• Tue. Mar 28th, 2023

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Ladies reaffirms the part of technologies and innovation, and education in the digital age in accelerating gender equality


Mar 18, 2023

At the conclusion of the negotiations, UN Ladies Executive Director, Sima Bahous, mentioned: “This year’s Agreed Conclusions are game-altering and bring forward our vision of a much more equal and connected planet for girls and girls in all their diversity. It is our job, as we leave right here currently, to translate them into reality. The ultimate accomplishment of these Agreed Conclusions lies beyond their finalization currently, in how we will collectively take them forward. They bring us a vision of a much more equal planet. Let us translate them into reality for all girls and girls.”

CSW67 reaffirmed the significance of girls and girls’ complete, equal and meaningful participation and leadership in science, technologies and innovation, and expressed concern on the restricted progress in closing the gender gap in access to and use of technologies, connectivity, digital literacy and education. It also expressed grave concern about the continuity and interrelation among offline and on the web violence, harassment and discrimination against girls and girls and condemned the raise of such acts.   

The Commission referred to as for considerably enhanced public and private sector investments to bridge the gender digital divide, much more inclusive innovation eco-systems, and the promotion of secure and gender-responsive technologies and innovation. It also referred to as for inclusive and equitable good quality education in science, technologies, engineering, and mathematics, information and facts and communications technologies and digital literacy to make sure that all girls and girls can thrive in a quickly altering planet. 

Initiatives to market innovation and technological modify, and education in the digital age for reaching gender equality will have to look at the following:  

  • Create digital tools and solutions to address the desires of all girls and girls, across sectors and geographies, in particular for their education, overall health, financial empowerment and engagement in public life, and make sure girls and girls have access to digital literacy and abilities all through their life course. 
  • Mainstream gender in digital policies to get rid of barriers to equal access for all girls and girls, which includes these living in poverty, in rural, maritime or remote locations, with disabilities, Indigenous girls and girls, migrant girls and girls, and older girls.  
  • Foster a policy of zero tolerance for gender-primarily based violence that happens via or is amplified by the use of technologies and make sure that public and private sector entities prioritize its prevention and elimination. 
  • Mainstream a gender point of view in the design and style of emerging technologies and adopt regulations to make sure they are topic to sufficient safeguards to combat new dangers, gender stereotypes and unfavorable social norms, information privacy breaches and enhance transparency and accountability.  
  • Market policies and programmes to accomplish gender parity in emerging scientific and technological fields and make supportive workplaces and education settings, which includes via gender-responsive education, distance mastering options and interdisciplinary approaches combining the teaching of social sciences and scientific fields.  
  • Create gender-responsive innovation that challenges gender stereotypes and unfavorable social norms, including via the improvement of digital content material, awareness campaigns and teaching competencies for good engagement on digital technologies that engage, educate, encourage and empowers youth, which includes young guys and boys, to turn into agents of modify for gender equality. 

The 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Ladies took spot against the backdrop of continued backlash against women’s rights globally, from enhanced violence against girls in the public space, to the gender impacts of the earthquakes in Syria and Turkiye, to the everyday horror that girls and girls face in emergency and crisis settings which includes in Afghanistan, Ukraine and Iran.  

In the initial totally in-particular person session following 3 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW67 registered incredibly higher numbers with much more than 7,000 participants, which includes four heads of state and government and 116 ministers, 205 side events on UN premises, and about 700 NGO parallel events.  

For the initial time, the session incorporated an interactive youth session with young folks, youth representatives of delegations, civil society and United Nations organizations , engaging in dialogue and delivering suggestions on how to make sure young girls and girls are portion of the digital transformation. The Commission also benefited from essential contributions from a wide variety of civil society organizations which includes the leaders and commitment makers of the Action Coalition on Technologies and Innovation for Gender Equality, launched as portion of the Generation Equality Forum. The Action Coalition on Technologies and Innovation for Gender Equality has created a substantial contribution in cementing alliances among Governments, private sector, civil society and the UN technique and in driving momentum and commitments to advance gender equality via technologies and innovation. 

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