The 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status Women (CSW) shall take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013. This year's priority theme is - Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Annually the World YWCA participates with a delegation of YWCA women and young women from around the world. This year the World YWCA shall convene a diverse delegation of over 80 YWCA women and young women leaders.
Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS ( agreed conclusions from the fifty-third session)
Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework
World YWCA Statement submitted to CSW 57:
The World YWCA has written a statement specifically recognising gender inequality as the root cause of violence against women and girls, combined with an imbalance of power relations between women and men and women’s lack of ownership and control over resources. While these factors continue, violence against women and girls will prevail. The organisation also considers violence against women and girls as a systemic violation of women’s fundamental human rights.
At the recent Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013, the World YWCA successfully lobbied and influenced language adopted in the Agreed Conclusions - the CSW Outcome Document. Participating with a delegation of 120 YWCA women from over 20 countries, the World YWCA was able to advocate strongly and held various parallel/side events organised by Member Associations from the USA, Canada, Nigeria, Australia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Finland and Japan.
Following its active participation in and contribution to all aspects of the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 57), and its petition calling for an end to child, early and forced marriage, the World YWCA, was very pleased that the Agreed Conclusions were adopted at the closing of this year's session of CSW 57 in New York.
On the 15th of March, 2013, following much deliberation and fierce negotiations, the Commission on the Status of Women reached full agreement and adopted the Agreed Conclusions.
What else but the spirit would make people dance at 8 in the morning before coffee? Yet there we were, women of all ages, shaking and moving and belting out the song of praise “Unshackled”. And this was only the start of the World YWCA’s ecumenical worship service. It got better...
On March 14, 2013, The World YWCA, in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts presented the Young Women’s Caucus statement to the UN General Assembly during the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, New York.
At the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the YWCA of Japan organised a session called Solution to the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery. The guest speakers included Emiko Hirano from the New Japan Women's Association, Indai Sajor, Senior Cross Sector Gender Technical Consultant at Social Impact and Bangladesh Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhry, expert on issues on peace and security in relation to women.
The World YWCA is a global movement of 25 million women and girls in over 120 countries working to advance gender equality and women’s human rights. Violence against women, young women and girls is one of the organisation’s global priorities, informed by programmes and services working directly with women and girls in 70 countries. This statement is submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women based on consultation with members around the CSW 57th session theme of the elimination and prevention of violence against women.
The World YWCA has been advocating strongly at the 57th session on the Commission on the Status of Women 2013 (CSW57), in New York, USA. Over this past week, the World YWCA has held various parallel events including the launch of a report- The Future Young Women Want: A Global Call to Act, documenting specific goals, values, barriers and challenges faced globally by young women in the context of the Post-MDGs agenda. Several YWCA member associations also held parallel events including Finland, Australia, Canada and the USA.
On March 7, 2013 a special session of the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will focus on child marriage. The Governments of Bangladesh, Malawi and Canada will jointly sponsor the session and held in support of Every Woman Every Child, a movement spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon which aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.
On March 5, 2013, at the Commission on the Status of Women 2013, the World YWCA hosted the session The Future Young Women Want: Putting women’s rights at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda with the official launch of the World YWCA report – The Future Young Women Want: A Global Call to Act. The report was produced through consultations, workshops, interviews and online surveys with young women from the YWCA movement. The launch brought together young women advocates, UN agencies, government representatives and women leaders from around the world.