Each year, between 9,000 and 11,000 NGO and Civil Society representatives attend the Commission on the Status of Women. They come from all over the world to network, exchange best practices, and collaborate to raise the voices of women from every country and group. It is the largest, and most important, gathering of women-focused organisations in the world.
In early March 2020, UN Secretary General António Guterres requested that States Parties cancel or postone the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women due to the risks associated with the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). ACWW will therefore be producing a series of resources and making them available here and on our social media channels.
This year the governments present are finding that some countries are pushing hard to remove the words ‘human rights’ and references to ‘all women and girls’ from the document, which obviously weakens important legal documents that people all over the world rely on to guarantee their rights. The UK government negotiators in New York have asked ACWW to put forward a letter stating our position (see below), and to gather signatories from as many national and international organisations as possible, including our members here in the UK. Our position is this: