An invitation: Join the discussion at CSW 57

Date : 16 July 2012

Between 23 July - 3 August 2012, a dynamic online discussion will bring together Civil Society Organisations and experts who work on violence against women around the world. By checking in online during the two weeks, they will answer questions and share thoughts on best practices, gaps and challenges in this field.

Findings from these inputs will be used by UN Women to inform two UN Secretary-General's reports for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women and guide the discussion of CSW members. They will also be published online in a report on the key themes of the discussion.

UN Women encourages and welcomes all those who work in this field to take part in the consultation, contribute your views and experiences, and help to enrich the discussion that will feed into CSW 57.

About the Online Discussion

In March 2013, CSW will meet for its fifty-seventh session.

To involve key stakeholders in its preparation - particularly civil society and women's groups, policy makers and other experts - UN Women will use a two-week online discussion (23 July - 3 August) on the critical gaps and challenges facing women and girls in the priority area: the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Within this, the two key areas of focus are primary prevention (stopping violence before it starts) and multisectoral services and responses to victims/survivors.

Through these discussions, CSOs and other experts from the field of gender-based violence can answer questions, and share experiences and best practices.

Why Join?

CSW is an opportunity for Member States to discuss areas of concern for women and girls, and agree on approaches to address these issues. UN Women needs input from CSOs and practitioners on the ground to ensure that the discussions will be informed by high quality materials and reports, which:

  • Highlight the most effective responses, with strong evidence;
  • Identify the gaps and challenges in achieving the most effective responses;
  • Demonstrate the need to prevent violence before it starts.

The discussion outcomes will be used to inform the findings and recommendations in the Secretary-General's two reports, provided to CSW members to guide them in their discussions.

They will also be included in a report for the general public on the official CSW 57 website; and will feed into an Expert Group Meeting on prevention (Bangkok, 17-20 September 2012) which will also present its outcomes to CSW.

How to join?

When: The online discussion will be held from 23 July -3 August 2012.

The first week's discussion (23 - 27 July) will focus on primary prevention.
The second week (30 July - 3 August) will be on support services and responses, across sectors.

Who: All CSOs, policy makers and other experts working in the field of gender-based violence are encouraged to contribute.

How: Only participants who register will be able to see and participate in the discussion.

To register, please send an email to csw57.onlinediscussion[at]unwomen.org with your name, position, the name of your organization, and the country.
As Subject, please write: Registering for online discussion. Within one or two days you will receive an email with login and registration instructions.**

We will also send a reminder email, with questions to start the discussion, on the Friday before each session.

If you're having problems logging in, try referencing these quick guidelines.

More information: For more information about CSW and the upcoming session, visit its official website. The online discussion will be in English, but a survey is also being sent through some UN Women offices to civil society groups that may be offline, or wish to contribute inputs in another language.

Take the Survey: For those who have been unable to access the discussion, or who prefer to work offline, we have a survey in English, French or Spanish.

Please fill it out and e-mail it to us at csw57.onlinediscussion[at]unwomen.org with survey in the subject line, by 4 August 2012. We'll not be able to accept submissions after this date.

Examples of the questions to be discussed:

  • In your area/region, what measures have been introduced to prevent violence against women and girls?
  • How have you promoted the safety of women and girls in public places, and what results have you seen?
  • In your area/region, what services can survivors of gender-based violence access? How much access to women have, who are subjected to multiple forms of discrimination (for example, women with disabilities, indigenous women, migrant workers, women living with HIV/AIDS?)
  • What protocols, systems or networks ensure that these services are delivered in a coordinated way?

** Log in tips: This is a quick 3 step process. Each step, an email will come to your account from Admins_SharePoint[at]unicc.org with a link. Please log in as an External User. When choosing your password, please choose one with 1 capital letter, 1 number or symbol, 8 characters long. When you register, we hope you can include some information about you/your organization's main work.