The 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women: A Time for Reflection, Solutions, and Moving ForwardThursday, February 25th, 2010
Beginning on March 1st and going through March 12th, the 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place in New York City. This meeting is said to be” the largest single gathering of human rights activists”, according to ipsnews.com.
One of the major discussion topics of the meeting is the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1955 and its successes and failures. The mission of this platform was to establish shared power and responsibility between men and women at home, in the workplace, and in national and international communities. The ultimate goal is empowerment of women, but other concerns mentioned include poverty, education, health, violence against women, armed conflict, the economy, the environment, and the discrimination again female children, to name a few
Of these, one of the major concerns is the increase in poverty and hunger. With the economy in such a state, progress and help in those areas is slowing considerably, and in most countries, the majority of those in poverty are women. One-fourth of households are headed by women, while many others have women as co-heads of household; these households are among the poorest because women’s wages are so disproportionate to those of men. This means that these women and their children are among the malnourished and uneducated, which makes them prime targets for abuse and sexual trade.
This meeting of the Commission of the Status of Women is taking place to reflect on what the platform has done and what more can be done in the future to decrease poverty, raise education opportunities, and give women the power and the voice to make change. In a crisis, it is important not to slow progress, but instead campaign even harder. PeaceKeeper is sure that with so many active minds coming together at the Commission, solutions–smart, powerful, effective, long-lasting solutions–will be found.
The PeaceKeeper Team
(Writer: Renee Estey. Editor: Jessica Smith.)