United Nations – Opening of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (New York, 11 March 2019)


The 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) starts today in New York and will continue until March 22. France will be represented by Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination.

During this session, France, which currently holds the presidency of the Security Council, will stress the need for women to have access to all the services they need to maintain their health and facilitate their social integration, their empowerment and their participation in society. This notably requires women’s access to public services, social protection in the context of sexual and reproductive health rights, and responses to the issue of unpaid work.

President Macron made gender equality the main cause of his five-year term. France will continue to take action to promote women’s rights and to reduce gender-based inequality within the framework of the United Nations, as well as its chairmanship of the G7 and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2019.