On behalf of UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary General Lakshmi Puri, please see attached an analysis report of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that took place this March. The CSW assumed particular significance this year not only as it celebrated its milestone sixtieth session, but also for setting high standards for driving the implementation of the historic “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and the full realization of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, throughout their lifecycle and in all their diversity.
The Agreed Conclusions adopted by a hard won consensus on the priority theme of “Women’s Empowerment and the link to Sustainable development” conveyed the strong commitment of Member states to prioritize the historic gender equality compact contained in the 2030 Agenda in conjunction with the Beijing Platform for Action and to propel their full, effective and accelerated implementation, going beyond the affirmations of the 2030 Agenda, SDG 5 and other SDGs in every respect.
Moreover, the Commission stressed the urgency and the criticality of systematic mainstreaming and the integration of gender perspectives in the implementation of the entire 2030 Agenda, of all SDGs and targets and in respect of all government policies and programs at all levels. It asked that governments develop cohesive Sustainable Development Strategies to gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEWE).
Most importantly, it defined a roadmap for the gender-responsive, human rights-based, inclusive and indivisible implementation, data and indicators, follow-up and review of the first ever universal and comprehensive sustainable development agenda at the global, regional and national levels, which would leave no woman and girl behind. There was a specific commitment to address the needs and agency of women and girls that face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, marginalization and vulnerability.
The Agreed Conclusions are of profound importance to our mission and work as they land and capture, recommit and put into action and give a strong impetus and focus to the historic normative confluence, value and richness of the GEWE commitments of 2015 – from the Political Declaration on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and UNSC Resolution 2242, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change along with the UN Women and Government of China co-organized Global Leaders’ Meeting of 27 September 2015.
Calling for all hands and actors on the deck, the Commission identifies concrete actions to accelerate progress and achieve gender equality by 2030, invoking the responsibility of governments as duty bearers,while outlining areas for greater collaboration between national governments and CSOs, women’s organizations, feminist groups and youth-led organizations, faith-based organizations, employer organizations, trade unions, the media, the UN system, international and regional organizations, and socially responsible private sector.
It establishes ground breaking parameters for engaging men and boys as agents and beneficiaries of change, and allies in the gender responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It commits to adopt and transform laws, policies and measures and equally vows to change social norms that breed and perpetuate discrimination and violence.
The Commission also signaled an unprecedented strategic pact to engage, partner, support and resource civil society including the women’s movement and youth led organizations in an open, inclusive and transparent manner and to promote a safe and enabling environment for them, given their major role in the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Twice within that pact, reference to feminists and to women’s human rights defenders were secured, constituting a big win too. This must be used to expand the democratic space for holding governments accountable.
The annual session of CSW is always one of the largest and most engaging intergovernmental meetings of the United Nations and a premier global forum for policy dialogue and consensus building on gender equality with a unique and impressive public profile. This year a record number of representatives of governments, UN entities, civil society, academia, and the private sector participated in a symphony of policy, intellectual and experiential churning, advocacy and activism with UN Women animating many of these.
In total, over 120 government ministers and deputy or vice ministers, 1,825 senior officials and parliamentarians, and more than 4,000 civil society representatives gave voice to a range of issues crucial to women and girls of all backgrounds and sectors through meetings, side events – 197 on site and some 450 offsite – and numerous other activities.
UN Women co-hosted and participated in many of these side events and engaged extensively with civil society, private sector, other stakeholders and their events. Our engagement with civil society was robust and we used our convening power to give intergovernmental platforms to them to dialogue with and influence governments at different points on key issues.
We organized the first ever Youth CSW Forum and took our Youth and Gender Equality Strategy and its LEAPs Framework into the CSW. ED’s dialogue with the Prime Minister of Canada – a youth and gender equality icon, was a high point in advocacy as was the launch of a Global Coalition on Equal Pay initiative. The SG’s High level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment held its first meeting and consultations with CSW participants.
As the implementation of the 2030 Agenda rolls out country by country, region by region, and at the global level, UN Women will work with civil society and member states to advocate, generate knowledge, help set and transform norms- political and social and related processes, drive programs and build strategic partnerships with governments, CSOs and private sector and engage youth and men and boys and mobilize and coordinate key UN entities.
Warm regards and best wishes,
UN Women Civil Society Section
Please click on link below download the PDF of the report.
On Thursday, April 21, 2016 Bill 704A was signed into law. It requires the N.Y.C. Department of Small Business Services to conduct a voluntary survey of companies that do business with the City to collect data on the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity among the directors, officers, and executive-level staff members of such companies. The survey will additionally request information on companies’ plans to improve diversity in such positions and efforts taken to achieve those plans.
This is the beginning of answering the need for transparency of equality, diversity and plans to improve diversity in the C Suite and on boards.
There is of course, more work to be done, but let’s Celebrate this Major Step Forward.
- The passage of 12 weeks of paid family leave is a momentous victory for New York’s families.
- Our state now leads the nation in ensuring that working families have access to this essential and long-overdue benefit.
- We thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership, as well as our sponsors, Assemblymember Nolan and Senator Addabbo, and supporters in the Assembly and Senate, including Senator Klein, for years of dedication to passing paid family leave.
- And we applaud the thousands of parents, caregivers, business owners, advocates, healthcare professionals, and everyday New Yorkers who raised their voices for paid family leave and made this legislation possible.
- The New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign, made up of almost 300 organizations and businesses, carrying the voices of tens of thousands of New Yorkers across the state, has been lead by a steering committee consisting of 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, A Better Balance, Citizen Action of New York, Community Service Society, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Paid Leave Coalition, the NYS AFL-CIO, the Working Families Organization, and the NY Statewide Senior Action Council.
