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Rutgers speaks at CSW59 plenary

These weeks gender equality activists and advocates from all over the globe are coming together in New York city where from 9 to 20 March the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) is being held. As Rutgers has ECOSOC status, we can make an oral statement in the plenary meeting.

​Starting on International women’s day, March 8, activists, governments, NGOs and international agencies will reflect on how far we are with gender equality. During the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, countries made comprehensive commitments and envisioned gender equality in all dimensions of life. However, no country has yet finished this agenda.

Women earn less than men and are more likely to work in poor-quality jobs. A third suffer physical or sexual violence in their lifetime and gaps in reproductive rights and health care leave 800 women dying in childbirth each day. Twenty years later, the Platform of Action remains a powerful source of guidance and inspiration.

CSW59 looks at the current challenges that affect the implementation of the Beijing commitments Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Furthermore, the session will address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

Post 2015 agenda

As the Millenium Development Goals are about to be replaced by the post-2015 agenda in September, Rutgers is joining other global gender activists in calling for a standalone transformative gender equality goal in the new sustainable development goals, and for gender equality to be integrated into all of the other goals.


Rutgers advocates and technical experts are in New York to attend the CSW meeting. With our consultative status, we will speak during the plenary, and have also submitted a written statement. This statement has been written together with representatives from the MenEngage network.

On Thursday 12 March Rutgers, together with partners from the MenCare+ programme, will host a parallel event on Achieving Gender Equality by Engaging Men. The event will zoom in on the challenges and root causes of gender inequality and will highlight the opportunities that we see through engaging men, to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women.