CSW62 focuses on rural women and girls

CSW62 focuses on rural women and girls

Office for Women International Forums The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Friday, 20 April 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer speaks at CSW62. Minister O’Dwyer is joined by (left to right) Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner; Jo Stewart-Rattray, civil society delegate; Gillian Bird, Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations; Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls; and Dr Pat Hamilton, civil society delegate

The sixty-second session of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held in New York last month.

This year, the priority focus of CSW was the empowerment of rural women and girls, with a review of women’s participation in and access to media and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

The Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer, led the Australian delegation and delivered Australia’s Country Statement to the UN.

‘In Australia, rural communities are fundamental to our economic and social stability, providing much of the food we eat, the energy that runs our households, and our industries.

‘One in three Australian women reside in rural areas. The contribution of these women to the ongoing growth and sustainability of our society is crucial.

‘Rural women are our teachers, doctors, nurses, officials and our Parliamentarians. They run successful businesses and farms, and are at the forefront of innovation and research,’ the Minister said. 

In her Statement, Minister O’Dwyer highlighted the resilience of women leaders and the realities of women facing disadvantage. She also reaffirmed Australia’s ongoing commitment to global gender equality and the relationship between government, civil society and national human rights institutions.

Australia managed four side events, parallel to the official meetings. There was strong interest in the Male Champions of Change event, filling all 500 seats. The panel discussed real solutions in Corporate Australia to change mindsets, stamp out everyday sexism and harassment and support women’s leadership.

For further details on the sessions and outcomes of CSW62 see United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.