The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. MALA is honored to be a part of this year’s commission, being led by Mr. Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (Brazil), Chair of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
In conjunction with the theme of CSW 61st Session, we aim to promote the principle that the protection of women’s human rights is fundamental to ensuring women’s self-realization and full participation in society. A myriad of issues affect economic prosperity for women. MALA proposes a panel discussion that covers the following themes: Education; Investment in Diversity; Human Rights; Access to Medical Care; and Eradication of Violence as core points to address the economic growth for women.
Poverty, illiteracy, violence, and oppression impacts decision making and human rights. For women across the globe, equitable access is denied through social, political, cultural, or infrastructure hindrances. Gender equality is crucial for advancing global development and reducing poverty. Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and entire communities. Economically empowered women improve prospects for the next generation.
MALA has advocated for women/human rights since its inception. On a national scale, we have extended series of programs and events to communities, particularly relating to the empowerment of women and girls. MALA has executed a series of forums that uses arts and media to promote social justice for women and girls. We aim to strengthen the nonprofit and philanthropic communities in their recognition and inclusion of women’s and girls’ issues, and support new ideas that will challenge the status quo in addressing the needs of under-served and marginalized populations.