|UNITED NATIONS, Mar. 13, 2018 -- The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked off its annual meeting at the UN New York headquarters on Monday.
The 62nd session of the commission, will focus on "challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls."
Both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak addressed the opening meeting of the annual session.
Guterres said that it is important to change the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence against women.
"Progress for women and girls means changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence," the UN chief told the CSW62, which will end on March 23.
Lajcak said that mistakes had been made in the past in approaching challenges without considering a gender perspective.
"Women must be taken into account in all actions, from access to water to closing pay gaps. Empowering rural women would benefit all," he said.
Urging all participants to deliver concrete, actionable results, Geraldine Byrne Nason, chair of the CSW62, said the commission should not be known as a meeting or an acronym, but as an instrument to truly promote the rights of women around the globe.