Commission on the Status of Women, 10 to 21 March 2014

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The CSW is instrumental in … [Read more...]

1993 Vienna Declaration was the Real Turning Point

Violence against women – the most pervasive expression of gender-based violence: Pillay "Violence against women is the most pervasive expression of gender-based discrimination", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday during its annual full-day discussion on women's rights. Ms. Pillay said that before the 1990's, violence against women was still largely considered a private matter and not a human rights issue of concern to the … [Read more...]

57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, MAR 4

Next week, on 4 March, the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW57) opens at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will convene governments, activists, media and private sector partners from around the world to discuss how to prevent violence against women and girls and improve services for survivors everywhere. We are excited about the momentum and opportunity that CSW57 brings! Are you? Make some noise leading up to CSW57! Join this Thunderclap to tweet … [Read more...]

Commission on the Status of Women, March 4 – 15 (NYC)

Exploring Links between Violence Against Women and Sexual and Reproductive Health Fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women focuses on eliminating violence against women and girls Preventing Sexual Abuse: Educating Girls and Young Women In Canada alone, Women and girls are more likely than men to experience violence and assault in intimate and family relationships. Over 80% of victims of sexual assault are women or girls. Dating violence is a growing problem. … [Read more...]

Indigenous women working together, raising the volume

Martha Sanchez was born in an adobe house in Mexico’s mountainous Guerrero state, and raised by her grandmother, an indigenous Amuzgo and expert in traditional medicine. As she grew up, absorbing the culture of her ancestors, Martha determined that she would spend her life working to preserve it. On this path, she met with other women from diverse communities, and together they began to knit a global network. The International Forum of Indigenous Women (FIMI) is now a vast network that spans … [Read more...]

UN Women: Commission on the Status of Women, 27 February – 9 March

27 February – 9 March UN Women Co-Sponsored Events 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women   Rural women constitute one-fourth of the world’s population, and their contributions are vital to the well-being of communities, economies, and the achievement of all development goals. During the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will call for robust policies to remove the barriers that prevent rural women from … [Read more...]

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