The 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) took place in New York from 12-23 March, 2018. The priority theme for 2018 was ‘challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.’ The review theme was ‘participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.’
The official Australian delegation was led by the Minister for Women the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP. The Minister was joined by:
- Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone
- Sex Discrimination Commissioner Ms Kate Jenkins
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Ms June Oscar AO
- Representatives of Australian civil society Dr Pat Hamilton and Ms Jo Stewart-Rattray
- Officials from Office for Women and the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Australian Government hosted a series of side events on various policy topics, including:
- Solutions for Safer Digital Inclusion Male Champions of Change
- Male Champions of Change
- Women in Leadership: Lessons from Australian Companies
- Bridging the Digital Gender Divide
Minister O’Dwyer hosted a welcome reception event for Australian civil society held at the Australian Consulate-General in New York prior to the official commencement of CSW62.
Minister O’Dwyer delivered the Australian Country Statement to the UN on Tuesday 13th March. In the statement, the Minister reiterated the significant role that rural women play to the economic and social stability of Australian society, highlighting specifically the resilience of women leaders and the realities for women facing multiple and competing forms of disadvantage. The Minister also took time to reaffirm Australia’s ongoing commitment to its Human Rights Council pledge to advance global gender equality and to maintaining the important relationship between government, civil society and our national human rights institutions.
The principal output of CSW62 was the Agreed Conclusions.