March 13, 2019

MIA-MGA Key Advocacy Points for the Commission on the Status of Women, March 2019

Mercy International Association has a delegation attending the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York (11-22 March). Those attending are: Marian Gardner (MIA-MGA Intern), Angela Reed rsm (MIA-MGA Coordinator), Colleen Swain (MIA-MGA Fellow), Marietta Latonio, Mely Lenario, and six delegates from MercyFirst in Syosset, New York - Autumn Potter, Sarah Mcgann, Caroline Mcgann, Sarah Lovett, Eileen Mcgann and Jenny Asaro.

The priority theme for this year’s Commission on the Status of Women is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls” with a review theme of “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development”.

Mercy International Association-Mercy Global Action’s Key advocacy points to the Commission on the Status of Women 2019 are:

  1. Recognize comprehensive social protection measures as a human right for all.
  2. Implement social protection measures that take into account the public service and infrastructure barriers that burden women and girls.
  3. Adopt a holistic approach to the 2030 Agenda, recognizing the interconnectedness of all the SDGS for the empowerment of women and girls, specifically noting SDG one, four, five, six, eight, nine, ten, and eleven.
  4. Empower women and girls by implementing sustainable infrastructures, including accessible, safe and affordable public transportation systems, and clean and accessible water.
  5. Provide public services, including accessible and affordable child care and health care facilities. Additionally, implement SDG target 5.4 by placing an economic value to unpaid child care and domestic work.
  6. Integrate a review and monitoring mechanisms for social protection, public service and infrastructure programmes, to ensure that their designs do not reinforce harmful gender norms.

Ensure that women and girls are active participants in the development, implementation, and review of social protection programmes.

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