March 12, 2018

As women worldwide clamor for equality, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), along with a broad coalition of partner organizations, is engaging in two weeks of intense advocacy at the largest annual gathering focused on gender equality and women’s rights at the United Nations.

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), will focus on “challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.” The theme is urgent. Rural women make up more than a quarter of the world’s population and face similar obstacles in developed and developing countries. Women and girls in both urban and rural areas face similar challenges when it comes to realizing gender equality, and the full enjoyment of their human rights. However, those in rural areas often face added pressures and more pronounced barriers, particularly in regard to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The Commission should not only recognize the sexual and reproductive rights of rural women and girls, but also commit to ensuring they have the information, means, and agency to make those rights a reality. Doing so requires tackling key obstacles such as entrenched discrimination, language barriers, lack of health services, and sexuality education, among others.


When:             March 12 – 23, 2018

Where:           United Nations Headquarters, NY


Media Availability:

Feminist advocates working on women’s rights, including youth from all regions of the world, are available for interviews.


Related Links:

Social Media: Follow @IntlWomen on Twitter for the latest updates from civil society organizations driving change, using the hashtag #CSW62

NGO-organized parallel events:

Resource: IWHC’s official statement to the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women


Contact:, (+1) 917-498-3346