Ecumenical Women has just released our CSW58 advocacy statement to the general public, which will guide our advocacy efforts throughout the 58th Commission on the Status of Women, set to begin on March 10. You can find the statement in its entirety here: CSW58 Advocacy Statement.
While highlighting the important role faith communities have played in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the statement recognizes that there has been unequal progress made under the MDGs, particularly as they relate to women and girls. As the international community begins moving forward toward a post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the MDGs, this statement affirms that the promotion of gender equality from a human rights perspective and the contributions and empowerment of women and girls of all ages are fundamental, as enshrined in the Beijing Platform and international laws, and are necessary to ensure gender justice and sustainable development.
The statement also highlights four areas of successes and challenges in the MDGs as they relate to women and girls:
- Poverty and hunger
- Access to quality education, employment and decision-making
- Violence against women and girls
The statement then concludes by highlighting that the ecumenical community effectively has been pursuing the ideals of the Millennium Development Goals for centuries and we will continue to pursue a just development system long after 2015. While continuing to work towards the achievement of the MDGs is important, we also acknowledge that a transformative change must take place to achieve equality and to generate a more peaceful and prosperous future for all.
We encourage you to read our statement in its entirety, and continue to check out http://www.ecumenicalwomen.org as we release additional information in the run-up to the 58th Commission on the Status of Women. Thanks so much!