Date/Location: Wednesday December 12th, 2018; 10:00 to 12:00; Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
Speakers: Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
Written by: WIT Representative Bertina Kudrin
The Commission on the Status of Women met to discuss the planning for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference. The priority theme of the 63rd annual CSW is female access to social services, protection, and infrastructure. The commission looked to past conferences and an expert group from early September, drawing on past themes. These included rural women and girls, women and work, and sustainable development goals. The briefing delivered by the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women highlighted important points. Safe sanitation, especially in relation to menstrual hygiene needs, is still lacking. Moreover the gender pay gap persists internationally. Today, only 41% of the world’s mothers with newborn babies receive maternity leave. Inequality of leisure time exacerbates the situation. This time, as the Director noted, is used by men on improving job skills. Women, however, are busy doing domestic work and taking care of the family. All of these messages and others will be expanded in CSW 63, with involvement across age groups and gender lines.
The logistics of the conference were also discussed. Conference rooms 11, 12, A, B, and 1, will be used for side events of the conference. Over the years, the number of these events has grown dramatically from 128 in 2013 to 241 in 2017. A particularly prominent event will be an panel on March 12th. Divided into 3 parts, at first 3-4 speakers will engage in questions from one another. Ministers and officials will participate in a subsequent debate. Finally in the third part, individuals and NGOs will contribute to the general conversation. Other opportunities of the conference will include a youth forum, and a high level event done by the President of the General Assembly, separate from the CSW but done in parallel and touching on these themes.