The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women takes place at United Nations Headquarters starting on 12-23 March.
The annual two-week session of the Commission brings together representatives of the United Nations, the UN Member States, as well as organizations and advocates from around the world to discuss the status of women. The Commission also assesses progress in implementing the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an important global policy document on gender equality, and takes up other issues involving the rights and welfare of women and girls.
This session's priority theme is: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls
The session will also address: Participation in, and access of, women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on, and use as, an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the 47th session)
UNFPA is hosting and supporting a number of events at this year's Commission, including a ministerial roundtable on empowering rural women through access to justice, social services and health care; an event with global leaders and youth advocates addressing efforts to end violence against women and girls; and a joint side event on health care an an entry point to addressing violence against women in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.