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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

[Press release] In a Political Declaration adopted today by Member States commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, leaders pledged to ramp up efforts to fully implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, still considered the most visionary blueprint on women’s rights. The Political Declaration is the main outcome of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual gathering on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the UN. This year the Commission decided to scale back the session to a one-day procedural meeting with delegations and civil society representatives based in New York, in light of the COVID-19 situation.

CSW 64 Advisory

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Following the UN Secretary-General’s recommendation to Member States to amend the format of the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in light of the current concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an informal meeting took place today. The Commission decided that the 64th session of the Commission will convene on 9 March, at 10.00 a.m. (EST), for a procedural meeting. The meeting will include opening statements, followed by the adoption of the draft Political Declaration and action on any other draft resolutions. The session will then suspend until further notification. No general debate will take place and all side events planned by Member States and the UN system in conjunction with CSW 64 will be cancelled.

Beijing+25 Asia-Pacific Youth Blog

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

[Call for submissions] The Beijing+25 Asia-Pacific Youth Blog will be hosted on the UN Women Asia-Pacific website and will accept submissions from young people aged 14 to 30 years from any country in the region. The year 2020 will also mark the five-year review of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and the 10th anniversary of the creation of UN Women.

Take five: “If we have policies and services but no one knows about them, it’s useless”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

As NGOs or youth representatives, we do not have such a loud voice among the governmental delegations in New York. But it is good for us to negotiate with some of the governments. Some are more supportive than others, of course, but for example Australia and Nepal are really pushing for our agenda in their meetings. And if the right recommendations are then adopted, then this makes it easier for Y-PEER to then deal with other governments...

Take five: “We would like to see something done about the women workers who are not currently recognized as formal labourers”

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nepal’s hospitality and entertainment sector includes dance restaurants, singing or “duet” restaurants, open restaurants, and the smaller snack bars known as cabin restaurants, as well as massage parlours. The workplaces in this sector are sometimes registered and sometimes not, but the women who work there are almost always unregistered. In researching women who work in the small bars and massage parlours...

Regional stakeholders say a holistic and gender-responsive approach to social protection is needed

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gender inequalities remain profound and entrenched across Asia and the Pacific, despite recent rapid economic progress. Women’s inequitable access to health, education and other basic social services starts young and has a life-long, cumulative impact on their social and economic opportunities. To overcome such disadvantages, investment in well-coordinated and gender-responsive social protection systems, public services and sustainable...

Opening Remarks to Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for CSW63

Thursday, February 14, 2019

On behalf of UN Women, I thank you for being here to prepare for the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is taking place in New York next month. I want to thank our UN partners, particularly ESCAP, FAO, UNDP, and UNFPA, for their partnership in organizing...

Opening Remarks to Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for CSW63

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gender-responsive public services and infrastructure investments are key in reducing and redistributing the burden of unpaid work, thereby opening opportunities for women to participate in labour markets, community events, or leisure activities. This would include the provision of affordable child care services, which would free-up time for mothers to engage in activities that are appropriate to their situations. Provision of water, sanitation and clean energy, especially in rural areas...

Take five: “Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships”

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bayi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines. In February 2019 she attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing + 25 Review. This year’s CSW is focused on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. Cerillo’s organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around...

Canadian ambassador: “We need to amplify the voices for good and equality” nearly 25 years after Beijing Declaration

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Donica Pottie, Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, participated as a young diplomat and activist in the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in China, which resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As the global community prepares to mark 25 years of the Declaration in 2020, she spoke about the challenges facing the new generation of advocates fighting for gender equality and the empowerment...

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