WAGGGS, YWCA and YFJ are all preparing for the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York March 1 – 10. Is your organisation also attending? 
The ICMYO task-force thanks Bernadette Fischler from WAGGGS for the briefing below:

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN, dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
This year – the 15th Anniversary of the Beijiing Platform for Action – the Commission will focus on two thematic issues:

  1. 15 year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, with an emphasis on the sharing of experiences and good practices with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges; and
  2. Review of its contribution to shaping a gender perspective towards the full realization of the Millennium Development Goals.

Find more information on the official website of the UN CSW
Selected side events and caucuses:
“CSW youth caucus”:
for youth representatives and reps from youth organizations. Coordinated by WAGGGS and World YWCA. Date and location TBC – two meetings during first and two during second week.
“A century of empowering girls through non-formal education”
WAGGGS side event with panel discussion: 4 March, 12.30 – 1pm, UNCC 10th floor
WAGGGS written statement for the CSW54 


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