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The Commission on the Status of Women is one of only two United Nations entities that deal  exclusively with the well-being, experiences, expectations and rights of Women.

The other is the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CSW is also responsible for reviewing and monitoring progress of the Beijing Platform for Action.

In this, the 62nd session, there will be as usual, a, Priority Theme:

Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

as well as a Review Theme

Participation in and access to the media and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as  an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.

It is 15 years since rural women were last considered and there were no Agreed Conclusions at that event. It is important that the topic is explored thoroughly and some conclusions met. Our federation includes many rural women and we are well aware of their particular problems.

Similarly, in the ten years that have passed since the impact of media was last explored there has been a tsunami like explosion of technology and this has both potential and problems for women.

Amongst the over 8000 women who attended were 13 delegates from Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific(SISWP) for many of whom it was their first experience.

Despite workshops to explain the diversity and extent of the sessions, the scale of the event became obvious when delegates were presented with a booklet with hundreds of choices of events spread out over up to 8 blocks of New York to travel to reach locations for events.

Read the full report by Programme Director 2016-2018 Di Lockwood, and also the reports by the two official SISWP Delegates to CSW62, Belinda Lee a member of SI Auckland, New Zeland and Sylvia Heywood a member of SI North Shore, New Zealand. 

Please read their full reports here;
  pdf Programme Director 2016-2018 Di Lockwood (175 KB)
  pdf Delegate Belinda Lee (1.13 MB)
  pdf Delegate Sylvia Heywood (210 KB)