The commission on the status of women (CSW) is an annual global intergovernmental structure held at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York which is instrumental in promoting women’s rights and documenting the realities of women’s lives throughout the world. The sixty-second session of CSW theme was “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. 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.”
SAT as an organisation which strives to achieve gender equality throughout Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), our activities are aimed at empowering women and girls with strong focus on sexual reproductive health and rights. SAT participated and influenced discussions through five of the organisations leading staff members, including; Director of Programmes (Vicci Tallis), SAT Zimbabwe Director (Mildred Mushunje), SAT interns and young leaders (Goitse Ditsele, Ruvarashe Miti and LEVI Singh). SAT representatives engaged with high-level policy-makers from the African Union including Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda other civil society organisations (CSOs), United Nations agencies.
Issues which received significant coverage includes, adolescent pregnancy, especially among rural populations, and barriers which continue to hinder access to sexual and reproductive health services. CSW side-meetings were also centred on gender equality and SRHR in rural areas, as well as strong calls for full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030.
By: Goitse Ditsele