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WECF at CSW62: challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

Follow the latest updates on our work at CSW62, download related publications and learn about our activities.


Donors: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); European Commission's International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
Issues: gender & rights; rural women; women2030; monitoring; chemicals
Duration: 03/2018 - 03/2018

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. WECF is in New York to do policy work with Women's Major Group together with #women2030 international and local partners.

Themes

UN Women's priority theme this year is "challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls". The secondary themes is "Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session)".

Background

CSW 62 focuses on the development of rural women and girls’ human rights across the domains of land and resources, food, and living standards and social protections from a varied and intersectional perspective. Two of the main drivers of rural women’s rights violations is the neo-liberal economic model and the increasing impacts of climate change. Because rural women’s rights to their land is threatened by globalization as well as climate change and access to water and food is limited, it is important to establish policies that promote food sovereignty for women, promote nutritional empowerment, protect women’s health rights, and ensure fair and safe working conditions for rural women. Legislation must be gender-focused, as gender-neutral laws do not adequately protect women nor do they enable women’s collective power or self-determination. WECF will continue to work with CSW initiatives as it has in previous years. Read the full report here.

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