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.