Preparing for the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to find out that I was selected as a delegate to the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to represent the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). This week, thousands of representatives from government, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector from all over the world are preparing to make their way to New York City to take part in this year’s meeting of the United Nations’ CSW. Established by the UN in June 1946, the CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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Graphic of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women from March 12-23, 2018

The UNA-USA is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. I will be part of a delegation of 15 UNA-USA members and join over 5,000 other NGO representatives at CSW62 in New York City from March 12 – 17, 2018. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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The 62nd CSW priority theme on “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender quality and the empowerment of rural women and girls,” will focus a renewed attention on the urgency of eradicating poverty and improving the livelihoods, well-being, and resilience of rural women and girls.

CSW62 DOCUMENTATION

The Commission will consider several reports prepared by UN Women. These reports are on the priority theme. To access the CSW62 Official Documents visit the website here.

The CSW62 Official Documents also include statements submitted by NGOs. Check out the United Nations Association of the United States of America here.

CSW62 OUTCOMES

Agreed conclusions on the priority theme are the Commission’s principal outcome on the priority theme. Negotiated by all Member States, the conclusions are short and succinct and identify challenges in the implementation of previous commitments. The conclusions also make action-oriented recommendations for all States, relevant intergovernmental bodies, mechanisms and entities of the United Nations system, and other relevant stakeholders. To read this year’s agreed conclusions on the priority theme click here.

CSW62 SIDE EVENTS

Side events are held on UN grounds, as well as parallel events organized by non-profits and NGOs are held at a number of venues around New York City. I am particularly looking forward to the following side events:

Increasing Women’s Access to Financial Products & Services
Globally women have only 77% of the access that men do to financial services. Closing this gap and increasing women’s access to financial services (e.g., checking and savings, loans, insurance, investment etc.) has the potential to transform the lives and futures of millions of women and their communities, particularly in rural areas, and unlock billions for the international economy. Learn more here.

What Women Leaders Must Do to be More Visible in the Media
This panel discussion will explore why women don’t have significant visibility in the media, what stops women from being media-savvy role models, and what actions women must do to enable equal gender representation in traditional, digital and social media. The panel will also address issues that impact women’s unwillingness to raise their hands in a media-centric society. Learn more here.

Throughout the week, keep on eye on #CSW62 and on my twitter at @jordanahibbs to follow along with all of these exciting activities!

Jordan Hibbs United Nations Association

Jordan Hibbs is a GenUN member of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and serves on the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee.

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