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Financing for gender equality to be the focus of Commission on the Status of Women

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW YORK, 22 February 2008 – The Commission on the Status of Women will have as its priority theme “Financing for gender
equality and the empowerment of women,” when it meets for its fifty-second session from 25 February to 7 March 2008. Numerous Government Ministers and over a thousand non-governmental organisations are expected to attend.

As an emerging issue, the Commission will consider gender perspectives on climate change, and it will review national implementation of the recommendations it adopted in 2004 on women’s equal participation in conflict prevention and resolution, and in post-conflict peacebuilding. The Commission will also continue to emphasise national-level implementation of commitments made at the Fourth World Conference in Beijing and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.

In addition, the Commission will consider a report of the Secretary-General on ending female genital mutilation, on forced marriage of the girl child, on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women, and on release of women and children taken hostage in armed conflicts.

Consideration of the priority theme will be based on a report of the Secretary-General on financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women, which provides an overview of gender perspectives on the six core areas of action of the Monterrey Consensus on financing for development. It reviews innovative sources of financing for gender equality and empowerment of women, examines the financing of national mechanisms for women and women’s organisations, and highlights challenges in measuring costs and resource allocations. The report concludes that the failure to secure adequate resources to fully implement the Beijing Platform for Action constrains the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and proposes recommendations for further action. A second report of the Secretary-General assesses the extent to which financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women is mainstreamed in policies and programmes at the national level.

A high-level round table on Monday, 25 February, will provide an opportunity for senior representatives of Member States to share experiences, lessons learned and good practices in relation to financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Two interactive expert panels, to be held on Tuesday, 26 February, will provide additional opportunities to discuss the priority theme.

On Thursday, 28 February, an interactive expert panel will focus on gender perspectives on climate change. A dialogue on Friday, 29 February will evaluate progress towards women’s equal participation in conflict prevention and resolution and in post-conflict peace building.

Among the informal events scheduled during the session, on Thursday, 28 February, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Statistical Commission will jointly convene a panel discussion on indicators on violence against women, as part of the Commission’s continued focus on the need for reliable sex-disaggregated statistics. A dialogue will be organised on Wednesday, 27 February, on the Commission’s priority theme for its fifty-third session in 2009: “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS”.

Many parallel events by Missions, UN agencies and NGOs will be held during the two weeks.

More information can be found at www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/52sess.htm.

Media contact:
UN Department of Public Information
Oisika Chakrabarti, tel 917-367-9498 or Martina Donlon, tel 212-963-6816, e-mail mediainfo@un.org 

 

 
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