CSW 68th session: NPSG submits statement addressing poverty through a gender perspective

13 Oct, 2023 | Press Releases

Rome-Brussels, 13 October 2023

In view of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held in March 2024, Non c’è Pace Senza Giustizia, as a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, submitted a statement addressing the priority theme “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective”.

The statement stresses the importance of equal opportunities in the access to education and the labour market as essential factors in reducing structural poverty both among women and girls globally. First and foremost, it is necessary to link gender inequality and poverty, which affects a considerable part of women’s population. Second, institutional and financial support in education and the labour market are essential in reducing poverty among women and girls that are still attached to intra-family patterns that impede their self-development, economically, politically, and socially.

As poverty does not affect everyone equally, women and girls, who have a lower social status than men, face extreme poverty not only in economic terms but also politically and socially, given the lack of basic rights that still exist in several nations. Given the current state of affairs, financial and institutional support is necessary, primarily from states and the private sector. NPSG aims precisely to bridge different sectors with the goal of reducing gender inequality so women and girls can enjoy the same privileges as men and boys. For that, NPSG is firmly committed in its work in the field by raising awareness, local campaigns, and capacity-building in reducing and eradicating all forms of discrimination and SGBV practices, such as FGM or CFM. However, the situation still remains deeply unequal, and therefore all parts must invest into empowering women with an intersectional approach and take responsibility for their situation.