Commission for the Status of Women 55th Session.
February 22 to March 4 2011
The priority theme of the Commission on the Status of Women is “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”.
The Commission will also evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its fifty-first session on “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.
The emerging issue for discussion is Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
High-level roundtable A
Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3 – 6 p.m. Conference Room 3, North Lawn Building
A Live webcast will be available
- Chair: H.E. Mr. Garen Nazarian, Chair of the Commission (Armenia)
- Keynote speaker: Mr. Fortunato de la Peña, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development and Undersecretary for Science and Technology, Philippines
- United Nations response: Ms. Barbara Bailey, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
- NGO response: Ms. Joy Carter, International Federation of University Women
High-level roundtable B
“Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3 – 6 p.m. Conference Room 4, North Lawn Building
A Live webcast will be available
- Chair: H.E. Mr. Kazuo Kodama, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan
- Keynote speaker: Ms. Josefina Vázquez Mota, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Education, Mexico
- United Nations response: Ms. Jane Hodges, ILO
- NGO response: Ms. Deepali Sood, Plan International
Documents include the ;
* Report of the Secretary-General on access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.
* Report of the Secretary-General on progress in mainstreaming
* Provisional agenda.
and can be found in a number of languages here
* The CSW two-week session activities and timetable can be found on a PDF version here
* The Draft Agreed Conclusions can now be accessed here
* Information regarding on-site registration including date and times can be found here
Resolutions can be found here as they become available
Australian Side Events: Including Government and NGO events. These will be listed as they become available
Australian Human Rights Commission
Australian Human Rights Commission, Sex and Age Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick and Alison Aggarwal, Director, Sex and Age Discrimination Unit (SAGE) are attending the first week of CSW as part of the Australian Government delegation this year. Commissioner Broderick will be speaking at a number of paralell events.
The Australian Human Rights Commission Brief on Independent participation rights for National Human Rights Institutions at the UN Commission on Status of Women can be downloaded here on PDF
The Australian Human Rights Commission Brief on Women’s Equal Access to Full Employment and Decent Work can be downloaded here in PDF
The Australian Government Delegation
The Australian government delegation will be holding a welcome dinner in New York on Sunday evening 20th February. Venue to be advised. For updated details and to be included in the Australian Delegation email list , contact Kimberly Schultz, OfW
The Australian Government NGO Delegation has created a Facebook page which can be accessed here
Australian Women and Non Government Organisation
Civil society groups can act as guardians of the community, including community values. Australian Women’s Non-governmental Organisations have long played a key role in the Australian engagement at the Commission for the Status of Women through the contribution of their experience and expertise to inform government on the issues of importance to Australian women. They are key players in an active and healthy civil society, creating a growing sense of interdependence between community organisations and government.
A number of NGOs have made submissions to the Office for Women:
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women New York
NGOCSW supports the work of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). By playing an active role in the UN Community the NGO CSW, NY advocates for gender architecture reform at the UN, women’s rights and the advancement of women and girls worldwide. In its work with the NGO Committees on the Status of Women in Geneva and Vienna, the NGO CSW, NY supports the Beijing Platform for Action, UN Security Resolution 1325, the Millennium Development Goals, and CEDAW.
The Committe facilitates an NGO Consultation Day that supports the NGO preparation for the UN Commission on the Status of Women sessions in helping to bring together activists from around the world through networking, sharing strategies and best practices, lobbying governments.
You will find more information about NGO CSW NY activities here
Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.
There are a number of reports and submissions for perusal in the lead up to CSW55.
These include the;
* Report of the Secretary General,
* Report of the Secretary-General on progress in mainstreaming,
* Provisional Agenda
All documents are in PDF format and are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish. These can be accessed here
Expert Group Meeting (EGM)
The EGM will explore the gender dimensions of science and technology, and identify policies and programmes that can accelerate progress towards the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs. Back ground documents can be accessed here
The final report can be found here.
Work itself often does not alleviate poverty nor lead to a productive life. The challenge is to secure Decent Work: work that earns a liveable income with access to basic social protection, where human rights are respected, and where workers and employers have opportunity to participate in decision-making that affects their lives.
Especially in the poorest settings – where labour market institutions are weak and most people are casually employed or self-employed in the informal economy with no employment contracts, no collective bargaining and very weak enforcement of minimum wages – a range of public interventions are necessary to sustain livelihoods and promote access to remunerative work. This may take different forms: for instance public works setting the floor for earnings, microfinance, conditional and unconditional cash transfers, and public delivery of basic social services.
Work is central to people’s well-being. In addition to providing income, work can pave the way for broader social and economic advancement, strengthening individuals, their families and communities. Such progress, however, hinges on work that is decent. Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives.
Productive employment and Decent Work are key elements to achieving a fair globalization and the reduction of poverty. The ILO has developed an agenda for the community of work. Putting the Decent Work Agenda into practice is achieved through four strategic pillars: job creation, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue, with gender equality as a crosscutting objective.
More information here.
The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence Against the Girl Child
The 1990 World Summit for Children placed the survival, development and protection of the girl child on the international agenda. It acknowledged that equal rights for girls and the equal participation of women in the social, cultural, economic and political life of societies were prerequisites for successful and sustainable development.
More information here.