Islamic Relief is attending the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York (CSW62) this week to call for action on gender justice and present key policy papers highlighting the organisation’s commitment to ending gender-based violence, particularly against women and girls.

CSW62 will see the organisation launch a landmark global consultation on the first ever Islamic Declaration of Gender Justice. Developed by Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) in conjunction with key organisations and faith leaders, the Declaration initiates a global call to action on gender justice. At CSW, Islamic Relief is inviting organisations to support and help shape the Declaration which aims to tackle one of the greatest injustices of our time.

Iman Pertek, Senior Gender Advisor at IRW, will also showcase the efforts being made to eradicate Early and Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Presenting newly developed policy papers, she will outline the commitments made by Islamic Relief to end these gender injustices globally.

Shahin Ashraf, Islamic Relief’s Global Advocacy Advisor, said “Islamic Relief continues to play an instrumental role at an international level on issues around gender justice. This is part of our effort to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5 – gender equality.”

“As CSW62 begins, our commitments continue to move forward. These are challenging times for us as conflicts continue and women and girls are left vulnerable and exposed to layers of inequality. The need for their and our voices to advocate for change has never been greater. We will work for a better and fairer world where the vulnerable are protected and safe, work towards a just and fairer accountable justice system, a fairer system to access education, advocate for health and well-being services for all. Under the agenda for humanity we are advocating that ‘no-one should be left behind.’”

IRW will be joined by Islamic Relief USA who have supported women’s empowerment projects across the world for 25 years.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. This year’s theme at CSW62 is to explore the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

In the opening session, delegates heard from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who declared himself a “proud feminist” to much applause. As well as urging delegates to raise their voices for women’s equality, he said: “Progress for women and girls means changing the power dynamics and ending discrimination against women and girls.” His comments echo Islamic Relief commitments to ending gender inequality.

CSW62 follows Islamic Relief’s presence at the UN’s preparatory meeting, held earlier in the month in which we shared a set of recommendations that addressed violence and harmful practices against rural women and girls.

For more information on Islamic Relief’s work on gender justice, including details and summaries of the events, follow the latest updates on the IRW website.