Preparations

Several preparatory meetings were held prior to the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women:

FSN forum – “Rural women: Striving for gender-transformative impacts”

As part of the preparations for CSW 62, FAO—together with IFAD, UN Women and WFP—ran an online discussion from 17 July to 6 August 2017 to explore the critical gaps and highlight priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender-transformative impacts for rural women and girls.

The discussion focused on three principal questions: What are the main challenges rural women and girls are facing today? Are we using the right approaches and policies to close the gender gap? How can we best achieve gender-transformative impacts?

A paper was prepared from the 98 contributions received from 78 people (25 percent men), representing over 30 countries and a variety of organizations, multilateral and bilateral agencies, NGOs, research institutes and academia.

Regional preparatory meeting in the Asia-Pacific region prior to CSW62

On 23 February 2018, the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development, convened an “Asia-Pacific high-level meeting for CSW62” on its priority theme, in Bangkok, Thailand. Senior officials from ministries responsible for agriculture, rural development and gender equality across Asia and Pacific agreed on key priorities for the advancement of rural women’s and girls’ human rights, which will be taken forward to CSW62. The meeting served as an important platform to exchange good practices and lessons learned, and included civil society organizations representing rural women’s movements as well as farmers associations.

Regional consultation in the African region prior to CSW62

On 21 and 23 February 2018, UN Women, the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) convened the “Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting on CSW 62” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The consultation was attended by approximately 250 participants from 44 AU Member States, including 27 Ministers or Deputy Ministers, women and young women living in rural areas, and more than 50 civil society representatives.  Member States strategized on ensuring an AU Member States Common Africa position for CSW62, including priority actions to advance the gender equality priorities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the AU’s Agenda 2063.

Regional consultation in the Latin America and the Caribbean region prior to CSW62

On 6 and 7 February 2018, the Ministry of Women of the Dominican Republic, the National Institute of Women of Uruguay and UN-Women co-organized the “Regional consultation for Latin America and the Caribbean prior to CSW62”, in Santo Domingo. Ministers and senior officials from 26 national machineries for the advancement of women in Latin America and the Caribbean took part in the two-day consultation, with input from civil society and women’s networks, and agreed on the Santo Domingo Declaration, a consolidated position for rural women and girls of the region.

Multi-Stakeholder Forum

On Thursday, 25 January 2018, UN Women convened a “Multi-stakeholder forum” at United Nations Headquarters to help create a conducive environment for a successful sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) in March 2018. Participants engaged in discussions and expressed commitments to generate momentum around the session's priority theme, "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls".

  • Concept Note
  • Programme
  • Report
  • Opening session
    • Opening statement by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women (click here to read the statement)
    • Opening statement by H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations and Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (click here to read the statement)
  • Panel 1: Ensuring rural women's land rights and tenure security and strengthening food security and nutrition for rural women and girls
  • Panel 2: Empowering rural women and girls through quality education and access to information and communications technologies (ICT)
  • Panel 3: Ensuring access to healthcare and sexual and reproductive health and rights, and to infrastructure, water and sanitation
    • Topic Introduction by Ms. Seemin Qayum, Officer-in-charge, Economic Empowerment, UN-Women (click here to read the statement)
    • MODERATOR:
    • Ms. Christine Brautigam, Director, Intergovernmental Support Division, UN-Women (statement not available)
    • PANELISTS:
    • H.E. Mr. Jouni Laaksonen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations (click here to read the statement)
    • Dr. Isha Ray, Professor, University of California, Berkeley (statement not available)
    • Ms. Susan O'Malley, Chair, NGO/CSW (click here to read the statement)
  • Panel 4: Strengthening laws, policies and programmes to address violence and harmful practices against rural women and girls
    • Topic Introduction by Ms. Seemin Qayum, Officer-in-charge, Economic Empowerment, UN-Women (click here to read the statement)
    • MODERATOR:
    • H.E. Mr. Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations (statement not available)
    • PANELISTS:
    • H.E. Ms. Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations (click here to read the statement)
    • H. E. Mr. Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations (click here to read the statement)
    • H.E. Ms. Maria Helena Lopes de Jesus Pires, Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to the United Nations (statement not available)
    • Ms. Christine Kalamwina, Deputy Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations (click here to read the statement)
    • Ms. Marina Kumskova, Programme Associate, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (click here to read the statement)
  • Closing session
    • Closing Statement by H.E. Ms. Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations and President of ECOSOC (statement not available)
    • Closing Statement by Ms. Christine Brautigam, Director, Intergovernmental Support Division, UN-Women (statement not available)

Expert Group Meeting

In preparation for the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women convened an “Expert group meeting on the priority theme: ‘Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls’”. The expert group meeting was co-convened by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) at IFAD Headquarters in Rome, Italy, on 20 to 22 September 2017.