The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) began this week on Monday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will last through Friday, March 9th.
CSW is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Each year CSW focuses on a collection of themes. This year the main theme is the empowerment of rural women and their contributions to the fight against hunger and poverty. If you want to join in on the discussions, there are a number of panels that are open to the public. Click here for a full listing.
We also invite you to join MADRE and our sister organizations on Thursday, March 1 at 12:30pm to hear the strategies and stories of rural women. Hubbie Hussein al-Haji from Womankind Kenya will share information on women’s strategies to provide famine relief. Rose Cunningham from Nicaragua’s Wangki Tangni will speak on organizing to end hunger and violence. Zenab for Women in Development’s Fatima Ahmed will lead a discussion on how Sudan’s women farmers can work together to combat discrimination and climate change. And finally, KOFAVIV’s Malya Villard-Appolon will highlight the stories of Haiti’s rural women displaced to urban spaces. The event will be held at the UN Church Center at 777 1st Avenue and 44th Street.
MADRE will be participating in three other events at this year’s CSW. For more information about these panels, click here.
We hope to see you there!