WACUNA Vice-Chair to attend UN Commission on Status of Women

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UNA-UK's Women’s Advisory Council (WACUNA) will be represented at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held at the UN in New York from 4 -15 March 2013.  This year the priority theme will be the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Sally Spear, Vice-Chair of WACUNA, commented “I hope the government representatives at CSW57 will listen to the requests of UN Women, and of the thousands of NGO women attending CSW57.  I hope the governments will complete the Agreed Conclusions for eliminating violence against women and girls and swiftly provide resources for implementing the conclusions ”

CSW was established in June 1946 to enable representatives from Member States to report to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) their conclusions on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, social and educational fields. It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women and girls.

A report of CSW57 will be made available on the website.

This initiative fits in with UNA-UK's wider programme of work on gender - a theme that cuts across all our policy areas.

During the run up to CSW57 and to International Women’s Day on 8 March, UNA-UK has been asking its members and supporters to test their knowledge of one of the most severe gender challenges facing the world today: sexual violence in conflict.

The aim of this action is to raise awareness of what the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict calls ‘history’s greatest silence’, and to highlight what is being done to combat these crimes.

You can also read our recent interview with Charlotte Gage from the Women’s Resource Centre, which takes stock of the UN's various gender initiatives, and take a look at the 'gender issue' of our magazine, New World. It features a lead article by Dame Margaret Anstee, the first woman to head a UN peacekeeping mission.

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