Participation of Women Leaders of PPD Countries was near-universal at the Fifty-sixth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York

New York , USA — The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW56) brought together government officials, rural women, representatives of the United Nations and civil society, the media and the private sector. They met at United Nations headquarters in New York to review progress, share experiences and good practices, analyze gaps and challenges and agree on priority actions to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality.

Unleashing the potential of rural women — a quarter of the world’s population — was critical to ending global poverty and hunger, several high-level speakers said as the Commission on the Status of Women opened its fifty-sixth annual session on 27th February 2012.“Empowering women is not just good for women, it is good for all of us,” Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), said at the first meeting of the two-week session, which concludes on 16 March.

The current session of the Commission on Status of Women was one of the most well attended meetings at New York. Representatives of almost all PPD member and potential member countries spoke on their experiences in dealing with empowerment of women in their national contexts.

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