UNESCO at the Fifty-eight session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)


The fifty-eight session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held from 10 to 24 March 2014 in New York.
The priority theme of this year’s meeting is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”.
The Director General, will participate in the opening ceremony of the CSW, and will be a panelist, along with the Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women, at a UN Inter-Agency High Level Event on “Accelerating progress on the MDGs for women and girls”.
The UNESCO side event organized on the margins of the CSW this year focuses on women’s and girls’ access to information and communication technologies and a free media. The side event will also be the opportunity to present the findings of the first global survey on violence against women journalists which will be launched on 8 March.
This event will be opened by the Director-General and feature H.E. Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN and H.E. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

The CSW will also provide an occasion for the launch of the gender summary of the EFA GMR report 2013/2014 “Girls' education and gender equality on the threshold of 2015” which UNESCO is organizing in partnership with the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), Education International and the UN Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).

The Director of the Division for Gender Equality, Ms S. Gulser Corat, will represent UNESCO as a discussant on a CSW plenary session high-level panel on girls’ equal access to and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

UNESCO is also organizing an event on 13 March 2014 to present the latest publication in the Good Policy and Practice in Health Education series, concerning puberty education and menstrual hygiene management.
This event will include testimonies on the impacts of puberty on young people and the importance of education, as well as a panel discussion on the report and on coordinating responses to the need for education in this area.


Type of Event Interagency meeting
Start 10.03.2014 09:00 local time
End 24.03.2014 18:00 local time
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Focal point Corat, Saniye Gülser
Contact Marie Pierre Blanco, mp_blanco@unesco.org
Country United States of America
City New York
Permanent Delegation Contact
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Link 1 13 March 2014 - Launch of the UNESCO Good Policy and Practice Booklet on Puberty Education and Menstrual Hygiene Management
Link 2 More information on the Fifty-eight session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Link 3 More information on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
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