Commission on the Status of Women: A Midnight Post

On three emerging themes at CSW63: It is now 12:03 am and we are currently sitting under the room of negotiations, patiently waiting to hear any news from our representatives from the UK Mission. Whilst most of our delegation is most likely sleeping (we are secretly dreaming of it, too), it felt like it was the right time to round up on the key themes emerging from different events, chats and the overall impressions from this CSW63: Data is an important precedent to promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. It is important to continue collecting data in order to understand how to learn about the needs of all women and girls, further using this information to address the emerg

Commission on the Status of Women: Delegate Routine

7 am: Early wake-up call to rise and shine! We are excited to start another day, quickly eat some cereal and to head over to the UN headquarters (and hopefully avoiding all the queues at security!). 8:30 am: The Informal NGO CSW63 Morning briefing at one of the Conference rooms. This is our chance to learn new things about the progress made with the agreed conclusions. At the same time, we can raise a point or an issue and further discuss what actions civil societies should take to start resolving them. Previous issues include limited work between civil societies and Member States, lack of structure in calling the NGOs to for an oral statement during the General Discussion of the CSW, length

Commission on the Status of Women: Day Two and Three

In this blog post, I will share some ideas from the past two days of CSW: "It is not enough to promulgate laws: there should be machineries and the green light to listening the complaints of women" Discussion of social protection in CSW involves understanding what means of the international law have been in place and how they can be further used to hold our governments accountable for complying with these agreements. To name a few, these are the Resolution 1325, the Istanbul Convention and Beijing +25. In order for these measures to work, we must have the reinforcement and accountability mechanisms. Promoting the existence of agreements is simply not enough. There must be continuous engageme

Commission on the Status of Women: Day One

Hi everyone! My name is Iuliia and I am an intern at the UN House Scotland. This year, I am humbled to represent UNA-UK at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (further referred to as CSW63) in New York. The topic of this year’s session is “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure” which promises to result in a round of challenging, but nevertheless rewarding negotiations. During the next two weeks, I aim to show you the highlights of this Session from my perspective. Day 1 kicked off with the meeting of the representatives from various non-governmental organisations from the UK. From now onwards, this will be my first morning event over the n

International Women's Day 2019: #BalanceforBetter

This International Women’s Day, the world is looking to forge a #BalanceforBetter. Celebrating the achievements of women in social, economic and political spheres globally is important in order to challenge perceived gender norms and further advance the cause for equality. But what more can be done to raise awareness against these institutionalised biases, which continue to hinder progress towards a true gender balance? Sustainable Development Goal 5 seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The UN Review of this goal in 2018 showed that although progress against gender-based discrimination has been made in some areas, gender inequalities which deny women basic rights

Scottish Women Make Voices Heard for UN Commission on the Status of Women

On 1 February 2019, UN House Scotland, Soroptimist International and Scottish Women's Convention held a conference in preparation for the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN headquarters in New York. Women and men from across Scotland and from a diversity of backgrounds came together to discuss the priority theme of CSW63 - "Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls." Specific consideration was given to housing and shelter for women and women's health issues. Our aim with this conference was to generate new ideas and develop a document to be communicated at CSW63,

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