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Deeply Talks: What We’re Watching at #CSW62

In our March episode of Deeply Talks, which falls on the first day of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), our editors examine this year’s theme of empowering rural women and girls, featuring insights from two experts.

Written by Jihii Jolly, Jumana Farouky Published on Read time Approx. 1 minutes
Women and girls in rural areas are often held back from economic independence by the burden of unpaid domestic work, such as fetching water.Mahendra Parikh/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Today marks the beginning of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), when more than 8,000 representatives from 1121 civil society organizations, along with government representatives, NGOs and U.N. staffers, descend on the U.N.’s headquarters in New York for its biggest and most significant event on women’s rights.

This year, the theme of the two-week session is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.” The rural poor make up 75% of the world’s poorest men and women, and within those populations women face significant disadvantages and inequalities due to technological, structural and cultural barriers.

In this episode of Deeply Talks, our editors outlined the big issues we are watching out for at CSW#62. We were joined by humanitarian leader Vivian Onano, who discusses her experience working with communities in rural Kenya, and Beth Roberts, attorney and land tenure specialist at the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, who explained why equal access to land is so vital for women’s advancement in rural areas.

Are you an expert or activist working on economic advancement for rural women? Get in touch to share your work, or email Community Editor Jihii Jolly if you are in New York for CSW and would like to meet.

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