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Commission on the Status of Women

The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017, on the theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”.

A space to resist backlash

This year’s CSW was marked by an unprecedented political context. The worldwide backlash against women’s rights and gender justice is on the rise around the globe. This is proof that progress is never a given: we must fight for it every moment, every day.

Furthermore, the travel ban imposed by the Trump administration, covering more than seven countries, restricted the participation of feminist activists and country delegations in the CSW host country.  It particularly affected those hardest hit by conflict, preventing them from having a voice in negotiations. This attack against democratic multilateral spaces must not, and will not, pass.

As long as the role of elites, in curtailing people's power to determine the economy, is not contested, there will be no space for women’s economic empowerment.

As feminists, we know that our struggles are interconnected. Our bodily autonomy directly depends on our economic and political autonomy, and the liberation of all peoples from patriarchal oppression.  

AWID’s participation at CSW61

Alongside partners, we be co-sponsored several civil society convenings, influencing the negotiations and outcome document, and sharing key knowledge pieces on relevant themes.

Our contribution: featured resources

  • Learnings from the joint AWID-Solidarity Center report “Challenging corporate power: Struggles for women’s rights, economic and gender justice” that outlines the ways in which large national and transnational corporations are impacting the planet and the lives of women and oppressed people, and offers insights into their strategies of resistance.

  • Findings from the upcoming trends report from the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs), outlining trends relating to anti-rights actors within the international human rights spaces - their discourses, strategies, collaborations, and their effect upon human rights norms.

  • Learnings from AWID’s report “The Devil is in the Details: at the nexus of development, women’s rights and religious fundamentalisms”, which outlines the ways in which neoliberal economic policies are linked to the rise of religious fundametanlisms, and argues that structural change is necessary to challenge fundamentalisms.

  • Policy Paper on critical risks and challenges of Women Human Rights Defenders confronting extractive industries.

  • Plus, articles, Op-Eds and analysis pieces on the global and regional context from a feminist perspective; the trends in funding for women’s rights in a fierce world, and challenging fundamentalisms.

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