In a notable achievement for India to be elected as a Member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the leading global body working on women empowerment and gender equality, defeating China in the election.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The first meeting of 54 members of the UN Economic and Social Council was held on Monday in the General Assembly Hall. The elections were held for two seats for the Asia-Pacific States category with India, Afghanistan, and China in the brawl. India got 38 votes and Afghanistan mission to the UN; Ambassador Adela Raz, accumulated 39 votes of the ballots cast. China has been a long-standing member of the UN Security Council, received barely 27 votes and was not able to cross even the halfway mark.
India got a chance to endorse in promoting gender equality and women empowerment. India feels privileged to be able to show its commitment towards the cause. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti thanked all the members who supported them in his tweet.
In 1995, the 1st World conference on women was held in Beijing. This year it is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the landmark conference on Women where China takes care of all the things every year. The poll outcome is being perceived as conveying a clear message about China’s record of women’s empowerment and equality.
ECOSOC expanded the Commission’s decree in 1996 and concluded that it should take a preeminent role in reviewing and monitoring development and predicaments in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in focusing the gender perspective in UN activities.
Afghanistan and India will join Austria, Argentina, Latvia, Dominican Republic, Zambia, Turkey, Israel and Nigeria, which were selected by approval, to the Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term commencing from 2021-2025.