12th – 23rd March 2018
New York, U.S.A.
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. The priority theme will be: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.
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The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women opened today at United Nations headquarters, focused on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, sustainable development and current challenges.
UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet delivered an introductory speech:
This is a matter of human rights, equality and justice on behalf of women. And it is even more. Rural women and girls comprise one in four people worldwide and they constitute a large share of the agricultural workforce. Listening to and supporting rural women is fundamental to ending poverty and hunger and achieving peace and development that is sustainable.
Research shows that empowering women is not just good for women. It is good for all of us — for peace, the growth of our economies, for food security, for human security — in short, for the well-being of current and future generations.
Over the next two weeks, talks will be held to determine concrete actions for empowering rural women.
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