In Focus: CSW60

Sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 14–24 March 2016

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The Issue

Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development will be the focus of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60). At the annual high-level gathering, taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-24 March 2016, global leaders, NGOs, private sector, and activists will meet to discuss how to ensure women and girls are at the forefront of their plans to implement the new 15-year global development roadmap.

Adopted by all United Nations Member States in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. In addition to the stand-alone goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment, Sustainable Development Goal 5, there are gender-sensitive targets across 11 other SDGs.

Learn more about the role women play in all goals, and what UN Women is doing in these areas:

  • Women and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • SDG 1: No poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero hunger
  • SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 5: Gender equality
  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Climate action
  • SDG 14: Life below water
  • SDG 15: Life on land
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

The 2030 Agenda seeks to address the key challenges of the 21st century, such as poverty, inequality, and climate change. Women’s empowerment is recognized as a pre-condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But how do those most impacted by the challenges view the SDGs?

From where I stand...

As part of a new editorial series, UN Women is capturing the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, to showcase their daily lives and challenges and how they are bringing about change. Read their first-person accounts…

Laura Bosnea, 28, Roma woman elected as local councilor. Photo credit: UN Programme “Women in Politics”

Laura Bosnea

Atefe Mansoori, 52, from Afghanistan, is Director of Abdullah Muslim Company, which processes and exports saffron.

Atefe Mansoori

Assétou Touré is a 49-year-old woman from Mali and a survivor of FGM. UN Women Mali/Coumba Bah

Assétou Touré

Surayo Mirzoyeva

Lucy Nduati is a 34-year-old single mother and a police officer from Nairobi. Photo courtesy of Lucy Nduati

Lucy Nduati

Sahar el-Salab, arguably the most successful woman in the Egyptian banking sector, is currently CEO of a family business and a member of the Arab Network for the Economic Empowerment of Women (Khadija)—a regional network of representatives of social, public and private sectors, supported by UN Women and the European Union. Photo: UN Women/Amna Magdy

Sahar el-Salab

Eisha Mohammed, 41, is a solar engineer working and living in Mjimwema, a remote village in southern Tanzania. Photo: UN Women/Stephanie Raison

Eisha Mohammed

Pelin Aslantaş, 43, is the only female bus driver in the city of Edirne, in north-western Turkey, where UN Women provided gender-responsive budgeting training to the municipality so that when budgets are planned, they respond to the needs of all, men and women. Photo: UN Women/Gizem Yarbil

Pelin Aslantaş

Desiree Akpa Akpro Loyou, 37, is a social worker and Deputy Commissioner General responsible for training, for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in Cote d'Ivoire. Photo: World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Desirée Akpa
Akpro Loyou

Cristina Francisco Reyes.

Cristina Francisco

Anisa Marama, a market vendor in Fiji. Photo: UN Women/Eva Schroeder

Anisa Marama

CSW 60: Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development
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CSW60 will also feature the first review of the historic agreed conclusions from the fifty-seventh session of the CSW (2013), which focused on ending violence against women. In that vein, on 15 March, for the first time, 10 Member States will submit voluntary reviews of their progress in this area, namely: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Estonia, Japan, Romania, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey.

Every year, CSW attracts thousands of NGO members and hundreds of country representatives from around the world to discuss critical issues for women, galvanize attention and spur action. More than 1,035 NGOs and a total of 8,100 representatives have registered to participate. Setting a new record this year, about 220 side events are planned on UN premises, organized by Member States and UN entities, many in collaboration with civil society.

Read the CSW60 agreed conclusions.

See past editorial packages for: CSW59, CSW58, CSW57 and CSW56.

CSW 60

For procedural information, including the provisional agenda, official reports and documents, as well as the negotiated political declaration, visit the CSW60 website. More

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