CSW62 - Commission On The Status Of Women - Empowering Rural Women and Girls 

Message from President 2014-2016 Theresa Lyford

CSW62

 

This year I am delighted to be Attending CSW62 (Commission on the Status of Women) 62nd Session with a team of 12 SWP Members who have taken up the Challenge to be: ”Informed and Inspired” by this amazing event in New York at the United Nations.

This is one of the major forums that run in parallel with the Commission on the Status of Women to provide civil society an opportunity to engage with other member states, NGOs, and UN Agencies to advance the agenda on women at the United Nations.

This year’s Theme is “Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls” under the overarching agenda to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’. Under-Secretary-General of Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stated that “gender and geographic inequalities mean that rural women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty, exclusion, effects of environmental and climate change, domestic violence, limited access to social protections and inadequate legal and policy frameworks. The CSW provides a critical opportunity to advocate for greater investment in gender-responsive rural infrastructure and technology, the eradication of poverty, quality education, the achievement of universal health, elimination of harmful practices and the fulfilment of women’s rights to adequate nutrition and land”.

 

This year Soroptimist International is proud to be able to host a Parallel Event and a Side Event. At the Parallel Event, I will have a few minutes to present SISWP’s perspective on finding solutions to the multilayered issues faced by rural women across our Federation which is so important to raise in this setting.

 The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released a somewhat worrying document for the event, in which it lists that there are 47 countries who are categorised in the Least Developed Country Category – 33 are in Africa, 1 in the Caribbean and 13 in the Asia and Pacific region. Of those 13 countries – Cambodia, PNG, Solomon Islands sit within our Federation, while Vanuatu and Myanmar are ones that have also been allocated to SISWP.

There is a lot of work to do, but to quote the Bureau Chair, Commission on the Status of Women, H.E. Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, ‘enough of the rhetoric – governments and leaders are long on promises and short on delivery and we have a moral obligation to ensure that we have action oriented policies that make our Governments accountable for complying with the policies that have been in place for many years but are slow (almost glacial) in implementation for women and girls around the world.”

Your SISWP CSW62 Team will keep you posted via Twitter, Facebook and website Blogs, so take the time to follow – myself, Di, Sylvia, Belinda, Christine, Ralda, Mitch, Paula, Catherine, Kath, Cesarina, Deborah and Caylee.

 Theresa

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