The Director General of the Province of KwaZulu Natal, Dr. Nonhlanhla Mkhize is leading a Provincial Delegation to the sixty-third session of the Commision on the Status of Women taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.
The Priority theme for this year is: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
The DG together with her delegation has attended events focusing on approving Social Protection and Social Security as a Critical Element for Achieving Gender Equality organized by Ilitha Labantu NGO and a session themed Down Memory lane: On the road towards Beijing +25 organized by the Zanele Mbeki Development Trust.
All the sessions are characterized by a strong view of emancipating women of the world, particularly women living in the Rural Areas. What came out sharply from the first session is that government needs to focus on a gender responsive budgeting process to ensure transformative opportunities for women. The CSW continues to be a strategic platform for women of the world to influence the UN Women Development Agenda which should translate to real empowerment programmes for all regions of Africa.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.
The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities. Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the Commission now also contributes to the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women (ECOSOC resolution 2015/6).
During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd special session of the General Assembly held in 2000 (Beijing+5), as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.
UN Women supports all aspects of the Commission’s work. The Entity also facilitates the participation of civil society representatives.