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Denmark to stand for a seat in the UN Commission on the Status of Women

02.06.2017  18:05

Denmark has launched its candidacy for the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the period 2020–2024.
The global struggle for women’s rights needs Denmark’s voice, says to the Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Karen Ellemann and the Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs.
“The Commission on the Status of Women is one of the world’s most important political arenas for the rights of women and girls. This is where you can change the agenda in discussions with countries, which we are absolutely not in agreement with when it comes to women’s rights, but who it is nevertheless vital that we cross swords with. We lead the way by being a model country in this field, and there is a real need for Denmark’s voice in the CSW, which is why we have launched our candidacy,” says Karen Ellemann.
“With the Danish government’s high profile on women’s rights in development cooperation, it is only natural for Denmark to seek membership of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. For us in Denmark, a woman’s right to decide over her own body is a key issue, but this right is challenged in many countries. Now, we have also experienced the US decision to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, which denies access to US funding to organisations that do not actively oppose abortion. We are already opposing this decision, and we will do so in a higher degree at the CSW discussions,” says Ulla Tørnæs.
The election for the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women will be held in April 2019. It is not yet known if the Danish candidacy will be contested.

Currently, only Switzerland, besides Denmark, has registered its candidacy for one of the two seats that are reserved for the West European and Others Group (WEOG group). The WEOG group holds a total of five seats out of the commission’s 45 members.

A seat on the CSW gives the right to vote on UN resolutions. If elected, it also gives the opportunity to be elected to the Commission’s bureau, which makes decisions both on organisational issues regarding the sessions as well as on political questions relating to the commission’s work.
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