UN / CSW OPENING

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Speaking at the 64th Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “centuries of discrimination, deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny have created a yawning gender power gap in our economies, our political systems and our corporations. This simply has to change.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 9 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, flags at the UN Headquarters

9 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Wide shot, Guterres going to podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power. We still live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture and have done so for millennia. Centuries of discrimination, deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny have created a yawning gender power gap in our economies, our political systems and our corporations. This simply has to change.”
5. Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“With nations around the world searching for solutions to the complex challenges of our age, one way to get us on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. As we look back on Beijing, I am particularly heartened to see a new generation of inspired young activists across the globe taking forward its spirit of constructive action and fearless resilience. Their efforts are sorely needed. The vision of Beijing has been only partly realized.”
7. Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“In some areas, progress towards gender equality has stalled or even gone into reverse. Some countries have rolled back laws that protect women from violence; others are reducing civic space; still others are pursuing economic and immigration policies that indirectly discriminate against women. Women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services is far from universal. We must push back against the pushback.”
9. Wide shot, Ngcuka going to podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Phlumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Women are radically impatient for action that improves their lives. They see the progress made but also that it is accompanied by push back and erosion of gains. They see that the scale and pace of change has not been what it should be. Younger women do not want to go through the experiences of their elders. The elders are tired of waiting.”
11. Wide shot, applause as Ngcuka leaves

STORYLINE:

Speaking at the 64th Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “centuries of discrimination, deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny have created a yawning gender power gap in our economies, our political systems and our corporations. This simply has to change.”

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. This year’s session, was however suspended after its opening at the United Nations in New York on Monday (9 Mar) due to concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Guterres said that he was truly saddened that the extraordinary circumstances ushered in by the spread of the COVID-19 virus led to the postponement of the full session, but he added that he takes heart in knowing that all participants remain committed to the cause of gender equality.

The Secretary-General added that he was particularly heartened to see a new generation of inspired young activists across the globe taking forward the spirit of constructive action and fearless resilience started in Beijing 25 years ago. He reiterated the UN’s commitment to keep working with women across the world, to ensure women and girls everywhere have equal participation in all areas of life.

He also said that “in some areas, progress towards gender equality has stalled or even gone into reverse. Some countries have rolled back laws that protect women from violence; others are reducing civic space; still others are pursuing economic and immigration policies that indirectly discriminate against women. Women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services is far from universal.”

“We must push back against the pushback,” Guterres added.

Also speaking at the opening, Phlumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Women, the agency that said “women are radically impatient for action that improves their lives. They see the progress made but also that it is accompanied by push back and erosion of gains. They see that the scale and pace of change has not been what it should be. Younger women do not want to go through the experiences of their elders. The elders are tired of waiting.”

UN Women supports all aspects of the Commission’s work and it facilitate the participation of civil society representatives.

A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Commission on the Status of Women was established on 21 June 1946.

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. In 1996, ECOSOC expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd special session of the General Assembly held in 2000 (Beijing+5), as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic, and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.
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