Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International attends the CSW each year and, over the past nine years, has represented the economic Security4Women (eS4W) alliance through participation in the Australian NGO delegation and Australian government meetings, supporting events at CSW and through social media.
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women, took place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from the 12th to 23rd March 2018. This year’s themes were:
- Priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
- Review theme: 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 (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh (CSW47) session);
Two Parallel Sessions were held by eS4W/JERA/APWW at CSW 62nd Session:
Bridging the Gap: Voluntary National Reporting to advance women’s rights
In this interactive panel of women eS4W, JERA International and Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) brought together women from across the Asia and Pacific Regions to discuss strategies for working with government on preparing and presenting the national VNR’s, were shared.
The panel was introduced by Dr Nurgul Djanaeva who spoke of the importance of the means of implementation (MoI) being a key accountability and transparency mechanism. The need for resourcing of the MoI is clear with some countries having a specific SDG implementation department within the public sector. She discussed the promotion of integration of women’s rights and gender equality standalone goal in the Agenda 2030 into national sustainable development strategies and sustainable development actions plans and advocated for the mainstreaming of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls into all goals, through national, regional sustainable development strategies and actions plans.
Following this overview, presentations were made by Shanta Shrestha (Nepal), Yukiko Oda (Japan) and Dr. Pam Rajput (India) who discussed their experiences in developing the NGO reports in preparation for the HLPF 2017 where their countries were reporting. All panel members noted that they had not received funding to undertake their SDG reporting and that broad consultations and document preparations ‘piggybacked’ onto other projects and core funding.
Women’s Access, participation and Portrayal in ICT and Media
The panel consisted of Chris Skipper-Conway / Dr. Catherine Bosshart-Pfluger / Subha Wijesiriwardena / Daniela Rigassi. These industry and gender experts led an interactive discussion with the participants on the gains and challenges for women in ICT and the Media. They spoke on their lived experiences about the low base from which women’s status in these areas is progressing.
Discussion with the audience related to the importance of female role models, the need for diversity in leadership, the need to move away from classic stereotype portrayal in media and the need for women’s parity at all levels and segments in the current and emerging technologies. There was further talk on the role of ICTs to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly by encouraging girls to choose careers in this field, and by nurturing the use of ICTs for the social and economic empowerment of women and girls.
Read the full report here – CSW62 REPORT_eS4W_JERA