Members of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) have committed to ramp up efforts to promote gender equality and Women Empowerment as per the commitments of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action held in 1995.
In a released Political Declaration, member states welcomed the progress made towards promoting gender equality and women empowerment as per the 12 Critical areas of the Beijing Declaration, but expressed concern that overall, progress has not been fast or deep enough. In some areas progress has been uneven, and that structural barriers, discriminatory practices and the feminization of poverty persist.
Though the 64th session of CSW did not give an outlook of the status of gender equality and women empowerment in every member states, Rwanda is among the countries known for their efforts to promote gender equality and women empowerment by ensuring equal rights and opportunities for both men and women in all sectors.
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Among areas that CSW member states recommended to be focused on include:
§ Realizing the right to education for all women and girls, with attention to areas where they are underrepresented such as STEM;
§ Ensuring full, equal and meaningful participation, representation and leadership of women at all levels and in all spheres of society;
§ Ensuring women"s economic empowerment, for instance, access to decent work, equal pay, provision of social security and access to finance;
§ Tackling the disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work of women and girls;
§ Addressing the disproportionate effect of climate change and natural disasters on women and girls;
§ Ending all forms of violence and harmful practices against all women and girls;
§ Protecting women and girls in armed conflict and ensuring women's participation in peace processes and mediation;
§ Realizing the right to health for women and girls, with emphasis on universal health coverage; and
§ Addressing hunger and malnutrition among women and girls.
To ensure the above gender gaps are addressed, leaders also identified specific means for tackling these gaps and challenges. Some of these include eliminating all discriminatory laws; breaking down structural barriers, discriminatory social norms and gender stereotypes including in the media; matching commitments to gender equality with adequate financing; strengthening institutions to promote gender equality; harnessing the potential of technology and innovation to improve women's and girls' lives; regularly collecting, analyzing and using gender statistics; and strengthening international cooperation to implement commitments to gender equality.
Members of the Commission reaffirmed that gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls will make a crucial contribution to progress across all the Sustainable Development Goals, as we begin the UN Decade of Action.