Geneva, 4 March 2023 (TDI): Norway’s delegation is preparing for active participation in the 67th session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67).

The annual session will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023 in the UN headquarters. The year 2023 theme centers around “innovation and technological change & education in the digital age for achieving gender equality & the empowerment of all women & girls.”

Anette Trettebergstuen, Minister of Culture and Equality is leading the robust Norwegian delegation. The delegation further includes eminent members from Government, civil society, and the corporate sector.

A considerable number of participants from the Norwegian public sector will also be attending the session. The Minister stated that the Commission on the Status of Women is vital in promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

Norway has always been a vanguard of removing hurdles for women and girls around the world. The country looks forward to contributing to the commission in all earnest and anticipating salubrious outcomes from this year’s session.

Anette Trettebergstuen lamented that the technology sector has a disproportionate gender gap. One in three positions is occupied by women.

“Innovation and technological development present new opportunities for women to participate in politics and economics.

But it can also widen the gender gap. The inclusion and encouragement of women in the technology sector are critical to achieving gender equality”, Trettebergstuen said. Norway will also be co-hosting side events during the CSW67 together with partners.

The side events include using technologies to promote gender equality, the empowerment, and participation of women and girls in Myanmar and Ukraine’s updated national action plan for women’s peace & security.

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Other themes include empowering women in technology and private and public partnerships for secure digital access and skills for all adolescent girls.

Norway’s partners for side events include Spain, Gender Equality Network (GEN) Myanmar, Women Advocacy Coalition (WAC) Myanmar, and UN Women. Sweden, Ukraine, Spain, and Liberia will also be cohosting the events alongside Norway.

The Commission on the Status of Women’s prime focus is monitoring and credible implementation of action plans. The action plans stem from the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

Since 1995, the CSW`s main task has been to monitor and contribute to the implementation of the action plan from the UN’s 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing.

The 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing was a major turning point in furthering the global agenda for gender equality.

The Beijing Declaration was unanimously adopted by 189 countries. To this date, it remains a predominant global policy document on gender equality.