UN New York (3 representatives)
61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)
The priority theme was Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. The review theme was Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls.
On the positive side, the link between women’s economic empowerment and fertility awareness was made. Education was seen as a primary mover in allowing women to achieve economic independence. The use of technology to assist women in all areas of the world was seen as a positive enabling mechanism. Equal pay for equal work was a recurrent theme and there were presentations on microfinance. The family was defined as the fundamental unit of society. It was noted that it is necessary to ensure that the family is economically stable to prevent child marriage, child labour, and trafficking.