66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowerment

Haffiya Abdalla

The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 will take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to contribute to the session.

Member of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Dr. Salma Abdul-Jabbar Al-Mubarak, has affirmed the state’s keenness to implement the laws, legislation, and policies that will preserve women’s just rights in all fields.

Addressing Saturday at Al-Salam Rotana Hotel the “Workshop on Climate change and Environmental Adaptation and its Impact on Achieving Gender Equality”, organized by the Ministry of Social Development, Dr. Salma has lauded the important role being assumed by women in all walks of life.

She said that the Sudanese woman has proved early her ability and high skill in all fields, with the acknowledgment of the international community, and proved her leadership competence through the positions she assumed internally and at the level of regional and international institutions.

The member of the Sovereignty Council pointed to the importance of the role of women in the advancement of future generations, especially since the women remained sisters to men in the journey of human struggle.

Dr. Salma called for giving due concern to the issue of providing moral and material support to the women’s choices in life.

She pointed out that women are much affected by climate and environmental changes throughout human history, praising the great efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Social Development to promote women’s rights and to support them so that they can perform their tasks in the required manner.

The Minister of Social Development, Ahmed Adam Bakheet, asserted the transitional government’s keenness to mobilize resources to preserve women’s rights and develop their skills.

Bakheet said that the government has actively sought to review legislations and laws related to women, in line with the constitutional document, and has ratified all international agreements pertaining to the issue of women’s rights.

The workshop was held within the framework of Sudan’s presidency of the 41st session of the Arab Women Committee, and the Arab Region Preparatory Meeting for the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs;

The Bureau of the Commission plays a crucial role in facilitating the preparation for, and in ensuring the successful outcome of the annual sessions of the Commission. Bureau members serve for two years. In 2002, to improve its work and ensure continuity, the Commission decided to hold the first meeting of its subsequent session, immediately following the closure of the regular session, for the sole purpose of electing the new Chairperson and other members of the Bureau (ECOSOC decision 2002/234).

It is worth noting that the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 (see p. 20) expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations, and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd special session of the General Assembly held in 2000 (Beijing+5), as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic, and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.

UN Women supports all aspects of the Commission’s work. We also facilitate the participation of civil society representatives.

The Commission adopts multi-year programs of work to appraise progress and make further recommendations to accelerate the implementation of the Platform for Action. These recommendations take the form of negotiated agreed conclusions on a priority theme. The Commission also contributes to the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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