CSO representatives selected to participate in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Feb 23, 2017

Five representatives of Civil Society Organizations in Nepal have been selected by the United Nations Country Team to participate in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held at the UN headquarters in New York from 13-24 March 2017.

Chini Maya Majhi, Chairperson of the National Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF); Gaura Nepali, President and Chairperson of the Center for Dalit Women Nepal (CSAG); Ritu Thapa, Vice-President of the Indigenous Women Legal Awareness Group (INWOLAG); Sabitra Kumari Bhujel (Chepang), Founding Chairperson of the Nepal Chepang Women Association (NCWA); and Toma Lama, Executive President of Mugal Indigenous Women Upliftment Institute (MIWUI) are all set to attend the CSW61, supported and facilitated by the UN Country Team. The candidates were chosen based on their potential to contribute to women’s economic empowerment in the country, in particular that of indigenous women.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.

This year, the Commission will address ‘Women’s empowerment in the changing world of work’ as its priority theme, and the 'Empowerment of indigenous women' as the key focus area. The Commission will also review the theme from the 58th Session of the CSW: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

The twelve-day session will include a ministerial segment with round tables and other high level interactive dialogues, a general discussion, as well as informal consultations. Stakeholders will organize many side events to draw attention to critical aspects of the work on gender equality.

For more information: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017