By Claire Wanja
Kenya is pressing for the enhancement of national institutions that deal with gender equality and women’s empowerment in the ongoing Commission of Status of Women (CSW) conference, which begun in New York on Monday.
At the conference, Kenyan delegation is calling for financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the 2030 Agenda and Fostering gender-responsive data design, collection and analysis.
Led by Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Sicily K. Kariuki, the delegation will also argue on the importance of global leaders fulfillment of promises on gender equality and women empowerment, advancement of gender equality in devolved government system, Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion of Women and sustainable and Free Maternal Health Services.
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The commission’s 60th session annual two-week session is being attended by representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities at the UN headquarters in New York.
The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
It is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The conference is expected to address issues that touch on enhancing national institutional arrangements for strengthening normative, legal and policy frameworks for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Other key issues that will be discussed include Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development, and the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Member states also discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd special session of the General Assembly held in 2000 (Beijing+5), on Gender Equality, Peace and Development as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women.