CSW57: Governments must send out a strong message
The 57th session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 4-15 March, provides a unique opportunity for Governments to send a strong message that violence against women must end. CSW is the main global policy-making body to promote gender equality and the advancement of women. This year's primary focus is the elimination of violence against women and girls.
"Last year, CSW was a dismal failure because all countries walked away without reaching consensus and no agreed document was signed. We need to make sure that each and every Government official at CSW57 understands what is at stake here", explains Soroptimist International Assistant Programme Director Anusha Santhirasthipam, who has set out 10 powerful reasons for action. SI has been keeping the pressure on Governments to deliver strong outcomes and this will continue at CSW in New York, with 40 delegates from SI clubs, federations and HQ due to attend. Read their live updates from CSW!
CSW is also an opportunity to share what SI has learnt from our projects around the world. We will be running two side-events with World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the World YWCA, on Teen-Dating and a Life-Course Approach to eliminating violence. Read more about our lobbying and side-events for CSW.