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Raising Our Voice at the United Nations
Every year during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), thousands of people from all over the world gather at the United Nations in New York City to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.
The theme of the 2011 session is “Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”. IPPF/WHR will take this opportunity to focus on the importance of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) for girls and young women through two side events to be held at the Church Center. Both Gill Greer, IPPF Director General, and Dr. Jacqueline Sharpe, President of IPPF, will be in attendance.
This year will be a particularly special session, as it will mark the launch of the new gender entity of the UN. UN Women has at last been created after many years of negotiations between civil society – especially the Gender Entity Architecture and Reform (GEAR) Campaign – and the UN Member States. Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, will head the new entity as the Under Secretary General. The official launch of UN Women will take place during the first week of the CSW, this Thursday, February 24.
CSW is always a unique space at the UN and in the international arena for women to gather together and make their priorities and voices heard. The Commission lasts two weeks and will end on Friday, March 4. We expect the session to be a lively forum for women from international NGOs to share ideas, experiences, lessons learned and best practices from the field.