The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) took place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the COVID-19 situation CSW took place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings. EUD Board Member and the Chair of the EUD Gender Equality Working Group, Louise Lolo Danielsson attended a number of virtual CSW sessions and events.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. During its annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities discuss progress and commit to further action. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Commission’s parent body, for follow-up. This year’s theme of the CSW session was “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.
During the CSW session EUD participated in three interactive dialogues. The first one focused on the priority theme: eliminating violence against women in public life. During this session participants discussed that violence against women significantly affects women’s participation in public life and decision-making. Strong interventions are needed to eliminate it, such violence must be tracked and documented, as well as effective prevention measures are needed to be put in place. During the interactive dialogue on the priority theme building back better: women’s participation and leadership in COVID-19 response and recovery, panellists addressed the importance of women’s leadership during the COVID-19 response, and the need for women’s participation and leadership to deliver gender-responsive, sustainable and resilient recovery. The third interactive dialogue focused on women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.
In the framework of CSW EUD also attended a number of side events, which were interpreted in International Sign.