From 10th to 21st of March the Commission on the Status of Women was convened at the UN headquarters in New York City. Over 6000 representatives from 860 organizations took part in the activities, and contributed to further enhance gender equality and women`s rights.
The Commission analyses missing gaps in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. The text gives recommendations on concrete measures to be taken, and is as a whole, a contribution to the post 2015 agenda. The document addresses how gender equality was not an obvious part of the MDG`s, and how this contributes to lack of implementation.
Areas Norway highlights as important were covered in the agreed conclusions:
Girls` access to education
Resolution 1325 on women peace and security
Women human rights defenders
Violence against women as an important global problem
Women`s economic and political participation
An area where many Member States sought to avoid setbacks was within sexual and reproductive health rights. The documents reaffirms the same elements on SRHR as last year’s CSW. Emphasis is also on the challenges that indigenous women and girls face in achieving the MDG`s.
The Commission gives a clear recommendation on a stand-alone goal for gender equality, and women and girls' human rights in the new development agenda. The recommendation also states that gender equality should be mainstreamed through all of the new development goals.
Read Norways statement held in the General Debate