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The Ministry of Local Government was recently represented at the recent Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. As such I had the honour of representing The People’s Ministry at the 56th session of the CSW to discuss issues affecting women and the girl child.

The two-week long session which was attended by women from various countries across the globe, ran from February 27th and ended on the 15th March 2012. Botswana’s delegation was led by the DPS from Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs in charge of gender issues. Other delegates included women from various organizations representing their respective mandate of women empowerment.

CSW is a functional commission established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.

Every year, representatives of Member States gather at the UN Headquarters to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

This year’s theme focused on The Empowerment of Rural Women and their role in Poverty and Hunger eradication, development and current challenges they face. The People’s Ministry through RADP plays a leading role in the empowerment of rural women and girl child, as well as other programmes in place to fight such challenges.

Most of the issues discussed at the summit were well articulated by the Ministry especially when it comes to destitution programmes and rural area empowerment dwellers.A lot of side events ran parallel to the discussions and covered issues of finance for gender equality, gender responsive governance and engaging young women , men, girls and boys, to advance gender equality.

It was revealed that poverty still remains a massive and predominantly rural phenomenon, with 70 per cent of the developing world’s 1.4 billion people living in extremely poor and rural areas.

The delegation experienced a lot from the session as they were able to engage in meaningful discussions with their counterparts, from other countries.

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