Latin American and Caribbean Ministerial CSW Preparatory Meeting
On 11 February, at the invitation of the Government of El Salvador and UN Women, a regional consultation took place in San Salvador prior to the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Ministers and High Level Authorities from national mechanisms responsible for the promotion of the rights and empowerment of women in Latin America and the Caribbean adopted a declaration on eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls. 
» San Salvador Declaration ( Spanish | English ) 
» Concept note 
» Programme

Africa Ministerial CSW Preparatory Meeting
From 14 to 16 January 2013, UN Women, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), convened a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ministers responsible for Gender and Women’s Affairs, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and senior government officials from Africa met to prepare for the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women on the priority theme “Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls”. 
» Addis Ababa Declaration

Stakeholders’ Forum
On 13 and 14 December 2012, UN Women convened a forum to engage a range of stakeholders in the preparations for CSW57 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
» UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, closing remarks
» UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, opening remarks
» Concept note
» Programme
» Report

Expert Group Meeting

In preparation for the fifty-seventh session, UN Women, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO), convened an Expert Group Meeting on prevention of violence against women and girls, on 17 to 20 September 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand.
» Report of the Expert Group Meeting on prevention of violence against women and girls

» Background paper: Prevention of violence against women and girls
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Online discussion
UN Women also organized an online discussion on the priority theme from 23 July to 3 August 2012.
» Report on the online discussion on eliminating violence against women and girls: gaps, challenges and strategic directions in prevention and multisectoral services and responses 
English | French | Spanish

Preparatory expert panel
A preparatory expert panel on the priority theme was held during the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on 29 February 2012. 
» Watch the video
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