By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – It’s about time. Women’s groups all over the world are stepping up for an equal representation of women and men in all levels of government and civil society. In the recently concluded Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) parallel meetings, women’s organizations sought for equal representation of women in all levels of government as well as in decision-making bodies of civil society.
Merly Barrette Barlaan, FilAm leader and Vice President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace International (WFWP) said that the 50/50 representation is a bold step towards gender equality in governance.
NJ-based Barlaan is the UN relations director for WFWP and made the remark during the digital show Issues & Inspiration on March 27, 2021. During the two-week celebration of International Women’s Month, more than 700 parallel online meetings were held by women organizations of the CSW.
The CSW is a global intergovernmental body of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which focuses on gender equality and women empowerment.
The final outcome of CSW meetings was in pursuit of the agreements of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. Its 61-page final report of the CSW 65, the final recommendations were sent to the United Nations.
The Commission called upon the United Nations system to set specific targets and timelines to achieve gender balance in executive, legislative and judicial branches of government at all levels and in all areas.
It also encourages the UN to take all necessary measures to encourage political parties to nominate equal numbers of women and men as candidates, promote equal leadership in party structures and mainstream a gender perspective into party programmes.
As such, the Commission encouraged the implementation of measures and mechanisms to track progress, to achieve the goal of 50/50 gender balance at all levels of elected positions.
To achieve the 50/50 gender balance, the Commission emphasized the implementation of policies and programmes that appropriate funding and innovative measures to promote women as leaders, executives and managers, in all areas, in particular in strategic economic, social and political decision-making positions, with the goal of achieving gender balance at all levels.
The push for equal participation and representation of women in public life is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“It’s been an exhausting 24/7 meetings for the past two weeks. But very productive,” quipped Barlaan.#