Working under the priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” thousands of women’s activists gathered in New York from March 14th to 24th for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). The Huairou Commission was delighted to welcome delegates from twelve countries of Africa, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Even though Winter Storm Stella stopped all UN activities for a day, Huairou delegates brought ardent spirit and dedication, meeting all day at the Living Learning Center in Brooklyn to focus on their policy activism and organizing at CSW and beyond.
New York, NY. The priority theme of the the 60th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), the first following the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), challenged governments to recognize the importance of the link between empowering women and the achievement of the ambitious ‘Global Goals’. Not only is there a singular SDG dedicated to “Achieve[ing] gender equality and empower[ing] all women and girls,” highlighted as Goal 5, there is no one Goal that can be accomplished without the dedicated inclusion of women into Member States’ implementation and monitoring efforts of each goal. Huairou Commission’s (HC) leadership at CSW60 over its two weeks from 14 to 24 March 2016 brought much needed grassroots women’s voices to into this important conversation.