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11. April 2016

South Africa Speaks Out During the UN's 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)

The United Nations (UN) 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) was recently held in New York. Noting South Africa's participation in the session, the Cabinet said it gave the country an opportunity to benchmark the progress made since the dawn of democracy on a global arena.

"It is important to note that since the democratic dispensation, South Africa (has) participated in the Fourth World Conference of Women in 1995 and signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in the same year," the Cabinet said.

Representatives of UN member states, UN entities and non-governmental organisations accredited by the UN Economic and Social Council attended the CSW60.

"This session marks the beginning of the countdown to 2030 to the future we want, in which no one is left behind," said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Women executive director and a UN under-secretary-general.

She said collaboration was key to success. "We know that in order to bring the new agenda to life, we need to get closest to those who are most disadvantaged … governments cannot deliver alone on their strong commitments.

"Collaboration with civil society and women's organisations is key. It also means that greater support and protection of civil society is needed to ensure greater political space and capacity for them. To implement this agenda, the support of the private sector is also needed."

In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, acknowledged the strides made. He noted that he had appointed more than 150 women as assistant secretary-generals or under-secretary-generals.

South Africa sent various leaders to take part in CSW60, including ministers of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu; Labour, Mildred Oliphant; Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa; Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, as well as Minister in The Presidency Responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu.

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