Perspectives

56th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

by Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley
February 8, 2012

The Priority theme of the 56th session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women is “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges”. It takes place at the UN in New York, Feb. 25 to March 9, 2012.

Picking up on the theme, the three global unions –Education International (EI), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Public Services International (PSI) -- submitted a joint statement entitled “The economic empowerment of rural women workers through rights at work, education and public investment”. The document outlines the issues, challenges and proposes a series of recommendations that will be examined at the UN meetings. Read more

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s six-person delegation will be led by Alexis Allen, Chair of the CTF Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and will be included in Education International’s 20-person delegation. Together they will join delegates from around the world. Read their reports on the presentations, meetings and events on the following blog http://unioncsw.world-psi.org/

by Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley

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