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68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women concludes

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68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women concludes

UN’s 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women concludes today.

The twelve-day commission highlighted the importance of investing in gender-focused initiatives to address poverty, gender equality, and the effects of climate change.

1 in every 10 women in the world lives in extreme poverty. More than 614 million women live in conflict-affected areas where they are 7.7 times more likely to live in extreme poverty. Climate change is poised to increase hunger for 236 million more women by 2030, doubling the number of affected men.

In response to these challenges, this year’s secondary agenda focused on strengthening institutions, social protection systems, and financing with a gender perspective. During the side events, members put forward strategies outlining a forward-thinking framework designed to bolster women’s economic autonomy while confronting economic structures that have entrenched inequalities domestically and internationally.

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