nited Nations: India was elected as a member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in a significant victory, the principal global body focused on gender equality and empowerment for women, beating China in a hotly contested election.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Having the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall on Monday, the 54-member ECOSOC held elections for two seats in the category of Asia-Pacific States with Afghanistan, India and China in the fray.
Afghanistan, led by UN Ambassador Adela Raz, secured 39 votes and India obtained 38 votes from 54 ballots cast.
China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, received just 27 votes and could not even cross the half-way mark and therefore failed to get the necessary 28-vote majority.
India gains seat in #ECOSOC prestigious body! India elected a Member of the Commission on the Status of Women #CSW. It is a resounding endorsement of our commitment to fostering gender equality and empowerment for women in all of our efforts. We would like to thank member states for their support, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted.
In the hotly contested election to the prestigious UN body, India beat China in the year that commemorates around the world the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.
It is highly noteworthy and telling that China lost the election to the UN’s principal global intergovernmental body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and empowering women while commemorating the silver jubilee anniversary of the landmark women’s conference in Beijing, and on which China takes a great deal of ownership.
The election result is seen as sending out a strong signal about China’s own record of equality and empowerment of women.
India’s Permanent Mission to the UN worked tirelessly for the hard-fought election, reaching out to all Member States and sensitising them, sources said.
India and Afghanistan, elected by acclamation, will join Argentina, Austria, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Latvia, Nigeria, Turkey and Zambia to the Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year period from 2021-2025.
India’s election win at the CSW is highly important, as it comes on the eve of India gearing up to sit as a non-permanent member for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021 at the high table of the UN Security Council.
Former UN Secretary-General Assistant and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri congratulated the Indian Mission and Ambassador Tirumurti on the election win.
Victory Earned! #CSW is an important normsetting organ for #Gender #Equality & #WomenEmpowerment & #India has made a significant contribution to the development of global human rights standards for women in the United Nations, including #SDG5 in Agenda 2030! Referring to the Sustainable Development Goal to achieve gender equality and empower both women and girls, she tweeted.
The Status of Women Commission is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, recording the realities of women’s lives around the world and influencing global standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
In 1996, ECOSOC extended the mandate of the Commission and agreed to take a leading role in tracking and evaluating progress and problems in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and in mainstreaming a gender perspective into UN activities.
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