Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Girls reaffirms the function of technologies and innovation, and education in the digital age in accelerating gender equality
At the conclusion of the negotiations, UN Girls Executive Director, Sima Bahous, stated: “This year’s Agreed Conclusions are game-altering and bring forward our vision of a additional equal and connected planet for girls and girls in all their diversity. It is our job, as we leave right here now, to translate them into reality. The ultimate good results of these Agreed Conclusions lies beyond their finalization now, in how we will collectively take them forward. They bring us a vision of a additional equal planet. Let us translate them into reality for all girls and girls.”
CSW67 reaffirmed the value of girls and girls’ complete, equal and meaningful participation and leadership in science, technologies and innovation, and expressed concern on the restricted progress in closing the gender gap in access to and use of technologies, connectivity, digital literacy and education. It also expressed grave concern about the continuity and interrelation amongst offline and on the net violence, harassment and discrimination against girls and girls and condemned the enhance of such acts.
The Commission referred to as for considerably elevated public and private sector investments to bridge the gender digital divide, additional inclusive innovation eco-systems, and the promotion of secure and gender-responsive technologies and innovation. It also referred to as for inclusive and equitable high-quality education in science, technologies, engineering, and mathematics, details and communications technologies and digital literacy to make sure that all girls and girls can thrive in a quickly altering planet.
Initiatives to market innovation and technological adjust, and education in the digital age for attaining gender equality have to look at the following:
- Create digital tools and solutions to address the requirements of all girls and girls, across sectors and geographies, in particular for their education, overall health, financial empowerment and engagement in public life, and make sure girls and girls have access to digital literacy and expertise all through their life course.
- Mainstream gender in digital policies to take away barriers to equal access for all girls and girls, such as these living in poverty, in rural, maritime or remote places, with disabilities, Indigenous girls and girls, migrant girls and girls, and older girls.
- Foster a policy of zero tolerance for gender-primarily based violence that happens by means of or is amplified by the use of technologies and make sure that public and private sector entities prioritize its prevention and elimination.
- Mainstream a gender viewpoint in the style of emerging technologies and adopt regulations to make sure they are topic to sufficient safeguards to combat new dangers, gender stereotypes and adverse social norms, information privacy breaches and boost transparency and accountability.
- Market policies and programmes to accomplish gender parity in emerging scientific and technological fields and make supportive workplaces and education settings, such as by means of gender-responsive education, distance finding out options and interdisciplinary approaches combining the teaching of social sciences and scientific fields.
- Create gender-responsive innovation that challenges gender stereotypes and adverse social norms, including by means of the improvement of digital content material, awareness campaigns and teaching competencies for good engagement on digital technologies that engage, educate, encourage and empowers youth, such as young guys and boys, to come to be agents of adjust for gender equality.
The 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Girls took location against the backdrop of continued backlash against women’s rights globally, from elevated violence against girls in the public space, to the gender impacts of the earthquakes in Syria and Turkiye, to the day-to-day horror that girls and girls face in emergency and crisis settings such as in Afghanistan, Ukraine and Iran.
In the 1st completely in-particular person session following 3 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW67 registered incredibly higher numbers with additional than 7,000 participants, such as four heads of state and government and 116 ministers, 205 side events on UN premises, and about 700 NGO parallel events.
For the 1st time, the session integrated an interactive youth session with young men and women, youth representatives of delegations, civil society and United Nations organizations , engaging in dialogue and giving suggestions on how to make sure young girls and girls are element of the digital transformation. The Commission also benefited from critical contributions from a wide variety of civil society organizations such as the leaders and commitment makers of the Action Coalition on Technologies and Innovation for Gender Equality, launched as element of the Generation Equality Forum. The Action Coalition on Technologies and Innovation for Gender Equality has created a important contribution in cementing alliances amongst Governments, private sector, civil society and the UN program and in driving momentum and commitments to advance gender equality by means of technologies and innovation.