Find Out What's Happening at the UN Commission on the Status of Women
From 11-22 March, the 63rd gathering of the Commission on the Status of Women will meet at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
What is the Commission on the Status of Women?
The UN Commission on the Status of Women, known as CSW, is an initiative of UN Women which has an extremely important task:
to generate discussion and develop policy to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls worldwide.
How does the CSW affect Israel?
Each year, CSW member states debate and vote on a series of resolutions which cover important and broad-ranging topics. And every year, only one country is singled out for its treatment of women: Israel.
Members of the Commission consistently vote on a resolution that places the majority of the blame on Israel for the dire circumstances of Palestinian women living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Yet, the CSW fails to acknowledge the actions of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in suppressing its female population and encouraging a staggering atmosphere of gender-based violence.
What can be done?
We know that the Israel-Palestine conflict is extremely complex and that unfortunately, there have been many innocent civilians, including women, who have suffered on both sides. However, a one-sided resolution which fails to address all the major challenges facing Palestinian women will not promote gender equality in the Middle East.
We are calling on all voting members of the CSW to oppose this resolution and ensure it is not brought to vote this year. Instead, let’s work together to tackle all the major obstacles to female empowerment in the Middle East and truly achieve gender equality.
What can YOU do?
It is unfathomable that the UN continues to condemn the country with the Middle East's highest levels of gender equality. Over the course of the week, we will be releasing a series of content on our social media pages that reveal the realities on the ground.