CSW63; Prioritised social protection for women

CSW63; Prioritised social protection for women


Date: March 28, 2019
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BY: Gender Links

Date: 29/03/2019

 

The priority theme for Commission on the Status of Women CSW63 held in New York from the 11 – 22 March was “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” This CSW63 saw a number of Gender activists, NGOs and CSOs coming from all around the world to discuss issues pertaining women and girls.

Inequalities, feminization of poverty, unequal opportunities and access are all related to the broad aspect of economics. Feminist economics, Devaki Jain called for the young generation to ‘upturn the world’s current hierarchies’ in one of CSW63 side events. According to UN Women, ‘the majority of the 1.5 billion people living on 1 dollar a day or less are women’ The UN has since long been calling member states to address poverty eradication through policy implementation and programs. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) one of them being ‘No poverty’ stresses on universal social protection systems.

Today, there is a dire need to address the issue of poverty by also considering the mechanism behind economic structuring to ensure that gender is on the agenda. To start with, unpaid care work which is one of the momentous structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment needs to be addressed. Unpaid work of women in the private sphere restrict women from taking up paid jobs, acquiring skills or getting training. Women not only have the burden of house chores but also looking after the children and elder family members, collecting water and cooking for the family. These limits women’s opportunities to grow economically.

One of the issues that CSW63 focused on was health services. “At least half of the world’s 7 billion people did not access the essential health services they required. This includes sexual and reproductive health services.” – Siva Thanenthiren.  “Justice for women is first and foremost a human right and critical for progress across all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the best thing to do.’” Jeni Klugman, Georgetown Institute for Women, Harvard’s Kennedy School.

LGBT people continue to face barriers in public life. When addressing the commission, Hillary Spencer, Director of UK government equity office said- “Our LGBT action plan will advance the rights of LGBT people at home and internationally”

“How much does gender inequality costs? 14 Billion Dollars a year, which means that only inclusive society can reach the real economic stability” Charlotte Goemans, Policy analyst.

These and many other quotes from leaders, advocates and fighters around the world for women and girls’ rights that resonated in the high level sessions during CSW, emphasizing the gaps that still need to be addressed to enable women and girls in all communities.

The event put the spotlight on most left behind adolescent girls and young women—living in poverty, with HIV, with disabilities, survivors of gender-based violence, migrants, sex workers, LGBTQI, drug users, domestic workers, among others—who remain largely underrepresented in policies, services and investments.

CSW is one of the main international platforms whereby countries, civil society organizations and NGOs gather to advocate, debate and discuss women and girls’ status and rights worldwide.


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