by Mary Gindhart, the Grail

The U.S. Delegation to CSW 2009 gave an informal briefing to participants in CSW yesterday. The participants and NGO community gave the delegation statements of what they wanted in the Agreed Conclusions for the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The delegates only began to work together in the last few days, and given the still-new Obama administration, many of the questions raised by participants are still being reviewed by the State Department.

To respect the wishes of the U.S. delegation, we will not report on what the U.S. delegates said, as the meeting was “off the record.” However, a number of themes were raised by representatives of NGOs and Ecumenical Women, including:

  • The ratification of CEDAW, the Optional Protocol; the rights of the Child and the December 18, 2008 statement about sexual orientation
  • The proposed gender architecture of the United Nations
  • Working on Violence Against Women
  • The impact of climate change on the lives of women; and
  • Reproductive health, justice, and rights