Local Woman to Attend United Nations Commission on Status of Women

Cheryl Hayes,
Local Woman to Attend United Nations Commission on Status of Women

Cheryl Hayles of Milton will be part of the delegation from the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) to the United National Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City taking place from March 14 to 24, 2016. UNCSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The discussion at this year’s session will primarily focus on women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.

This subject is particularly important in the context of the twenty-year review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the recent adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As the international community implements the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, this UNCSW session provides a crucial opportunity to ensure that this work contributes to the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights and empowerment.

“Cheryl Hayles is a member of CFUW Oakville and we are delighted that she is leading the CFUW national delegation”, said Marlene Bristol, CFUW Club President. “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet women from around the world, discuss matters of common concern, and bring back information and new perspectives on women and girls issues to our Club and community”.

As a Non-Government Organization with Consultative Status with the United Nations, the CFUW delegation will be actively participating in the discussions at CSW. It is the hope of CFUW that states will reach an agreement on how developed and developing countries can work together to promote sustainable development while ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment.

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace.


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