YWCA of Japan Written Statement submitted to the 65th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

YWCA of Japan submiteed a written statement to the 65th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) taking place from 15 to 26 March 2021.
It is the YWCA of Japan’s first ever statement submitted to the United Nations since it was granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2019.

The Priority Theme of CSW65 is “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. This statement provides the following three critical points and calls on the United Nations and governments to take action.
– Young women, particularly marginalized young women to participate in decision-making spaces.
– Women, particularly young women to participate and their voices to be reflected in decision-makings as women are disproportionately affected by including but not limited to COVID-19, military bases and nuclear power plant.
– To address the pervasive unconscious bias behind the lower rate of women in decision-making spaces.

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YWCA(Young Women’s Christian Association)is an international NGO where, upon a Christian foundation, women from around the world exceed the barriers of language and cultures and work together to encourage women’s participation in society and to realize a peaceful world where human rights, health and environment is protected. The movement began in Great Britain in 1855, and nowadays, it works in more than 100 countries throughout the world. The YWCA of Japan works with 24 local YWCAs and 37 junior and senior high-school YWCAs, and holds ESOSOC consultative status since 2019.