IAWRT is an NGO with consultatve status in ECOSOC, UN representation is through its US chapter. Each year IAWRT delegates attend the Commisson on the Status of Women and organises one or more parallel or side events.
In 2019 self-funded delegates from the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon were among the members attending.
Welisane Mokwe Nkeng from Cameroon shares her experience of the event.
Attending CSW 63 was an amazing experience for me. First of all I would like to thank IAWRT for giving me the opportunity to participate at this hgh level event which brings together thousands of women from all walks of life. It was really a privilege.
It provided me with the opportunity to meet other IAWRT women from around the world and other women who share the vision for women’s empowerment gender equality and development. I was particularly enlightened by the theme; social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality because it threw a fresh perspective to the debates that we have been having over the years – in the past we keep going back and forth on the same topics.
“Strengthen the capacity of national mechanisms for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, at all levels, with sustainable and adequate funding, including through official development assistance, to support the mainstreaming of a gender perspective into the design, delivery and evaluation of social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure.” CSW63 agreed conclusions: [ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]
This was really a fresh perspective for me, because it is something that we don’t talk about within our context and also it was a learning experience and a networking experience because I got to meet a lot of women who shared their similar vison and objectives with me and who are looking for a better world for women in general.
I managed to meet many women from diverse backgrounds, and we spoke about many issues and shared best practices in how to advance our work on women in general. I also had to opportunity to listen to women with great minds and learn one or two things from them.
CSW 63 has been really amazing and I am hoping that can make it to other similar events in the future.
Key recommendations from the CSW63 Agreed Conclusions include the following:
- Invest in social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure to support the productivity of women’s work, including in the informal economy;
- Ensure that progress in women’s access to social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure is not undermined by budget cuts and austerity measures, and levels of protection previously achieved are not reversed;
- Build on multilateral commitments to gender equality, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202), to strengthen access to social protection, public services and infrastructure for all women and girls;
- Recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work by ensuring access to social protection for unpaid caregivers of all ages, including coverage for health care and pensions;
- Scale up investment in quality public care services that are affordable and gender-responsive;
- Identify and remove barriers to women’s and girls’ access to public services, such as physical distance, lack of information and decision-making power, stigma and discrimination;
- Guarantee the availability of safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation, including for menstrual hygiene, in homes, schools, refugee camps and other public places;
- Ensure that transport policies and planning are sustainable, accessible, affordable, safe and gender-responsive, taking into account the different needs of women and men, and adapted to be used by persons with disabilities and older persons;
- Promote the full and equal participation and leadership of women and women’s organizations in policy dialogues and decision-making relating to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure;
- Strongly condemn the impunity and lack of accountability rooted in historical and structural inequality that accompanies pervasive violence against women.