March 26, 2023 2:47 pm

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan named for higher female enrollment in science and technologies as the biggest UN gathering on gender equality completed its proceedings on Saturday.

The 2023 Commission on the Status of Ladies (CSW) effectively wrapped up on Saturday, with member states calling for a complete and equal participation of females and girls in the improvement of digital technologies.

The week-lengthy gathering, held at the UN headquarters in New York, also released a “blueprint for all stakeholders,” reminding each public and private sectors that denying technical education to females was also a violation of their standard rights.

Nilofar Bakhtiar, chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Ladies, represented Pakistan at this gathering.

“There is an urgent want to raise awareness for higher female enrollment in Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-associated research and removal of current gender biases in curricula and parental preferences,” she told a panel of professionals.

Biggest UN gathering on gender equality concludes

The 67th session, which ran from March six to 17, focused on the theme ‘Innovation and technological adjust, and education in the digital age for attaining gender equality and the empowerment of all females and girls’.

Speakers also highlighted the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic on young females. In 2021, it was estimated that 11 million girls would by no means return to schools, adding to the staggering 130m girls who had been currently out of college ahead of the pandemic.

Speaking at the conclusion of the negotiations, UN Ladies Executive Director Sima Bahous mentioned: “It is our job, as we leave right here nowadays, to translate (the blueprint) into reality. The ultimate good results of these agreed conclusions lies in how we will collectively take them forward. Let us translate them into reality for all females and girls.”

The document reaffirmed the significance of females and girls’ complete participation and leadership in science, technologies and innovation and condemned the interrelation involving offline and on the net violence, harassment, and discrimination against females and girls.

The document named for considerably elevated public and private sector investments to bridge the gender digital divide, extra inclusive innovation ecosystems, and the promotion of protected and gender-responsive technologies and innovation.

It also underlined the want for inclusive and equitable excellent education in communications technologies, and digital literacy for all.

For the initial time, the commission integrated an interactive youth session with young men and women engaging in dialogue and offering suggestions on how to make certain young females and girls are component of the digital transformation.

Ms Bakhtiar mentioned that alarming numbers of out-of-college girls “demand transformative actions by the international neighborhood,” She also urged governments, corporations, and social media organizations to market digital security and safety to stop harassment on the net.

Published in Dawn, March 19th, 2023