Commission on the Status of Women 2016

The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016, attended by state representatives and advocates for gender equality from across the world.

The priority theme for the event wass: 'Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development'. It also reviewed work on 'The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.'

Official UN Women website: Includes the organisation of work and a full list of side events.

NGO CSW Forum: Civil society forum to network, share strategies/good practices, and lobby governments. Includes full schedule of parallel events. 

IDS co-organised two parallel events:

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  • Follow #CSW60 on social media.
  • Jenny Edwards from the Interactions team will be there. Follow @Jen_Edw and @GrOW4Women for updates direct from the event.
  • Email us your comments and thoughts.

Connecting perspectives

A new IDS Bulletin makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women's opportunities and choices and realise women's empowerment in a meaningful way. 

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Sustainable Women’s Economic Empowerment: Looking Beyond Labour Force Participation

Tuesday 22 March, 2.30pm EST. 10th Floor, UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza

Women’s increasing entry into the labour market has not been matched by a change in the gendered division of unpaid care work. To turn this ‘double burden’ of work for women into a ‘double boon’ we need to achieve a fair and equitable balance between unpaid care work and paid work

Drawing on research knowledge from the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) programme, this event addressed these questions and challenged understandings of women's economic empowerment that neglect the issue of care. Researchers provided recent evidence from the field on the everyday challenges women face in balancing their paid and unpaid work.

Follow this event: #CSW60GrOW #unpaidcare #CSW60 to keep up with the event

Follow: @GrOW4Women @Jen_Edw and @IDRC_CRDI on Twitter

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When women’s empowerment isn’t enough: Provocations on power to address intersectional inequality

Wednesday 23 March, 12.30pm EST. Boss Room, 8th Floor, UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza.

The panel brought insights together from a diverse field of cutting-edge work on unpaid care, gender violence, sexuality and masculinities. The Sustainable Development Goal principles reflect a shared commitment by the international development community to ‘leave no one behind’. Evidence from research, however, reveals the extent to which development is undermined by a failure to recognise power in much work on gender, sexuality and women’s empowerment. This session presented findings from research partnerships that have adopted an intersectional approach to sustainable development.

Follow: @SexualityPovLaw and @Jen_Edw on Twitter

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