NAWO report from the Government Equalities’ Office’s UK NGO CSW Consultation 2015

On Monday 9th November, from 13:30 – 16:30 the Government Equalities Office (GEO) invited women’s rights NGOs and those working towards gender equality to comment on their priorities for CSW60.

The Priority Theme for CSW 60 – taking place 14th – 24th March 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York is:  Women’s Empowerment and its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Review Theme is: Violence Against Women (review of the Agreed Conclusions for CSW58).

Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities, followed Helene Reardon-Bond (Head of UK Women’s National Machinery, GEO) with a speech welcoming those present.  Nicky said that NGOs ‘represent the heart of the women’s agenda’.  She commented that it can be hard to translate talking in to tangible action.  The UK Government it was urged have gender equality as a priority, and support CSW ‘as a global forum acting on behalf of women everywhere’.  Gender Equality is also at the top of the UN agenda, which underpins the importance of CSW, in addition to the knowledge that ‘no country has gender equality’.  Opportunity, Freedom and Choice are the signs of women’s empowerment.  The Government in recognising this has done important work Nicky asserted, including; getting more women in to work and business, reducing the gender pay gap, doubling the amount of women in FTSE 100 companies, and ensuring that prosecutions and convictions for gendered violent acts are at an all-time high…

This is an excerpt, full report will be published shortly.