(Part 1) The power of legislation for women’s empowerment and sustainable development - CSW60 Side Event
The power of legislation for women’s empowerment and sustainable development - CSW60 side event. Organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
The parliamentary meeting will focus on key forms of discrimination in laws that hamper the sustainable development agenda. It will draw on evidence-based global research and policymakers’ practical experiences of enacting, implementing and enforcing equality and non-discrimination laws. The morning session will focus on the status of discriminatory laws worldwide. It will look at the multiple forms of legal discrimination that persist around the world today, taking stock of progress and gaps to date. Two sessions will take place in the afternoon. The first will focus on the power of parliaments to end discriminatory laws and showcase parliamentary initiatives to implement reforms and adopt strategies for repealing discriminatory laws. The second session will consider challenges of implementation, enforcement and oversight of laws and discuss the importance of women’s political leadership and representation in legislative bodies.
Finally, the meeting will provide an opportunity to contribute to the debates at the CSW whose priority theme this year is “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development”.