CSW 58 Blog

CSW Blog 58 Erica Higbie and My-Linh Kunst blog from the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. It took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

CSW 58 Week 2 Day 3 - Human Rights is like Oxygen

My third day at CSW saw a markedly reduced number of side and parallel sessions.  I learned from Erica that one should plan on being here the first week as that is when all the high level speakers are here and there are many more sessions. Something to note for next year.

I also decided that since FAWCO can bring up to 20 delegates into the UN for the CSW, we should definitely publicize this next year and have a larger delegation. In addition, the parallel meetings are open to the public, so even more FAWCO-ites could attend those.…

CSW 58 Week 2 - Thursday, March 20, 2014

First up was an ECOSOC session on the 58th Commission on the Status of Women that considered position statements from civil society, which included the following issues:

  • Rule of Law and women’s participation in legal processes

  • Women’s participation in decision making – private sector and government/political

  • Underlying economic and political structures that support discrimination against women

  • Unequal distribution of care work and unpaid work

  • Women in conflict and post conflict zones including refugees

  • Women and climate change

  • Women and sustainable development

  • Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

  • Girls as a distinct, marginalized group

  • Sexual orientation

  • Family Planning and reproductive rights and education…

CSW 58 Week 2 - Wednesday March 19, 2014

The first session today was a short panel discussion, followed by a passionate airing of views on religion and culture as forces that impede women’s realization of their human rights. Women from Pakistan, Egypt, Somalia, India, and Nigeria shared their views on the influence they have in their countries:

  • The most feminist laws of the age were introduced by the Quran in the 7th Century. What’s happened?

  • Russia, China, Iran and some northern African countries object to international pressure on women’s issues and yet they are the very countries that have terrible records on women’s human rights.

  • Women from Egypt and…

CSW 58 Week 2 Day 4 - Until We Stop Looking with One Eye

Today was my last full day at the UN for CSW 58. I met Erica and we both attended the open Economic and Social Council's session where draft resolutions were discussed and statements from the floor were accepted.  A nice young woman sitting next to me, Sang Liao, an intern at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN, has been kind enough to send me her notes.  Click here to read:





Erica and I then separated, I attended the only panel left on the agenda, a panel on "Women…

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