The Commission on the Status of Women is the single-largest intergovernmental gathering on women and girls. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946

The 60th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked of on Monday 14th 2016 in New York and will go on until March 24th, with two weeks of meetings and interesting side events dedicated to advancing gender equality, ‪#‎GlobalGoals‬ and the ‪#‎Planet5050‬ agenda. It brings together governments and civil society from around the world to discuss how to make ‪#‎Planet5050‬ a reality.

#‎Planet5050‬ means a world where men and women share the work and share the rewards equally.

#‎CSW60‬ will focus on the link between women’s empowerment and the #‎globalgoals‬. Check out this time-lapse paying tribute to the women and men at the Commission who have been promoting women’s rights since 1946!

The ‪#‎CSW60‬ draft agreed conclusions and draft resolution on the multi-year programme of work of the Commission are now available on the CSW60 website. Access them here.

THE GENDER FORUM BY Heinrich Böll Stiftung East and Horn of Africa

About the Gender Forum

The Gender Forum is a monthly public dialogue convened by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung since 2001, encouraging dialogue on pertinent national issues with a gendered lens. It brings together scholars, law makers and implementers, civil activists, government institutions, students and the general public, aiming at sharing knowledge and inspiring gendered analysis of policy and programmes. The forum also convenes around the country in response to county needs.

Gender Forum - Pushing to Parity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Wednesday 30th March 2016, The Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi, From 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm, Entry Free


Over the last decade Kenya has made significant progress in achieving gender parity in education. However, much work remains in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), where women remain significantly underrepresented.

UNESCO1 found that female students are admitted to engineering and applied science subjects at a significantly lower rate than male students. Overall lower rates of enrolment and high numbers of drop outs during the course of the programmes only worsens the situation. According to WMI Africa2, in 2012 the number of registered engineers in Kenya was 1,341 whereby 1,298 (96.8%) were men and 43 (3.2%) were women. These statistics drive home the grim situation on parity in STEM in Kenya.

It is important to highlight the impact that a lack of parity has on educational and employment opportunities for women and therefore the political and economic prospects for the country.

Key discussion points:

What are the implications of having women underrepresented in STEM in Kenya?

How do we encourage parents and teachers to motivate girls to pursue their interests in STEM?

Are the policies in place? (If any) What is being done to ensure there is parity in STEM education or access to opportunities?

What opportunities are available to women who wish to be more involved in the field?

Discussion Panel:

The discussion will be led by practitioners in education, education policy experts, teacher training institutions and social scientists.