WAYS OF WORKING

The are three levels of engagement:

Outreach to further feminist and women’s human rights organizations to expand membership is a fundamental step forward. Interested feminist and women’s rights CSOs can engage in different levels:

1. Information sharing:

Information sharing and sign-on joint positions. The main communication tool will be the e-list and the website

2. Policy and Advocacy work for the WWG on FfD:

In addition of information sharing, interested organizations engaging at this level are expected to deliver on one or more of the following actions:

•    To continuously share information with and get input from WWG members;
•    To read official documents and give input as they are developed;
•    To prepare WWG analysis, joint positions, recommendations, drawing upon   existing materials;
•    To meet with official delegates and other key stakeholders and report back;
•    To initiate and co-organise side events with governments, CSO’s and/or UN agencies and regional development institutions;
•    To produce press releases and/or organize press events;
•    To attend, support and/or co-organize strategy meetings;
•    To write a summary report, or coordinate on official and/or CSOs sessions;
•    To encourage and oversee additions of new members to the WWG on FfD.

3. Core Group Facilitators:

In addition to engaging in policy and advocacy work, organizations interested at engaging at this level will be expected to:
•    Provide backstopping and general support for the whole process and ensure communication with the broader WWG on FfD. They will provide overall support on the implementation of the tasks mentioned above.

Communication: In terms of language of communication, while WWG members will encourage and seek ways to provide translation of main WWG documents on the road to Addis FfD conference, unfortunately, due to lack of capacity, the main working language of the group will be English.

Statements:
•    Statements are generally prepared in advance first by a group of volunteers and then discussed and agreed with the wider WWG group; the contributions of specific organizations are acknowledged in footnote in the statement;
•    In case of (great) time constraints, statements can be prepared with limited consultation, and this needs to be reflected in how these documents are presented externally, thus, clearly indicating on whose behalf the statement is being made;
•    All statements made are shared with the wider WWG on FfD group listserv;
•    The WWG on FfD collectively decides on speaking opportunities within the official process.

Funding: The WWG on FfD is currently not officially funded to fulfill this mandate.  Therefore, the work of the WWG on FfD will depend on organizational contributions to the process (human resources, time, financial, logistical, and other as needed). The WWG on FfD will seek funding at the minimum to organize two face-to-face meetings prior to the III FfD Conference in Addis Ababa (July 2015).  Moreover, it will prioritize enabling the participation of member groups to participate in FfD meetings at global and regional level, especially for members from the Global South. However, currently, much of the WWG on FfD work takes place through virtual and online means.

It is recommended that those organizations/groups interested in attending the FfD preparatory process meetings in New York and the III FfD International Conference in Addis Ababa begin seeking their own funds.