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Seychelles at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and 10th meeting of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG)

Seychelles at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and 10th meeting of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG) ( The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 4-15, and had as its priority theme, “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” The two-week session included a plenary session where Ambassador Marie-Louise Potter had the honor of presenting the statement on behalf of the Republic of Seychelles. High-level round tables were also held, interactive dialogues and panel discussions, and a plethora of related side events and parallel events also took place during the 2 weeks. In addition, the CSW deliberated on the review theme, “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care giving in the context of HIV/AIDS.” It also addressed the emerging theme of, “Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework.”

Prior to holding the 57th session, UN Women held two preparatory meetings on the African continent as an engagement process with the aim of ensuring the support of the African continent towards the realization of agreed conclusions at this year’s CSW. In its agreed conclusions the Commission strongly condemns all forms of violence against women and girls and acknowledges that only through the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women can we address the structural and underlying causes of violence against women and girls. For far too long, cultural stereotypes, religious and other beliefs, attitudes and messages that promote all forms of violence against women and girls have been deeply embedded in our social structures. In unison, countries of the world at this 57th session have seen the need to advocate the eradication and prevention of violence against women and girls through effective enforcement of existing laws, treaties, and conventions, strengthening multi-sectoral services, programs, and responses, in a multidisciplinary manner and in partnership between all sectors of society, and most especially with men as allies in this whole process.

Prior to attending the 57th session of the CSW, Seychelles’ two representatives on the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG), Mrs. Marie-Josee Bonne and Ms. Tessa Siu, attended the meetings and training session from March 1-3. One of the critical areas of discussion remained problematic monitoring in a strategic and results-based manner. The group was exposed to a one-day session from a consultant on a new methodology of monitoring using a href="mailto:Gender@Work">Gender@Work framework. Country reports and case studies will be commissioned for presentation at the 10th Meeting of Ministers responsible for Women’s Affairs (10WAMM) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in June 2013 which will be fed into the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) later in the year. Panel discussions were held on Women’s Political Leadership led by the Honorable Speaker of the House of Assembly of Dominica, Mrs. Alix Boyd Knights, additionally a discussion on Jurisprudence of Equality regarding Violence Against Women (VAW): Towards Judicial Leadership, under the chair of Judge Memooda Ebrahim-Carstens of the UN Dispute Tribunal, accompanied by 2 female judges from Africa, one from Kenya, the other Malawi to coincide with the priority theme of the CSW57. Furthermore, the meeting also paid particular attention to the Commonwealth’s Gender priorities post 2015 Global Development Framework.

In conclusion, the 2014 CSW theme will center on the criticality of MDG3 to the achievement of the other MDG goals and will concentrate on the challenges and achievements of the MDG on women and girls.


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