The precedence theme for this 12 months’s CSW, an annual, two-week lengthy occasion which has been advancing rights for women since 1946, was the continued discrimination, abuse, and misogyny girls face within the digital world.
The goal was to advance progress in the direction of levelling the digital taking part in area, and to handle persistent points that have an effect on girls and women, together with restricted entry to know-how, disproportionate on-line violence, and underrepresentation and gender bias in tech industries.
The result doc of the Fee, formally the “Agreed Conclusions” of the 45 Member States, acknowledged the vital position of know-how and innovation in attaining gender equality.
In a statement launched by UN Women on Saturday, the doc was described as a “blueprint for all stakeholders, together with governments, the non-public sector, civil society and youth to advertise the total and equal participation and management of girls and women within the design, transformation and integration of digital applied sciences and innovation processes that fulfil the human rights and desires of girls and women.”
A ‘imaginative and prescient of a extra equal and related world’
Talking on the conclusion of the negotiations, UN Ladies Govt Director, Sima Bahous, stated: “This 12 months’s Agreed Conclusions are game-changing and convey ahead our imaginative and prescient of a extra equal and related world for girls and women in all their range. It’s our job, as we depart right here as we speak, to translate them into actuality. The final word success of those Agreed Conclusions lies past their finalization as we speak, in how we’ll collectively take them ahead. Allow us to translate them into actuality for all girls and women.”
In addition to reaffirming the significance of girls and women’ full participation and management in science, know-how and innovation, concern was expressed in regards to the restricted progress in closing the gender hole in entry to applied sciences, connectivity, digital literacy, and schooling. The Agreed Conclusions additionally condemned the interrelation between offline and on-line violence, harassment, and discrimination towards girls and women.
The Fee referred to as for considerably elevated private and non-private sector investments to bridge the gender digital divide, extra inclusive innovation eco-systems, and the promotion of secure and gender-responsive know-how and innovation. It additionally underlined the necessity for inclusive and equitable high quality schooling in science, know-how, engineering, and arithmetic, info and communications know-how, and digital literacy to make sure that all girls and women can thrive in a quickly altering world.
Youth on the centre of discussions
For the primary time, CSW included an interactive youth session with younger folks, youth representatives of delegations, civil society, and United Nations organizations, partaking in dialogue and offering suggestions on how to make sure younger girls and women are a part of the digital transformation.
Vital contributions had been made by a variety of civil society organizations, together with members of the Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality, launched as a part of the Generation Equality Forum, a civil society-focused group convened by UN Ladies.
The Motion Coalition has made a major contribution in the direction of cementing alliances between Governments, non-public sector, civil society, and the UN system, and in driving momentum and commitments to advance gender equality by know-how and innovation.