MU @ UNCSW
Mothers' Union at UNCSW 2017
A delegation of Mothers’ Union representatives from across the world, are currently at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York to lobby on women’s economic empowerment. They will be calling for governments to prohibit any form of discrimination against women and enshrine in law equal rights in the workplace, including the right to employment, equal pay and freedom from discrimination which prevents the appointment of women to senior positions.
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Background about our attendance at UNCSW
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, and takes place for two weeks every year in New York. It was set in 1946, in order to promote, report on and monitor issues relating to the political, economic, civil, social and educational rights of women. One of the guiding principles of UNCSW is to;
“...raise the status of women, irrespective of nationality, race, language or religion, to equality with men in all fields of human enterprise, and to eliminate all discrimination against women in the provisions of statutory law, in legal maxims or rules, or in interpretation of customary law.”
Mothers’ Union has consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations, and attends UNCSW annually. We work alongside a range of other NGO’s representing the voice and views of our members and promoting the empowerment and equality of women, and influencing and advising Government delegations from various member states. Each year at UNCSW, member states sign up to a set of agreed conclusions, which they will then implement with their own Governments. We have an important role to play, in making sure that the voice and needs of our members and women around the world are present in these agreed conclusions, and in holding Governments to account after UNCSW, and making sure they make the changes that they have agreed to.