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Minister of Culture Indrek Saar will represent Estonia at the session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

13. March 2018 - 15:29

Stenbock House, 13 March 2018 – The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will take place on 12–23 March in the UN headquarters in New York, will focus on the possibilities of and challenges in achieving gender equality and increasing the authority of women and girls in rural areas. The session’s topics of discussion also include women’s participation in and access to media as well as the effect of information and communications technology (ICT) on protecting women’s rights.

Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, who leads the Estonian delegation, said that the Beijing Declaration, which was adopted at the World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, was a turning point in protecting women’s rights, but there is still a long way to go. “We must be grateful for the diversity in the world and break the barriers that stop us from protecting the rights of women in rural areas. For this, we need to give examples of the extraordinary things that women do,” he said.

At this year’s meeting, Estonia is the Vice-Chair-designate of the CSW Bureau and will moderate a roundtable discussion regarding ICT and women’s rights in connection with the position. Additionally, Estonia will organise a high-level side event on violence against women and the possibilities and threats of ICT. The event will be attended by Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women.

Women’s and girls’ rights as well as gender equality are some of the main human rights priorities of Estonian foreign policy. Gender equality has an important role in promoting sustainable development and expanding the principles of democracy and the rule of law in the world.

The participants of the meeting include ministers of the Member States, high officials of the UN, and representatives of non-governmental organisations. The Estonian delegation comprises representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Riigikogu, and non-governmental organisations.

Additional information:
Armo Vask, Media Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, +372 5666 8581;
Meelis Kompus, Head of the Communications Department of the Ministry of Culture, +372 520 2318