BPW International is an active participant at the annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York where we take the opinions of our members to the highest level.
The principal output of the Commission on the Status of Women is the agreed conclusions on priority themes set for each year. Agreed conclusions contain an assessment of progress, as well as of gaps and challenges. In particular, they contain a set of concrete recommendations for action by Governments, intergovernmental bodies and other institutions, civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders, to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local level.
In addition to the agreed conclusions, the Commission also adopts a number of resolutions on a range of issues, including the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women; and women, the girl child and HIV and AIDS.
The annual report of the Commission is submitted to the Economic and Social Council for adoption.
Dr Anu Mundkur, Associate Director of the Gender Consortium at Flinders University, was selected to join the Australian government delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held in New York in March. BPW International conducts successful consultations, trainings and side events during the annual Commission on the Status of Women and seeks to influence the outcomes document. Over recent years, a number of BPW Australia members have attended CSW in New York and contributed to the work of BPW International at this level.
On 24 May Anu presented the symposium Reflections on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Link to the video: http://video.flinders.edu.au/events/ReflectionsOnTheUnitedNations_24May2016.cfm