Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)
Side events during CSW63
Briefing for indigenous women’s organizations: Monday March 11, 1pm – 2:30 pm, Secretariat building, Room S-2727FC (Only participants with a UN ground pass will be able to enter into the UN premises.
Side event: “Overcoming barriers to care: Improving indigenous women’s access to social protection”
Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Time: 4:45 pm – 6:pm
Venue: Conference Room 9
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Note: All participants that are registered to CSW63 are welcome to participate. In a first come, first served basis.
CSW62 (2018) The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the UNHQ in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.
Priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
Review theme: Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session).
Reference to indigenous women in the Agreed conclusion of the CSW62:
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls
36. The Commission recognizes that Indigenous women and girls living in rural and remote areas, regardless of age, often face violence and higher rates of poverty, limited access to health care services, information and communication technologies (ICT), infrastructure, financial services, education and employment, while also recognizing their cultural, social, economic, political and environmental contributions, including to climate change mitigation and adaptation. AD REF
Implement economic and social policies for the empowerment of all rural women and girls
V. Invest in and strengthen efforts to empower rural women as important actors in achieving food security and improved nutrition, ensuring that their right to food is met, including by supporting rural women’s participation in all areas of economic activity, including commercial and artisan fisheries and aquaculture, promoting decent working conditions and personal security, facilitating sustainable access to and use of critical rural infrastructure, land, water and natural resources, and local, regional and global markets, and valuing rural women’s, including indigenous women’s, traditional and ancestral knowledge and contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and marine biodiversity, for present and future generations; AD REF
aaa. Promote and protect the rights of Indigenous women and girls living in rural and remote areas by addressing the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and barriers they face, including violence, ensuring access to quality and inclusive education, health care, public services, economic resources, including land and natural resources, and women’s access to decent work, and promoting their meaningful participation in the economy and in decision-making processes at all levels and in all areas, while respecting and protecting their traditional and ancestral knowledge, and noting the importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for indigenous women and girls. AD REF
Side events during CSW62
Briefing for indigenous women’s organizations: Monday March 12, 1pm – 2:30 pm, Secretariat building, Room S-1521
Side Events: SPFII are co-sponsoring 2 panel discussions –
- Thurs March 15, CR 12, 6:30-7:45 pm: Indigenous Women: Key Actors in Achieving the 2030 Agenda (Implementing SDG 5)
- Tues March 20, CR A, 1:15-2:30 pm: Indigenous women rights: a vital tool to ensure gender equality and economic and social empowerment
CSW61 (2017) The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the UNHQ in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.
Priority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work
Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)
Focus area: The empowerment of indigenous women
Meetings coverage – Commission focuses on Empowerment Indigenous Women, assessing millennium development goals, as session continues (WOM/2110)
Press conference on Empowering Indigenous Women and Girls
Speakers include: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UNDESA; Tarcila Rivera Zea, Director of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum, Quechua, Peru and Aminatu Samiratu Gambo, Indigenous Information Network Kenya, Mbororo, Cameroon.
Video – A historical year: Indigenous Women as a focus area at CSW 61.
A Panel discussion entitled “Challenges and Opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of Indigenous Women” in Conference Room 7, on Friday, 17 March 2017 from 6.20pm to 7.40pm. The event is organized by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues/DSPD/DESA, in cooperation with Un Women. Participants registered to attend the CSW61 are welcome to attend the side event. Details of the event here >>>
IANGWE invited also SPFII to provide information on Indigenous Peoples, to read the 2017 IANGWE annual meeting report click here >>>
CSW60 (2016) The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the UNHQ in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016.
