On March 15th, 2021, the official opening session of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women took place in-person, in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. On March 16th, the UN Secretary-General, António GUTERRES, gave speech at special Townhall Meeting with Women’s Civil Society participants of The Commission on the Status of Women. Global CSR Foundation (GCSRF) was invited to attend all meeting sessions of CSW65.
This year, the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, will take place from 15 to 26 March, under the theme, “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. The session this year will be mostly virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women need to be “front and centre” of the pandemic recovery as a matter of economics, efficiency, effectiveness and social resilience, the UN chief told the women’s commission on Tuesday.
In an effort to “reignite” the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and chart a path to more equal, just, inclusive, sustainable societies and economies, the Secretary-General advocated for five “transformative actions” to build women’s representation, participation and leadership.
Specifically, he called for repealing discriminatory laws, taking concrete steps to ensure women’s equal representation; advancing economic inclusion with equal pay; addressing violence against women through increased funding, more effective policies and political will; and support for young women leaders.
The session will also review the agreed conclusion of the 60th session as Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings.