Calendar of Side Events

NGOs with valid UN grounds passes need not indicate prior interest in attending events unless specified by event sponsors. Side events on UN premises are not ticketed this year unless they are by invitation only. 

Please note that side event organizers may make a limited number of tickets available to guests without UN grounds passes. There will be a specified contact email or RSVP link to request tickets in the schedule below for each respective event. 

Confirmed guests without UN grounds passes should receive a communication from side event organizers regarding the location and time for ticket pick-up. Tickets for guests without UN grounds passes are only distributed by the side event organizer, and it is the responsibility of the side event organizer to communicate the details to their participants. Neither the UN Pass & ID office nor the CSW info desk have tickets for side events. 

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Please check back frequently as times and venues of side events may change.

Sun, 11 March
Mon, 12 March |Tue, 13 March |Wed, 14 March |Thu, 15 March |Fri, 16 March |Sat, 17 March 
Mon, 19 March |Tue, 20 March |Wed, 21 March |Thu, 22 March |Fri, 23 March

Thursday, 8 March 2018

  • UN Women
    Exhibition: Rural Women, Women's Rights, 7 March - 18 April
    This photo exhibition by UN Women highlights some of the key issues faced by rural women and girls around the world, vividly illustrating some of their stories. The exhibition is located in the UN Visitors Lobby and will be on display from 7 March - 18 April.
  • United Nations Department of Public Information
    Remember Slavery: "Say It Loud" exhibit

Sunday, 11 March 2018

  • Nigeria
    Unity in diversity
    An evening of art & hope with nigerian women For more information, please contact Click here to RSVP by March 7.

Monday, 12 March 2018

  • UN Women
    Exhibition: We Are Turning Promises Into Action: It's Time, 12-23 March
    Posters exhibition on the CSW62 Priority Theme organized by UN Women. A call to action to advance the rights of rural women and girls worldwide. The exhibition is located in the 1B neck area near Vienna Café and will be on display from 12 March - 23 March.
  • Australia, Plan International
    Plan International Launch Event: Girls' Rights Platform
    By invitation only
  • Sweden, The Nordic Council of Ministers
    Rural realities in the Nordics - leaving men behind?
    Contact: rebecca.hedlund[at]
    A dialoge between Nordic and global experts - good practice for counteracting uneven regional gender development. A set of digital maps will be presented and strutinized, displaying the state of gender equality and rural realities of the Nordic region. It will show disparities between urban and rural and across municipalities in the Nordic countries, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
  • Permanent Missions of the Netherlands and France
    Gender Stereotyping: why we do it, why it is a problem and how we fight it
  • United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, UN Women
    The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Advancing Women's Leadership and Participation
    Contact: allison.peters[at]
    Violent extremism and terrorism remains a grave threat to international security and directly undermines human rights, sustainable development, and gender equality. The United Nations has repeatedly emphasized the vital importance of integrating a gender perspective and promoting women's participation and leadership in preventing violent extremism and countering terrorism, including in the 5th review resolution of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. This high-level side event will bring together Member States, United Nations entities, and civil society leaders to take stock of the progress and challenges in advancing these efforts, with a particular focus on the empowerment of rural women and girls. It will also aim to highlight the perspectives of civil society leaders for consideration during the 6th review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy by the United Nations later this year. This event will provide the first opportunity for participants of the Commission on the Status of Women to hear directly from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, an entity newly established in June 2017 to coordinate the United Nations' work in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism. To RSVP:
    No more reservations
  • Andorra
    Women Artists: Creative Energy for Peace
    Contact: contact[at]
    The exhibition "Women Artists: Creative Energy for Peace" will be displayed from 12 to 23 March 2018 The opening of the exhibition will take place on 14 March at in 1 B Neck South Walls (close to Cafe Viena)
  • Malawi
    Partnerships between Governments and CSOs in harnessing demographic dividends through empowering young women and girls: "Young women stand-up be counted"
    Contact: malawimissiontotheun[at]
    Governments and CSOs' partnerships promoting economic empowerment of young women and girls
  • Malaysia, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, National University of Malaysia (UKM), National Council of Women's Organisations Malaysia (NCWO)
    Reaching the Farthest First - A Malaysian Perspective
    Contact: syaza[at]
    No more reservations
  • Jamaica, NCD Alliance, World Health Organization (WHO)
    Championing NCDs and Empowering women to deliver on the SDGs: NCDs with a face
    Contact: tyesha_t[at]
  • Kenya
    The Role of Women as Governance Actors: Lessons from Kenya
    Contact: DivaYancey[at]
  • Canada, Kingdom of Tonga, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
    Tackling Climate Change Through The Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls
    Contact: darlenevaea[at]
    Please RSVP by 6 March by registering here: There is clear evidence that climate change is having gender-differentiated impacts, and in many cases is intensifying the constraints that already place women, especially those that are reliant on agriculture for their livelihoods, putting rural women at a great disadvantage. While climate change can exacerbate exiting gender inequalities in agriculture, it can also tap into womens vast potential, if their important role in adaptation and mitigation is fully recognized and they are provided with equal access to productive assets, markets, climate information services, technology and training. This event will bring together perspectives from policymakers, development agencies, NGOs and representatives of international climate change mechanisms. Panelists will provide a comprehensive set of innovative approaches, tested good practices and policy guidance around unlocking rural womens great potential in agriculture, food security and nutrition policies in the context of climate change, pledging to work together in promoting solutions in particular for and by rural women. Speakers will include Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie of Canada; H.E. Ms. Olai Uludong, Palau Ambassador to the United Nations; Ms. Polotu Paunga, Head, Division of Women's Affairs, Kingdom of Tonga; Ms. Leituala Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago Elisara, Director, Social Development Programme, Pacific Community; Ms. Carla Mucavi, Director, FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations; Ms. Saratou Malam Goni, Director, Leadership, Women Empowerment Programme, CARE Niger; and Ms. Fleur Newman, Lead Gender Officer, UNFCCC.
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Celebrating and advancing women's political participation
    Contact: aaron.holtz[at]
    This event will celebrate 100 years of suffrage for women in the UK and explore policies and initiatives for increasing the number of women in political life
  • International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
    Contact: elianeberthe.mokodopo[at]
  • Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and UN Women
    High-level donor roundtable Dialogue on "Investment in women's resilience as a strategy for community resilience in crisis context"
    Contact: social2[at]
    Please RSVP with your name and affiliation by March 7 to Seating will be first come, first served.
    No more reservations
  • Germany, UN Women, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)
    What will it take to make the 2030 Agenda work for women and girls?
    With the countdown to 2030 well underway, questions of monitoring progress for women and girls in a meaningful way and strengthening accountability for commitments made but not met have become ever more pressing. The side event will bring together different stakeholders to discuss these questions and share their perspectives. The event will be co-sponsored by the government of Germany, UN Women, and Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF). The event will be framed by a presentation of UN Women's global monitoring report Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda which provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the status of gender equality across all 17 SDGs.
  • Italy, Ministry for Agricultural, Nutritional and Forestry policies, World Health Organization (WHO)
    The voice of rural women for a sustainable and healthy future
    Contact: jessica.cupellini[at]
  • Madagascar, International Organization of la Francophonie
    Agir ensemble pour l'autonomisation économique des femmes au sein de l'espace francophone, notamment en milieu rural
    Contact: herdtp[at]
  • The Icelandic Ministry of Welfare in collaboration with the Parliament of Iceland, the Icelandic Women's Rights Association, and the Icelandic National Committee of UN Women
    Digital Gender Violence and Hate Speech; The role of men, the legislator and implications for democracy
    Contact: th[at]
    Research indicates that the reality of online abuse and hate speech is gendered, with women disproportionately affected. Further, certain form of abuse online, such as image based sexual abuse and threats of sexual violence is directed in vast majority towards women. Nevertheless, legal responses to online abuse, hate speech and threats are generally gender neutral, often missing the severe implications that the harsh reality of misogyny and digital gendered violence and abuse can have on women's participation in the democratic discourse taking place online. Some recent initiatives like the #metoo and #freethenipple campaigns have proved that social media can magnify the voices of women, providing powerful response to a culture of misogyny and gender disparity. Despite this, there are indications that due to the abuse that women face online, they hold back their public participation. Against this backdrop, the event draws on the following questions: - What will the democratic consequences be 100 years onward if one of the major platforms for contemporary democratic discourse - the online space - does not provide parity for women's voices? - Will we face a democratic deficit in near future or the long run? - What is the appropriate response from states when the democratic participation of women meets new challenges? - Besides the government and the legislator, how can civil society contribute to a solution and what role should men in particular play in achieving gender parity online?
  • Czech Republic, Republic of Moldova , Ukraine , UN Women ,Czech Development Agency, Czech Academia, civil society
    Approaches to UNSCR 1325 (On Women , Peace and Security) in Central, South-Eastern and Eastern Europe.
  • Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) with the Permanent Missions of Italy, Pakistan and Tunisia
    Creating a Culture of Gender Justice: A Multidimensional Approach
    Contact: eventspmun[at]
    An opportunity for Member States, UN entities, and civil society to discuss critical issues related to gender justice as a key enabler for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a key foundation for building and sustaining peace. Speakers: H.E. Dr. Issa Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs of the State of Qatar Ms. Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization (IDLO) H.E. Néziha Labidi, Minister of Women, Family and Children Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia Ms. Ana Maria Menéndez, Under-Secretary-General and Secretary-General Senior Adviser on Policy Dr. Shazre Mansab, Member of National Assembly, Pakistan Judge Luigi Marini, Justice at the Supreme Court, Italy Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, former Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the State of Qatar, United Nations ITU Broadband Commissioner for Digital Development, Commissioner for the WHO/ITU Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children's Health Ms. Amal Abdullatif Al Mannai, CEO Qatar Foundation for Social Work Moderated by Ms. Guida Fakhry, International broadcast journalist and current affairs program presenter with TRT World Lunch will be provided
  • Bahrain
    Global Award for Women Empowerment
    Contact: newyork.mission[at]
    RSVP by Friday, 9 March 2018 * RSVP is mandatory for non-UN grounds pass holders by March 9, 2018.*
  • Fiji, Albania, Chile, Estonia, League of Women Voters, PPSEAWA, International Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW), ICJW, FAWCO
    Women Political & Business Leaders: Achieving Economic Solvency for Rural Women
    Contact: gbai[at]
    Women leaders in national government and business discuss how national policies and multi-sectoral approaches may work to overcome extreme poverty for women and girls in vulnerable rural communities; showcasing best practices that successfully reduced extreme poverty and strengthen economic solvency.
  • Trinidad and Tobago
    Rural Women as Actors in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • The National Commission for Lebanese Women and the Office of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs under the sponsorship of the Permanent Mission of Lebanon
    Towards Transformative Empowerment "The case of Rural Women in Lebanon"
    Contact: contact[at]
    This event is on First come First serve basis. *** RSVP is mandatory for non-UN grounds pass holders by March 9, 2018.
  • Canada
    Elsie Initiative for Women in Peacekeeping
    Contact: roan.ramos[at]
    Following the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the UN has set successive targets to the increase participation of women in peace operations. However, women?s deployments as peacekeepers have fallen far short of these targets. While gender equality in peace operations is an important goal in itself, the inclusion of more women within peace operations can also have important benefits for operational effectiveness. This side event will discuss how to increase the number of women in peacekeeping. In particular it will highlight the Elsie Initiative for women in peace operations, an innovative and multilateral pilot to develop, roll out and test a combination of measures to overcome barriers to women?s participation in UN peace operations and make peace operations more sensitive to the differential needs of women peacekeepers.
    No more reservations
  • New Zealand and Australia
    Case Studies of Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in New Zealand, Australia and Argentina
    Contact: nzpmunrsvp[at]
    Women?s contribution to rural society and the economy has been vastly underestimated worldwide. There are opportunities to achieve gender equality for rural women through economic empowerment. This panel of experts from New Zealand, Australia and Argentina will focus on successful case studies of women?s entrepreneurship, the challenges women and how barriers can be over-come to economically empower rural women.
  • European Union
    Under the Spotlight: Ending violence against ALL women and girls
    As the design and planning of the Spotlight Initiative is ongoing, it is necessary to examine and understand major gaps in current prevention, response, and research frameworks. It is important to identify existing barriers to reaching and engaging specific groups that face intersecting and multiple forms of discrimination. Analyzing these challenges will assist in understanding the priorities and policy implications that need to be emphasized in order to end VAWG, including for marginalized groups of women and girls. On the margins of CSW 62, which examines as a priority theme the ?Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls?, the question of intersectionality and of reaching specific groups of women and girls, within the Spotlight Initiative, will be the central topic of this CSW Side Event
  • Canada
    Barriers to justice for Indigenous women and girls
    Contact: roan.ramos[at]
    Event full ? no longer accepting RSVPs
    No more reservations
  • Costa Rica, Group of Champions for Women's Economic Empowerment, BNY Mellon and UN Foundation
    Powering Potential. Increasing Women's Access to Financial Products and Services
    Contact: rkaminski[at]
    Globally women have only 77% of the access that men do to financial services. Closing this gap and increasing women?s access to financial services?including checking and savings; payments; credit, loans, and capital; insurance; and investment services?has the potential to transform the lives and futures of millions of women and their communities, particularly in rural areas, and unlock billions for the international economy. This side event will explore the findings of a new BNY Mellon and UN Foundation study, with research and analytical support from McKinsey & Company, that details how closing the financial services gender gap is critical to realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and human rights commitments alike. This report was informed by and presents synergies with the 2017 Report of the UN Secretary-General?s High Level Panel on Women?s Economic Empowerment. Join the Group of Champions on Women?s Economic Empowerment as we highlight tangible case studies of companies implementing solutions that advance financial inclusion, and generate a call to action for governments, the UN system, the private sector, civil society, as well as individuals that together can unlock over $330 billion in annual global revenue.
  • Bulgaria, Estonia, Austria
    Women in the digital world
    Contact: asya.tsvetanova7[at]
  • Armenia, Armenian Relief Society
    Rural Women and Girls: Initiating Economic and Social Development Opportunities
    Contact: armenia[at]
    Strengthen Rural Women
    No more reservations
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
    The Value of Gender-Environment Statistics to Propel SDG Action: Key progress, lessons learned and challenges remaining to close the data gap
    Contact: Evelyn.Ongige[at]
    This panel event will highlight the importance of developing and collecting data and statistics to better identify and address issues at the nexus of gender and environment spheres. Speakers will discuss key progress being made in this field, lessons learned and remaining challenges for closing this data gap and effectively using data to drive change, including toward achievement of relevant SDGs. The co-hosts (IUCN and UN Environment) will present key lessons learned from their joint project on national level gender-environment statistics. This project builds on previous work of IUCN and UNE, including the Environment and Gender Information Platform (EGI) and the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO). This aspect of the panel discussion will include key initial findings and recommendations from research efforts and country case studies to assess the type of data that exists and the development of indicators on priority issues outlined in the GGEO - and particularly how these impact rural women - in terms of measuring gender and environment. The priority issues are as follows: Right to land, natural resources and biodiversity (linked to SDG 1, 5, 14, 15); Access to food, energy, water and sanitation (SDG 2, 5, 6 and 7); and Climate change, sustainable consumption and production, and health and well-being (SDG 1, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 13). Attendees will learn more about the gender-environment nexus and how they can contribute to closing data gaps within their own work, at international, national and local levels; attendees are invited to share experiences and contribute perspectives from their countries and projects.
  • Denmark, Council of Europe
    Addressing sexism: speaking up, preventing, co-operating
    Contact: steeng[at]
    Sexism has made a comeback on the political agenda and this time, more than ever, it needs to be addressed in the context of historically unequal power relations between women and men and in close relation with issues of violence against women, gender-based discrimination and gender stereotypes. Acts of everyday sexism - both online and offline - are part of a continuum, starting with sexist comments and jokes and culminating in acts of sexual abuse, rape and murder. Sexist acts, including the accumulation of acts of everyday sexism create a climate of fear, exclusion and insecurity and limit life opportunities and freedom, primarily for women. Addressing sexism as a serious cultural and social phenomena preventing the advancement of gender equality is therefore one of the priorities of the Council of Europe?s work in the area of gender equality. ¦You are invited to join a side event to discuss the causes and forms of sexism, its targets and its impact, and measures needed to curb it. Organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations on the occasion of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the side event aims at raising awareness and knowledge of the Council of Europe standards and action to tackle sexism ? including work on a Committee of Ministers draft Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism; to encourage a debate on the issue and strengthen partnerships to increase the impact of the work and efforts in this area.
  • Ecuador
    Human Rights and Political Participation: Gender Perspectives on Corporate Accountability
    Contact: fgarciap[at]
    We invite you to a conversation that aims to amplify rural women and girls? experiences and unique challenges with regards to corporate-related human rights abuses, with particular attention to women human rights defenders in rural areas. The event will consider the importance of women´s political participation to promote and protect human rights, to improve accountability, and assess the critical role of multilateralism to better serve the needs of rural women and girls.
  • UN Women and International Monetary Fund
    Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Rural Women
    Contact: katherine.gifford[at]
    At both national and subnational levels, fiscal policy can be shaped to achieve gender equality outcomes. Well-designed gender budgets can support increased investment in infrastructure, essential services, education, training and skills development for rural women and girls. The high-level panel will share good practices in local-level planning and budgeting to support increased investment in rural women and girls. It will mobilize political support for implementation of existing commitments on financing gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls vis-à-vis the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Georgia, Mongolia and UNDP
    Empowering Rural Women and Girls through Increased Decision-Making Capacity
  • Zambia, ZONTA International
    Challenges for Rural Women and Girls
    Contact: chifwailahellen[at]
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Huairou Commission
    Enabling rural women to benefit from opportunities in agri-food value chains in Africa
    IFAD promotes economic empowerment that enables rural women and men in Africa to have an equal opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, the activities that it finances. This is complemented by efforts to reduce the labour burden of rural women and increase their voice in decision-making at all levels. IFAD looks to move beyond mainstreaming and scaling up in order to achieve real transformative gender impact. In recent years, IFAD has placed particular emphasis on developing agricultural value chains that are inclusive of rural women and youth. This has strongly contributed to the emergence of rural women-led micro, small and medium enterprises that generate growth and employment in the various segments of agri-business sectors.
  • French and Swedish Coordination of the European Lobby of Women (CLEF and SWL), Fondation Jean Jaurès Co-Sponsored by France and Sweden
    Let's break the glass ceiling ! Political empowerment of women and women access to political responsibilities

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana; Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the UN; UNFPA, UN Women, UNESCO
    Contact: zhukov[at]
    The event is full. No more registration available. Speakers will include: Hon. Ulla Tørnæs, the Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark; Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana; Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake , UN Secretary General Envoy on Youth; Mr. Levi Singh, AfriYAN; Ms. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA; Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; Ms. Albena Koycheva, Board Member, Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation.
  • Finland and ESCR-Net - International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
    Confronting barriers to rural women's economic, social and cultural rights
    This event will explore openings to confront structural barriers to realizing the economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) of rural, indigenous and minority women and girls, as well as those displaced from rural communities to informal urban settlements. Many rural communities lack adequate basic public services, undermining rights to health and education, and to safe and clean water and sanitation, among others. In many places, rural communities do not have recognized rights to land and other natural resources. These same communities are often exposed to the negative impacts of large-scale extractive, energy and infrastructure projects, as well land grabs and climate change. For most women, these impacts are magnified by patriarchal social norms shaping the division of labor including care, land tenure and participation in key decision-making processes. During the event, grassroots and allied leaders and advocates will share their analysis from different regions and discuss emerging openings to advance the ESCR and leadership of rural, indigenous and minority women. Please note that if you do not have a UN grounds pass, we will acquire a Special Events Ticket for you that will allow you to enter to the UNHQ as a guest and take part to the event. Please RSVP through following link by Wednesday, 7th March:
  • Organized by Namibia and Iceland, in collaboration with UNCCD and UN Women
    Empowering rural women and girls by addressing land degradation and drought
    Contact: marinahenry[at]
  • Spain, Guatemala, Tunisia, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    National Policies against Gender Based Violence: the First State Pact against GBV in Spain. National and global successful experiences in Europe, Northern Africa and Latin America.
    Contact: colaboradores.mmm[at]
    During this event, the first Spanish State Pact on fight against Gender Based Violence will be presented and best practices on national and international level in Europe, Africa and Latin America will be shared.
  • Islamic Development Bank
    Preventing the Preventable: Reaching Rural Women and Girls through Obstetric Fistula Initiatives
    Contact: ralam[at]
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and UNICEF
    Panel Event on role of research based evidence in policy formulation. Advancing research on violence against women for policy formulation -> VAW in Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Contact: kajue[at]
    Making the connection between intimate partner violence and violence against children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Key findings from UNICEF and UNFPA joint research Survey on the Well-being and Safety of Women: EU funded OSCE multi-country research on violence against women covering up to 8 countries in South-East Europe and Eastern Europe, including data on violence in armed conflict Good practices in developing policies based on research data and evidence Panelists will include experts & Representatives of Member States
  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • UN Women, World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
    Delivering as One: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with and for rural women and girls
    Contact: venge.nyirongo[at]
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union
    Parliamentary Meeting at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women: Parliaments deliver for rural women and girls
  • European Union, Germany, Finland
    Transformative approaches to achieve women's tenure security at scale: the relation between equal land rights and women's empowerment in rural Africa
  • Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Armenia
    Empowering women and girls through access to health
    Contact: rsvp[at]
    The purpose of this event is to present ongoing or future projects that will empower rural women on a personal and professional level through development in the areas of women's health, specifically preconception health and their contribution in achieving sustainable development goals, in particular SDG3 on Good Health and Well-Being, SDG5 on Gender Equality and SDG8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth. To compliment the aforementioned topic, discussion may also encompass aspects related to technology as a means to facilitate working in remote areas.
  • Italy, FIDAPA-BPW
    Participation and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women
  • New Zealand, Canada, Zambia, International Women's Health Coalition
    Harmful and Deadly: Child Marriage and Maternal Mortality in Rural Settings.
    Contact: nzpmunrsvp[at]
    Join us for a discusson the deadly links between child, early and forced marriage and maternal mortality. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are one of the leading causes of death for girls aged 15-19 in the developing world and 9 out of 10 births to girls in that age range happen within marriage. Featuring women activists from Cameroon, Nepal and Pakistan. RSVP and request UN Pass at
  • GQUAL; Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), International Gender Champions Initiative, Sight Savers, Uruguay, Sweden, Liechtenstein, The Gambia, and the Diplomatic Courier
    Closing the Gender Gap: Achieving Gender Parity in UN human rights bodies
    Contact: newyork[at]
    A critical component of women?s empowerment and equality is the representation of women in international adjudicatory and monitoring bodies, such as international tribunals, international and regional human rights commissions, United Nations Treaty Bodies, United Nations Special Procedures, United Nations Groups of Experts and Commissions of Inquiry. Such bodies make important and wide-reaching decisions for society and individuals, yet women are woefully underrepresented in the vast majority of them. Promoting gender parity in international tribunals and bodies strengthens their legitimacy and impact. Fundamentally, it constitutes a necessary measure to guarantee the right to equality of all. Adopting measures that promote gender equal representation in international bodies falls within Member States obligations to eradicate gender discrimination, and could be an important achievement under the Beijing Action Plan and SDG 5.5. The side event will bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities of achieving gender parity in the UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures. More information available here:
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    Strengthening Cooperation between Independent Mechanisms on Women's Rights to End Violence and Discrimination Against Women
    Contact: fdonati[at]
  • Ireland, World Health Organization (WHO),International Labour Organization (ILO) Women in Global Health
    Investing in the rural health workers for the economic participation and empowerment of rural women and girls
    Contact: wulijit[at]
    Over half of the world's population do not have full coverage of essential health services. Accelerating universal health coverage in rural and underserved areas is a top priority in many countries and around half of the investment to achieve the health-SDGs are required for the health and social workforce. Women health workers comprise 70% of the health and social workforce and are the power behind universal health coverage and change agents for gender equity. Investing in the health and social workforce is not only critical to avert the projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, it could also have a transformative impact on the economic participation and empowerment of rural women and girls. Investments into the education, training and employment of health and social workers required in Africa could boost current rates of job creation by 40%, particularly for women in rural areas. The session will share stories from rural women health workers, progress from an innovative new rural health worker pipeline program in Guinea that aims to boost the rural health workforce by 10,000 health workers and discuss opportunities to advance gender equity, universal health coverage and the economic empowerment and participation of girls and women in rural areas. Session objectives: 1. Explore opportunities for governments, UN agencies, health workers, civil society, academia and other key stakeholders to mobilize SDG gains for gender equality and women's economic empowerment through investments into the rural health and social workforce. 2. Build community and networks through the Global Health Workforce Network Gender Equity Hub to further intensify efforts to accelerate gender transformative investments into the education and employment of the rural health and social workforce. Please RSVP at this link by 7 March 2018: Participants are urged to RSVP as soon as possible as previous events have been fully subscribed.
  • Saudi Arabia
    Women economic empowerment in vision 2030
  • Iceland, German, OECD , The Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL)
    How can we do it? Best government practice on gender equality?
    Contact: thaina[at]
    The purpose of this event is to provide data, information and examples on most effective methods for promoting women?s leadership and gender equality for government policies and actions. Presentations will focus on experiences and lessons learned from the governments of Germany and Iceland, as well as on newly published toolkit for policy makers from OECD on best practices. WPL is delighted to welcome as speakers: the Minister of Social Affairs and Equality from Iceland, Mr. Ásmundur Einar Dadason, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth from Germany, Ms. Elke Ferner; the Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), Hon. Bineta Diop; and a representative from OECD. RSVP is required by March 9th at [ Click to reveal ].
  • Australia, Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the National Rural Women's Coalition
    Solutions for Safer Digital Inclusion
  • Finland
    We will not be silent. Challenges and opportunities provided by online communities in tackling sexual harassment
    Please RSVP through following link by Friday, 9 March 2018:
  • Austria, Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    Challenging discriminatory social norms for more gender-transformative policies: Insights from the Burkina Faso Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Country Study and Men Engage initiatives
    Contact: dev.gender[at]
  • Holy See, Mercy International Association, Mercy Global Action, Arise Foundation, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Society of the Sacred Heart, UNANIMA, women@thewell
    Preventing Human Trafficking among Rural Women and Girls: Integrating Inherent Dignity into a Human Rights Model
    Contact: rlandry[at]
    This event's multi-disciplinary panel will address key aspects relating to the trafficking of rural women, human rights, the denial of human dignity, and human agency. Included in the discussion will be the following topics: Personal experience of human trafficking survival; Rights-based advocacy that also empowers survivors; Optimal Life-Course Conditions as one model of prevention; ending sex-trade supply chains among rural women and girls To RSVP: Please do so by March 7 if you will need a UN grounds pass
  • Japan, JAWW (Japan Women's Watch), the National Women's Committee of the United Nations NGOs and the International Women's Year Liaison Group (IWYLG)
    Actions to Empower Rural Women and Girls
    Contact: 3ngosjpevent[at]
    No more reservations
  • Switzerland
    Mobilizing Public and Private Investments in the LDCs for Women's Economic Empowerment
    Contact: lucia.fiala[at]
    Objective This side event organized by UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women within the framework of the CSW 62 brings together member states, development practitioners, philanthropies and social impact investors to explore innovative strategies for mobilizing financial resources for gender-responsive investments. The event will showcase the joint initiative ?Inclusive and Equitable Local Development? (IELD), which seeks to promote women?s economic empowerment at the local level by identifying, de-risking and matching gender-responsive investments with public and private domestic capital. The programme engages with local governments in the Least Developed Countries to identify and fund gender responsive local investments that directly promote women?s economic well-being.
  • Argentina
    Estereotipos de género en la comunicación, ¿existe la violencia simbólica y la violencia mediática hacia las mujeres? Buenas prácticas y lecciones aprendidas
    Contact: enaun[at]
  • Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences
    Fighting Violence against Women in Politics
    Contact: msimunic[at]
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on behalf of the Global Migration Group
    Maximizing the contribution of rural women migrants
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Asian Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
    Making Trade Agreements Work for Rural Women
    Contact: coulibalyc[at]
    Side-event jointly organized by UNCTAD and the Asian Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development at the 62nd session of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW)
  • UN Women
    Townhall Meeting with the Secretary-General and Civil Society on the margins of the CSW
  • Denmark, ITU, African Union Commission
    African Girls can CODE: Empowering African Women and Girls through ICT and Coding
    It is important that many more girls and women enter ICT and coding. Coding for girls and women is basically needed to close the gender gap in the tech world and is part of closing the overall gender digital divide. There are for example some 250 million fewer women online than men, and the gap is widening (from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016). This event will bring together prominent women leaders, policymakers and women in ICT to share their ideas on how to inspire African young girls and women to pursue a career in ICT and coding. The challenges young girls face when pursuing careers in ICT and coding are multilayered. To change this, the discussion will share ideas and inspiration on how to act for African girls and women to bridge the gender gap in the future world of technology. Please RSVP through the following link by Friday, 9 March:
  • Canada
    Empowering rural women and girls in Canada and abroad
    Contact: Cameron.jelinski[at]
    A panel discussion on best practices and feminist approaches that seek to empower rural women and girls. Please register using the following link: Deadline for non-UN pass holders in on Thursday, March 8
  • Marshall Islands, Belgium, Canada, Maldives
    Empowering Rural Women : Resilience in Climate Change in Small Islands Developing States
    Contact: mai2ongra[at]
  • Italy, Tunisia, UNIDO, UN Women.
    "Economic empowerment for rural women in the MENA Region"
    Contact: M.CARCO[at]UNIDO.ORG
  • Denmark
    Youth, gender and identity
    Contact: steeng[at]
    At this event, we will explore how our gender affects our experience of the modern world. We will consider the complexity of identity, sexuality, age and social media and how social norms influence our behaviors and expectations as well as possibilities in our lives. Social norms determine the choices of identity and sexuality for both girls and boys. Social media platforms play a decisive role in young people?s world by creating new ways of expressing identity and sexuality. Therefore, social media can be a window of opportunity, but also be a means to reinforce stereotypes and create double standards as to how people of different genders should behave. We will discuss the latest actions taken by the Danish and UK Governments to empower young people and promote gender and LGBT equality, including the UK National LGBT survey and the Danish study on young people?s perceptions of gender, sexuality and body image in the digital age. For example: The Danish Longitudinal Survey of Children confirms that gendered body images have a profound impact on boys and girls and that double standards influence the wellbeing of young people. Another Survey of Health, Impairment and Living Conditions in Denmark shows that 67 per cent of 16-20 year olds are not happy with their body image and it is girls in particular who dislike their body image. The UK National LGBT survey that was undertaken last year was completed by over 100,000 people and its results, which are currently being analysed, will inform UK policy in this area. How do we ensure that our societies offer online and offline spaces for young people to express themselves and share their experiences without fear of being harassed, stigmatized or disadvantaged? Join our conversation to hear more and make your own suggestions - we would love to hear from you!
  • Republic of Korea, Qatar, Sweden
    Women and Girls with Disability in Rural Areas
    Contact: shinjm.rokun[at]
  • Guatemala and International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development
    It is my given right to live life on my own terms
    Contact: info[at]
    Mrs. Sally Kader Email: Phone number: (917) 331-4699
  • Germany, Plan International
    Advancing the development of rural women and girls by ending child marriage
    Contact: franziska.pflueger[at]
    The favor of a registration (name and date of birth) is requested until March 9 to
  • Niger, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), UN Women
    A holistic, integrated approach to accelerate rural women's empowerment: JPRWEE case
    Contact: azzurra.chiarini[at]
    This side event will showcase results and emerging lessons from the Joint Programme on Accelerating Rural Women's Economic Empowerment (JP RWEE), focusing on the programme's contribution to rural women's food security and nutrition, income generation, leadership and, hence, sustainable development. Furthermore, the event will create additional support and commitment for women's economic empowerment as a key component of the 2030 Agenda to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Hungary
    Opportunities and Instruments for Promoting the Employability of Rural Women
    Contact: hungaryun.ny[at]
    Rural women often face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and additional challenges when it comes to entering the labor market, accessing decent work and building a career. Young women are often in need of the skills necessary for successfully finding employment and ensuring self-sufficiency, of the services providing for a smooth re-integration to the workplace after childbirth, as well as for balancing career, family commitments and domestic work. The panel will discuss policies, best practices and civil society initiatives aimed at facilitating employment of women in the rural areas. From education and training programs to life-long learning opportunities, from family-responsive policies to tailored and affordable childcare services, there is a comprehensive set of steps to take in order to provide access to employment, and thus ensuring income security, improved livelihoods and more life options for rural women. Speakers will share their diverse experiences and new ideas, presenting what Governments, international organizations and the civil society can do together to step up employment of rural women.
  • Turkey, Minister of Family, Social Policies of Turkey
    Women, Migration & Refugee Crises
    Contact: csw62women.migration[at]
    Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Agshin Mehdiyev - Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations in New York Keynote speaker: H.E. Dr. Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya - Minister of Family and Social Policy Speakers: - Laura Thompson - Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Asila Wardak - Member of Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) - Grainne O'Hara - Deputy Director of UNHCR New York Office - Fawzia Koofi, Member of the Women Consultative Council - Halil Mutlu, Co- Chair of Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) (tbc) The issues to be discussed in this side event are: - Protecting the rights of migrants and refugees, especially women and children; - Enabling them to enjoy fully all their human rights; - Addressing the needs of the women migrants and refugees and identifying the required services; - Presenting before the international society the services made available by the Republic of Turkey since 2011 when the crisis started for the Syrian women under temporary protection and displaced as a result of the conflict in Syria; - Calling upon the international community to action for assuming further responsibilities for burden sharing in the face of the humanitarian crises stemming from migration and refugee flows. RSVP: Due to limited room capacity please RSVP to including your name, organization and position (if applicable) and an indication, if you have a UN badge no later than 9 March 2018.
    No more reservations
  • Australia, the Male Champions of Change
    Male Champions of Change: Accountability for Accelerating Progress on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women
    RSVP: *RSVP required for those without a UN badge
  • UNICEF, The Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) Consortium, including Care, Girls Not Brides, ICRW, IRC, ODI, Pathfinder, Plan UK, Save the Children, World Vision
    From Girls to Women: Gender-Based Violence Across the Life Course
    Contact: m.kahane[at]
    Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. While violence in various forms is a risk and reality across the life course, the gendered profile of violence becomes even more pronounced as girls reach adolescence; yet a gap continues to exist between child protection initiatives and adult-focused GBV programming. This event will explore experiences of violence in childhood and adolescence, with a sharp focus on the impact of GBV on the development of adolescent girls in developing settings, humanitarian crises and protracted conflicts. Gender transformative approaches to better prevent and respond to violence at an early age and during adolescence will be discussed, including initiatives to address practices based on gender inequality that perpetuate GBV, such as child marriage and FGM/C. By amplifying the voices of adolescents and connecting their experiences to policy and technical expertise, this event aims to bridge the gap between violence against children and violence against women, improving multi-sector programmes to more effectively meet the unique needs of adolescent girls worldwide.
  • Organisation internationale de la Francophonie / Réseau francophone pour l'égalité femme-homme
    Enjeux et défis de l'égalité femme-homme et de l'autonomisation des femmes et des filles en milieu rural au sein de l'espace francophone
    Contact: hajer.tlijani[at]
    Concertation de la société civile francophone via le Réseau francophone pour l'égalité femme-homme sur « Enjeux et défis de l'égalité femme-homme et de l'autonomisation des femmes et des filles en milieu rural au sein de l'espace francophone »
  • Malta
    SOGIESC in gender-mainstreaming measures
    Contact: anneliese.sammut[at]
    This event aims to fully explore gender mainstreaming work and the importance of taking into account other aspects of the sexuality and gender spectrum. Gender mainstreaming does not require a duopoly approach to succeed.
  • Cote d'Ivoire
    Contribution of the Shea Value in the Empowerment of Women in Rural Environments: Experience of Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso
    Contact: cotedivoiremission[at]
    By invitation only
  • Panama
    Results of the Third Hemispheric report regarding the Third Round of Multilateral Evaluation - MESECVI
  • Peru
    Gender Equality for the Good of Humanity
    Contact: rhabich[at]
    This roundtable seeks to reaffirm the value of gender equality and its concrete benefits for democracies, economies and societies. From a regional comparative perspective, the multiple anti-gender and anti-human rights movements and discourses will be analyzed, and response strategies will be shared with a view to consolidating efforts and reaffirming the global commitment to this objective.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

  • Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, UN Peacebuilding Support Office, UNFPA, UNDP, Permanent Mission of The Gambia
    Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Recommendations to Advance the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda High-level side event to the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women
    Contact: youthenvoy[at]
    comes at an important juncture before the forthcoming Security Council Open Debate on Youth, Peace and Security, which will see the presentation of Progress Study on Young People?s Contribution to Peacebuilding, and General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining-Peace in late April 2018. The side-event will be attended by heads of national delegations to 62nd CSW and offer a platform to Member States to engage in a dialogue and exchange ideas on how to: i) further promote the role of young women in conflicting prevention, and sustaining peace; ii) share national practices and lessons learned in the implementation and review of the Resolution 1325 and offer recommendations on best ways to advance the implementation of YPS agenda This event will also bring together key stakeholders from both the WPS and YPS agendas to formulate how to best utilise these instruments to ensure the voices and perspectives of girls and young women are firmly rooted within efforts to achieve sustainable peace.
    No more reservations
  • Malta
    Setting Standards against Gender-based Violence
    Contact: anneliese.sammut[at]
    Gender based violence is an international problem and generally research around the world shows that one in three women will experience this form of violence at least once in her life, possibly more times, and it is highly likely that she will be her partner?s victim. To fight these scourge we need to have strong tools and set standards. Legislative and policy measures are key. It is important to continue to address this matter with great urgency as it is unlikely that women can ever reach equality with men while the incidence of violence remains as high.
  • Info-Endométriose, Femmes Solidaires, Le Planning Familial Co-sponsored by France, India and Senegal
    Hygiène menstruelle, règles douloureuses et endométriose: un enjeu de droits humains et un véritable défi pour les femmes et les filles en zone rurale
  • South Africa
    Empowering Rural Women and Girls
  • United Arab Emirates and Norway
    Report Launch: Outcomes of the Every Woman Every Child Everywhere Panel Series
    Contact: hannah.beswick[at]
    This panel discussion will cap the 2016-2017 Every Woman Every Child Everywhere panel series, co-hosted by the UAE and Norway, which served to identify reforms, commitments, and resource mobilization options to ensure that the disproportionate impact of humanitarian settings on women, children, and adolescents is being addressed. At this event, the UAE and Norway will launch a report on the outcomes and recommendations of the series, and engage with humanitarian, development, and on the ground actors to explore the changes they have implemented in addressing the growing humanitarian needs for women, children and adolescents.
  • Germany
    African Women Leaders Network
    Event aims at hightlighting the contribution of the African Women Leaders Network, established by the AU in partnership with Germany and UN Women, to gender equality and women's empowerment.
  • Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ethiopia, Gambia, Italy, Uganda, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNWOMEN
    Harmful practices event at the sixty second session of the commission on the status of women: accelerating efforts to eliminate FGM and child, early and forced marriage by 2030.
    Contacts: or ; ; To RSVP, please click HERE
  • UN Women
    WEPs In Action - A Knowledge Exchange and Networking Event
    On 14 March 2018, UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) and TURKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation) is organizing a Knowledge Exchange and Networking event. The main objective of the event is to provide a knowledge exchange and networking platform to the country and regional offices and the local WEPs signatories. The panelists will have the opportunity to feature their good practices in addressing gender equality and women?s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. You can find the concept note here. Marking International Women?s Day, and taking place during the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the event will bring together WEPs signatory companies and countries that have been actively working to implement actions and find solutions to speed up progress towards gender equality around the world. Please find the agenda here. To join the event please register here
  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • Canada
    Engaging men and boys
    Contact: roan.ramos[at]
    Registration closed
    No more reservations
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM), Women's Federation for World Peace, International
    Fostering Hope for Rural Women and Girls through Integration and Education: Challenges and Impact
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union
    Violence Against Women in Politics
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Article19, and International Women 's Media Foundation (IWMF) as well as the Permanent Missions of France, Greece and Lithuania to the UN on behalf of the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists
    Dangerous Assignments: Safety of Women Journalists
    Contact: bsantawood[at]
    A panel and moderated roundtable discussion with speakers from an array of backgrounds and areas of expertise will delve into how states can effectively combat the violence and dangers that face women journalists. Our goal would be to emerge from this session with some tangible takeaways, and a framework for thinking about data collection and information gathering, as well as best practices across regions. Kindly RSVP by Thursday, 8th of March 2018 to
  • Germany, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    Cracking the code: Empowering rural girls and women through digital skills
    Contact: d.kouta-lopatey[at]
    The event, co-organized by UNESCO and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as co-leads for the EQUALS Skills Coalition, will explore what governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector are doing to "crack the code" and empower rural girls and women to be ICT users, creators and innovators through gender-responsive STEM education and skills training. Key experts from government, the private sector and civil society will shed light on the situation globally including factors that contribute to girls' and women's acquisition of digital skills and competencies, and share examples of good practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to principles of gender-responsive digital skills training, to be published by the EQUALS Skills Coalition, with the aim to ensure that the potential of the digital revolution is realized by women and girls in all corners of the world, including in rural settings. Register at:
    No more reservations
  • India, Ministry of Women and Child Development
    Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls
    Contact: mayanck.un[at]
    By invitation only
  • Zambia
    Side event on Girls Education and Women's Empowerment
    Contact: chifwailahellen[at]
  • Italy
    How to fight migrant exploitation and trafficking by supporting workers' rights in the rural economy. The Italian Law against Caporalato
  • Mexico, Portugal, UNESCO, GAMAG
    Core issues of the Women and Media Agenda
    Contact: rsvp[at]
  • Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and UNDP
    The Role of Parliaments as Partners in Women, Peace and Security
    Contact: rosalie.fransen[at]
    RSVP at
  • Afghanistan
    Women, Peace, and Security: Challenges and Achievements
  • Egypt
    Widowhood in rural areas
    Contact: fatouma1228[at]
  • Liechtenstein, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Modern slavery and its impact on women and girls
    Contact: mz[at]
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
    Food Assistance for Assets & Rural Women's Empowerment
    Contact: chiara.toro[at]
    Command of assets is a key element of empowerment for rural (and all) women; contributing to the achievement of both SDG 2 (End Hunger) and SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality). Drawing upon WFP's multi-country study, a panel of experts and activists will explore how asset creation and ownership can foster shifts towards gender equality; addressing such key factors as (i) social cohesion and dignity; (ii) skills and confidence; (iii) awareness about rights; (iv) perceptions about 'women's roles'; (v) fair and manageable workloads; (vi) quantity and control of income; (vii) livelihoods, and (viii) understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Sweden, OECD, Switzerland and the International Peace Institute
    Gender Equality and Women?s Empowerment in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations
  • El Salvador
    Implementación del Plan de Seguridad Alimentaria CELAC/Implementation of the CELAC Food Security Plan
    Contact: dprelsalvador[at]
  • Australia, Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Business Council of Australia, BHP
    Women in leadership: lessons from Australian companies leading the way
  • UN-Habitat
    Implementing Tools for Improving Rural Women and Girls' Security of Tenure and Delivering the SDGs
    Contact: david.thomas[at]
  • Czech Republic, Sweden, UN Women
    Gender Perspective in Policy Making Support of Women´s Participation: Local, Regional, Central and International Level
    Contact: grunberova.lenka[at]
  • Turkey, Minister and Family and Social Policies
    Turkey's Perspective on Empoverment of Women in Agricultural and Rural Areas
    Contact: turkeys.perspective[at]
    The side event will provide an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge and to showcase the activities carried out by the Ministry of Family and Social Policies on the subject of women in rural areas, the programs and activities conducted by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, efforts by the Committee on the Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men, the works carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Turkey and other developments achieved and activities conducted in empowerment of women in rural areas in Turkey. Moderator Allia EL-YASSIR - Acting UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey Keynote speaker: H.E. Dr. Fatma Betül SAYAN KAYA - Minister for Family and Social Policy Speakers: Radiye SEZER KATIRCIOGLU - Chairperson, Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Esin NACAR, General Director for EU and Foreign Relations; Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock; Republic of Turkey Carla MUCAVI - Director, New York Liaison Office of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sanem OKTAR - President of the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) RSVP: Due to limited room capacity please RSVP to including your name, organization and position (if applicable) and an indication, if you have a UN badge no later than 9 March 2018.
    No more reservations
  • Uruguay, Costa Rica, UN Women and OCDE
    National care systems: main challenges to overcoming the structural reproduction of women's inequality
    Contact: llazaro[at]
    Panelists: ? Mariella Mazzotti, Director of the National Institute of Women of Uruguay and President of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean ? Alejandra Mora Mora, Minister of the Status of Women of Costa Rica (to be confirmed) ? Julio Bango, Director of the National Secretariat of the Integrated National Care System of Uruguay. ? Lisa E. Williams, Team Lead, Gender Equality and Women?s Empowerment, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. ? Luiza Carvalho, Regional Director, UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean.
  • Italy, Spain, European Institute for Gender Equality
    Fighting violence against women: a shared commitment
  • Gambia
    Empowering Women & Girls to Change The Gambia?s Development Paradigm
    Contact: rsvpgambiaevents[at]
  • Jamaica, Thailand, World Health Organization (WHO), International Council of Women (ICW-CIF)
    Advancing Women's Health and Well-Being Using Information and Communication Technologies: Focus on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
    Contact: events2[at]
    Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory illnesses continue to be the greatest burden of disease worldwide and are anticipated to increase over the next decades, especially in low resource countries. Depression, which is projected to be the number one burden of disease by 2030 is a significant cross-cutting factor. This event, which continues as part of the previous series on NCDs, will focus on the use of traditional and newer technologies in promoting women's health with a focus on NCDs and well-being. This is especially important in rural areas where information may not be easily accessible. Focus will be on traditional and newer technologies in promoting nutrition and health, the control and prevention of NCDs, and promoting well-being with examples from Africa and Thailand. In addition, the recent use of very large electronic databases to determine risk factors and develop policy will be discussed with examples related to diabetes and women in a large global research project emanating from Australia. The use of information technology to promote health and well-being has great implications for accessibility and sustainable development.
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Girls' Education
    Contact: aaron.holtz[at]
  • Trinidad and Tobago, Inter-Parliamentary Union
    Gender quotas and Youth quotas
    Contact: ny-office[at]
    No more reservations
  • Switzerland
    Participation of rural women in governance: Challenges and opportunities
    Contact: cristina.verones[at]
    Objectives - Identify challenges and opportunities to enable women to have an equal voice to men in rural institutions and organizations - Provide a space to share and discuss innovative approaches to improve women?s participation in rural communities, particularly at decision-making level in the governance of agriculture. - Demonstrate political commitment to ensure that rural women are regarded as drivers of sustainable development at global, national and local level
  • Japan
    Preventing Violent Extremism through Women's Empowerment at the Community Level: Lessons Learned through Peace and Security programming
    Contact: social2[at]
  • Estonia, Mexico, Kenya, Argentina, Finland
    Ending Violence against Women - Opportunities and Challenges of ICT
    Contact: mission.newyork[at]
  • Ireland, the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
    A Climate Justice Dialogue: Enabling grassroots and indigenous women's participation in gender responsive climate action
  • The Nordic Council of Ministers
    Rights, roles and realities - Nordic strategies for gender equality
    Contact: rebecca.hedlund[at]
    A dialogue between the Nordic Gender Equailty Ministers on rural realities and SRHR for women and girls in the Nordic region. There are significant gender disparities still to be met in teh Nordics and the discussion will draw parallells to key challeneges and opportunities at the global level.
  • Guatemala and International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development
    Rural women making progress, there?s still a long way to go
    Contact: info[at]
    Mrs. Sally Kader Email: Phone number: (917) 331-4699
  • UN Women and the Governments of Mali, Malawi and Luxembourg
    Climate change adaptation strategies for capacity building and economic empowerment of women farmers - Experiences from Mali and Malawi
    Contact: antoine.perez[at]
    Agriculture remains one of the most important areas of the work of women in the world with more than a third of women employed in the agricultural sector. Women farmers face several key structural barriers that limit their access to land, information, finance, infrastructure, technologies and markets. Bridging the gender gap in agriculture through informed investment that eliminates these barriers is a huge opportunity for women's economic empowerment. It has been estimated that equalizing access to inputs could increase agricultural production by up to 20 percent in Africa. At the same time, climate change is having adverse impacts on agriculture and is shrinking the opportunity to seize the potential productivity gains from improving women?s access to inputs. In the absence of concerted efforts to close the gender gap in the agricultural sector in the context of climate change, women farmers are at risk of being caught in a downward spiral. The event will focus on sharing experiences of climate change adaptation strategies that government structures, UN women and local actors in Mali and Malawi are implementing to build the capacity of women farmers and enhance their empowerment. Discussions will focus on the role of innovation and appropriate technologies (including IT) to protect and improve productivity, provide sustainable energy, and increase market access for rural women in the context of climate change. All non-UN Grounds Pass holders should kindly RSVP for this event on the link provided below. Registration closes on the 10th of March at 5 pm. Registration confirmation for the event will be emailed to you 3 days before the side-event.
    No more reservations
  • UN Women, Promundo, and Sida
    Understanding Masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa Region
    The event will highlight key entry points for engaging men and boys in gender equality through community-based and national programs, campaigns, and advocacy efforts. There will be a reception to follow.
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women
    CSW round-table event with member states on the joint global programme on essential services for women and girls subject to violence
    Contact: rmoreno[at]
  • UNESCO, UN Women, International Olympic Committee, NBC and P&G
    Racing for Gender Equality: The media's portrayal of women athletes and its effect on women's participation in sports.
  • Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Réseau des Femmes parlementaires de l'Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie
    Le numérique comme facteur de réduction de la pauvreté et d'autonomisation des femmes rurales
    Contact: hajer.tlijani[at]
    Rural Women's leadership in the digital world
    Contact: flodve[at]
    The event will focus on the access of rural women to IT and its consecuences on their empowerment. Different ways on how the achieve economic independence for rural women through access to IT will be discussed.
  • United Republic of Tanzania
    "Efforts in Achieving Gender Equality and Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls in Tanzania."
    Contact: tanzania[at]
  • UNSRC Multimedia Guild and WeLink Media Group Inc.
    Women in Films Forum
    Contact: revzoechang[at]
    No more reservations
  • Australia, Madagascar, Morocco, Sierra Leone, the League of Arab States, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights
    High Level Event on Advancing Gender-Equal Nationality Rights
    Contact: CatherineH[at]
    Please RSVP here by COB 11 March
  • Thailand and ASEAN Secretariat
    Women's Access to Technologies and Media: Empowering rural women in the ASEAN region

Thursday, 15 March 2018

  • Argentina, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    WOMEN 20 (W20) Argentina
    Contact: enaun[at]
    The objective of the event is to present the work being developed by Argentina on the W20 ( labor inclusion, digital inclusion, financial inclusion and rural women)
  • Egypt
    Economic Empowerment of Women including Rural Women and Women in Agriculture through Government and Corporate procurement Policies, Building Capacity and Transfer of Technology
    Contact: fatouma1228[at]
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UN Women, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Equality Now
    "#MeToo" Say Survivors: Human Rights, Gender and Trafficking in Human Beings
    Contact: csw62[at]
    The side event, consisting of a panel discussion and a photo presentation, will highlight the importance of ensuring that the gender aspects of trafficking in human beings, as recognized in Target 5.2 and 16.2, are prioritized within the global anti-trafficking agenda. The attendees will have an opportunity to engage with representatives of the survivor-led movement, gain insight into survivors' perspectives and understand how gendered aspects of trafficking in human beings can impact anti-trafficking policy implementation. The side event will be an opportunity to discuss challenges, good practices and entry points in addressing implicit bias, from identification to reintegration of women victims of trafficking. Thus, it aims at highlighting once again that trafficking in women and girls is a form of gender-based violence and that it is time to shed light on the importance of prevention of trafficking and developing mechanisms to protect trafficking victims and listen to survivors.
  • Jordan
    Role of national institutions in promoting gender equality
  • World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the World Bank, Global Women's Institute (GWI)
    Addressing violence against and empowering adolescent girls
    Contact: vallejojen[at]
    Addressing violence against and empowering adolescent girls: Evidence-based approaches for those who have sent their RSVP and requested tickets, they will be available with your names only from the organizers at the 47th Street Gate on 15th March between 7.45 and 8.00 am.
  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission
    The role of the Australian Human Rights Commission in advancing the human rights of women and girls
  • UN Women and civil society partners
    Leaving No One Behind for Planet 50-50 by 2030: every rural woman and girl everywhere
    UN Women and partners invite you to a vibrant inter-sectional and inter-generational conversation on what it will take to leave no rural woman or girl behind in the quest for a 50-50 planet. Please RSVP here to reserve a ticket
  • Iran
    Empowering Rural Women and girls: Measures and Achievements
  • Morocco, African Communications Regulatory Authorities Network, Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Authorities, Francophone Network of Media Regulators, Global Alliance on Media and Gender
    Freedom of communication and gender equality
    Current national and international reports are still indicating the weakness of women's access to, presence and voice in the media, as well as the predominance of stereotyped gender roles through contents. An inquiry at the global scale regarding the implementation of normative texts with legal and / or political implications and incentives is necessary to accelerate the transition from "rhetoric to effectiveness". At the same time, a collective awareness of professionals and other media players, including broadcasters, publishers, advertisers, producers and regulators, are urged to be aware of the close link between freedom of communication and gender equality and to act concretely in this direction.
  • Nigeria
    Economic Empowerment of woman and girls
    No more reservations
  • Governments of Malawi and Zambia in collaboration with UN Women, UNU-GEST and the Government of Iceland
    The Road to End Child Marriage in Africa
    Contact: th[at]
    The governments of Malawi and Zambia have been lead champions at the continental and global levels in efforts to eradicate child marriage with demonstrable progress at the national and community levels, with traditional leaders playing a lead role within communities. Both countries have developed national strategies and launched campaigns to end child marriage (ECM) signalling political will at the highest level, which is critical for the promotion of women and girls and the achievement of the SDGs. The side event will shed a light on the issue of child marriage, impacting girls in rural areas disproportionately in both countries, and how it is being successfully tackled through formal and informal structures. Presenters will discuss the main challenges to an equal gender relation in rural areas of Malawi and Zambia and the effective means of ending child marriage. The event will help identify accomplishments, lessons learned and challenges in implementing strategies at country levels, including partners? engagement and the critical role constitutional amendments play in this context. NOTE! No RSVP required for UN Pass holders-No special events tickets will be issued.
  • Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), UN Women, African Union
    High-Level Side Event: African Women's Decade: Stepping Up Action with and for Rural Women to 2020
    Contact: alaga[at]
    High-Level Side Event: African Women's Decade: Stepping Up Action with and for Rural Women to 2020; co-organised by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), UN Women and the African Union
  • Zimbabwe, Ministry of Women and Youth Affairs
    Importance of education and health care in the empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas
    Contact: srchekeche[at]
    The provision of access to education and health care is critical for the advancement of women and girls living in rural areas. This side event will showcase Zimbabwe's empowerment experiences and achievements for women and girls living in rural areas through enhancing access to education and health care. The side event will consist of a panel discussion, video showing the best practices and experiences and live testimonials of women and girls living in rural areas.
  • European Union, United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
    Libya through its Young Women's Eyes: Documentary screening and panel discussion
    Contact: garrett.obrien[at]
    The European Union and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will co-host the screening of two short documentary films depicting Libya?s human rights struggles, and its young women's aspirations, followed by a panel discussion with a group of Libyan women activists. RSVP required by Friday 9 March for anyone not holding a UN badge:
  • Permanent Mission of Zimbabwe, Ilitha Labantu and Groots Kenya
    The voices of rural women: Speak Out Addressing Social Norms that perpetuate GBV in urban and rural areas with the key focus on harmful cultural practices
  • Brazil, Women for Water Partnership and Sorority International
    Economic Empowerment of Rural Women
    Contact: marcela.pignanelli[at]
    Rural women are the key agents in sustainable development and their empowerment is vital to achieving the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Access to basic services and natural resources, including water and sanitation, are key elements in this process. This event explores ideas and examples of how access to water and sanitation can promote their lives and how partnerships and cooperation are key strategies for sustainable development.
  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Islamic Relief Worldwide
    Empowering Women and Promoting Gender Justice in the Muslim World
    Contact: oicny[at]
  • United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
    'What do you see?' An insight to gender mainstreaming in infrastructure
    Contact: KaraD[at]
    High-level panel discussion on gender mainstreaming in infrastructure and the SDGs, and official launch of the new I Know Gender module on the same topic, developed by UNOPS and UN Women. RSVP here:
  • DRC Mission
    Women's Participation in Peace Building and Security
  • Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations with the support of DPI
    High Level Event on Role and Contribution of Rural Women in Food Sovereignty in Sierra Leone
    Contact: slmissionun[at]
    Participants may collect their special event ticket for the side event at the U.N. Visitor's Entrance located at First Avenue on 45th street today from 12 Noon to 1.15 pm. Kindly bring a government issued ID to collect your ticket. Please contact for inquiries.
    No more reservations
  • Tunisia
    Ending violence against women
    Contact: ramzilouati2[at]
    The event will be in french
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Switzerland, Zambia
    Harnessing the SDGs to Secure Women's Rights to Land
    Contact: maciejewski[at]
    The event will present the opportunities the SDG 2030 process offers to secure women's land rights. It will also outline the methodology FAO developed to monitor progress on the SDG indicator related to women's land rights. The event will also promote dialogue between government representatives, development partners, international organizations CSOs, and NGOs on opportunities for securing women's land rights. Partnership and dialogue are essential to make progress in this area, as no single government or organization can do it on its own.
  • Austria, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, United Methodist Women
    Localization of UNSCR 1325: A strategy for rural women's empowerment
    Contact: anne[at]
  • Norway, United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI), ANCEFA, Education International
    Agenda 2030 for All: Gender, Learning and Teaching in Rural Contexts
    Contact: annemarta.mugaas[at]
    For women and girls in rural areas, Agenda 2030 is not a given. Despite widespread population shifts from rural to urban living, 85 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas and face significant employment, infrastructure, education, and healthcare challenges (OPHI 2014). In many parts of the world, schools are not safe and supportive teaching and learning environments, and school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) can be highly prevalent in rural areas. UNCSW62 provides a unique opportunity for those working to advance girls' and women's rights to education and beyond, to reflect on the challenges and opportunities provided by a commitment to gender equality in education, in rural as in urban areas.
  • UN Women, The UN Global Compact and UN Office of Partnership
    2018 Women's Empowerment Principles Forum
    Contact: empower.women[at]
    In the spirit of advancing the crucial role of the private sector to achieve Goal 5, UN Women and UNGC join to organize the Annual Women?s Empowerment Principles Event. The event will take place in New York in March 2018 and will provide a platform for presenting ongoing, successful business initiatives that aim at women?s empowerment, economic inclusion and entrepreneurship globally.
  • Philippines
    Agree to Agri: Unearthing the Power of Rural Women
    Contact: nypm3com[at]
  • Holy See, Catholic Women's Forum
    The Integral Education of Rural Girls and Women
    Contact: rlandry[at]
    One of the most important ways to promote rural women and girls is to ensure an integral, holistic education. In this side event, we will discuss from many angles the educational needs of rural women and the best ways to meet them. To RSVP for the event: Those needing UN ground passes must RSVP by March 7.
    No more reservations
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Women, Fiji
    Applying CEDAW General Recommendation 37 on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change
    Contact: bschachter[at]
    This event will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss the content of CEDAW General Recommendation 37 and its application. Representatives of CEDAW, UN Women, OHCHR, Fiji and civil society will participate in a panel introducing the General Recommendation that will be followed by an interactive dialogue. Participants will be asked to reflect on practical applications of the general recommendation and next steps for implementation including the ongoing monitoring role of CEDAW and relevant entry points in national and international laws and policies.
  • Ghana, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
    Contact: ghanaperm[at]
  • Uganda
    Transforming the Lives of Rural Women and Girls through Gender and Equity Budgeting
    Contact: joshuakalebo[at]
    No more reservations
  • UNAIDS, Southern African Development Community (SADC)
    Implementing the CSW Res 60/2 on Women, the girl child and HIV: achievments and challenges
    Contact: waganh[at]
  • UN Women
    Reducing the Burden of Women in Agriculture and Food Processing in the Face of Climate Change
  • Afghanistan
    Afghan government initiatives and measures for the improvement of rural women's situation
  • The International Development Law Organization (IDLO), UN Women, Advocates for International Development, Landesa Land Development Institute, HelpAge International
    Legal Frameworks for the Empowerment of Rural Women: Case Studies From Across the Sustainable Development Goals
    No fee; please register at
  • The Abyssinian Baptist Church in collaboration with UN Women
    Jaha's Promise
    Film screening and talk back on global violence against women Featuring
    • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
    • Jaha Dukureh, UN Women's Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
    Jaha's Promise is an award-winning, inspiring documentary about the courageous rights activism of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jaha Dukureh, an anti-FGM campaigner who returns to her country of birth to confront the practice that she and 200 million women and girls have undergone globally.
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA/DSPD) Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), For Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (FIMI), Inidgenous Major Group SDGs
    Indigenous Women: Key actors in achieving the 2030 Agenda (Implementing SDG 5)
    Contact: lga[at]
    Indigenous women provide tremendous contributions to sustainable development and the well-being of their families, communities and national economies. Yet, indigenous women are often prevented from realizing their full capabilities, as they struggle to overcome poverty, discrimination and multiple challenges to basic human rights. In many cases, indigenous women face loss of ancestral lands and natural resources, which leads to economic insecurity, and challenges the rights to traditional livelihoods, cultural identity and development. IWGIA works with indigenous women network and supports initiatives aimed at increasing capacity of local indigenous women's organisation. In addition, we provide financial support and facilitate their participation in relevant decisions making processes at local, national, regional and international level. This include their participation in the CSW sessions, use the CEDAW to keep States accountable to their human rights obligations and stablish connections with relevant international mechanisms on specific cases of violations of women's rights.
  • IOGT International , Estonia and UNDP
    Empowerment of rural women through water and alcohol policy ?
    Contact: kristina.sperkova[at]
  • Mozambique
    Access to Land, Agro-Processing and Climate Resilient Agriculture: Good Practices in Empowering Women and Girls in Mozambique
    Contact: inaciovirgilio[at]

Friday, 16 March 2018

  • Canada, Rwanda and the ILO
    Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work for Rural Women
    Contact: pak[at]
    This year the Commission will examine as a priority theme the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and youth. The ILO-hosted side event, which will be in the format of a panel discussion, aims to serve as a platform for collective reflection on strategies and actions needed to promote decent work for rural women. The discussion will evolve around specific strategic entry points for transformative action to improve access of rural women to decent work opportunities such as strengthening organization and representation, eliminating gender-based violence and harassment, increasing access to productive resources and care services, and leveraging the contributions of women from indigenous and local communities to combatting climate change.
    By invitation only
  • Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso
    Access of women to sexual and reproductive health: Impact on the acceleration of demographic transition
  • Finland, UN Women, United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
    Inclusive peacebuilding: Gender Perspectives from and on Libya
    As part of effective conflict prevention developing high quality mediation, peace and transition processes is central. An inclusive approach is a prerequisite for sustainable peace. Women must have a stronger role at all levels and all stages of processes - from the planning of the negotiation process to the implementation and follow-up phases. While statistics still show that progress is slow, there are also many promising actions now being taken to move forward. There are new women mediator network initiatives, peace processes are included in 1325 National Action Plans, and regional organizations are becoming increasingly active on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The objective of the side-event is to discuss how to contribute to strengthening women's participation in transition and stabilization processes in order to ensure that all processes from now on are inclusive and that the voices of women peacemakers in conflict affected areas are heard. How can we create partnerships between networks and organizations to better support women peacemakers and participants in or in advance of processes? What needs to be done institutionally to advance the inclusion of women and the gender aspect in transition processes? As a case study the side-event will particularly discuss the situation in Libya.
  • State of Palestine, Women's Center for Legal and Counselling (WCLAC)
    Impact of Israeli Occupation on lives of Palestinian Women in Jerusalem
    Contact: nasser.sahar[at]
  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • Vanuatu
    The WOGC Campaign to Unlock the Full Rural Women's Potential through the Power of Entrepreneurship: Hand in Hand Global Businesswomen Mentoring Network
    Contact: sylvain.dpr.nymission[at]
    The World Organization of Governance and Competitiveness (WOGC) will, through a multi-year campaign, collaborate with Businesswomen who are members of WOGC to set up a Global Network of Businesswomen in support of unlocking the full rural women's potential through the power of entrepreneurship, women's associations, youth organizations, the private sector, civil society, international organizations and Governments to overcome social and economic obstacles inhibiting women's access to productive assets, inputs and services, including land, livestock, markets, labor, extension, and financial services. These factors often undermine women's ability to contribute to reducing poverty and hunger. The campaign will be spearheaded by a contribution from WOGC in collaboration with their partners working with UN ECOSOC, the UN common system, Governments, private sector and civil society organizations.
    By invitation only
  • Korea, ICW
    Transforming Society and Empowerment of Rural Women
  • Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development of Morocco and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Rural Women in Public Policies
    * Highlight reforms undertaken by the Kingdom of Morocco to promote the situation of women and girls in the rural areas * Share the experience and international expertise of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the field * Discuss constraints related to the socioeconomic situation of women in rural areas in general and their economy empowerment in particular * Discuss the challenges of promoting the situation of women in rural areas and valuing their participation in development
  • Jordan
    Comprehensive response to address violence against women
    Contact: alyssagoesslerjo[at]
  • Indonesia
    Women in Building Sustainable Peace: Empowering rural women to build values of peace through their role in the family
    Contact: rsvpindonesia[at]
    For RSVP:
    No more reservations
  • Norway, UN Women, The Guardian
    #MeToo - Now What? Women in the media: from outcry to action
    Contact: annemarta.mugaas[at]
    The magnitude of sexual harassment cases that have surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein case, demonstrates the culture of discrimination against women and girls that permeates every aspect of society. While women represent half of the world's population, less than one third of all speaking characters in film are female. Only one fourth of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news are female, too, according to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Norway, The Guardian and UN Women will join forces in an event that aims to seize this opportunity, to move from the global outcry against gender discrimination, and showcase solutions to move from discussions to action and end this scourge once and for all.
    Moderator: Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
    Keynote address: Sienna Miller, actor and activist
    Panelists: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
    Pamella Sittoni, Managing Editor, East African
    Fatemah Farag, Director, Women in News in MENA
    Matthew Winkler, Co-founder, Bloomberg News
    Closing remarks: Ine Eriksen Søreide, Foreign Minister of Norway
  • Australia, Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institution, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions
    NHRI's advancing gender equality and the rights of rural women and girls
  • Uganda
    Tackling Harmful Traditional Practices: A Case of Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation and Ending Child Marriage in Uganda
    Contact: joshuakalebo[at]
    No more reservations
  • Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zambia with support of UNICEF, UN WOMEN, UNFPA and UNAIDS
    Help to live her dream: Towards ending female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage
    Contact: hisu2003[at]
    Help to live her dream: Towards ending female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage
  • League of Arab States, Arab Women Organization
    Rural Women in the Arab Region: Cases of Challenges and Resilience
    Contact: info[at]
  • Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic
    Cooperatives and other best practices for the economic empowerment of rural women and girls.
    The event will count with English and Spanish interpretation. Please RSVP at by March 13, 2018 COB
  • Philippines
    Against All Odds: Rural Women's Resilience and Resistance in Confronting Externalities in the Philippines
    Contact: nypm3com[at]
  • Norway, Tunisia, International Service for Human Rights, Amnesty International
    Women Human Rights Defenders
    Contact: nesrine.elmansouri[at]
    Women Human Rights defenders tell their stories from the field.
  • Ireland, Ruhama and CAP International
    Presenting challenges and considering solutions to combat sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls
  • Nepal, UN Women, Zonta International
    Showcasing Women Empowerment and development in Nepal
    No more reservations
  • Ghana, Sight savers
    Empowering rural women and girls- disability inclusion
  • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, UNICEF Innovation/U-Report
    THROUGH HER EYES: #GirlsAreUnsafe
    Please RSVP by 15 March 2018.
  • Women Health Empowerment & Women Health Rights in Urban and Rural areas
  • State of Palestine, Ministry of Women's Affairs, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
    The Social and Economic Situation of Palestinian Women and Girls living under Israeli Occupation
    Contact: nasser.sahar[at]
  • Colombia, Sweden, UN Women, We Effect
    Rural women and girls: Key actors for sustainable peace and development
    Contact: intern03.colombiaun[at]
    High Level Event on Rural women, peace and development
  • South Africa
  • Mongolia, Socialist International Women
    Connecting Rural Women - E-Development and Rural Women's Empowerment
  • Niger Mission/Care International
    Empowerment of rural women and girls in Niger
    Contact: kounkou2000[at]
    The panel will showcase the actions of Care International in favor of rural women and girls through household resilience building, education and food security in Niger
  • This Side Event is organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN.
    E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific
    Contact: escap-sdd[at]
    The Side Event entitled "E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific" will launch the EGov4Women Toolkit ( It is an innovative public resource related to the design and implementation of gender-responsive e-government institutional ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific region. The toolkit represents the first region-wide toolbox to support the gender-mainstreaming of E-Government. Through a set of 5 comprehensive modules, it provides key pointers for policymakers on gender-responsive design of e-service delivery, e-participation and connectivity initiatives, and introduces a capabilities-based approach to outcome evaluation of e-government for women's empowerment. How does E-Government empower women and transform societies? The Side Event will feature presentations related to the EGov4Women Online Toolkit as well as a panel discussion. Panelists will share their knowledge and experience on the design and implementation of gender-responsive eGovernment tools at country level and discuss the opportunities and challenges when leveraging eGovernment tools in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and in particular in response to the clarion call to "leave no one behind" and "reaching those furthest behind first".
    No more reservations

Saturday, 17 March 2018

  • Youth Dialogue Task Force, UN Women and Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
    Youth Dialogue
    The Youth Dialogue will be a space for discussion on how young rural women and girls can thrive as leaders and be supported to overcome structural barriers they face, and also identify what policies and practices are required to tackle these barriers. Discussion will also include the participation and access of young women and girls to media, information and communications technologies, and their impact on and use as instruments for advancement and empowerment.

