58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

The priority theme for 2014 was challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

This year's review theme was access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.

This page includes links to the latest news from our delegation at CSW, including live blogs, tweets and photos.

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Soroptimist Events at CSW

SI has organised side events to examine how we can break down barriers for men and women and challenge stereotypes about what have traditionally been perceived as "male" or "female" careers.

'Pink is the New Blue: Opening Doors for Women and Girls', with WAGGGs and the YWCA explored the barriers faced by girls and women in entering into traditionally male-dominated fields, primarily in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Tuesday March 11th ,12.30pm in Guildhall of the Armenian Convention Center.

'Blue is the New Pink: Gender Equality through Men and Boys' was an all-male panel, hosted by an all-female organisation. It featured the male perspective on breaking down gender stereotypes and working to achieve gender equality for both women and men.  Wednesday 12th March, 4.30pm - 10th Floor of the Church Center.

Soroptimist International partnered with Solar Cookers International on a side event which discussed the benefits of solar energy in natural disasters and in conflict areas. Monday March 10th, 8:30am in the Ballroom 2 of the Armenian Center.

International President Ann Garvie participated in a panel with Zonta International, which consisted of five leading women's NGOs. Tuesday March 11th, 4:30pm in the Y Room of the Armenian Center.

Soroptimist International also spoke at ‘Half the Sky is Not Enough, Propelling Women and Girls Upward from MDGs to SDGs’ along with the Armenian Relief Society and the International Council of Jewish Women which discussed three global initiatives that were created during the MDGs which promise to catapult women and girls upward through the post-2015 development period. Wednesday, March 12, 2:30pm, Chapel of the Church Center.


Latest Updates

CSW58 Agreed Conclusions: strengths, weaknesses and next steps (28 March) In depth analysis of the Agreed Conclusions against SI's key asks.

CSW58: What does it mean for Soroptimists and what happens next? (28 March) 

Down to the Wire for Women and Girls: Final negotiations at #CSW58 (24 March) UN Rep Bette Levy reports on the final, tense evening of negotiations. 

"Milestone" agreement at Commission on the Status of Women..but much more work to be done #CSW58(24 March) CSW has agreed conclusions! 

URGENT: Governments must stand by existing commitments to womens rights! #CSW58  (21 March) As some govts seek to backtrack on existing agreements, SI issues an urgent lobbying call.

Daily updates from SIGBI  Delegates from the SIGBI federation continue to post daily updates on this page.

Lobbying continues at #CSW58 - Caucuses, Co-ordination and Draft Conclusions (March 19) Read about what our week 2 delegation are doing to promote strong and effective final outcomes.

Volunteering at the CSW (March 19) Retired UN Representative Yoko Komori Olson blogs about her experience as a volunteer at the big event.

A Day in the Life of the International Programme Director! (March 17) Hilary Ratcliffe lets us into her world at the CSW in our latest SoroptiVoice blog!

The World We Want for Girls (March 14) Hilary Ratcliffe reports on a WAGGGs and UN Millennium Campaign event that explored the building blocks needed to achieve the perfect world for girls, and for everyone.  

Gender Equality - A Fairy Tale for Men and Boys? (14 March) New Soroptimist Film Launched at the #CSW58.

Highlights from #CSW58 week 1  (14 March) a report on the week so far: improved transparency,  focus on a standalone goal on gender equality, emphasis on men and boys as partners for change, 5 successful parallel events, Soroptimists meet Lakshmi Puri, and our largest ever delegation! 

Breaking down damaging stereotypes for men, boys, women and girls - #CSW58 side events(14 March) Reilly Dempsey reports back on SI's successful first all-male panel at a CSW event, examining a male perspective on gender equality.

Day 3 News & 2 Successful Side Events! (13 March). The areas of contention being debated & a taster of our side events!  

Half the sky is not enough: Technology and Gender Equity at CSW58 (13 March) President Ann reports from this side event, which looked at some ways technology can empower women and the World Bank's emphasis on the economic arguments for equality.

Key Issues from Day 2 (12 March) including news on the draft conclusions and SI's latest side events.

International President Ann Garvie blogs from the Side Event she participated in with Zonta International (12 March) Read about the event here and the Key Asks President Ann put forward.

Opening doors to science, tech, engineering and math careers for women and girls - #CSW58 side event (12 March) Hilary Ratcliffe reports on SI's side event with WAGGGs and World YWCA.

News from Day one of the CSW 58 (11 March) Read highlights from Day One of the Commission including priority areas SI delegates must continue to lobby for.

IPD Hilary Ratcliffe blogs on the events so far! (11 March) Hilary reports on the Consultation Day, SI's Advocacy Training & SI's networking reception.

Solar Cooking Side Event (11 March) Read Hilary Ratcliffe's Blog on SI's co-hosted  side event entitled 'Solar Cooking: Power to Change Lives'

A Spotlight on Solar Energy - #CSW58 Side Event with Solar Cookers International (10 Mar 14) SIE President Elect Maria Elisabetta de Franciscis spoke about the importance of education within the context of solar cooking and described a joint SI Kenya/Denmark project, SI's first CSW side-event.

Soroptimist reception (SoroptimistGal) (10 Mar 14) The Soroptimist delegation gathered for a briefing, reception and inspiring speech from SI President Ann Garvie...and there were prizes! 

NGO CSW Forum (SIGBI) (9 Mar 14)  Barbara Dixon reports the consultation day, including an address by UN Women Exec Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on SIGBI's website.

Renewed efforts to advance gender equality are needed to implement MDGs, warns UN Women before #CSW58(07 Mar 14)  UN Women has highlighted the major problems that continue to face women and girls and the need for increased attention to be paid to tackling them after the Millennium Development Goals. 

SI to Host its First All-Male Panel at the CSW58
(04 Feb 14) Introducing our male speakers for SI's first all-male panel, as well as our key partners for this year's CSW 58 side events.

SI Side Events: Challenging Gender Stereotypes at the CSW58
(30 Jan 14) Soroptimist International will be holding and partnering in several side events at the CSW58. SI will hold its first ever all-male panel, to highlight the need to break down barriers for men and boys in order to achieve gender equality. Read about our events here!

Towards Gender Equality: SI Statement and Lobbying Pack
(29 Jan 14) In spite of the groundbreaking achievements of the MDGs, women and girls are still poorer than their male counterparts. Read SI's written statement and find out how you can lobby for change in the run up to CSW58!


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