The Committee on the Status of Women is instrumental in promoting the rights of women and advancing the goals of gender equality. It is an intergovernmental body and functioning commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and it is exclusively dedicated to the empowerment of women. Having been established in 1946, the commission has a long history of struggles. In 1995 the two-week meeting of the commission negotiated the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a global policy document on gender equality. In 1996 CSW’s mandate was extended to the mainstreaming a gender perspective in all UN activities, including the monitoring and revision of the Beijing Platform for Action. At the annual conference of the CSW Member States establish and revise multi-year programs and strive to enhance the implementation of the Platform to accelerate progress and expand gender equality in political, social and cultural fields.
For three years now Made Equal has been attending CSW in New York.
The days are filled with events, panel discussions and round table talks within the building of the UN head quarters and surrounding ancillary buildings from 8am to 8pm. Each event is followed by vigorous networking with participants such as country ministers and officials, leaders of financial institutions and major organisations. Evenings can be as varied as watching a performance by the amazing dance assemble Girl Be Heard!, their piece highlighting the atrocities of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo at the American Jewish World Service, a play put on by World Bank staff on gender-based violence in conflict areas in the UN’s Dag Hammarskjöld Library or the US premier of India’s Daughter with Frida Pinto and Meryl Streep in attendance.
During the past two years, Made Equal has hosted networking events to bring together young professionals attending CSW, to enable the generation of ideas and strengthening of connections amongst the new generation of leaders. In 2016, we will be hosting a parallel event to bring together the voices of young adults and young professionals on the most urgent gender issues of our generation in light of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals which is the 2016 commission priority theme.