Commission on Status of Women Addresses the Education Disparity for Women
The delegate representing the Indian delegation in the first committee Commission of Status Of Women (CSW), suggested that we must strive to address the "amount of education women can receive and severe lack of resources" available for women.
Only 49% of countries have achieved gender parity in primary education. The gap widens in lower and upper secondary education, with only 24% of countries allowing women access to upper secondary education. The lack of education for women can be attributed to various reasons including, but not limited to, poverty, child marriage and gender-based violence, and discrimination.
In India, there are significant educational disparities of low literacy rates and a lack of education among girls. The delegate of India said, "Right now in India, there's a lot of women subjected to violence by their families who do not want them to pursue anything due to their perceived role of being a caretaker in the household."
Yesterday, the UN's CSW met to address these international issues. In committee session one, delegates from countries worldwide were busy debating and writing resolutions on broadening the scope of women's citizenship, leadership, and political participation in transition countries, namely Middle Eastern and African countries.
"Our resolution, the International Mentorship of Women, which calls upon women in leadership roles to assemble and inspire individuals to enhance the citizenship and education of people worldwide," said the delegate of India on the resolution she worked on along with the delegates from Jordan, Germany, Australia, and Estonia.
This resolution passed with a clear majority of 32 out of 33 delegates in favor of the resolution.
Sponsors of Resolution 1-4 presenting their resolution to the committee
(Pictured from left: Germany, Estonia, Australia, India, Jordan)
Three other resolutions were written and passed in this committee that discusses cooperation between the government and NGOs to emphasize women’s education, social changes surrounding breaking the cultural stigma and gender-based discrimination, and gender parity in government bodies.
“I hope we can get to a point where women can freely receive education without fearing domestic violence that hinders them,” the delegate of India said.