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The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place in New York from 11 to 22 March 2024. CSW68 closed with Agreed Conclusions which focused on introducing a gender lens in financing for development, strengthening action on poverty and improving access to social protection, and supporting women’s rights organisations. They also recognise the right of women and girls to food and water, in the context of increasing food insecurity and water scarcity worldwide.  You can read the CSW68 Agreed Conclusions here.

As part of CSW68, Women’s Platform organised a side event entitled Gender Budgeting: a solution to women’s poverty.  This side event featured a presentation on the Consortium’s research into the Impact of the Cost of Living Crisis on Women in Northern Ireland. 

The online session explored how feminist approaches to economics, including gender budgeting, can create change. It highlighted Northern Ireland as an example of how gender neutral policy making has worsened the cost-of-living crisis for women, and shared women’s stories, as pointers to priorities for change. It also shared examples and perspectives on how gender budgeting can shape policy change, including from Malaysia, where civil society is building new collaborations with decision makers, and exploring a new feminist agenda for ending women’s poverty.

You can watch a recording of the side event here: