Beating China, India elected a member of the UN Commission on Status of Women

Beating China, India elected a member of the UN Commission on Status of Women

Gangtok, September 15: During this tumultuous period between the two nations of India and China, in a significant win for the former, it was announced that India had beat China in the elections to the United Nation’s Commission of Status of Women Economics (UNCSW), which is a body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as the principal global body focussed on gender equality and women empowerment, beating China in a hotly-contested election.

India and Afghanistan are the only two members from the Asia-Pacific states to have won this election. India had secured 38 of the 54 ballots. Afghanistan had secured 39 ballots, while China had secured only 27, failing to even cross the halfway mark.

The 54-member ECOSOC, holding the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall on September 14, held elections for two seats in the Asia-Pacific States category which was won by India and Afghanistan. As this year is the 25th anniversary of the famous Beijing World Conference on Women (1995), this win for India becomes even more important. India will now be a member of the United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women for four years, 2021-2025.

TS Tirumurti, the permanent representative of India to the United Nations, took to Twitter on Monday, “India wins seat in prestigious ECOSOC body! India elected a member of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW). It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support.” 

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