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Back and forth in the advancement of women's rights at CSW58

Posted Mon 07 Apr 2014 - 12:45

The theme of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58), which took place in New York on 10-21 March 2014, was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Also on the meeting agenda was Women’s and girls’ access to technology.

This GenderIT.org edition addresses the negotiations and barganing in agreements during CSW 58 around information and communication technologies (ICTs) and women’s rights, as well as the prospects for 2015, a key year for the women’s movement agenda. Debates around women’s reproductive health and rights issues were a clear example of this. Once again advocates need to spend their efforts in defending previous agreements instead of building on them for visible progression.

Section J on Women and Media of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is still the only instrument to work with in terms of ICTs and women’s rights issues, and has resulted in very little forward movement.

The most outstanding advances from this year’s CSW in terms of ICTs and women’s rights notes a persisting gender gap in access to ICTs as stated in the agreed conclusions, and it urges governments and other institutions, including the private sector to take actions to enhance women’s full enjoyment of all human rights.

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Two weeks to push for greater recognition of our rights

Dafne Sabanes Plou on Mon 07 Apr 2014 - 15:10
Dafne is the Women's Rights Programme Latin America Coordinator.

What did we do for two weeks in New York? We participated in one of the most interesting and combative meetings for the advancement of women's rightsi worldwide. The annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a major event on the calendar of governmentis and women's organisations because it is where discussions take place on advances and unmet goals under the Beijing Platform for Action and other agreements reached at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. Almost 20 years after the signing of this Platform by all of the world's governments, the monitoring of fulfillment and the need to continue reaffirming and advancing the achievement of women's rightsi continues to draw concerted attention and heated discussion from government and civil society representatives. These debates are crucial to ensure that the agreements reached in Beijing do not merely remain on paper or as good intentions frozen in time.