Women’s rights activists using social media to get their message out

News from the CSW Hashtag activism has helped to propel women’s rights to the forefront of political agendas, bringing attention to issues often under-reported by mainstream media, panellists have told an event at the UN in New York. Social media has helped women to share experiences of sexual violence, such as on the HarassMap platform, launched in Egypt, and has kept international attention focused on events that have slipped off the news agenda, such as the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, launched in 2014 after the abduction of more than 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. The…Read more

Fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2010-2014, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will consider ‘“Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” as its priority theme during its fifty-eighth session in 2014. As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, intergovernmental and UN-led processes are well under way to inform and design a post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 58th session of CSW in 2014 will provide a critical opportunity for evaluating the current…Read more

Women welcomess Agreed Conclusions at the Commission on Status of Women

At the conclusion of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women welcomes the outcome of the meeting. The Agreed Conclusions are a testimony to the commitment of Member States to do the right thing, to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. In the last two weeks during the meeting in New York, and in the lead-up to this session, we witnessed global engagement and mobilization, high-profile advocacy by civil society, and determined leadership by many Member States. Expectations of the world’s women and girls were…Read more

CSW 56 Resolutions

The Commission adopted six resolutions and one decision, available in the report of the 56th session: Ending female genital mutilation Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women Release of women and children taken hostage, including those subsequently imprisoned, in armed conflicts Gender equality and the empowerment of women in natural disasters Eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity through the empowerment of women Indigenous women: key actors in poverty and hunger eradication Women, the girl child and HIV and AIDS Read the full Report and Resolutions - click hereRead more

The CSW Community

Last night we went to the Australian Mission. It was amazing meeting Australian Ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan. He was very friendly and engaging, speaking about Australia's continued support for the UN and its projects. One quote I particularly enjoyed was “The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.” This was by Dag Hammarskjöld the Secretary General from 1953-1961. My past few days at CSW have certainly displayed this to me, as after hearing the stories of so many women I have started to…Read more