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  • The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) ended

    Mar 27th, 2017

    The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held from 13 to 23 March 2017 at the UN headquarters in New York under the theme: "Economic Empowerment of Women in a World of Work in full evolution". The Minister for Women, Child Welfare and Solidarity, Professor Mariatou KONE led the Ivorian delegation.During the session, participants and experts discussed issues relating to the status and economic empowerment of women, trafficking in persons, gender-based violence, gender equality and other themes. On the sidelines of the opening ceremony and the declaration sessions, Minister Mariatou KONE animated and chaired several high-level panels, notably the one organized by the NGO CARE and co-sponsored by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and the Ministry of the children's families and women's rights of France under the theme Economic empowerment of women and financial inclusion: key levers for fair and sustainable development.

    High-level speakers were present, including Ms Michaëlle Jean, Secretary-General of the OIF, Minister Mariatou KONE, UN Under-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of Policies and Programs, UN Women, the French Minister for Families and the Deputy Director-General of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.Minister Mariatou KONE seized the opportunity to discuss progress at the political level, but also challenges in terms of investment and behavior. It noted that the large-scale actions carried out by Côte d'Ivoire, since the accession to the highest office of the President of the Republic of His Excellency Mr. Alassane OUATTARA, notably the inclusion of the parity in the new constitution, the creation of a fund for women's support by the First Lady of Cote d'Ivoire, compulsory school for all, the existence of a fund in the Ministry of Women, Child Protection and Solidarity and many other projects launched by the State of Cote d'Ivoire to provide concrete answers to the problems of women.

    In addition to this panel, the Minister made use of her stay by meetings and working sessions and exchanges with several institutions and partners, including UN Women, UNFPA, ECOWAS, OIF and many others. The Sociologist Anthropologist then set sail on the permanent mission of the Ivory Coast to the United Nations where the presidents of associations of Ivorian women residing in New York awaited it.The exchanges, which lasted around two hours, focused on social cohesion, union and future projects. The Minister invited the associations to unite and organize. She urged them above all to put an end to quarrels and to develop projects.

    The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (Resolution 11). It is the principal intergovernmental body on a global scale dedicated exclusively to the promotion of gender equality and Empowerment of women. Each CSW annual session focuses on a specific theme relevant to structural and emerging issues related to gender and the status of women in the world.In line with its multi-year work program (2017-2020), the sixty-first session of the Committee on the Status of Women has as its priority theme "the economic empowerment of women in a changing world of work". The Committee will examine these issues within the framework of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women , The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the relevant conventions of the World Labor Organization, including the Decent Work for Women Convention, 189 (No. 189) and the Equal Opportunities Convention, 156 Treatment for workers of both sexes and the Sustainable Development Program to 2030.