This year, the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality, is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 – 22 March 2019. It will focus on the theme, “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.
What does the theme mean for women and girls? It’s feeling safe walking to the market, or through parks. Or having access to clean water. It’s public health centres and affordable childcare. It’s a pension in old age and public housing for survivors of domestic abuse.
When infrastructure, public services and social protections are lacking, women and girls are often the ones most impacted. Their needs need to be factored in when policies are designed. Their voices must shape the decisions that affect their lives.
When women are at the table, making decisions, they bring changes that benefit entire societies and nations.
From redesigning parks with women’s safety and access in mind, to advocating for legal protection of domestic workers, women and girls are leading the efforts to redesign systems that meet the needs of all. Like Shakhodat ensuring women’s needs are met in community water management in Kyrgyzstan. And Mai bringing financial planning and savings strategies to migrant domestic workers from the Philippines. And market-vendors in Tanzania speaking up against gender-based violence.
The Commission on the Status of Women is one of the largest annual gathering of global leaders, non-profit organizations, private sector actors, UN partners and activists from around the world, focusing on the status of rights and empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.
Join us to learn more about what women need and their role in sustainable infrastructure, public services and social protections. Follow the unfolding conversation at the United Nations and what it will mean for communities worldwide.