Naga women’s rights activist from Chizami Village (Phek district) and Program Manager at the North East Network in Nagaland, Wekoweü Tsühah, attended 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
UN CSW is the largest annual gathering in New York on gender equality and women’s rights that reached a robust agreement highlighting the urgency of UN member states for empowering rural women and girls to achieve gender equality.
The outcome of the 62nd session of UN CSW, known as the Agreed Conclusions adopted by Member States, puts forth concrete measures for women and girls that include ensuring adequate living standards with equal access to land and productive assets, ending poverty, enhancing their food security and nutrition, decent work, infrastructure and technology, education and health etc.
“I was there to represent the voices of rural women and girls of my community and region, and to be part of the highest global advocacy and lobby process,” said Tsühah while speaking to The Morung Express.
Member States, including India, recognized rural women’s important role in addressing hunger and food insecurity.
“This is a great privilege and an important responsibility. To be able to meet and converse with so many women and girls from across the world who are part of a global movement for gender equality, social and ecological justice is inspiring,” said Tsühah while also describing her experience as “empowering.”
CSW is the single largest forum for UN Member States, civil society organizations and other international actors to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue. More than 4,300 representatives from over 600 civil society organizations, and 170 Member States attended this year’s Commission.
“Challenges and issues of rural women and girls are similar across the world. These recommendations have to be taken up by member states like India. We will follow up with the centre to keep up with their commitments by translating them into action,” the Naga activist maintained.