The 2018 Vienna UN Conference, was held January 10–12, 2018. The conference brought together Vienna-based organizations, the diplomatic community, civil society, NGOs, academics, business leaders and media representatives to discuss actions, potentials, and challenges linked to SDG 5: ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’

A number of summary articles from the conference are now available on IDN – In Depth News.


Empowerment: A Collaborative Vision of SDG 5
By Cecilia Vera Lagomarsino

“VIENNA (IDN) – Achieving female empowerment is imperative on a global basis, but accomplishing it remains elusive. With a collaborative vision of SDG 5, a recent United Nations Vienna conference explored crosscutting themes and potential synergies among UN organizations, the diplomatic community, civil society, NGOs, academics and business leaders.”

Photo: 2017-2018 Graduation students of the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN). Credit: RAUN
Paving the Way to Empowering Female Leaders
By Ourania Roditi”VIENNA (IDN) – ‘We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.’ This profound remark by the 16-year old 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai underlines a self-evident truth, which has yet to be reflected in global reality.”
Photo: The Vienna Conference Session on Empowering Female Leaders Credit: Robert Bosch AG/APA-Fotoservice/Schedl
Women’s Path to Leadership: Are We at a Turning point?
By Darline Giraud

VIENNA (IDN) – Women face unique challenges in attaining leadership positions. To determine multidisciplinary threads, a recent UN Vienna conference panel invited female leaders at different career phases to share their experiences and discuss means of creating opportunities for future generations.”

Photo: A general view of the Vienna UN Conference. Credit: Robert Bosch AG/APA-Fotoservice/Schedl
Changing the Narrative on Violence Against Women at Home
By Helen Hemblade

“VIENNA (IDN) – Violence against women is often considered something private that happens in people’s homes, beyond help of the outside world. We take for granted that victims always have the choice to seek help. We concentrate on how this happened to the victim instead of who committed the act. We fail to address patterns in the crime’s continuation.”

Photo: The cover of the eighth volume in the ACUNS publication series FEMICIDE. Credit: M.A.F.I.A. (Movimiento Argentino de Fotógrafxs Independientes Autoconvocadxs).
Ensuring Access to Sexual and Reproductive Rights – A Global Challenge
By Julia Zimmerman

“VIENNA (IDN) – Of the numerous and significant challenges currently facing women and girls globally, access to sexual and reproductive rights is high on the list. Experts in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health are trying to assure access and to spread knowledge about harmful practices.”

Photo: The Birth Control Necklace consists of 30 drop-shaped beads (average length of a woman’s monthly cycle), whereby each bead represents one day in a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle. Credit: Aktion Regen
Bodies as Battlefields – Dangers Women Face During Conflicts
By Julia Zimmerman

“VIENNA (IDN) – When thinking of war and its inherent dangers, the first thought is probably death on the battlefield and the profound loss of human life that accompanies it; however, soldiers are not the only victims of war. Civilians are also greatly affected, and the impact can be especially devastating for women.”

Photo: The Vienna Conference Session on Empowering Female Leaders: Systems and strategies for ensuring equal opportunities for women regarding leadership at all levels of decision-making on January 10. Credit: Robert Bosch AG/APA-Fotoservice/Schedl
Women and Water Inseparable for Sustainable Development
By Krista Price

“VIENNA (IDN) – A comfort often overlooked, the water served at the Vienna UN headquarters is locally sourced from mountains outside of the city. In Austria, water is a point of pride. This developed nation’s water sector is committed not only to quality water systems but also to sustainable practices regarding the water and waste industry. For Austrians, and those frequenting the UN’s conference rooms in Vienna, exceptional drinking water is a given.”

Photo: A general view of the Vienna UN Conference. Credit: Robert Bosch AG/APA-Fotoservice/Schedl
Equal Rights to Economic Resources Vital to Gender Equality
By Heather Wokusch

“VIENNA (IDN) – Women across the world face discrimination in accessing economic resources. As the resulting disparity hinders a range of development goals, such as reducing poverty and improving the welfare of children, a multidisciplinary conference at the United Nations Vienna recently explored possible solutions.”

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