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India Spotlights Women-led Development at the 68th Session on the Commission of the Status of Women in New York

India, at the forefront of championing gender equality and women’s empowerment, took center stage at the 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) held in New York from March 11th to 22nd, 2024. Themed “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective,” the various engagements showcased India’s unwavering commitment to driving global change.

Hosted by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, the 68th CSW featured four thought-provoking side events delving into key issues impacting women. During multiple panel discussions, three of which were in collaboration with UN Women India and one with All India Women’s Education Fund Association, India led conversations on crucial topics such as financing for gender equality, women-led development, and prevention of gender-based violence.

During the first panel discussion on ‘Investing in Gender Equality,’ on March 13th, India, drawing from its tenure as the president of the G20, underscored the importance of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors in advancing gender equality initiatives. The establishment of a G20 Working Group on Women’s Empowerment signified a monumental step towards fostering global gender parity.

During the second panel discussion on Women-Led Development, which took place on March 19th, 2024, India highlighted the transformative power of women’s leadership. The panel addressed the challenges and enablers for women’s leadership, and India showcased its progress through initiatives such as Hum: When Women Lead. This anthology celebrates the stories of 75 remarkable female leaders nationwide. Ms. Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women, hailed India’s efforts and emphasized the fundamental right of women to lead. 

The third side-event highlighted India’s commitment to combat gender-based violence through initiatives like Sambal and Samarthya under Mission Shakti. The discussion with international experts and civil society explored the need for investing in solutions and fostering deeper collaboration across sectors to create a safer world for all women and girls. 

The fourth was an impactful virtual side-event co-hosted by the All India Women’s Education Fund Association (AIWEFA). Titled “Gender Equality Through Financial Independence,” the event highlighted strategic initiatives aligned with the diverse financial needs of women and girls globally. Distinguished speakers, including Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj and Shri. Amitabh Kant emphasized the critical role of inclusivity and global cooperation in driving meaningful change.

In summary, India’s participation in CSW68 underscored its unwavering dedication to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment on the global stage. India continues to pave the way towards a more inclusive and equitable world by fostering collaboration, celebrating women’s leadership, and implementing concrete initiatives.

March 22nd 2024