Priority theme: Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development — Report of CSW60 – Agreed conclusions
Review theme: The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
As concrete result of the CSW60, is the adoption of a paragraph in reference to indigenous women in the Agreed conclusion:
“Strengthening normative, legal and policy frameworks
23. (v) Formulate and implement, in collaboration with indigenous peoples, in particular indigenous women and their organizations, policies and programmes designed to promote capacity-building and strengthen their leadership while recognizing the distinct and important role of indigenous women and girls in sustainable development, and prevent and eliminate discrimination and violence against indigenous women and girls, which has a negative impact on their human rights and fundamental freedoms, to which they are disproportionately vulnerable and which constitutes a major impediment to indigenous women’s full, equal and effective participation in society, the economy, and political decision-making;”
A Panel discussion entitled “Empowerment of Indigenous Women” was organized by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), the Group of Friends of Indigenous Peoples (Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, Paraguay and Peru), UN Women and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues/DSPD/DESA. Please click here to download the Flyer and programme
Another panel discussion entitled “Indigenous Women and Girls: A Pathways to Equality”, at ECOSOC Chamber – Conference Building from on 17 March 2016 from 1.15pm to 2.30pm. The event is organized by Canada, the Group of Friends of Indigenous Peoples, the United States of America and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
SPFII briefed the 2016 IANGWE annual session on the preparation of SWAP and urged to include questions to the membership on the situation of indigenous peoples and indigenous women. To read the 2016 IANGWE report click here >>>
Indigenous women’s participation at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 9 to 20 March 2015
The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives.
The session addressed opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
On 13 March 2015, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) and the International Forum on Indigenous Women (FIMI) organized the Panel discussion on“Beijing+20: The voices of Indigenous women” on the occasion of the Beijing +20 review to celebrate the achievements of indigenous women and girls, and to highlight persisting obstacles to the full realization of their rights. Since its first session, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has paid special attention to indigenous women, including by focusing its third session on the issue. Programme here EN | ES | FR
Press conference on indigenous women’s rights held on 9 March 2015 during CSW59. Click here for the video of the press conference
Indigenous women’s participation at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 4 to 15 March 2013
A major success at the 57th CSW was the adoption of agreed conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls on 15 March 2013. The result is due not only to the marvellous work of States but also to the persistence and advice of the more than 600 NGOs gathered at the United Nations, including Indigenous women from around the world. In this regard, “27. The Commission reaffirms that indigenous women often suffer multiple forms of discrimination and poverty which increase their vulnerability to all forms of violence; and stresses the need to seriously address violence against indigenous women and girls.”
Other events with the participation of Indigenous women at CSW57:
About 30 indigenous women from different parts of the world participated at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2013 in New York. Indigenous women participated very actively in a press conference organized by DPI/SPFII in cooperation with FIMI; side events including “Indigenous Women’s Watch Against Violence” organized by FIMI; ”Indigenous women building their autonomy for the eradication of violence and a life with dignity’’ organized by FIMI and co-sponsored by UNICEF & SPFII. Also, a reception in honour of Indigenous Women was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations.
Indigenous women’s participation at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 27 February to 9 March 2012
The Chairperson of the Permanent Forum presented the report of the international expert group meeting on “Combating violence against women and girls: article 22 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” on 8 March 2012.
A major success at the 56th CSW was the adoption of Resolution 56/4 Indigenous women: key actors in poverty and hunger eradication (page 22) of document (E/CN.6/2012/16). This is a landmark achievement in terms of the recognition of the role of indigenous women and their traditional knowledge in the development process towards poverty eradication.
CSW49 / Beijing+15 (2005)
About 60 indigenous women from different parts of the world participated at the 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March in New York, where the review and evaluation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action took place. Indigenous women participated in two official panels and six side events, held two press conferences, attended a week-long seminar on international issues, adopted a declaration and proposed a resolution on indigenous women and girls that was finally adopted at the Commission on the Status of Women.
At CSW49 the Resolution 49/7. Indigenous women: beyond the then-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (page 23) of document (E/CN.6/2005/11) was adopted. It is the first resolution on indigenous women at the CSW, it highlights their rights and specific needs, including poverty and violence, and was considered a big achievement of the indigenous women’s work.