58th session of the CSW

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

The priority theme of that year’s session was on the “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”.

A significant SOGI caucus met throughout the session to discuss strategies and developments on the negotiations of the outcome document and resolutions. Key areas of contention in government negotiations on language focused on the usual suspects – SOGI, SRR, gender, family, comprehensive sexuality education, state sovereignty and so on.

Unfortunately all SOGI-related language was negotiated out of the final outcome document. ARC’s Advocacy and Communications Manager, Sheherezade, was pleased to be invited to speak on an RFSL panel discussion on traditional values during the first week, along with activists from Russia, Uganda, Saint Lucia and the Philippines.

More on the session can be found here.

The Agreed Conclusions are here.