Indigenous Women and the Commission on the Status of Women

CSW64 / Beijing+25 (2020)

On 9 March 2020, the Commission on the Status of Women adopted a Political Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.

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  • Reference to indigenous women in the Political Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women

6. Express concern that, overall, progress has not been fast or deep enough, that in some areas progress has been uneven, that major gaps remain and that obstacles, including structural barriers, discriminatory practices and the feminization of poverty, persist, and recognize that 25 years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, no country has fully achieved gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, that significant levels of inequality persist globally, that many women and girls experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, vulnerability and marginalization throughout their life course, and that they have made the least progress, which may include, inter alia, women of African descent, women with HIV and AIDS, rural women, indigenous women, women with disabilities, migrant women and older women;

Update to CSW64 Advisory

2 March, New York— Following the UN Secretary-General’s recommendation to Member States to amend the format of the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in light of the current concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an informal meeting took place today.

The Commission decided that the 64th session of the Commission will convene on 9 March, at 10.00 a.m. (EST), for a procedural meeting. The meeting will include opening statements, followed by the adoption of the draft Political Declaration and action on any other draft resolutions. The session will then suspend until further notification. No general debate will take place and all side events planned by Member States and the UN system in conjunction with CSW64 will be cancelled.

The 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

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Themes: The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Side events during CSW64 pertinent to indigenous women:

Monday, 9 March, 9:45 -10:00 amGeneral Assembly Hall, Opening ceremony of the CSW64 Indigenous women from different regions have been invited to perform an opening ceremony before the CSW annual begins.

Monday, 9 March from 1 pm – 3:00 pm, Secretariat Building, 27 floor, Room S-2726 Briefing for indigenous women’s organizations: (Only participants with a UN ground pass will be able to enter into the UN premises).

Tuesday, 10 March, from 11:30 – 12:45 pm – Room D – (Only participants with a UN ground pass will be able to enter into the UN premises)

Side event: Indigenous Women’s Voices of Leadership  (Contributions of indigenous women in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action)

Organized by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) and the Indigenous Peoples Development Brach/DISD/DESA

Objective: To share the contributions made by indigenous women’s in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; point out remaining challenges and the ways forward to achieve its full, effective and accelerated implementation.

Leading questions Participating stakeholders in the side event are invited to address the following questions:

  • Current situation of indigenous women globally and actions within the framework of Beijing +25;
  • Indigenous women’s participation in the preparation of the National level-review of implementation of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for CSW64 – advancements and challenges;
  • The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the advancement of indigenous women’s rights;
  • Effective participation of indigenous women in preparation for the high-level meeting on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (resolution 73/340).