- We’ve been able to win several critical elements of a strong paid family leave program including:
- 12 weeks of leave that is phased in over four years to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one.
- A benefit level that starts at 50% of a worker’s own weekly wage up to a maximum benefit of 50% of the statewide average weekly wage in year 1. Both of these phase up in steps each year reaching 67% of a worker’s own wage, and 67% of the statewide average weekly wage in year 4.
- Job protection so New York’s workers have the peace of mind that when they return from leave for critical life moments, they know they have a job to come back to.
- Coverage for all 6.4 million private sector workers in New York who currently lack access to paid family leave. Public sector unions can opt their members in.
- New York now joins the growing chorus of states with paid family leave including California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, along with a national movement calling for paid family leave around the country.
- Paid family leave is an insurance program with premiums of about a dollar per week paid for entirely by employee contributions. This means zero out-of-pocket costs to employers, and because employers aren’t paying the employee on leave’s wages, employers can use that money, if necessary, to pay for any temporary replacement costs or overtime.
- New Yorkers will no longer have to choose between paying the bills and caring for a new child or seriously ill family member.
We have a tremendous amount of momentum but need your help. Next week the State Senate, Assembly, and Governor finalize a budget deal which could include Paid Family Leave, but we need to make sure it is a strong bill that includes 12 weeks of job protected leave covering all size businesses, at a two-thirds benefit level.
Business voices are key, and today at a press conference with many other small businesses, the Community Service Society will premiere a video series featuring some of the many business owners across New York who support paid family leave, explaining in their own words why it is good for their business. Support our small business voices via our social media plan to amplify today’s event.
David Bolotsky, founder and CEO of Brooklyn-based online and catalog retailer Uncommon Goods: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLdavid
Nance Shatzkin, President of Shatzkin Systems: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLnance
Frank Garcia, President and CEO of GoGreen Technology: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLfrank
Ted Doudak, CEO and President of Riva Jewelry: bit.ly/NYBIZ4PFLted
TAKE ACTION from the 24th, through the weekend and through the 29th: Make sure we have a strong paid family leave bill in the 2016 budget which needs to be finalized by mid-week next week. We need to keep pressure on the State Senate to support a strong bill. Get your friends, neighbors, staff, and members to call their local State Senator and urge them to support a strong PFL bill. Text PaidLeave to 877877 or call 844-254-6882. You can find a Take Action email template here: bit.ly/NYPFLITakeActionEmail
March 23rd: Business Owners Rally for Paid Family Leave in the Capitol
11am @ LCA Room, Capitol, Albany
Join us to raise the voices of business owners in New York supporting Paid Family Leave
Here is the social media plan developed to amplify today’s press conference
March 24th: Long Island Town Hall for Paid Family Leave
6:30pm-8:30pm @ Yes We Can Community Center (141 Garden St, Westbury)
RSVP: Here is a link to the facebook event, and here is a link to the eventbrite.
March 24th: Assemblywoman Galef’s Paid Family Leave Forum
7pm-9pm @ Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building (Croton Village Hall), 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
March 25th to March 29th: Raise your voices to support paid family leave
Send out action alerts to your members, mailing lists, and neighbors encouraging them to call their Senators to support a strong paid family leave bill that includes 12 weeks of job protected leave covering all size businesses, at a 2/3rds benefit level. Find a template here: bit.ly/NYPFLITakeActionEmail
Weekly statewide coalition calls through March
Thursdays at 11am (Next: 3/24, 3/31)
Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/timetocareny
Dial in number: 516-833-3897 PIN: 04191
PFL in the News:
City Council releases legislative priorities in Albany
Gloria Pazmino, Politico, 3.21.16
What New York City deserves from Albany
Editorial Board, amNY, 3.20.16
Long Island Officials Join Push for Paid Family Leave
Advocates rally for paid family leave, lawmakers divided
WRGB Staff, CBS News Albany, 3.17.16
Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal endorsed by north country Planned Parenthood
Watertown Daily Times, 3.18.16
Advocacy groups push for paid family leave
Kyle Hughes, The Saragotian, 3.17.16
Advocates rally for paid family leave, with budget deadline approaching
Kassie Parisi, Politico, 3.17.16
Paid family leave is a smart business investment
Craig Nerenberg, Crain’s NY, 3.17.16
Long Island Elected Officials to Keep Pressure on Albany for Paid Family Leave
Long Island News, 3.16.16
Paid Family Leave Could Be in Final State Budget but not Minimum Wage Hike
WRFA 107.9 FM, 3.16.16
Chamber brings Brooklyn business concerns to Albany
Paula Katinas, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 3.17.16
Paid family leave is the decent thing to do
Sun Community Editorial Board, The Sun Community News, 3.16.16
Lend Us Your Voice! Bring Your Friends and March With Us! #IWALK4WOMEN ::
Below is a copy of a post card the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is sending to Costco and Starkist Company – addresses at the end of the message. You can of course, adjust to your specific situation. Let’s support this campaign by sending a message.
The US imports 80-90% of its seafood, and tens of thousands of people are exploited at every link in the seafood harvesting and production chain:
CCOAHT is a nationwide coalition that represents religious orders and organizations, and is a key leader in the Catholic struggle against human trafficking in the U.S.
During Lent many Catholics eat seafood and abstain from meat to be in greater solidarity with those in need.
The Vatican has announced that it will “slave proof” its supply chain, and many major corporations are following its lead.
Catholics want slave-free seafood this year, and will be vigilant about this as we observe Lent.
We, therefore, kindly urge you to do all in your power to ensure that your supply chains are free of the taint of forced labor.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
999 Lake Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98027
225 North Shore Drive, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15212