Over 8,000 women from all walks of life and from different parts of world converged at the UN headquarters in New York from March 13-24 for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The theme for the 2017 Commission was “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work.”
In his opening remarks for the event, the UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, thanked and welcomed all the women to the United Nations headquarters. He commended the women for raising their voices for women’s equality and dignity around the world, and reaffirmed his commitment to gender parity in the United Nations system. Below is an excerpt from Mr. Guterres’ welcome speech at the CSW61:
“In a male dominated world, the empowerment of women must be a key priority. Women already have what it takes to succeed. Empowerment is about breaking structural barriers. Men still dominate, even in countries that consider themselves progressive. Male chauvinism blocks women and that hurts everyone.
We are all better off when we open doors of opportunity for women and girls; in boardrooms and classrooms, in military ranks and at peace talks, in all aspects of productive life.”
SNDatUN Office had eight delegates to the CSW61. Read the Outcome document from the CSW161 here.
Read more: About CSW61 http://bit.ly/2fkuuvH
UN Secretary General’s Opening remarks for the CSW61; http://bit.ly/2mCppAR