Report of MenEngage Alliance at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Dear MenEngage members and partners,

The 59th Commission on the Status of Women took place from 9-20 March 2015. It was a historical one as we commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, which marked the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. MenEngage was well represented through the activities of the members of the alliance and the global secretariat.

Find below a summary report on 1) the results of this CSW; 2) attention on working with men and boys on gender justice; and 3) events and joint advocacy activities by the MenEngage Alliance.

Two things stand out:

  • It has been encouraging to see the broad support voiced at this CSW for engaging men and boys. Many women and men supported this as an important piece of the puzzle to achieve gender equality – for women and girls, but also for men and boys themselves. And often it was expressed that gender equality is for all genders – it is a matter of humanity.
  • MenEngage members organized many activities, including collaboratively. We joined strengths during caucus meetings, developed joint messages, strategized on how to influence the negotiations and discourse through our governments, developed various statements together and participated actively in panels to share our messages. This CSW has been a landmark moment for building up the MenEngage movement!

Click here for the full MenEngage Alliance report from the CSW: Report of MenEngage at CSW59