The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), from March 1 to 12, 2010, in New York, commemorates the 15th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Conference. The Beijing Platform for Action outlines twelve critical areas of concern.
This 54th session provides an opportunity to reaffirm the Commission’s achievements and the duty of the States to implement their commitments, with the adoption of a political statement on March 2.
This meeting will also help prepare for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Review Summit which will take place in September. It also highlights the need to promote the equal participation of women and men at all levels and in all sectors of society.
This Commission is a major event: more than 10,000 participants are expected to attend; they will address the major issues related to the status of women, such as education, employment, training, and the consequences of the economic crisis. International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 3 to highlight the universal character of human rights, including and in particular women’s rights.
France is co-organizing two parallel events on the topic of the fight against violence towards women (one of the critical areas of concern outlined in the Beijing Platform for Action):
— a ministerial meeting of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) on March 1, to adopt a statement on the fight against violence towards women ;The representative of France to the United Nations also made a statement.
— a Franco-American parallel event on the role of men in the prevention of violence against women on March 2.
Finally, France is encouraging NGOs to participate in this Commission by sponsoring two other meetings on March 5:
— one organized by the Coordination of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the associations of women in solidarity and women’s associations monitoring progress on women’s rights throughout the world since 1946;
— and the other jointly organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the "Equality Now" organization which aims to promote the elimination of discriminatory laws against women.
All documents relating to this session are available on the United Nations website.
The twelve areas of concern outlined in the Beijing Conference "Platform for Action" are:
1. The fight against the increasing poverty of women
2. Promoting equal access to education and training
3. Promoting equal access to health care and medical services
4. The fight against violence to women
5. Combating the effects of armed conflict on women
6. Promoting equality within economic structures and policies, equal access to all forms of productive activities and resources
7. Encouraging the sharing of power and decision-making
8. Developing mechanisms to promote the advancement of women
9. Ensuring respect for the fundamental rights of women and improving the promotion and protection of these rights
10. The fight against the stereotyping of women and inequality in women’s access to and participation in communication systems, especially in the media
11. Promoting equal access to the management of natural resources and the safeguarding of the environment
12. Eliminating the discrimination against and violation of the fundamental rights of girls