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  • Information Minister Senator Sandrea Falconer is presently leading Jamaica’s participation at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 58), underway at the UN Headquarters, New York.
  • Minister Falconer will deliver Jamaica’s Statement at the Commission as well as participate in a number of other related activities including three side events which Jamaica has agreed to co-sponsor.
  • Jamaica is currently the only CARICOM country that is a member of the 45 member Commission. Jamaica’s term on the Commission expires in 2015.

Information Minister Senator Sandrea Falconer is presently leading Jamaica’s participation at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 58), underway at the UN Headquarters, New York. The Session under the theme “Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls”, got underway today

(March 10) and will run through to March 21, 2014.

Minister Falconer will deliver Jamaica’s Statement at the Commission as well as participate in a number of other related activities including three side events which Jamaica has agreed to co-sponsor. These side events are Delta Days at the UN on Friday, March 14, on Economic Equality and Empowerment for Women; CARICOM Non-Communicable Diseases also on Friday, March 14, and a discussion on The MDGs, Post-2015 and Beijing+20: Latin American and the Caribbean a governmental and NGO perspectives on Thursday, March 13.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946 to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women’s rights. CSW is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women and it meets annually at the UN Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

Jamaica is currently the only CARICOM country that is a member of the 45 member Commission. Jamaica’s term on the Commission expires in 2015.

Along with Senator Falconer, other members of the Jamaican delegation at CSW 58 are Mrs. Colette Roberts Risden, Chief Technical Director, Planning and Development Division, Office of the Prime Minister; Dr. Glenda Simms, gender expert; a representative from the Bureau of Women’s Affairs; and an NGO representative.