"The importance of documentation at birth cannot be overestimated: Without a birth certificate, as a girl grows up it will be difficult, if not impossible, for her to attend school or get a job. She will not be able to own her own land or start her own business. She will not be able to vote. She will likely be confined to the home and left unpaid. She becomes an invisible member of society."
"At the very least, we should all aim to educate ourselves on the multifaceted ways in which women are oppressed. We have to start looking at gender oppression through a more holistic lens, one that does not stop at economic and/or political inequalities, but also health-related inequalities such as in sexual and reproductive health."
"There is no doubt in my mind that men actively participating in the fight for equality among women is both timely and a necessity. In order for any type of progress to be accomplished, there must be a diverse group of people advocating for change. However, through observing many events at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, I have learned that in order to create a more inclusive environment concerning women’s rights, and human rights in general, it is imperative to encourage more women, especially young women, to speak up and encourage more men, especially young men, to listen."
The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held, March 10–21, 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York.
They will be accompanied by the following five Public Delegates:
Other members of the U.S. Delegation include technical experts from the Department of State, including the United States Mission to the United Nations and several bureaus and offices; USAID; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security; as well as officials from the White House; the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; and Representative Barbara Lee, a Congressional Delegate to the UN General Assembly.
The theme of this year’s session is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”
"The facts must shock every conscience into action. All told, about 120 to 140 million women in countries around the world have undergone FGM/C and another 3 million girls are at risk each year. Just as gender-based violence knows no boundaries, this tragedy spans the globe, including among many migrant communities in the United States. These aren’t just statistics. They’re a challenge to the decency of every single one of us. These are real people – little girls, some younger than 10 years old – daughters, sisters, and wives - subjected to this horrific practice."
"Looking back on the years since the new millennium began when we challenged ourselves as a global community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we can see that we have made progress…But the goal where the least progress has been made is the one that strikes at the heart of issues related to equity and equality for women, and that’s MDG 5, reducing maternal mortality and providing universal access to reproductive health, including family planning."