This year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a two-week meeting held annually in New York, has commenced with the goal of implementing an ambitious plan of sustainable development goals (SDGs) that seek to empower young women and girls. The plan outlines a series of goals to be realized by 2030. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of U.N. Women, called on leaders “to make an historic shift” in closing the gender pay gap and encouraging women into leadership positions. “This session marks the beginning of the countdown to 2030, to the future we want, where no one is left behind, the future where we have substantive gender equality,” she said.
Member states have already begun to make suggestions to the plan, altering the language to reflect previous gender inclusion agreements, like the Beijing platform for action. And in the hopes of engaging young people, the CSW assembled a forum of more than 300 youths from across the globe to discuss gender equality. As Mlambo-Ngcuka put it, the 2030 plan is “is largely about them and for them.”
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