The Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) concluded over two weeks of negotiations in New York. The commission concluded its talks on Saturday morning with an agreement by UN Members that states gender equality and women’s rights must be prioritized in future discussions, called for the acceleration of progress towards achieving the millennium development goals, and reaffirmed the need for a stand-alone goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the set of international targets that will be introduced once they expire in 2015.
Source: The Guardian
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, said the agreement represented “a milestone toward a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre”.
In a statement to the commission, Mlambo-Ngcuka stated: “The safety, human rights and empowerment of women are pivotal in the post-2015 debate. UN Women is encouraged by the call of a large number of member states for a stand-alone sustainable development goal that addresses these issues. This will require political will, backed up by commensurate resources. As the commission rightly points out, funding in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment remains inadequate. Investments in women and girls will have to be significantly stepped up. As member states underline, this will have a multiplier effect on sustained economic growth.
“We know that equality for women means progress for all. Through the development of a comprehensive roadmap for the future, we have the opportunity to realize this premise and promise. The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women has given important impetus to making equality between men and women a reality.”
For more information on this year’s gender equality talks, click on the link.
Violence towards women continues to be a roadblock for women’s advancement and progress in both developed and developing economies. Recent news headlines regarding violence against women continue to reinforce the fact that violence against women is an importante issue in changing the status quo of women and that much can be done to safeguard women and girls’ rights across the globe.
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