CSW59: Looking Back to Move Forward

By Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

What will the world look like for girls and women in 2030? More importantly, what do we want it to look like? This year, government officials, policymakers, and advocacy organizations not only looked ahead during the 59th session on the United National Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held in NYC, from March 9th – 20th,   but looked back to see how far we have come sincethe 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, where governments pledged to advance and promote equality, development, and peace for all women in the world. As the UN works to finalize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), announced next September, CSW59 was the perfect platform for civils society groups and advocacy organizations to come together to ensure that the issues that girls and women face globally are heard, understood and  most importantly, prioritized in the SDGs. Read more...

Measuring Progress, Planning for Success: A Look Back at 2014

2014 was, in many ways, a good year for those advocating for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. We saw continued momentum to ensure girls and women are prioritized in the post-2015 agenda, and an inclusion of human rights and involvement of young people included in the report on the Sustainable Development Goals. However, we also saw opponents chipping away on sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world, and it is clear that there is still much work to be done.

In May 2016, we will have an opportunity to further develop our strategies to face the challenges that remain for girls and women around the world at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference in Copenhagen. As we plan for the future, let us take a moment reflect on the many accomplishments and hard work that’s occurred over the past twelve months: Read more...


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