HLPF is so near that perhaps some of you have already started packing your bags? As you might know, we are continuing our dress code campaign this year too – yay! It wouldn’t be a HLPF without colourful feminists walking down the corridors of the UN. 


HLPF 2018, 8-18 July 2018


About our campaign

For those of you who are new to HLPF and might not be to familiar with this, in short: we will be dressed in different bright colours every day, each colour representing one of our advocacy demands for HLPF 2018. These advocacy demands are taken from Women’s Major Group’s 2018 position paper. So pack your brightest clothes, we will be bringing scarves, but please bring your scarves from previous years!Others who are not members of Women’s Major Group are also welcome to dress in solidarity. We will also hand out scarves to decision-makers to encourage them to take action on that selected topic.  Check out this link if you want to see how we looked last year. Each day, you will receive an email with factsheets and tweets of the day on the selected topic. 


This is the main hashtag for our members engaging in HLPF 2018. You can tap into the policy dialogues, using the hashtag – whether you are attending the forum or not. Follow the hashtag to get the latest updates on gender equality and sustainable development.


When Executive Director of UNEP, Erik Solheim compared civil society with Terrorists, while endorsing several huge multinational corporations such as Walmart and Exxon, it became quite clear that we have a huge problem with corporate power’s influence over UN processes. This campaign is to move the lens from rhetorics of individuals’ responsibility to live sustainably, to the big polluters who put profit over people. We want them to be held accountable for their actions, and push for system change. Civil society holds governments accountable at HLPF, through the voluntary national review (VNR) process, but not businesses. Yet, major corporations play an active part in blocking the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since this year the SDGs under review are all linked to areas where there is corporate capture, it is key that we do some myth busting on their “solutions”. We will not let multinational corporations green wash their hands!

Women’s Human Rights Defenders (#HandsOffWHRDs)

2016 and 2017 were some of the deadliest years for women’s human rights defenders (WHRDs) fighting on the frontline for their human rights and environmental justice. This campaign will show what real wonder women look like, honour freedom fighters and raise awareness of the work left to do to ensure their safety and full enjoyment of their human rights.


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