    Registration for the Youth Dialogue at CSW62 ended on 9 February 2018. Participants will receive a Youth dialogue confirmation email that they need to present before entering the event.

Monday, 19 March 2018

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Sabanci University & Mother Child Education Foundation
    Private Sector: Agents of Change on Gender Equality Private Sector Collaboration on Promoting Gender Equality and Combating GBV in Turkey
    Contact: kajue[at]
    Please do not miss on this great event that contributes to addressing one of the SDGs indicators of Goal 5. Objectives for the side-event:
    - Underpinning the notion of Private Sector as Agents of Change on Gender Equality
    - Sharing the good examples and experience of Turkey on Multi Sectorial Collaboration (UN, Private Sector, NGO and University) on promoting gender equality and combating GBV through working with the Corporate World.

    Topics to be addressed:
    - The background for the programme: Business against Domestic Violence (BADV)
    - A description of the situation in the country regarding BADV.
    - The background for the programme: Involved Fatherhood Programme (IFP)
    - A description of the situation in the country regarding IFB
    - The role of Private Sector on promoting Gender Equality (GE) and addressing Domestic Violence(DV) How to address GBV/DV and GE within Private Sector
  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • UN Women, the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and the Web Foundation
    Making Universal Access and Service Funds Work to Connect Women and Girls
  • Ethiopia, Rwanda
    Women's economic empowerment as a key to gender equality and women's empowerment: The case of Ethiopian rural women and Rwandan girls
    Contact: hisu2003[at]
    Women's economic empowerment as a key to gender equality and women's empowerment: The case of Ethiopian rural women and Rwandan girls
  • World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women
    Addressing violence against women and girls in humanitarian contexts in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Health as an entry point
    Contact: eladawym[at]
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Government of Fiji, Government of the Republic of Zambia, Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) of Germany, GEF-Small Grants Programme, Swayam Shikshan Prayog and Fragments of Hope
    Rural Women Leading Climate Resilience
    This side-event will feature grassroots women?s organizations and government representatives engaging in an insightful dialogue to make the case that investing in women?s leadership can lead to greater returns on the community, such as increased climate resilience. Through the sharing of experiences at the local and national level, the event will provide learning opportunities between grassroots women?s organizations and governments, contribute to strengthening partnerships and bridging knowledge. All guests must kindly register through this link: For non-UN pass holders, the registration deadline is Tuesday, March 13 at 12pm in order to be able to receive guest passes to access the building/ attend event. UN pass holders can register until day of event. For further information, please contact:
  • Denmark, Dan Church Aid, Act Alliance
    BUILDING BRIDGES: Developing effective partnerships between faith and secular actors to challenge discriminatory gender norms and secure rural women's rights
    Contact: steeng[at]
    Programme: What is the ?harm? in harmful traditional practices: a presentation of the findings from the Joint Learning Initiative's research. - Dr Selina Palm ? Researcher, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. - Working effectively with faith actors to challenge discriminatory gender norms and practices: sharing best practices. - Barbara Kalima-Phiri - Gender and Inclusion Programme Lead, World Vision International. - Kidist Belayneh - Head of Programmes, Norwegian Church Aid, Ethiopia. -Irene Anena - Programme Officer, Church of Uganda. - Reverend John Joseph Hayab - Faith Leader, Nigeria. - Moderator: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda - Founder & Chief Executive of Rozaria Memorial Trust & African Union Ambassador on Ending Child Marriage. - Mapping the way forward: building strong partnerships between faith and secular international development actors to challenge discriminatory gender norms and practices. - Dr Azza Karam ? Senior Advisor on Culture and Social Development, UNFPA. - Dionne Gravesande ? Senior Ecumenical Relations Manager, Christian Aid. - Anthony Keedi ? Masculinities Technical Advisor, ABAAD, Lebanon. - Diana Arango - Senior GBV and Development Specialist, World Bank Group and JLI GBV Hub Co-Chair. - Moderator: Natalia Lester-Bush - JLI SGBV Hub Secretariat Coordinator. Including opening remarks from the Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations, H.E Ambassador Ib Petersen. RSVP:
  • UN Women
    System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity: How to Walk the Talk
  • Holy See, Culture of Life Africa, Campaign Life Coalition, Human Life International
    Promoting the Integral Development of Rural Women and Girls in Africa in the Era of Ideological Colonization
    Contact: rlandry[at]
    The Integral Development of Rural Women and Girls in Africa is being threatened by what Pope Francis has called "ideological colonization," whereby developed nations are forcing their foreign values on the women and girls of developing nations as a condition for receiving development aid. This event will feature an overview of the alarming phenomenon, testimonies of people on the ground who have carried it out and suffered it, and discussion of what needs to happen to prevent it. To RSVP for the Event: Those in need of UN grounds passes to attend must RSVP by March 13.
  • Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations and MADRE
    DEFENDING THE RIGHT TO LIFE: Securing Accountability for Violence against Women and LGBTI Persons during Conflict
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan
    Contact: gljilja[at]
    Purpose: 1) To showcase the student engaged learning initiative of the Utah Valley University to advocate for the rural and mountain women in North America and globally since 2007, 2) To share best practices and research regarding the engagement of the non-traditional students in advocacy and implementation of the mountain targets with focus on the rural and mountain families and women, 3) To present solutions and recommendations.
  • Zambia, Denmark, World Health Organization (WHO), UN Women, UNAIDS
    Expand Women's Health: Enhancing integration, linkages and synergies between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Noncommunicable Disease programmes
    Contact: tadrosd[at]
    Highlighting collaborative opportunities for integration of, and linkages and synergies between, NCDs and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights showcasing how partners and stakeholders explore how to more effectively bridge efforts in different programmatic areas. RSVP AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: DEADLINE FOR EXTERNAL GUESTS IS 13 MARCH
  • Liberia
    Rural Women & Girls Economic Empowerment: Best Practices and Lessons from Liberia
  • Austria, Andorra, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
    The role of women in mountain areas
    Contact: new-york-ov[at]
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ICAN
    Responding to the Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation and Reintegration from Violent Extremism
  • Denmark, CIVICUS, Women Thrive Alliance
    Shrinking Space for the Feminist Movement
    Contact: steeng[at]
  • Mexico
    Local participatory democracy and rural women leadership: key issues to fulfill SDG 2
    Contact: rsvp[at]
  • UN Women, Ethiopia, Uganda
    Harnessing Citizen Generated Data for Effective Monitoring and Reporting of SDG Goal 5 and other Gender-Related SDGs Indicators; Challenges and Opportunities
    Contact: dawn.wells[at]
    Signing of the MOU between UN Women and the SDGs Centre for Africa by the Executive Directors. Please Register using the link: Registration closes Wednesday the 14th at 3pm.
  • OSC-Niger - Niger Mission
    Access to and control of land and production by rural women in Niger
    Contact: kounkou2000[at]
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in collaboration with international civil society organisations and experts
    Representation of women in the media
    Contact: aaron.holtz[at]
    This event will consider current issues about the sexualisation of women's bodies in a range of media across the world, exploring the review theme.
  • Switzerland
    The Divine Order - Film Screening
    Contact: cristina.verones[at]
    "The Divine Order" tells the story of the struggle of Swiss women to get the right to vote. It is a tragicomic insight on the obstacles put in the way of gender equality in Switzerland. A strong ensemble cast brings the story to its inspirational conclusion when Swiss women finally secure the right to vote in 1971. "The Divine Order" is a heartfelt and captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice.
  • UNAIDS, Athena Network
    Accountability in action: Putting women and girls in all their diversity at the center using social media
    Contact: tyler.crone[at]
  • Permanent Mission of Indonesia
    Movie Screening "Kartini"
    Contact: rsvpindonesia[at]
    Movie Screening "18th Century tale of a woman's quest for equality"

