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Time for Action: the EU at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

10/03/2019 - 18:48
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At the United Nations, the European Union and its Member States are at the forefront of the efforts to promote all human rights of all women and girls. We want them to achieve equal rights in all aspects of life, from education, health and family planning, to the labour market, the economy and politics.

HRVP Federica Mogherini at the launch of the Spotlight Initiative

The European Union at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Led by Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission

This year, the CSW will consider three linked priority areas: how social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure can contribute to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. This year’s session will be groundbreaking because it explores the connection between gender equality and social protection for the first time.

Supporting Women in Europe and across the world

Gender equality is one of the European Union’s fundamental values

Sixty-two years ago, gender equality was enshrined in the Treaty of Rome as a fundamental value. At that time, the EU’s commitment to the principle was unique in the world. Since then, the EU has continued to lead and has made concrete progress on all fronts.  

At the United Nations, the European Union and its Member States are at the forefront of the efforts to promote all human rights of all women and girls. We want them to achieve equal rights in all aspects of life, from education, health and family planning, to the labour market, the economy and politics.

In 2017, the European Union and the United Nations joined forces on the Spotlight Initiative, a global, multi-year programme focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. With an initial investment of EUR 500 million, the EU committed to working with regional partners to eliminate one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations. To date, the Spotlight Initiative has been launched in Latin America and the Pacific, with programmes planned for Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. Together they will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and their gender-sensitive targets.

“The EU works tirelessly to defend the rights of women & girls worldwide”

Empowering all women and girls requires focusing on education, work and social protection, and by tackling these three dimensions together, the EU is committed to delivering on its Agenda 2030 targets. 

Within the EU and beyond, promoting economic independence, closing the gender gap and advancing the gender balance in decision-making are embedded in all EU policies.

European Union Side Events during CSW63

Heba, Syrian woman

Women on the Frontlines: Lessons learnt from Syria & Yemen 

Moderated by EU HRVP Mogherini and UN Women ED Mlambo-Ngcuka Hosted by the EU Delegation,12 March at 15:30

Access to rights for women & girls who are victims of trafficking

United Nations Headquarters CR-11, 13 March at 13:15

Transgender & non-conforming people and access to public services

United Nations Headquarters CR-11, 14 March at 13:15

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