Commission on the Status of Women

CSW

CSW 65 – March 15 – 26, 2021

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  Because the UN is currently closed to visitors, the 2021 Forum will take place virtually.

65TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

15 – 26 March 2021

Priority theme: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;

Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session.)

https://ngocsw.org/ngocsw65/

600 Workshops will be available on Web TV – UN.org on a 24/7 basis to accommodate time zones

Registering for CSW65

The NGOCSW Forum is the Civil Society side of CSW65.  Everyone must register as an Advocate on the ngocsw.org website.  For convenience, here is the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ngo-csw65-forum-advocate-registration-tickets-137312871495. Once you register, you will have access to the Pathable Platform which will house all of the events (including Parallel Events) for the NGOCSW65 Forum.

Side Events are the sessions offered by member states during CSW65. Those sessions will be listed on UN Women’s website and will be accessible to participants, usually delegates. Please note that President Sharon has given permission to interested members of Zonta to register as delegates.  Please refer to Megan’s email from last week for the particulars.

The formal UN proceedings will be available on webtv.un.org.

Established in 1946, 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.

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) first met at Lake Success, New York, in February 1947, soon after the founding of the United Nations.

All 15 government representatives were women. From its inception, the Commission was supported by a unit of the United Nations that later became the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) in the UN Secretariat. The CSW developed a relationship with several NGOs.  Those with consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)were  invited to participate as observers.

Many Zontians travelled to NYC and took advantage of the offers to participate in annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) events.

A PDF presentation about the history of CSW.

CSW & NGO Status

Of the 5,508 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with consultative status at the United Nations, only 141 have General Consultative Status, the highest status an NGO can have at the UN.  Zonta International was granted General Consultative Status in 1969.

As an NGO with General Consultative Status, Zonta International is invited to participate in the annual Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women is:

  • A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • The principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • Established by resolution on 21 June 1946 to monitor and promote women’s rights and develop global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women; mandate expanded in 1996 to include monitoring and reviewing progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.