India has been elected as a member of the United (UN) Nations Commission on Status of Women, a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Elections to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
The 54-member Council, holding the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall on Monday, held elections for two seats in the Asia-Pacific States category with Afghanistan, India and China in the fray.
In the elections to the United Nations Commission on Status of Women Economic (UNCSW), India and Afghanistan beat China. In this hot contest in becoming the two members to be elected from the Asia- Pacific States. India secured 38 of the 54 ballots, Afghanistan garnered 39 ballots. China could only secure 27, failing to even cross the halfway mark.
India became a member of UN in a very important year, as it comes in the silver jubilee year of the Beijing conference. It is the 25th anniversary of the famous Beijing World Conference on Women (1995). India will be a member of the United Nations Commission on Status of Women for a span of four years, from 2021 to ’25.
Role of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women is essential in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and most importantly for the empowerment of women.
In 1996, ECOSOC expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.
Rejoicing at India’s win, the permanent representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador TS Tirumurti took to Twitter to share the news. “India wins seat in prestigious #ECOSOC body! India elected Member of Commission on Status of Women #CSW. It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support @MEAIndia”, read the tweet.
India’s Permanent Mission to the UN worked tirelessly for the hard-fought election, reaching out and sensitizing all member states, sources said. The election result is being seen as sending a strong signal about China’s own record of women’s equality and empowerment.
India’s election win at the CSW is highly significant as it comes on the eve of India gearing up to sit at the UN Security Council high table. India is a non-permanent member for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021. Former UN assistant secretary-general and deputy executive director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri, congratulated the Indian Mission and Ambassador Tirumurti on the election win.
“Victory Earned! #CSW is an important norm setting organ for #Gender #Equality & #WomenEmpowerment & #India has made a significant contribution to evolving global women’s human rights standards in UN including #SDG5 in Agenda 2030!” she tweeted, referring to the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.
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India joined Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Dominican Republic, Israel, Latvia, Nigeria, Turkey and Zambia. Which were elected by acclamation, to the Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term beginning from 2021-2025.