On March 18, the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women –CSW67 for its acronym in English–, which takes place annually around March 8, ended at the United Nations headquarters in New York. This year it was from March 6 to 17 and had a massive attendance of around 9 thousand women of all ages, cultures, nationalities, ethnic groups and races, languages and other differences. All the UN offices were packed and, although most of the representatives of non-governmental organizations could enter the building, it was then difficult or impossible to enter the meeting rooms, for which a double ticket was required, which was very difficult. to get. While the official part of the sessions was only face-to-face, the activities of the NGO Forum that takes place in parallel were mostly virtual and some hybrid. These restrictions on face-to-face attendance in the official office and excessive virtuality in the non-governmental sphere were the cause of complaint by many of the attendees, and it is something that both the United Nations Secretariat and the group that manages the NGO Forum must review now. that the restrictions must be accompanied in a way to duplicate and broadcast the sessions and facilitate face-to-face exchange, which is one of the attractions of participating in these meetings, both for government representatives and for those of civil society.
The negotiations of the document that is agreed upon and issued at the close required a great deal of work from the person who managed the negotiation, a task that fell to the permanent representative of Argentina to the UN and vice-president of the CSW Steering Committee for the region, ambassador María del Carmen Squef . The good conduct of the negotiation made it possible to achieve a very good document, something that seemed difficult at the beginning of the event due to the insistence of a group of countries in questioning issues agreed upon in previous years. At the UN we see that while the majority advances in enshrining rights towards Gender Equality, a few others want to go back, violating the necessary consensus at the UN. In general, these documents are very long, which removes the possibility of clearly presenting the main objectives. Shortening them implies important agreements that, if not easily achieved, translate into more explanatory paragraphs, lengthening the document. This occurs when there is opposition to mentioning some words because there are those who believe that other content is infiltrating or because countries with religiously based governments cannot recognize, for example, sexuality. The strict conduct to privilege the discussion of the new paragraphs related to the central theme of the meeting allowed us to leave these discussions until the end and avoid them with the support of previously approved texts, which we call “agreed language”. The document emphasized the need to eliminate gender violence in the use of technologies and platforms, the recognition that children, and especially adolescents, are the ones who handle the digital world the most and are the ones who have the greatest risks, reason for which they must be included both against the risks and the benefits of the use of new technologies; There were countries that were opposed. It was no coincidence that this year many more adolescents and young people attended, the theme brought them together. The recognition of human rights and the use of technologies and platforms for their dissemination and control of their validity were also highlighted. There was no shortage of mentions of the need for digital education for women and girls at both the formal and informal levels to close the inequality gap between women and men. Now it’s up to the countries to implement these agreements, the most difficult thing.
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