Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow

The 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place from 22 February to 4 March 2011 at the UN headquarters in New York.

The theme for 2011 will be “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work. Find more information on the UN CSW at .

The UN Division for the Advancement of Women requires that EI designate representatives to attend the annual session following a pre-registration process. Please complete and return the form attached hereto no later than Friday, 3 December 2010.

The themes of the 55th Session of the UN CSW are of great interest to teacher trade unions and constitute the core issues of our equality work. As usual, we encourage member organisations to work to secure the participation of a trade union representative in their country’s official delegation. Please inform EI if you are able to do so.

Joint preparations are underway with sister organisations Public Services International (PSI) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-CSI). EI will focus its participation during the first week of the event, from 20 to 25 February 2011, where lobbying on the agreed conclusions will be the key responsibility. A trade union orientation meeting will take place prior to the CSW opening on Sunday 20 February 2011, building on successful past experiences.

Furthermore, EI’s First World Women’s Conference “On the Move for Equality” (20-23 January 2011, Bangkok) will provide an excellent opportunity to be informed about and provide guidance on the UN CSW priority theme and the trade unions preparations.

Thank you for informing EI if your union wishes to participate at the 55th Session of the UN CSW and also if your union is able to sponsor (fully or partially) a participation of a woman delegate from another EI affiliate organization.

The CSW 2011 will provide a very good opportunity to influence policy makers on the core issues of EI Equality agenda, and we look forward to contributing to this forum with a strong EI delegation.


Fred van Leeuwen, EI General Secretary


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