This Data is created for WPP from Maggie Hallahan, an American photojournalist. This is her review of the beginning of International Women’s Day that was officially recognized by the UN at CSW30, 1975, Mexico City. Maggie began her unique, visual approach to storytelling in Vietnamese and Cambodian refugee camps in 1981. She was a official photographer and communications specialist with the UNFPA’s International Conference on Population and Development 1994, in Cairo and CSW50 Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995. She continues her support of global equality, world health awareness and The UN Women Youth CSW.
Why give a sh*t about the CSW?
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Big Data Matters. That is what inspired the “Big Thinkers” in 1945 who, determined to ensure a peaceful world, created the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW is a collection of data points around women’s status including healthcare, education, income, sports per country. This information is delivered to the United Nations in mid-March. This year, 2019, is CSW63. For over 70 years, countries have been handing off this data for statistical analysis for the purpose of inspiring action for gender equality. True knowledge is strong and can create the wisdom we need to disrupt what is not working and get in place what is working.
1910 - The Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen established an International Women's Day to honor the movement for women's rights, and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.
1911- As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women's rights to work, to vocational training, and to an end discrimination on the job.
1919 - US School books erroneously state that "the 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.” In reality, the original peoples of this land did not win the right to vote until 1962 in all US States.
1945 - The Charter of the United Nations was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programs and goals to advance the status of women worldwide. Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have all promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN's efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe.
1946 - The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is established as the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
1962 - In a radio broadcast, President John F. Kennedy hosts a conversation with Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady and Chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, about the origins of the commission, the necessity for equal pay and working conditions regardless of gender, and issues concerning women that still require improvement.
1971- National Women's Political Caucus formed in the US so women could be on the delegation from the US to the 1975 World Conference on Women in Mexico.
1972 - Title IX of the Education Amendments Act is enacted into law. It states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
1975 - During International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March. At the World Conference on Women in Mexico, American activists Gloria Steinem, Dr. Betty Reardon and Betty Friedan. Of the 133 Member State delegations gathered there, 113 were headed by women. Women also organized the International Women's Year Tribune, a parallel Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Forum, that attracted approximately 4,000 participants.
1995 - The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern. It envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
2000 - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) formally acknowledged, through the creation of Resolution 1325, the changing nature of warfare, in which civilians are increasingly targeted, and women continue to be excluded from participation in peace processes.
2005 to 2016 - The UN partners with government, business and civil society to roll out initiatives like ManUP Campaign and He for She Campaign in many countries such as Australia, Ireland and the USA,
2014 - The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”
2018 - In a September Press Release WPP announces industry-leading partnership with UN Women to help achieve gender equality through the power of creativity. WPP announces further commitments to UN Women as part of its global pledge to support the Global Goals, under the Common Ground initiative.
Today, coinciding with the UN Women’s Private Sector and Philanthropic Leaders’ SDG-5 Summit, WPP announced their industry-leading collaboration with UN Women. The commitment includes global, pro-bono media support brokered by GroupM and creative services from WPP agencies to help positively impact the lives of girls and women.
The announcement comes on the back of over $1 Million in pro-bono media placements and more than $6 Million in earned media secured for UN Women to date through multiple campaigns, as part of WPP’s support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women, said: “Changing how women and girls are seen and valued is fundamental to creating a more equal world. The marketing and advertising industry, which is so influential in shaping culture, is a key partner for us in this effort. With WPP, we are building both awareness and game-changing action to address gender inequality. Our work with WPP comes at the perfect time, as unprecedented numbers of women are mobilizing worldwide on equality issues, ranging from ending violence and sexual harassment to calling for equal pay. This collaboration brings us both powerful imagination and industry muscle.”
2019 - Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. March 11th and 12th, CSW63 United Nations Headquarters, NYC.