The precedence theme for this yr’s CSW, an annual, two-week lengthy occasion which has been advancing rights for girls since 1946, was the continuing discrimination, abuse, and misogyny ladies face within the digital world.
The goal was to advance progress in the direction of levelling the digital enjoying subject, and to handle persistent points that have an effect on ladies and women, together with restricted entry to know-how, disproportionate on-line violence, and underrepresentation and gender bias in tech industries.
The end result doc of the Fee, formally the “Agreed Conclusions” of the 45 Member States, acknowledged the essential function of know-how and innovation in attaining gender equality.
In a press release launched by UN Ladies 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 complete 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 linked world’
Talking on the conclusion of the negotiations, UN Ladies Government Director, Sima Bahous, mentioned: “This yr’s Agreed Conclusions are game-changing and produce ahead our imaginative and prescient of a extra equal and linked world for girls and women in all their variety. It’s our job, as we depart right here immediately, to translate them into actuality. The last word success of those Agreed Conclusions lies past their finalization immediately, in how we’ll collectively take them ahead. Allow us to translate them into actuality for all ladies 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 training. The Agreed Conclusions additionally condemned the interrelation between offline and on-line violence, harassment, and discrimination towards ladies and women.
The Fee known 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 protected and gender-responsive know-how and innovation. It additionally underlined the necessity for inclusive and equitable high quality training in science, know-how, engineering, and arithmetic, info and communications know-how, and digital literacy to make sure that all ladies 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 individuals, youth representatives of delegations, civil society, and United Nations organizations, participating in dialogue and offering suggestions on how to make sure younger ladies and women are a part of the digital transformation.
Necessary contributions had been made by a variety of civil society organizations, together with members of the Motion Coalition on Know-how and Innovation for Gender Equality, launched as a part of the Era Equality Discussion board, 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 means of know-how and innovation.