March 24, 2016 12:05 am



Throughout its history from 1946, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has been a strong advocate for gender equality and empowerment of women across the globe and



has provided a unique space for exchange of national experience and good practice and for bringing the voice of the women’s movement to the work of the United Nations. With the support of Member States, the Commission continues to play a critical leadership role to ensure that the work of the United Nations has a positive impact on the lives of women at country level and remains a driving force for gender equality and empowerment of women.

Ghana joined other Member States of the United Nations to participate in the 60th Session of the CSW from the 14th to 24th March, 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This year’s priority theme was “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development”. It was a relevant test of world leaders’ commitments to the implementation and financing of the Agenda 2030, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed upon last September. Particularly the specific goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG-5), and the commitment to the systematic mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the implementation of the Agenda (paragraph 20 of the SDGs).

The Agenda is relevant to all of us, as it will heavily influence governments’ domestic and foreign policies in the coming years, including what financial resources they will devote to gender equality programming.

This report represents deliberations during the 60th Session of the CSW.

Ghana organized a side event on a breakfast meeting held on the 17th March, 2016 at Ghana Permanent Mission on the theme “Ending Child Marriage in Ghana and West Africa “and an event on “Sexual and Gender –Based Violence in Ghana: Response, Prevention and Elimination (Highlight was on The Preliminary Report of Nationwide Research on Domestic Violence in Ghana)” on the21st March 2016 at United Nations Building New York.

I wish to assure all stakeholders that Ghana will implement the agreed conclusions of the 60th Session to promote and protect the rights of women and girls for sustainable development.