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Press Release: UN’s largest gathering on women’s rights delivers robust blueprint on strengthening women’s leadership and participation in public life

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, world leaders issued today a strong pledge for women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence at the closing of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), as the countdown for the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico (29 - 31 March) begins.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the closing of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Saturday, March 27, 2021

In her remarks at the closing of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the resolution of problems that women and girls have faced over generations

At CSW65, women’s rights organizations discuss the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women, one year on

Thursday, March 25, 2021

At a side event on 24 March, during the 65th Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), together with the Governments of Sweden and Canada, met virtually to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) National Chapters: Driving Women’s Leadership in Africa

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

In her remarks at the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) National Chapters: Driving Women’s Leadership in Africa, on the margins of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "This is supposed to be a moment and an opportunity to reset our countries. If we reset our countries based on recommendations that come from committees that exclude women, you can imagine how unrepresentative those recommendations are going to be. "

At CSW65, youth leaders call for intergenerational co-leadership and accountability for the Generation Equality Forum

Friday, March 19, 2021

At a side event during the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), the Generation Equality Youth Task Force, UN Women, and the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth convened a high-level dialogue to critically examine the meaning of shared intergenerational co-leadership and mutual accountability.

Women must be ‘front and centre’ of pandemic recovery, UN chief says

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Women need to be “front and centre” of the pandemic recovery as a matter of economics, efficiency, effectiveness and social resilience, the UN chief told the women’s commission on Tuesday.

United Nations Secretary-General's remarks at Town Hall with Civil Society during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

In his remarks at the Town Hall with Civil Society during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "Women need to be front and centre of the recovery from the pandemic – not as a matter of charity, not even as a matter of justice and basic human rights".

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Town Hall with Civil Society and the United Nations Secretary-General

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

In her speech at the Town Hall with Civil Society during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on Civil Society to demand bold outcomes, and challenge countries to be decisive about the inclusion of women in public life and everywhere.

A common voice from Africa at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 15, 2021

Ahead of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), from 15 - 26 March 2021, African countries present a common voice to expand women’s participation in public life and decision-making.

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the opening of the 65th Commission on the status of Women

Monday, March 15, 2021

In her remarks at the Opening session of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for bold and strong moves to propel us toward gender equality, end the discrimination against women and girls and empower all of us.

Press Release: UN’s largest gathering on women’s rights calls on enhancing women’s leadership in public life in the run up to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum

Monday, March 15, 2021

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will call for increasing women’s participation and leadership in decision-making to solve global challenges.

Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean commit to promoting actions to achieve substantive equality and parity democracy

Monday, March 15, 2021

The 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. During this meeting, women's full and effective participation and decision-making by women in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, will be addressed as a priority theme to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The theme for International Women's Day on March 8, 2021 “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,”...

Media Advisory: UN’s Commission on the Status of Women highlights women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, 15-26 March

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), from 15 to 26 March 2021, will focus on examining the progress, gaps and setting a global roadmap towards achieving full equality in public life. This year’s priority theme is, ‘Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’.

Charting the future: more equal, inclusive and sustainable

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In her remarks at the closing of the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the need to work together to continue implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and put gender perspectives centre-stage in order to build back better.

Press release: UN Member States announce next years’ Commission on the Status of Women themes as its 64th session concludes

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the largest annual gathering on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the UN, concluded its 64th session in a virtual meeting, and announced next year session will focus on women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence.

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 9 March 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In her remarks at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We have created a world where women are squeezed into just 25 percent—one quarter—of the space, both in physical decision-making rooms, and in the stories that we tell about our lives. One quarter is not enough. Only half is an equal share, and only half is enough".

Press release: Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women’s rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

CSW 64 Advisory

Monday, March 2, 2020

In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the UN Secretary-General has suggested to the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that Member States consider amending the format and conduct of the session. Options could include holding a scaled-down, shortened session with the participation of New York-based delegations only, or postponing the session to a later date.

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In her closing remarks to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "With the Agreed Conclusions you have given us the possibility to take the work forward, to make sure that we address the discrimination that may be suffered by women and girls in every part of the world, whether because they are disabled, because of their sexuality, because they are human rights activists, or because of poverty".

UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities

Friday, March 22, 2019

After two weeks of intense dialogue, the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) concluded today in New York with a strong commitment by UN Member States to safeguard and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that their design and delivery is transformed to prevent discrimination and create a ‘level playing field’ for women and girls.

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