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Ambassador Patricia Brister Leads U.S. Delegation to the 52nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Three individuals were appointed to be Public Delegates to this year’s session of the CSW. The three are: Mary Taylor of Columbus, Ohio; Mary F. Buestrin of Mequon, Wisconsin; and Manda Zand Ervin of Ellicott City, Maryland. Director Andrea G. Bottner of the International Women’s Issues Office at the State Department also participated on the delegation along with other State Department officials.

The session started on February 25 in New York at the UN General Assembly building and continued through March 7. This year’s priority theme is “Financing for gender equality and empowerment of women.” Additional panels will be held, focusing on the themes of “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care-giving in the context of HIV/AIDS” and “Indicators on violence against women.” There will also be an interactive dialogue on “Women’s participation in conflict prevention, management, and conflict resolution and in post-conflict peacebuilding.” Ambassador Brister delivered a statement on behalf of the U.S. on Wednesday, February 27.

This year, the U.S. is also sponsoring two side events during CSW. One of the panel discussions entitled, “Child Marriage: Promising Approaches for Prevention,” was held on Friday, February 29; and a second panel entitled, “Family Justice Centers: An International Model for Coordinated Community Support to Combat Domestic Violence” took place on March 3.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. The Commission was established by ECOSOC on June 21, 1946.

The Commission consists of one representative from each of the 45 Member States elected by the Council on the basis of equitable geographical distribution: 13 members from Africa; 11 from Asia; 9 from Latin America and Caribbean; 8 from Western Europe and other States, and 4 from Eastern Europe. Members are elected for a period of four years.


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