The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) begins today. As delegates from around the world convene at the United Nations Headquarters between 4 to 15 March, the OxHRH Blog will host a special series of posts that parallel the themes of CSW57.
The priority theme for CSW57 is ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.’ Many of the recent posts on the OxHRH Blog have reiterated the central urgency of this theme. As Her Excellency Ms Marjon Kamara, the Chair of CSW57 stated in her opening remarks ‘a commitment to elimination violence against women and girls is at the core of the gender equality agenda everywhere. There is a common responsibility to act in order to prevent this global scourge, and to ensure that survivors have access to all of the services they need.’
CSW57 will also review the agreed conclusions from the 53rd session on ‘the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS’; consider ‘key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework’; and preview the priority theme for 2014 ‘challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDG’s for women and girls’.
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