New York, 6 March 2023 (TDI): Norway alongside Spain and Sweden is organizing a side event at the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on 6th March at the United Nations (UN) headquarters.

The event is conforming to the priority theme of 2023, using technology to promote gender equality, with the support of UN Women. It aims to highlight the challenges and opportunities that technology brings for women in Myanmar.

The pandemic and the military coup of 2021 have undone all the hard-achieved gains for women and girls in Myanmar. The country is now facing a compelling crisis in terms of gender equality.

Bearing in mind the recent global crisis, Myanmar has not been able to galvanize adequate attention. Therefore, the UN-led session will bring an opportunity to highlight the issues faced by women and girls in Myanmar.

The side event will engage Member States and key policymakers in discussion to move towards sanguine way forwards.

The discussion will be commenced with a poignant video capturing the voices of women in Myanmar. Following the video, the panel will formally indulge in a thought-provoking and meaningful discussion on the theme.

The panel discussion will be moderated by UN Women. It will feature human rights advocates and women’s civil society organizations from Myanmar.

The panel will draw findings and recommendations after an intense discussion on challenges, hardships, and opportunities faced by women in the said region.

The country is facing an immense humanitarian crisis due to martial law that spread across 47 towns in the region. Many people have been internally displaced.

The displacement camps, internal fighting, and human rights violations have tattered the social fabric of the country.

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The humanitarian crisis has engendered sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) in the region. The plight of women in the current situation is a matter of grave concern for the international community.

The 67th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), is currently taking place at the UN headquarters in New York.

The priority theme focuses on “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.

The annual session, taking place from 6th to 17th March is bringing together participants from across the globe including activities, academic, governmental officials, and policymakers.