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UN commission on women status kicks off annual session
March 13,2018   By:Xinhua
UNITED NATIONS, March 13, 2018 -- The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked off its annual meeting at the UN New York headquarters on Monday.
The 62nd session of the commission, will focus on "challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls."
Both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak addressed the opening meeting of the annual session.
Guterres said that it is important to change the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence against women.
"Progress for women and girls means changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence," the UN chief told the CSW62, which will end on March 23.
Lajcak said that mistakes had been made in the past in approaching challenges without considering a gender perspective.
"Women must be taken into account in all actions, from access to water to closing pay gaps. Empowering rural women would benefit all," he said.
Urging all participants to deliver concrete, actionable results, Geraldine Byrne Nason, chair of the CSW62, said the commission should not be known as a meeting or an acronym, but as an instrument to truly promote the rights of women around the globe.
"We have a moral obligation as we begin our work," she stressed, calling on the commission to "do more and do better." Participants must be honest in recognizing shortcomings that had long impeded the progress of women and girls, and strive harder to reach the goals enshrined in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action.
Against the backdrop of unprecedented global efforts for women's rights and gender equality, the UN CSW is the UN's largest gathering on gender equality and women's rights, and the single largest forum for UN member states, civil society organizations and other international actors to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that "at the heart of leaving no one behind, is leaving no one out. One of the single most impactful contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda would be to level inequalities for women and girls in rural areas. Significant progress for them is progress for the whole Agenda, and for the world."
Ahead of the CSW62, UN Women together with partners, organized regional consultations with ministers, gender equality authorities and civil society organizations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, and Arab states to help build consensus and set priorities towards the commission's outcome, which will be a set of action-oriented recommendations to accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all rural women and girls.
The 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 on June 21, 1946.
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