The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (the Commission) is a global policy making body that is dedicated to advancing gender equality and enhancing the rights of women and girls around the world. Every year, representatives of the United Nations (UN) Member States gather at the UN Headquarters in New York to evaluate the progress made on gender equality, identify ongoing challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies designed to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. Over the two-week session, representatives showcased local, national and regional programs and strategies striving to empower women and girls and to improve their economic and social status in society.
The 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) was held in New York from 12 to 24 March 2018. Global representatives from Member States, UN entities and ECOSOC accredited non-government organisations (NGOs) gathered to consider progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate robust policies that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.
The priority theme for CSW62 focused on the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. CSW62 also reviewed the progress made against the Agreed Conclusions from the 47th session: the participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.