The 58th Session Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) gathered in New York from 10 – 21 March 2014 to discuss and review the progress of the Millennium Development Goals as we approach the fifteen year deadline, coming in 2015. It also aimed at addressing the forthcoming challenges in the sustainable development agenda Post-2015 from a gender perspective.
Local authorities’ representatives attended the meetings, among whom UCLG World Secretariat and the President of REFELA (Network of Local Elected Women of Africa) a member of the UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality.
Invited to speak at the formal interactive panel on “accountability and participation of women and girls for implementation of the MDGs”, Ms. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick, Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina, Mauritania and President of REFELA, highlighted that, disappointingly, there had not been enough attention given to the key role of local governance as providers of the basic environment to promote development and equity. She therefore called upon States to ensure local authorities are provided with the legal, technical and financial capacities to implement local gender-responsive policies, in particular given the increasingly urban world that is giving way to new types of inequalities that must be addressed at local and regional level.
In that sense, local and regional authorities welcome in the agreed conclusion adopted by the Commission, the great place given to governance, including the request to “ensure women’s full and equal participation in decision making at all levels”. Indeed, increased participation of women in decision-making will be key to “mainstreaming [of] a gender perspective into development policies at all levels in all sectors” and ensure an inclusive sustainable development agenda.
Finally, the Commission calls for both a stand-alone goal on gender equality and women empowerment and to mainstream a gender-sensitive approach through targets and indicators into all goals of any new development framework.
Find a short analysis by UCLG of the agreed conclusions HERE.
Read the official conclusions HERE.