YALI Mandela Washington 2017 Fellow Kadija Simboro traveled to New York City from March 22-25, 2018 to represent Burkina Faso at the 62nd annual Commission of the Status of Women (CSW 2018). Kadija is the President of the Association Femme Leader of Africa and Burkina Faso and General Director of Farafina Eco-engineering. She believes that “access to infrastructure is a key element for women’s empowerment. These 15 days have allowed her to share and learn experiences to improve the conditions of women and girls living in rural areas. Kadija also welcomed the efforts made by the Government of Burkina in this area.
CSW has been the main international platform for more than 60 years, allowing governments to discuss women’s empowerment. Thousands of activists from around the world unite to give their voice to advance the promotion of women’s empowerment rights.
The Commission on the Status of Women plays an important role in promoting women’s rights. It reflects the reality of women around the world and contributes to the establishment of global standards for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women was held over 15 days on the theme of empowering rural women and girls. Topics such as women’s participation and access to media and information and communications technologies, their impact and their interest in promoting and empowering women were discussed.
The commission saw the participation of a strong Burkinabe delegation.