Commission on the Status of Women
So…how far have women come since “Beijing 1?” This was the big question this year, as women all over the world celebrated “Beijing plus 20.” In addition to re-affirming the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and another document (not yet agreed upon), we had vigorous discussions on how to get human rights language into the Post-2015 agenda (some countries will not agree to it because of the accountability it implies). There was great emphasis on YOUTH, and a strong push to mention “girls” whenever “women” are mentioned in UN documents. There was a strong demand to give NGOs more speaking time in the CSW. The overall spirit of this CSW showed an increase in networking among allies forming across intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, and ability. No country has achieved gender equality, but there certainly are more women in the world who know that they should have it! There are more women in the world who know that they have human rights. There are more women in the world who know that violence against them is not acceptable. There are more men and boys who know that they need to be a part of the solution. Step it up for “50-50” by 2030!