58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women


CSW reaches ‘milestone’ agreement on stand-alone equality goal in post-2015 targets

The annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York concluded with a call for gender equality, women’s empowerment and the human rights of women and girls to be reflected as a stand-alone goal, and to be integrated into all goals of any new development framework through targets and indicators.

The Commission recommended the adoption of agreed conclusions outlining the most pressing areas for action in a 24-page text. This document set out ways in which to realize women’s and girls’ enjoyment of human rights, to strengthen the enabling environment for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to maximize investments in those priority areas.

In a statement, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director welcomed the agreed conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women saying that it represented a “milestone towards a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre.”