The 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) started on Monday with Ambassador Marjon Kamara, Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations as its Chair. The priority theme this year is “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges”. In the Secretary General’s report it is stated that:
“An estimated two thirds of the 400 million poor livestock keepers worldwide are women,” and
“About 1,000 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day and 99 per cent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Women giving birth in urban areas are twice as likely to be attended by skilled health workers as women in rural areas.”
So what can we do to empower rural women? And what role do rural women play in eradicating poverty and fighting hunger?
Watch UN Women‘s video about rural women and equal opportunities.
We are excited to follow the discussions at the CSW56 and look forward to the results of the panels, side events and discussions. You can also follow the action in New York on Twitter through #CSW56 and @UN_CSW and on Facebook. You can also follow the live webcast here.
Are you currently at the events? Let us know what you think about the discussions.
Get a taste of the action. Take a peak of the concert to End Female Genital Mutilation with Angelique Kidjo at the UN, which took place on Tuesday evening. Want to know more about female genital mutilation? Read our informative and inspirational blog posts.