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On March 11th, the sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) will commence. Given the current backlash on gender equality and women’s rights, the focus will be on accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. This will involve addressing poverty, strengthening institutions, and financing with a gender perspective.

The United Nations event, to be held in New York City from March 11th to the 22nd, will also tackle key issues such as social protection systems, access to public services, sustainable infrastructure for gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls.

For GWL Voices, this is a pivotal event with goals that are imperative to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #5 on gender equality. Moreover, GWL Voices firmly believes that increasing women’s representation in leadership positions within the multilateral system is the best way to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

For that reason, GWL Voices’ President, Susana Malcorra; Executive Director, María Fernanda Espinosa; along with several members, will be in New York City participating in CSW68, and also leading key side events and initiatives.

Here are the four key initiatives you cannot miss in the upcoming weeks:

GWL Voices Statement for CSW68

In the face of regressive trends, our collective voice demands an unwavering commitment to safeguarding and advancing women’s rights and promoting gender equality on a global scale. Here are the six points of our call.

Read the CSW68 Statement here (Available in Arab, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish)

WIM 24 launch in New York

Women in Multilateralism 2024” (WIM24) shows that there are gender disparities within the multilateral system. This GWL Voices event will feature a discussion between GWL Voices’ members and other experts on key findings of this flagship report, highlighting the importance of moving toward gender-equal governance and its impact on achieving CSW68’s goal.

WIM 24 in New York

Financial Architecture for gender equality

Increasing gender equality cannot be achieved without financial resources. This GWL Voices panel will serve as a platform to explore the investment and resource requirements for advancing gender equality and women’s rights while promoting SDG 5. It also addresses the pressing need to reform the current international financial architecture and review existing financing commitments for development.

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