women the World Day for Rural Women on 15 October, which was declared by the UN General Assembly an official UN Day in 2007

• In 2000, created the annual World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse on 19 November, in synergy with the Universal Children’s Day commemorated on 20 November

• In 2009, created the Swiss White Ribbon campaign to eliminate violence against women and girls in Switzerland by 2030 especially during the 18 Days of Activism campaign. Our websites empower men, women and youth to pledge “not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls”

• In 2011, created the international, annual digital campaign “19 Days of Activism for Prevention of violence & abuse against children/youth 1-19 November”. An updated Prevention Kit with ideas for action to speed up ending violence against children and youth, and annual Innovation Awards honoring selected organizations are included in the campaign program (53 awards to-date).

• In 2015, created the international, annual digital campaign “17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of rural women and their communities 1-17 October”. An Empowerment Kit with action ideas to increase local community participation for the advancement of rural women’s rights, is available online: www.woman.ch.

• In 2016, revised its three annual campaigns to include the relevant post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 and revised the WWSF Prize criteria for the annual nomination process of candidates to be selected for the Prize for women’s creativity in rural life by also including participation in the realization of the SDGs by 2030

• In 2017, created an additional prize, the RURAL WOMEN MOVEMENTS AWARD (US$ 10’000) to give visibility to many transformative and powerful rural women networks, movements and groups that empower rural women to become self-reliant and engaged in achieving the end of rural poverty and discrimination in their communities while also supporting the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. Award winner 2017 was the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) India.

. In 2018, awarded 10 Prizes to Rural Women Leaders (profiles are published online) and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the annual program " Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life - 1004-2019 ». Launched the Swiss Youth Engage Campaign-Ruban Blanc CH, for young people to share in an Deklaration their rights and responsibilities and convened the annual Round Table, theme: « Une autre masculinité s’impose, plus adaptée $ notre époque ».WWSF attended the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, co-convened a side event and submitted a written statement for the t2nd session, which was published by the UN Women.

 . In 2019, we plan to continue awarding our Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, promote Youth Engage in Swiss schools and clubs, and start a national postcard campaign to invite all Swiss citizens to sign the card: « I pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and youth ». WWSF participates partly in the UN Human Rights Council sessions and plans to convene several side events related to our programs and mandate. Last but not least, WWSF will fundraise to continue generating participation in all our annual campaigns and monitor achievements and results.