India becomes a member of UN’s prestigious ECOSOC body
In a landmark victory, India has gotten elected as a member of the United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (CSW or UNCSW), a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which is one of the main UN organs within the United Nations. The UNCSW is the principal global body focussed on promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
India, Afghanistan and China had contested the elections to the Commission on Status of Women. Of the two members to be elected from the Asia-Pacific states, India secured 38 of the 54 ballots. Afghanistan, on the other hand, secured 39 ballots. China secured 27 votes, failing to cross even the half-way mark.
Hailing India’s win, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations, tweeted, “India wins seat in prestigious ECOSOC body! India elected member of 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.”
India will be a member of United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women for four years – 2021 – 2025.