The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has concluded its 58th session with a strong call for a stand-alone goal on gender equality to be included in the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. It has also called for gender targets and indicators to be integrated into all goals.
This achievement was by no means guaranteed as UN member states and over 6,000 civil society delegates debated the many challenges and achievements of implementing the MDGs for women and girls over a two week period (10-21 March). Particularly contentious were negotiations over sexual and reproductive health and rights, references to women's rights and the role of the family and calls for increased funding to women's rights organisations.
The Association was represented at the conference by Hayley Richardson, UNA-UK Policy & Advocacy Officer, and Sally Spear, vice-chair of UNA's Women's Advisory Council. Ahead of the conference, UNA-UK consulted its members and supporters on the key areas of concern for achieving women's equality. We're pleased to report that nearly all of the responses gathered feature in the following paragraph in the final outcome document:
In a statement, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, Executive Director of UN Women, said:
Photo: opening session of CSW. Copyright UN Women.
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