AMARC salutes the nomination of Sharon Bhagwan Rolls by UN Women as a member of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group

Montreal, May 25th, 2012. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) salutes the nomination of Ms. Sharon Bhagwan Rolls as a member of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group of UN Women. She is the founder and executive director of FemLINKPACIFIC, a women’s community media NGO located in Fiji, and vice-president of AMARC Pacific sub-region. For more information on UN Women, click here.
Asked to comment on her nomination, Ms. Bhagwan Rolls. indicated that: "It is a deep honour and a somewhat daunting task as the sole representative of the Pacific Island region but I hope to be an important conduit on behalf of my region to enhance (a) greater inclusion of women's civil society expertise in design and delivery of UN Women's programmes at regional and country level (b) visibility of women's rights issues and realities including the work in the areas of conflict prevention and human security, media and communications rights which are critical to ensuring the agenda of sustainable development. This is an important platform and group to amplify the call for the UN and all member states to be more accountable to the rights, freedoms and human security of women, young women and girls", said Ms. Bhagwan Rolls.
The Executive Director of this international organization, Michelle Bachelet, announced on May 17th the nominations of this group that will facilitate regular consultations and dialogue between civil society and UN Women. “I am delighted that a group of outstanding international women’s rights advocates and experts on gender issues have agreed to serve on my Global Civil Society Advisory Group. They will play an important consulting role, and provide strategic perspectives on advocacy on gender equality and women’s empowerment and on UN Women’s thematic priorities,” said Ms. Bachelet.
The establishment of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Groups at the global, regional and national levels was announced earlier this year at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The main objective of this Group is dialogue and engagement to advance global goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Group serves as a consultative forum for UN Women. The first meeting of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group will be convened at the time of the 67th session of the General Assembly in September.
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.

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