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UN 66th Session of Commission on Status of Women


New York, 16 March 2022 (TDI): The 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) started on Monday with an urgent demand for pledges and action to ensure that women and girls throughout the globe are fully and meaningfully included in climate solutions.

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous spoke at the opening of the 66th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality, highlighting CSW66 as a pivotal time for commitments to actions because it is taking place in the midst of crises, conflict, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Key points from the addresses: 

“As danger multipliers, the interconnecting problems we confront today continue to compound each other’s consequences,” Ms. Bahous added. “Women, on the other hand, are solution multipliers.”

The Commission on the Status of Women will assemble in a hybrid virtual and in-person style from 14 to 25 March.

The subject for this year’s debates is “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental, and disaster risk reduction policies and programs.”

Executive Director Bahous went on to stress the necessity of formulating Agreed Results from the session, which will help the global community achieve sustainability and equality.

“The Agreed Conclusions of this Commission can pave the way for global resilience and recovery.” “The Sustainable Development Goals must lead this road, which must be anchored by gender equality and a dedication to multilateralism, diplomacy, peace, and justice,” she added.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the necessity of defining a course ahead that acknowledges the vital linkages of gender inequality and climate crises and their consequences, as well as ensuring women’s leadership in decision-making.

“We are still suffering from the consequences of millennia of patriarchy, which has excluded women and silenced their voices. We won’t be able to achieve any of our objectives without everyone’s help. And it is for this reason that everyone, including men and boys, should struggle to promote women’s rights and gender equality,” stated Secretary-General Guterres.

Joanita Babirye, the leader of the Generation Equality Action Coalition for Feminist Climate Justice, stated “These conversations, in many ways, operate as a mirror of the world, allowing us to understand the power asymmetries that drive gender inequality.”

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