EEO Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue, travelled to New York this month to attend the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations Headquarters.
The session addressed the priority theme: ‘Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development’. It also evaluated progress on the 57th session: ‘The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls’.
While attending CSW60, Dr Blue spoke on a Business and Professional Women’s panel about “Forced Marriage” from a New Zealand perspective.
CSW is a global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. This 60th session also provides the opportunity for policy-makers, advocates, researchers and activists to network and strategise, mobilise and plan new initiatives GENDER and actions to further the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
CSW is part of UN Women, which is the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.
UN Women also coordinates and promotes the United Nations system’s work in advancing gender equality.
Dr Blue commented that one of the key themes that ran through the presentations given at CSW60 is that we cannot achieve sustainable development on a global scale without addressing (and attaining) gender equality.
Adding to this call was UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, who commented that: "To achieve SDGs the agenda must be a feminist agenda. Gender equality is inextricably linked."
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