Swedish Minister for Gender Equality highlights the vulnerability of women and girls in war at CSW session in New York
On 14–16 March, Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér will head Sweden’s delegation at the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This year’s overarching theme is women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. Sweden will organise a seminar on displaced women and girls.
This year's Commission on the Status of Women, which marks the 60th time the forum has been organised, brings together the UN Member States and is the world's foremost intergovernmental body working globally to strengthen the situation of women and gender equality. Last year, 4 400 participants from 640 civil society organisations took part.
"It is important that the world's countries gather at the UN to promote women's rights in these times of violence and conflict. In addition, there is now a new framework based on the Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda," says Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér, who has attended the CSW forum a dozen or so times, of which this year will be her second as a government minister.
Ms Regnér will deliver a speech at the General Assembly and host Sweden's seminar on displaced women and girls. During the three days of the session, she will also have bilateral meetings on gender equality issues with the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Germany, Argentina and others. Ms Regnér will also meet with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women.
In addition to politicians and government officials, Sweden's delegation will include two members of the Riksdag and four civil society representatives (the Swedish Women's Lobby, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, the Girl Child Platform and the Swedish National Committee for UN Women).
Ms Regnér will be available for interviews. Please contact her press secretary, Joanna Abrahamsson, who will be on-site in New York.