The Commission on the Status of Women has decided on its multi-year program for the coming five years.

The themes that were agreed upon are:

  • For the 54th session in 2010: Review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action and the outcome of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly.
  • For the 55th session in 2011: Women and girls in science and technologies: increasing opportunities in education, research and employment. Review theme: agreed conclusions from the 2007 session on the “Elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against the girl child.”
  • For the 56th session in 2012: The empowerment of rural women, in relation to climate change and food security. Review theme: the agreed conclusions from the 2008 session on “Financing for gender equality and empowerment of women.”
  • For the 57th session in 2013: Addressing stereotypes which constrain the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women, including in decision-making. Review theme: the agreed conclusions from the 2009 session on “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care-giving in the context of HIV/AIDS.”
  • For the 58th session in 2014: Prevention of violence against women and girls. Review theme: the agreed conclusions from the 2011 session, “Women and girls in science and technology: Increasing opportunities in education, research and employment.”

For more information, check out: Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Women’s United Nations Report Network, and the International Women’s Tribune Centre.