The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. The theme for the 2014 CSW 58th session is ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls’.
WWDA member and past Vice President Margie Charlesworth is representing WWDA at the 58th session of CSW in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. Margie is participating in a number of events, including a Parallel Event entitled ‘Disability and Inclusion’. This document is a copy of the presentation Margie will be giving at the Parallel Event. This brief presentation highlights some of the key shortcomings of the MDG’s as they relate to women and girls with disabilities. It also canvasses the main principles that women with disabilities argue must be embedded in the Post 15 Development Agenda, in order to ensure that the new global development framework is inclusive of, and responsive to, women and girls with disabilities all over world.