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The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women - an eye-opener for women empowerment

Frequently, we tend to overemphasize the role of the private sector in driving the world forward, including ourselves. However, this perspective overlooks the significant contributions of every component of civil society. It's essential to broaden our focus beyond the private sector in our news coverage, recognizing the interconnectedness of various sectors and their profound influence on each other.

The Commission on the Status of Women plays a vital role in uniting diverse entities to highlight the agenda of gender equality and women's empowerment. The 68th Annual Commission, held from March 11th to 22nd, focused on the theme: "Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective."

The Secretary-General's report on this theme delineates several key areas:

  • Normative frameworks

  • Women's and girl's poverty

  • Financing and institutional challenges

  • Strengthening financing and institutions with a view to ending women’s and girls’ poverty

  •  Fostering new development strategies towards sustainable economies and societies

Although each point encompasses numerous critical issues, the report offers clear recommendations:

  • " integrating a gender perspective into commitments on financing for development;

  • expanding fiscal space to end poverty;

  • strengthening public institutions for accountability;

  • ensuring the full, equal, effective and meaningful participation of women;

  • increasing the quality and availability of multidimensional poverty data;

  • fostering new development strategies towards sustainable economies and societies"

These recommendations provoke thoughtful reflection. Let's not stop at mere contemplation; instead, let's delve into the report to explore its well-defined solutions further.


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