United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)


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Country: Swiss Confederation

Committee: United Nations Commissions on the Status of the Women

Topic Area: Empowering Women in STEM (Topic A)

_ “Supporting gender equality is not only a question of justice, but also a precondition for development.”_

        Mark Dahinden – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Exclusivity in any form is unjustifiable, including gender exclusivity which make one specific gender unable to maximize their potential. Exclusivity itself contradict to Switzerland value that holds individual independence and communal equality. At any international conference discussing gender equality, Switzerland repeatedly stated that gender inequality is one of the biggest obstacles to sustainable development. Therefore, promoting gender equality is Switzerland main priority and focus, both home and abroad. Swiss commitment to promote gender equality not only proves by signing Beijing Platform for Action or Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Swiss seriously takes the promises made in any signed declaration into Swiss Action Plan for Promoting Gender Equality, which successfully increased women participation from 13.6% in 1999 to 30.2% in 2012. On United Nations bodies such as United Nations Commission on Status of Women (UNSCW), Swiss actively participate as consensus builder among states and bringing critical issues such as eliminating violent against women and promoting equal pay.

Our focus on gender equality is to empowering women in economic resources. By doing so, women could play important key role to Swiss Development Cooperation Strategy and contribute to world development. Aside from economy, we also highly encourage Swiss women to pursue education as highly as possible. Economy and education, these focus show that Swiss need intelligent women to support Swiss and world development as well as mother for next Swiss generation. We are clearly sure that it will be achieved by empowering women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Although 25% and 20% of UN Women funding respectively allocated to end women related violence and empowering women economy, numerous accounts of United Nations General Assembly and UNCSW resolutions and celebration of Women in Science-Tech every 11th February, Women still outnumbered by men in STEM field...