Sudan to Participate in the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

*New York 11 – 22 March 2019*
*Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services and Sustainable Infrastructure for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls*

Report by:Haffiya Elyas

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the United Nations’ largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights and is the single largest forum for UN Member States, civil society organizations, and other international actors to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue. The 63rd session of the Commission, from 11 to 22 March 2019, focuses on the priority theme of “Social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the United Nations’ largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights and is the single largest forum for UN Member States, civil society organizations, and other international actors to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue.The 63rd session of the Commission, focuses on the following themes:
Sudan will participate in the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63,) focuses on the priority theme of “Social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.

The Undersecretary of Security and  Social Development Fatima Fadul  confirmed  that women’s empowerment can be achieved only by providing social, health and economic protection, saying  that Sudanese women have many concerning women rights and  gender equality  and the achievements at the local and regional levels

Fatima praised yesterday during the workshop on national consultations on the work of the Commission on the Status of Women the efforts and support of the UN Women in supporting sudan to achieve  the sustainable development goals

The Under Secretary  said the priority theme  of the Session is :Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girlsReview theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)

UN Women in Sudan

UN Women has been active since 2006, and works in partnership with the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, civil society organizations, academic institutions, UN Agencies and other national and international partners. The development objective for 2013 is Consolidating Efforts that Contribute to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Sudan in 5 focus areas :

women’s participation in governance, the integration of gender equality priorities into peace building initiatives, the implementation of strategies and mechanisms for ending violence against women, gender responsive budgeting and women’s economic empowerment

The Commission’s multi-year programme of work for the period 2017-2019 is  laid out in ECOSOC resolution 2016/3. The Commission will address as its priority theme ‘Social protection  systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for  gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls’. In addition,  it will evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions  from the sixtieth session (2016) on ‘Women’s empowerment and the link
to sustainable development’. The Commission will also discuss a focus  area, ‘Women and girls of African descent’.

The ten-day session will include a ministerial segment with round tables and other high-level interactive dialogues, a general discussion, as well as inter- active and expert panel discussions. Stakeholders will organize many side events to draw attention to critical aspects of the work on gender equality.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a functional commission  of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a global  policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality  and the empowerment of women. The Commission was established  by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with a mandate to prepare  recommendations on promoting women’s rights in political, economic,  civil, social and educational fields.

The Commission is also responsible for  monitoring, reviewing and appraising progress achieved and problems  encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and  Platform for Action of 1995 and of the outcomes of the twenty-third  special session of the General Assembly of 2000, at all levels, and to  support gender mainstreaming. The Commission 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 and girls.

Every year, representatives of Member States, United Nations entities
and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC  gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the Commission’s  annual session. Usually held for ten days in March, the session provides  an opportunity to review progress towards gender equality and the  empowerment of women, identify challenges, set global standards and  norms and formulate policies to promote gender equality and women’s  empowerment worldwide. The session is also a key opportunity for policy  makers, advocates, researchers and activists to network and strategize,  mobilize and plan new initiatives and actions to further the cause of  gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Commission’s annual programme of work and its working methods  are set out in relevant ECOSOC resolutions. The current working methods  call for a thematic approach, and determine the interactive nature  of the session
Methods of Work.

The Commission adopts multi-year work programmes to appraise progress and make further recommendations to accelerate the implementation of the Platform for Action. These recommendations take the form of negotiated agreed conclusions on a priority theme. Under its current methods of work, established by ECOSOC resolution 2015/6, at each session the Commission:

Holds a ministerial segment to reaffirm and strengthen political commitment to the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as well as their human rights and to ensure high-level engagement and the visibility of the deliberations of the Commission; Engages in general discussion on the status of gender equality, identifying goals attained, achievements made and efforts under way to close gaps and meet challenges in relation to the priority theme and the review theme; Considers one priority theme, based on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly and possible linkages to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Evaluates progress in implementing agreed conclusions from previous sessions as a review theme; Addresses emerging issues, trends, focus areas and new approaches to questions affecting the situation of women, that require timely consideration; Plays a catalytic role for gender mainstreaming in the United Nations system and contributes gender perspectives to the work of other intergovernmental processes and functional commissions; Considers in closed meeting the report of its Working Group on Communications; Agrees on further actions for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women by adopting agreed conclusions and resolutions; and  Sets aside time for the observation of International Women’s Day on 8 March, when it falls within its session.

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