The meeting, initiated by FOKUS and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was a fora where organizations from the South could share their experiences working with women's human rights issues, as well as their expectations to the Commission on the Status of Women, with their Norwegian counterparts.
Shakila Bidar from the Afgan Midwife Association talked about a lack of health services to Afghan women and Dafrosa Itemba from the Tanzania Women's Research Foundation explained how women especially are harmed by the impacts of climate change.
All participants agreed there is still a long way to go before women's human rights are fulfilled. "We won the battle, but not the war of our rights as Tunisian women", said Khedija Lemkecher from the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, referring to the Jasmine Revolution of 2010. The director of FOKUS; Gro Lindstad integrated the sustainable perspective in her concluding remarks; "If we do not achieve gender equality we will not achieve sustainable development".