EFOMW participated in the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). This years conference was organised online 15-26 March 2021, and gathered representatives of member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world.

The priority theme of this session was: “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.
The session also reviewed the agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session, “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development”.

At the Opening session, UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka spoke about the crisis that COVID-19 pandemic caused for women aroud the world, how it disproportionately hit women and what devastating effect it has on the work for gender equality. She called for bold and strong moves to propel us toward gender equality, end the discrimination against women and girls and empower all of us.
She also highlighted that civil society have worked very hard to reach any progress in this question but what we also need is political political will to achieve real change.

Session Outcomes takes the form of agreed conclusions, to be negotiated by all Member States. The Commission on the Status of Women adopted agreed conclusions on “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” on 26 March 2021.

Read the Agreed Conclusions as pdf here