The Union Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath on 16 May 2013 signed the Fifth India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Women’s Forum Resolution at the end of the three day meet of IBSA Women’s Forum. The signed joint resolution, will allow the three countries to recognize the key role of Governments of these countries with the support of the Civil Society to ensure and accelerate efforts towards achieving gender equality and empowerment of women.
The resolution was signed between Krishna Tirath, her South African counterpart Lulama Xingwana and Maria do Carmo Godinho Delgado, Secretary of Evaluation of Policies and Economic Autonomy of Women of Brazil.
To end violence against women for development of the equitable society and model for effective delivery of financial benefits to poor families, South Africa is running a Stop Rape Campaign and on similar grounds Brazil is running a campaign named Bolsa Familia of Brazil.
The platform of IBSA was constituted to enhance the efforts for continuous engendering of the policies and programmes of India, Brazil and South Africa and to bring in the marginalized section into the mainstream.
IBSA (India Brazil-South-Africa) Trilateral
IBSA is a trilateral, developmental initiative between India, Brazil and South Africa to promote South-South cooperation and exchange. Formation of IBSA for the first time was discussed during the G-8 meeting that took place in Evian, France in 2003. Further, the External Affairs Minister of India, Yashwant Sinha, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil, Celso Amorim and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met in Brasilia on 6 June 2003 and farmalised the launch of IBSA Dialogue Forum with an adoption of the Brasilia Declaration.
Women’s Forum of IBSA
The Women’s Forum initiative launched under the People-to-People’s Forum by the heads of the IBSA states came up during the second IBSA Summit in South Africa in 2007. The forum came into existence with the aim of cooperation between the three countries with the objective of promoting gender equality and empowerment.