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Plan Attends the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Plan International staff will be among the 6,000 UN officials, NGO workers, and women's rights activists in attendance at this year's session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Plan International staff will be among the 6,000 UN officials, NGO workers, and women's rights activists in attendance at this year's session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
March 4, 2013

Plan International is pleased to attend the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women to be held March 4th through the 15th at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The theme of this year’s session will be the “elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls." The inclusion of girls within this year’s theme marks a turning point for the commission which has previously focused on equality for women while making special allowances for girls.

The two-week session will include a high-level round table, interactive dialogues and panels, and parallel events where key representatives of Member States will gather to evaluate progress on gender equality issues. Representatives will also identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies in the effort to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.

The theme of this year’s session resonates with several of Plan’s goals and key areas of child protection and girl empowerment work such as Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ (BIAAG) campaign which identifies gender-based violence in schools as a major and cross-contextual barrier to girls realizing their right to a quality education and Plan’s protection work in preventing early marriage.

In conjunction with the educational event, Plan will release a new global report entitled, "A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear: Working to End Gender-Based Violence in School” on March 5th. The report will discuss the persistence of school-related gender-based violence, share best practices in education, and will build political support and civil society partnerships.

Visit our ’Because I am a Girl’ site to learn more about our work or make a donation.

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