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59th UN Commission on the Status of Women

On 9 March, Silvana participated in the Session “The Role of Women Parliamentarians in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Lessons from the MDGs”, organised by the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP), the Government of Nigeria, the United Nations Millennium Campaign and the Pan-African Parliament.

This session was held in the framework of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, which took place at United Nations HQ in New York, from 9 to 20 March 2015. The session (UN, ECOSOC Chamber) was a unique opportunity for female MPs to share best practices on the engagement of women parliamentarians with the MDGs; understand the current processes towards a post 2015 framework and engagement opportunities for African women; discuss the strategic roles of women parliamentary leaders in the implementation of the post 2015 agenda; and build a network of women parliamentary leaders to drive the interest of African women and girls in the emerging global agenda.

The main focus of the CSW59 Session was on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.