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Why the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women 2021 matters

In a special ten-part series, The Stack reports from the United Nation’s annual summit on gender equality


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By Sharmadean Reid

22 March 2021

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omen’s fight for equality is paved by the brave actions of those who fought for what we deserve. Their efforts have allowed us to make great strides, but the fight for equality is far from over. Women are still taking to the streets to fight for a world where we can feel safe, and be valued as equals.

The Commission on the Status of Women is the beating heart of the UN’s fight for gender equality. Documenting the reality of women’s lives around the globe, their goal is to shape global standards on the empowerment of women, delivering grassroots programmes to bring about widespread change.

This year, the Commission’s annual two-week summit is being held online for the first time, opening the door for women around the world to take part in its vital discussions, and The Stack has been there with them.

“The Commission on the Status of Women is the beating heart of the UN’s fight for gender equality.”

Over the next few weeks, we will dive into the key issues which arise from the event, sharing the data, insight and knowledge from the Commission’s delegates, who are some of the most influential and powerful women around the world.

An opportunity to challenge the world as it is and think differently about how it affects us, this series will go beyond just reporting the event; it will ask thought-provoking questions and equip us with the knowledge we need to push against the status quo.

“This is an opportunity to challenge the world as it is and think differently about how it affects us”

The priority theme the Commission is exploring this year is women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence against all women and girls. The topics have never felt more relevant.

From tackling harassment, to encouraging entrepreneurship, and responding to the gendered effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll examine the actionable insights which will allow us to build each other up and thrive, because women are always stronger together.

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The Stack will bring you the most valuable takeaways from the UN Commission on the Status of Women event.

By Sharmadean Reid

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