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Voices from CSW62

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

More than 4,300 civil society representatives from 130 countries participated in the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), which focused this year on rural women and girls. Why do they come and what do they take back with them from this UN meeting? Here are some of their voices and perspectives. More

Closing remarks to the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Saturday, March 24, 2018

These agreed conclusions focus on addressing the poverty of women and girls in rural areas; the important issue of access, ownership and control of land and other productive resources; opportunities and challenges in agriculture, including their food security and nutrition; and they also recognize that the lives of women in rural areas are not only confined to food production and agriculture. They address the impact of climate change, and the need for infrastructure such as for ICT, energy, transport, drinking water and sanitation. More

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers a blueprint to ensure the rights and development of rural women and girls

Friday, March 23, 2018

The UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights concluded today in New York with the strong commitment by UN Member States to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global activism and public outcry to end gender injustice and discrimination worldwide, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) reached a robust agreement highlighting the urgency of empowering and supporting those who need it most and have, for too long, been left behind. More

Coverage: System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity: How to walk the talk?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

At a side event during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, senior UN officials, along with Member States and civil society partners, discussed the latest measures to reach gender parity within the UN System. More

Youth Dialogue at CSW62 presents policy recommendations for inclusion of young women and girls living in rural areas

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Women and girls who live in rural areas are not at the danger of being left behind, they ARE being left behind," said Lopa Banerjee, Director of the Civil Society Division at UN Women, opening the Youth Dialogue hosted on 17 March, at the 62 nd Commission on the Status of Women. The Dialogue, focusing on the theme, "Leave No One Behind", witnessed spirited discussions revolving around the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of young women and girls... More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the CSW62 side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030

Monday, March 19, 2018

At the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo -Ngcuka said "It takes a man and a boy and a father and a brother to say: not my sister; not my child, not my cousin, so that this is not a fight that only the girls are waging." More

Press release: Over US$400 million sitting dormant in public funds designed to expand internet access 

Monday, March 19, 2018

New research from the Web Foundation, the Alliance for Affordable Internet and UN Women, released today at the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, calls on governments to invest at least 50 per cent of funds collected for expanding connectivity in projects targeting women’s internet access and use. More

Civil Society calls to leave no woman or girl in rural communities behind in the quest for gender equality

Friday, March 16, 2018

On the sidelines of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), UN Women, along with civil society partners*, convened a dialogue with activists from rural areas and other allies. The conversation brought together diverse constituencies from around the globe to discuss what it would take to leave no woman or girl in any rural area behind in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Coverage: “#MeToo, Now What?”

Friday, March 16, 2018

“The Media has a powerful voice to expose wrongdoings and to hold the powerful to account,” said Sienna Miller, renowned actor and activist, at the opening of the side event, “#MeToo, Now What?”, co-organized today by the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, The Guardian and UN Women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. More

Civil society in forefront of struggle for gender parity, UN chief tells townhall event

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The United Nations has embarked on an initiative to address the male-dominated power structure within its own ranks and now has more women than men in the senior management team, Secretary-General António Guterres told civil society activists on Tuesday. More

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the CSW62 side event, Under the Spotlight: Ending violence against ALL women and girls

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This Initiative is a true endeavour by the United Nations and the European Union to work in a different way. As you see, not only do we have the Executive Offices of both organizations passionately involved in this specific initiative, we also have different UN agencies working closely together on the implementation for Spotlight: UNFPA, UNDP, ILO and UN Women. We also have civil society partners; and governments of the countries that are involved in the Initiative. More

Remarks of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Side Event on the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation

Monday, March 12, 2018

It is significant that we are now in a phase where consultation with women and their participation in influencing the strategies and policies dealing with counterterrorism have finally become a way of life and integrated.  More

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 12, 2018

Opening statement for the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women More

Coverage: CSW62 side-event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls

Monday, March 12, 2018

The United Nations and the European Union (EU) today hosted a special event on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls—the Spotlight Initiative. More

Arab States build consensus on priorities for empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas ahead of CSW62

Sunday, March 11, 2018

UN Women, in partnership with the League of Arab States and the Ministry of Women, Family and Children of Tunisia, convened the Arab region intergovernmental preparatory meeting ahead of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) to be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 12 – 23 March. More

Press release: As global mobilization intensifies on women’s rights, UN’s largest meeting on gender equality begins

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spotlight on rural women and girls during the Commission on the Status of Women, focus on critical issues such as ensuring adequate living standards, food and nutrition security, access to land, technology, education, health, and ending all forms of violence and harmful practices More

Asia-Pacific countries commit to empower rural women and girls at high-level UN forum

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Senior officials from ministries responsible for agriculture, rural development and gender equality across Asia and the Pacific have agreed on key priorities for advancement of rural women's and girls' human rights at the Asia-Pacific High-level Meeting for the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) concluded in Bangkok on 23 February. More

Regional Consultations in Latin America and the Caribbean leading up to the UN Commission on the Status of Women call for rights and dignity of rural women

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Regional consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean in the lead up to the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) started on 6 February in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. More

From where I stand: “Being a person with disability is challenging. Being a woman with disability adds extra challenges”

Friday, June 9, 2017

Malvika Iyer, a Disability Rights Activist and motivational speaker, received a standing ovation for her speech at the CSW61 Youth Forum. After losing her hands from a bomb blast, she became a strong advocate for inclusion of disability rights and gender. More

No more business as usual: UN seeks to raise women’s participation in intergovernmental forums

Monday, May 1, 2017

UN Women will launch a publication titled “Shaping the international agenda: Raising women’s voices in intergovernmental forums” at a high-level event in New York on 2 May, 2017. More

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