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • Organized by Bank of Industry, GSMA, and the International Chamber of Commerce.
    Digital & Financial Inclusion to Improve the Livelihood of Women
    Upon arrival at the Hotel, follow signs to the Manhattan Room on the 2nd floor. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Permanent Mission of Guatemala and Ms. Michelle Bachmann
    Personal Stories of Women's Journeys in Leadership
  • Mexico
    Seguimiento y cumplimiento de la CEDAW
    Contact: rsvp[at]
  • UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, OCHA, CARE International with the Government of Denmark
    Empowering Women Across the Humanitarian Development Nexus
    Contact: maria.novelo[at]
    Gender equality in humanitarian action, recovery, reconstruction and development is underfunded and under-prioritised. While women and girls are disproportionately affected by crises, only 1.7% of humanitarian programming targets gender equality and women?s empowerment, and only 1.6 % of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2016 went to address gender-based violence. Similarly, a mere 2% of all aid to peace and security in fragile states and economies targeted gender equality as a principal objective. Advancing SDG5 in crises contexts should be a priority and a key strategy for building back better, sustaining peace and achieving security for all. Whether in crisis zones, in refugee camps or as returnees, women play active roles sustaining their families and rebuilding their communities. Displaced women who are unmarried or separated from their husbands, for example, are often unable to register their newborn children in the countries in which they have sought refuge. It gives rise to denial of access to basic resources including health care, education and employment. Protecting their rights and harnessing their knowledge and leadership is vital for the achievement of lasting peace and sustainable development. Towards this end, UNDP, UN Women, and UNHCR are preparing a joint initiative to enhance the coordination and the capacities of the UN Country Teams in selected crisis and post crisis countries to deliver better results together with national and local governments and civil society on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.
  • United Nations Development Programme, Carter Center, Wilson Center
    Inclusive Institutions for Advancing Women's Access to Information
    Contact: ciara.lee[at]
    Gender equality and women's leadership in public institutions as a catalyst for advancing the right of access to information for women.
  • UN Women, UN Feminist Network, Gender at Work and the Feminist UN Campaign
    #AidToo Speaking out about sexual harassment and abuse of power
    Contact: UNFeministNetwork[at]
    There has been an explosion of claims in the aid sector of sexual harassment and abuse of power targeting both women working within development bureaucracies, and of intended beneficiaries of development work. This meeting, hosted by the UN Feminist Network, Gender at Work and the Feminist UN Campaign aims to bring together feminists from with the UN and NGOs, to create a space for sharing and strategizing on how to ensure the changes that are needed in our institutions. Please join us to help shape an agenda for action.
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Trade Centre (ITC), GSMA, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Mali to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN
    Leveraging the power of ICTs for rural women and girls
    Contact: ursula.wynhoven[at]
    The session will showcase information and communication technologies (ICTs) policies, practices and initiatives that are working for rural women and girls. The goal is to raise awareness and inspire more governments and stakeholders to prioritize issues of ICT access for this key segment of the population, whose empowerment is vital for the achievement of the SDGs, but who currently are among the least connected. It will also highlight lessons learned, success factors and pitfalls to avoid for impactful programmes on ICTs for rural women and girls. The session is a collaboration between UN entities and the mobile industry association and other organizations in support of EQUALS ( the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age.
  • European Parliament
    Rural women as change makers
    Contact: Geraldine.VILLEROUX[at]
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA/DSPD) Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum, Inter-American Comission on Human Rights (IACHR), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), FIMI, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
    Indigenous women rights: a vital tool to ensure gender equality and economic and social empowerment.
    The parallel event will provide an opportunity to share lessons and experiences of indigenous women in their struggle to achieve respect of their human rights including social and economic empowerment, combat violence and discrimination and achieve participation in decision-making. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will present the findings and recommendations of their newly published report on the human rights of indigenous women in the Americas.
  • Holy See, Pujols Family Foundation, Jerome Lejeune Foundation, Center for Family and Human Rights, A Summer in the Forest
    No Room in Rural Villages, Cities or Homes for the Disabled? Are Girls and Boys with Down Syndrome being left behind?
    Contact: rlandry[at]
    The lives of children who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome are in grave danger. In many countries, it's there's a 90 percent chance that children with this diagnosis will not even be allowed to born; in other countries, it's 100 percent. This is a great loss not only for those disabled boys and girls who are not permitted to be born, but to their families and to all of society as we are deprived of the precious gifts of the lives of these members of the human family. In this event, we will hear from those with Down Syndrome, from their families, and from their advocates. The event will feature a special focus on those in rural situations and will take place the day before World Down Syndrome Day (3/21). To register for this event: Those who will need a UN grounds pass must register by March 13. Because of space considerations, all attendees must register, including delegates, UN personnel, and those with CSW Passes.
    No more reservations
  • Bangladesh
    Shouldering the Burden: Rural Women and Climate-Induced Displacement
    Contact: shah.asif[at]
  • Trinidad and Tobago
    Challenges Women Face to Attain Economic and Political Power
  • Saudi Arabia
    Ending violence against women and social protection
  • The Carter Center, UNDP, Canada
    Inform Women, Transform Lives: Priorities for Advancing Women's Right to Information
    Contact: Elizabeth.McGlamry[at]
    Access to information is a fundamental human right. But across the globe, women are not able to equally exercise this right and access the myriad benefits it provides. Join our panelists for a conversation on priorities for women's right of access to information for economic empowerment and promotion and protection of rights, challenges, and the way forward.
  • Denmark, Anti-Torture Initiative
    Gender Perspectives on Torture: Law and Practice
    Contact: steeng[at]
    Gender Perspectives on Torture: Law and Practice brings together contributions from more than 25 experts on women?s rights, LGBTI rights, as well as issues ranging from criminology and corrections to healthcare policies, in response to former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez?s innovative thematic report on gender perspectives on torture. This side event will provide insights into timely topics at the intersection of gender and the international human rights law prohibition of torture.
  • United Nations Department of Public Information, Producers Guild of America
    Contact: creative[at]
    As part of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) are co-hosting a side event to highlight the role of producers, as agents of change, in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment, including as a catalyst for better social inclusion. The panel discussion will focus on how producers can affect change, not only in the workplace, but also through their content creation, in particular, the creation of positive role models for women. Experts from the PGA Women's Impact Network (WIN) and the UN will explore the dynamics involved in culture and storytelling, the production process, and examine explicit, implicit, and unconscious bias in content, with insights from their recent studies.
    No more reservations
  • Canada, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Sénégal, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
    L'Agenda « Femmes, paix et sécurité » n'est pas optionnel

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • Ghana, Zonta international
    The Nations future-Ending Child Mrriage
  • India
    " Water, Sanitation and Women's Empowerment"
    Contact: mohammadafsar.pmi[at]
  • Morocco
    Le rôle des Parlementaires dans la promotion de l'autonomisation économique des femmes rurales / The role of Parliamentarians in the promotion of rural women's economic empowerment
    This event will reflect on the role of Parliament in monitoring and evaluating public policies for women's economic empowerment, and discuss parliamentary best practices in women's economic empowerment.
  • UN Women, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Women in Migration Network (WIMN), Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations
    Towards a Gender-Responsive Global Compact for Migration
    Contact: michael.evans[at]
    This event will be a space to discuss ways in which the Global Compact for Migration should address and reflect the rights, needs and vulnerabilities of all women and girls in migration in countries of origin, transit and destination. It will demonstrate opportunities for gender mainstreaming and for ensuring that there is a standalone principle to reaffirm the importance of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the Global Compact.
  • Denmark, Why Foundation
    Why Women Film Screening
    Contact: steeng[at]
    PROGRAMME: WHY WOMEN? is a media initiative by THE WHY FOUNDTION supported by Danidas Information Grant under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Visit The Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations and THE WHY FOUNDATION invite you to attend the Sepideh wants to be an astronaut. However, expectations of a young Iranian woman are very different to her own. In this inspiring documentary we watch a young woman fight against society and her family to achieve her ambitions and fulfill her dream. It Started with a Duck: An animated film about how women adapt to climate change and build resilient communities. Benefits of a Toilet: A film about women?s access to sanitation. What Ami Did Not Know: A film about maternal and newborn health. Documentary: Sepideh Sepideh wants to be an astronaut. However, expectations of a young Iranian woman are very different to her own. In this inspiring documentary we watch a young woman fight against society and her family to achieve her ambitions and fulfill her dream. WHY WOMEN? is a media initiative by THE WHY FOUNDTION supported by Danidas Information Grant under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Visit Guests who are part of an official delegation and with a UN ground pass do not need to register. Non UN ground pass holders, please RSVP to no later than Friday, 16 March 2018.
  • Ireland, University of Oxford
    Learn, grow and thrive: an agenda to empower rural girls (Evidence from the Young Lives study of childhood poverty)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    Empowering Rural Women and Girls in Engineering for Sustainable Development
    Contact: d.kouta-lopatey[at]
    A lack of engineers is one of the principal impediments to economic growth. "There are over 1.1 billion people who still don't have access to electricity, 2.4 billion do not have adequate sanitation and 663 million people lack access to clean water. Furthermore, about one third of the world population is not served by all-weather roads." Every one of these problems need engineers to solve them but yet, there is a lack of engineers and women are significantly underrepresented in engineering fields. There is clearly room for improvement - not only in recruiting women into engineering, but also in retaining and promoting those women who do enter the profession as historically, women have been significantly underrepresented in engineering fields and typically only make up 10 - 20% of the engineering work force. In rural areas, the situation is much more severe. UNESCO together with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018, and other partners will discuss the underrepresentation of women in engineering, what engineering can do to improve the lives of rural women and girls in relation to the SDGs, successful case-studies of women in engineering and discussion of the WFEO paper on Women in Engineering for Sustainable Development. This side-event will discuss the outcomes and recommendations from the meeting in Paris (9 March 2018) as well as solutions and what can be done to improve the situation.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    Informal NGO morning briefing
  • Making information and communication technology (ICT) work for gender justice
    Making information and communication technology (ICT) work for gender justice
    Contact: malawimissiontotheun[at]
    Making information and communication technology (ICT) work for gender justice
    No more reservations
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    Safe journalists, strong democracies: How on and offline attacks on women journalists are hurting us all
    Contact: d.kouta-lopatey[at]
    The safety of women journalists has risen to become one of the preeminent issues for journalism in our digital era. During CSW, UNESCO will highlight and promote action on the safety of women journalists through a side event supported by The Netherlands and Sweden. The panel will discuss the many ways women journalists can be placed in vulnerable settings, both in the workplace, in the field and online, leaving them open to all kinds of harassment, intimidation and violence. Under the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity, panelists will share their first hand experiences of these threats and the consequences these actions have on the fundamental role that the press plays in strengthening democratic societies. #JournoSafe #EndImpunity #CSW62
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UN Women, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    Launch of the Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming
    Contact: pasquali[at]
    Please RSVP here by 19 March at the latest
  • United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) Foundation
    UNFCU Foundation Power of Effective Partnerships to Sustain a Path out of Rural Poverty Through Healthcare and Education for Women and Youth
    Contact: ephilippe[at]
    UNFCU Foundation Effective Partnerships to End Rural Poverty Through Healthcare and Education: Panel of experts from UN Foundation/Girl Up, Trickle Up, Village Enterprise, and Batey Relief Alliance will provide best practices/approaches and stories from their impactful programs globally that are supported by the UNFCU Foundation. Special guest speaker from the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula, a UNFCU Foundation partner.
  • Ireland, Irish Consortium on Gender-Based Violence & International Rescue Committee
    Good practices in the empowerment of rural women and girls through addressing gender-based violence
  • Endeavour, Inc
    Where Gender Equality Begins and Access to information regarding Reproductive Health Risks to Women and Girls
    Contact: Abegum[at]
  • Holy See, FEMM, World Youth Alliance
    Affirming the Human Dignity of Rural Women and Girls through Healthcare and Education
    Contact: rlandry[at]
    The health needs of women and girls in rural areas often go underserved. Many women do not realize that the symptoms they experience may indicate hormonal imbalances. Harmful stigma about normal biological processes such as menstruation can make it harder for them to get the help they deserve. And even when women do seek medical care, most health care providers and programs struggle to diagnose them and often can only treat the symptoms. Poor health hurts gender equality by undermining women and girls' ability to realize their potential and drive development in their communities. FEMM offers a comprehensive, integrated women's health program based on informed consent and expanding literacy. Understanding one's own body is essential for good health and empowers women and girls to be informed participants in their care. This event will show how such education will help foster the human dignity of rural girls and women and strengthen their health. To RSVP for this event: Those who will need a UN grounds pass must register by March 13. Because of space considerations, all attendees must register, including delegates, UN personnel, and those with CSW Passes.
  • United Nations Democracy Fund
    Empowering Women Through Democratic Processes and Innovative Solutions
    Contact: democracyfund[at]
    Governments and civil society project implementers discuss the women's empowerment work of the UN Democracy Fund, the only UN entity with a primary mandate to support democracy through civil society.
  • United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (UN-OHRLLS), International Seabed Authority
    Enhancing the role of Women in marine deep sea scientific research to achieve the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the Vulnerable Countries
    Contact: tshekega[at]
    Jointly organize by International Seabed Authority and UN-OHRLLS for the Vulnerable Countries (LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS)

Friday, 23 March 2018

  • Jamaica, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc
    Delta Day 2018
    Contact: tyesha_t[at]
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), GAMAG
    The Holistic Gender and Media Agenda: An analysis and key findings of the 2018 GAMAG Position Papers
    Contact: d.kouta-lopatey[at]
    This panel will explore and debate the wide range of gender and communication issues hitherto omitted from past considerations of the CSW Review theme, making the case for the centrality of communication in broader struggles for gender equality and women's and human rights, as well as for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Issues such as gender equality in media decision-making positions, media policy, gender and freedom of expression and the rights of women media workers will be discussed, identifying key areas for action and practical recommendations for media and ICT companies, Member States, civil society and others. The session will explore a set of gender and media position papers prepared by GAMAG members, each proposing specific recommendations for governments, media organizations and civil society. #GenderEquality #GAMAG #CSW62 #SDG5
  • United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in partnership with International Association of Women in Radio and Television
    Community media broadcasters: Building Capacities for amplifying voices of Rural Women
    Contact: dpingo.briefings[at]
    Participants will be able to collect their special event passes for entry into the United Nations Headquarters on the morning of 23 March at 801 UN Plaza on the second floor. More information will be sent to you on the email used to RSVP for the event.
    No more reservations
  • Austria, Women's International Forum (WIF)
    Portrait of an Activist: Mónica Ramírez, President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
    Contact: womeninternationalforum[at]
  • United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in partnership with International Association of Women in Radio and Television
    Networking Session: Community media broadcasters: Building Capacities for amplifying voices of Rural Women
    Contact: dpingo.briefings[at]
  • Ukraine
    Empowerment of rural women and girls in Ukraine