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Thank you Serap Maktav, CIR TAUW, for sending CSW61 Opening Session and and Round Table highlights:
Chair introduced the theme of CSW61 by indicating the need to eliminate discriminatory implementations, identify opportunities for indigenous people,end existing inequalities with the review theme being challenges on the implementation of SDGs. The two weeks deliberations would include
– ministerial exchange of lessons learned
– interactive discussions with experts
– side events for networking, learning and planning
Opening Session High level Statements
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, had three messages for the audience:
– Gratitude he felt towards all the attendants for raising their voices for women for a more just and decent world
– in male dominated world women empowerment is a priority, when opportunities are provided to women it is effective. Governments, organizations, etc. are opening the doors to empowerment, also a protection against violence.
– UN and he personally will support all initiatives in every way. world needs more women leaders and men to support equality. More than goals we need action. In this regard UN is taking actions in its organizations with increased women quotas.
Women equality works for the world, therefore, keep pushing to make the difference.
ECOSOC President, H.E Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava:
CSW is an indispensable arm of ECOSOC. Commitments need to be translated to action. Economic empowerment, employment highly necessary.
– empowerment of girls and women for poverty eradication
– gender centered
eradicating poverty by promoting women’s participation in work. ECOSOC will support the work to fulfill the 2030 goals.
President of 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson:
Since the UN established 71 years ago, gender equality and rights have been in the agenda. Where to find the assurance for equality of women- 2030 agenda adopted by 191 states. Gender equality, para 20 indicating that if women are denied their equality, sustainable development cannot be achieved.
United Nations Under Secretary and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka:
750 young people engaged in a festival of ideas. 8500 pre-registration of Governments and NGOs. This being the first commission the SG has addressed, is to be congratulated for taking this issue to be important, within the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
Inclusive economy is a powerful way to break the cycle of poverty. Constructive approach needed, fresh and renewed for those left behind, including refugees, displaced; those denied sexual rights, health, having disabilities; informal sector, care provision, etc. All women work all the time and economy relies on their work, however, they are left behind. informal sector is dominated by women workers. Voice of women is insufficient. Rights based approach needed. Similarly access to funding by Government and private sector.
CEDAW Chair: Commission is in the process of preparing a draft to provide guidance to state parties regarding gender based violence. There is a need to have systematically collected disaggregated data by all.
ILO Executive Director.: Women get 23% less pay than men. Need for prevention of violence and harassment at workplace. ILO firmly committed towards women’s empowerment.
Youth Forum representatives: emerging challenges and opportunities for young girls were discussed during the forum. Space needed for young people for leadership in all spaces of Government, private sector, so that they can participate in decisions that affect their lives.
After the Heads of Missions, As per Agenda Item 3, Chair gave the floor to the countries. Ecuador Permanent Representative to UN; Malta on behalf of EU; Nigeria on behalf of African Group; El Salvador on behalf of Latin America and Caribbean; Bahrain on behalf of the Arab States made presentations.
In the afternoon I attended the Ministerial Round Table on Gender pay gaps in public and private sectors and how equal work for equal value of work could be achieved in the changing world of work?
Belgium, Jordan, Dominican Republic; Finland, France, Tunisia, Peru, Luxembourg, Morocco, Norway, Paraguay, Brazil and Switzerland Ministers that I had the opportunity to hear all indicated that the pay gap was a complex issue which they monitor to correct, gender equality is essential for positive economic development, and that they have mostly reduced pay gap and increased women employment in the public sector employment but private sector showed pay gap.
The noteworthy comments that differed were by Morocco, who stressed the need to change the mindset since law by itself could not achieve all. Mindset and stereotypes have to be changed since majority of companies, public sector are headed by men, leading women to be at the mercy of men. Similarly Paraguay indicated that we needed to look at other themes as well including domestic work, since wage gap is not only between what women and men earn at work, but also how the wages are vested in the home. In addition, domestic work equality or sharing in the house is also very important.