10/03/2004
Press Release
WOM/1445



Commission on the Status of Women                          

Forty-eighth Session                                       

13th Meeting (AM)


COMMISSION ON STATUS OF WOMEN HEARS INTRODUCTION OF DRAFT RESOLUTION


ON GENDER MAINSTREAMING, REVITALIZATION OF WOMEN’S INSTITUTE


This morning, the forty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), heard the introduction of a draft resolution on gender mainstreaming in the United Nations and on revitalization of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).


The representative of the United Kingdom, also speaking on behalf of joint main sponsor Bangladesh, introduced the draft resolution on “mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system” (document E/CN.6/2004/L.6), as well as an oral amendment, by which the ECOSOC would invite all entities of the United Nations, among other things, to integrate gender perspectives into organizational policies and sectoral policies and strategies; to incorporate gender perspectives into all existing training programmes; to increase the involvement of men in promoting implementation of gender mainstreaming, including as specialists, focal points and trainers; and to require sex-disaggregation of all relevant data.


A draft on the “revitalization and strengthening of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women” (E/CN.6/2004/L.3/Rev.1) was introduced by the representative of Qatar on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China and Mexico.  By the text, the ECOSOC would continue to encourage efforts to revitalize the Institute and invite voluntary contributions by Member States to the Institute’s Trust Fund.


The Commission on the Status of Women will meet again Thursday, 11 March at 3 p.m.


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