#CSW61, join the discussion for women’s economic empowerment

The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is taking place from 13 to 24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The theme of this year’s event is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. On the UN Women website, you can take part of the latest updates and top stories from the event. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has asked men to be prepared to lose more positions to women as to ensure gender parity (Gender equality. 2017). Guterres argues that:

“Generally no one likes to lose positions they have long held, but the reality of gender parity is that many more will be in positions that today are occupied by men. But that’s a good thing.”

The event has indubitably suffered from the devastation of the budget proposal in Washington, D.C released four days in the event, specifying great cuts in fundings to the UN and speakers have also been drawing attention to the empty chairs at the event – a result of the travel ban (Zakaria, 2017). But for now, this let’s have a look at how CSW encourages you to take part of the session yourself by using social media.

With #CSW61, together with hashtags connected to all of the side events taking place, you can follow tweets from the event and discuss women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work with thousands of participants. You can also access the latest information on logistics, the official session and the side-events through @UN_CSW on Twitter and UN_CSW on Facebook, and even follow stories on unwomen Snapchat and Instagram.

Patricia Arquette who spoke about gender equality in her Oscar speech 2015, has teamed up with soccer player Abby Wambach to bring awareness about the gender pay gap and supporting legislation that equalizes pay.


Togeather with UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Arquette launched the hashtag #StopTheRobbery which centers around the idea of 23 percent, the global percentage that women make less than men. (Hansen, 2017). You can join the discussion by tweeting information about gender pay gap, but the information you tweet has 23 percent of it taken out. It’s a strong visual reminder that we can’t have clarity without equality. (Hansen, 2017).

The way that the UN works with social media for the event, inviting people to take part and share their own experiences really reflects how we want to engage with politics today. A studie from Parmelee and Bichard (2013) show that people who follow political leaders on twitter wants to see more than just the latest updates. Followers wants to be involved, get an inside perspective and be a part of a two-way communication, to be able to get their voices and priorities heard.


Gender equality: Prepare to lose more positions to women – UN Secretary-General (March, 2017). Retrieved from: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/03/gender-equality-prepare-lose-positions-women-un-secretary-general/

Hansen, B. (march 14, 2017). Patricia Arquette took her iconic pay gap Oscar speech to the next level with this United Nations Initiative. Retrieved from: (http://hellogiggles.com/patricia-arquette-pay-gap-oscar-speech-united-nations-initiative/)

In Focus: CSW61 (n.d.) Retrieved from: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/csw

UN Women. (2017, Mar 17). Patricia Arquette calls for equal pay at UN. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YexKzUL1d4

Parmelee, J.H; Bichard, S.L (2013). Politics and the Twitter Revolution. How Tweets Influence the Relationship between Political Leaders and the Public. Plymouth: Lexington Books.

‘The clear objective of our time is parity’ rooted in women’s empowerment – UN chief Guterres (n.d.) Retrieved from: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsId=56376#.WNFnJ7GDqRs

Zakaria, R. (March 21, 2017). Slumber of the UN Women. Retrieved from: https://thebaffler.com/blog/wake-up-un-women-zakaria


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