59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The Indian Law ResourceCenter will be participating in the fifty-ninth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 9-20, 2015. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.

The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.  The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Center submitted a joint statement with the National Congress of American Indians highlighting the issue of violence against indigenous women and girls and the need to reform laws to better protect them. The statement also includes recommendations for expanding the post-2015 development agenda (which will replace the Millennium Development Goals) to include language recognizing the diversity of women and rights of women and children to be free from violence.

All official meetings of the Commission will be broadcast live or on demand via United Nations Web TV at http://webtv.un.org.

Read full statement.