The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is the principal global policy-making body at the UN dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women.
Canada has participated in the Commission on the Status of Women since its creation in 1947. Status of Women Canada, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, leads on preparations for UNCSW.
The 57th session of the UNCSW took place from March 4 to 15, 2013 at the UN headquarters in New York City. This year, member states addressed the priority theme, The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.The review theme was The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS. Members also considered an emerging issue, Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework.
The Government of Canada prepared the following for this year's theme.
The 56th session of the UNCSW addressed the priority theme, The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. The review theme was financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Members also considered the emerging issue Engaging young women and men, girls and boys, in advancing gender equality. Panel discussions and high-level round-table sessions were held throughout the UNCSW to address these themes.
The Government of Canada prepared the following on Canadian women in rural, remote and Northern communities to support the theme.
Through Status of Women Canada's Women's Program, the Government of Canada issued the Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities and Small Urban Centres Call for Proposals. See list of organizations selected to receive funding for projects.
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