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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

50th Session for the UN Commission on the Status of Women

February 28, 2006

New York – The 50th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened Monday, and will remain in session through March 10. Created in 1946, this Commission advocates that men and women shall have equal rights. CSW reports on pressing women’s rights issues to the UN. This year’s themes include the following, according to the UN’s website:
“Enhanced participation of women in development: an enabling environment for achieving gender equality and the advancement of women, taking into account, inter alia, the fields of education, health and work.”
“Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels.”

Following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, the General Assembly mandated that CSW integrate into its programme a follow-up process to the Conference, regularly reviewing the critical areas of concern in the Platform for Action and to develop its catalytic role in mainstreaming a gender perspective in United Nations activities.
Since then, the assembly has been modified, adopting a Political Declaration and Further Actions and Initiatives to Implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (the Outcome Document). Forty-five members from Africa, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean will be joining in this annual session to discuss the Platform for Action and the Outcome document, as well as other various women’s rights issues.

For complete details of the session, including all themes and emerging issues, visit the UN’s website on CSW. Check back to the Leadership Council’s blog for more UN news, coming soon.


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