The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is being held in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. IAWRT’s parallel event, Gender inequality in the media: Exploring strategies for change, will be held at 12.30, on March 17 2016.
Civil society is given the opportunity to participate in the NGO CSW Forum, which is organized by NGO CSW/NY, independently from the United Nations. It includes a Consultation Day, Reception, and the Parallel Events.
The priority theme of this year’s CSW is ‘Women’s Empowerment linked to the Sustainable Development’s Goals’ (SDG’s). The review theme is ‘The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls’ (agreed conclusions from the fifty-seventh session). The focus of the CSW will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the recent adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for realising substantive gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment. An outline of how CSW will work and draft conclusions and resolutons here.
IAWRT’s parallel event will be held on March 17, 2016 at the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN) – 777 UN Plaza (44th St. & 1st. Ave) New York.
IAWRT Board members are preparing and presenting a session which will focus on the lack of global progress in making women more than 24% of news sources – the same as five years ago. In many countries, women remain underrepresented or even invisible in the news and better access to and portrayal of women in the media is a critical stepping stone in securing equal rights. But how do we change the media mechanisms of effectively silencing women? Through concrete examples the world’s oldest organisation for media women, IAWRT, will explore new thoughts, perspectives and strategies for giving women an equal voice and thus ensure gender equality in line with the SDGs.
The full parallel event schedule to the NGO CSW forum can be downloaded here.