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Final Thoughts on CSW

At the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) this year, over 4,000 civil society representatives gave voice to issues crucial to women and girls through meetings, in over 600 educational 3events, and in many other activities. The CSW was particularly important this year not only for celebrating its sixtieth session, but also for focusing the historic “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” toward gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and the full realization of their human rights.

The Agreed Conclusions of the CSW showed a strong commitment of member states to connect the gender equality compact in the 2030 Agenda with the Beijing Platform for Action, and to proceed with their full implementation. Most importantly, it identified concrete ways to increase progress, and it defined a plan to achieve gender equality by 2030.  There was a specific commitment to address the needs of the most vulnerable women and girls. There was a specific call for greater collaboration between national governments and women’s organizations, feminist groups and youth-led organizations, faith-based organizations, employer organizations, trade unions, the media, the UN system, international and regional organizations, and socially-responsible private sector. Finally, it established ground-breaking parameters for engaging men and boys as allies in the gender- responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

This year UN Women organized the first ever Youth CSW Forum, and launched a Global Coalition on Equal Pay initiative.  The Secretary General had the first meeting of a High level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment with CSW participants. As the 2030 Agenda is implemented country by country, region by region, and at the global level, UN Women will work with civil society and member states to advocate, teach, and build partnerships to advance this agenda.