The parliamentary event on the occasion of the 59th session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held in New York on 11 March 2015. The event, entitled Parliaments for Gender Equality: Priorities for Beijing +20 and beyond, is hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
The parliamentary meeting will take stock of achievements made in implementing the Beijing commitments, identifying remaining challenges and new priorities to achieve women’s equal rights. It will pay particular attention to the responsibility of parliaments and the need to build strategic partnerships to accelerate progress. The morning session will focus on progress made in implementing the Beijing commitments. It will also identify actions that remain to be implemented and priority areas that require future attention to achieve gender equality. The session will also pinpoint the resources that parliamentarians need to implement remaining priority actions. Two sessions will take place in the afternoon. The first will focus on good practices developed in creating strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including civil society, youth, men and the media, to accelerate progress in implementing the Beijing commitments. The second afternoon session will explore women’s leadership in international fora as a strategy to mainstream gender in high level international debates and resolutions.
Finally, the meeting will provide an opportunity to contribute to the debates at the CSW whose priority theme this year is Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.
In addition to the parliamentary meeting, the IPU will also organize two informal side events:
- Countering cyber violence against women (9 March 10 to 11:15 a.m., Conference Room E - GA Building), organized by the IPU.
- Empowering the next generation: Paving the way for young women in decision-making at all levels (10 March, 4:45 to 6 p.m., Conference Room E - GA Building), organized by the IPU and the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations.
N.B. Meeting Room E does not have interpretation facilities and these two meetings will be held in English only.