[Michigan, April 4, 2023]:

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joined the 67th United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) civil society that runs parallel to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) was held from 6-17 March 2023 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Women’s empowerment is one important commitment of AHRC and participation in women’s issues at the UN advances this core mission.

The two-week event comprised of over 13,000 attendees of all nations, both in-person and virtually that informed and engaged in the processes to empower women and girls globally. The priority theme focused on innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

The Commission recognized that negative social norms as well as gender stereotypes, systemic and structural barriers, are among the root causes of gender divide that pose gaps STEM.

The state of women’s rights varies from one country to another. The Commission urged governments at all levels to: Prioritize digital equity to close the gender digital divide, leverage finances for inclusive digital transformation and innovation towards achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls; foster gender-responsive digital and science and technology education as well as adopting gender-responsive technology design, development and deployment; promote the full, equal and meaningful participation and leadership as well as full employment of women in technology and innovation, as well as preventing and eliminating all forms of violence, including gender-based violence that occurs through or is amplified by the use of technology.

“The greatest adverse to women and girls in technology is the lack of investment in resources to close the gap of the digital divide and the lack of governmental investment in the equality of women and girls,” said Dr. Nakpangi Thomas, AHRC’s Advisory Board Member and a participant. “I urge all men, boys, government, leadership, and organizations to fully engage as an agent of change, strategic partner, and ally in the advancement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls,” added Dr. Thomas. “This does not mean merely talking about advancing women and girls, but also taking action in eliminating gender stereotypes, violence against women and girls, sexism and negative social norms that fuel discrimination,” concluded Dr. Thomas.

“All measures have to be taken to make sure that women around the world are fully equipped for full participation in all aspects of life,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive director. “Leaving women and girls behind, who together make more than half of society, disadvantages not only them but the whole of society as well,” concluded Hamad.

– Attached photo credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown

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