Regional preparatory meeting in the Asia-Pacific region prior to CSW62
On 23 February 2018, the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development, convened an "Asia-Pacific high-level meeting for CSW62", in Bangkok, Thailand. Senior officials from ministries responsible for agriculture, rural development and gender equality across Asia and Pacific agreed on key priorities for the advancement of rural women's and girls' human rights, which will be taken forward to CSW62 which takes place from 12-23 March and focus on the priority theme of "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls".
The meeting served as an important platform to exchange good practices and lessons learned. The participants included civil society organizations representing rural women's movements as well as farmers associations.
Speech by Miwa Kato, Regional Director for UN Women Asia and the Pacific. "We know rural women and girls face more difficulties than men in accessing productive resources, public services and social protection, as well as paid employment and markets for trade...” Read more
Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the ESCAP Shamshad Akhtar. "First, the intersections between gender and the environment are pivotal to advancing the empowerment of rural women and girls. In Asia and the Pacific, the livelihoods of a sizable proportion...” Read more
"Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative of the FAO added, “if rural women had access to, and control of, the same resources as men, their contributions would increase food production [..] this would have benefits for the entire family..." Read more
Joint press release: Ministers and senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific on Friday committed to ensuring greater empowerment of rural women and girls to improve their standard of living, food security and livelihoods... Read more
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... Read more
Senior officials from ministries responsible for agriculture, rural development and gender equality across Asia-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 CSW62 concluded in Bangkok... Read more