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. 

Some side event organizers make a limited number of special event tickets available to guests who do not have a UN grounds pass. If you are a guest who does not have a UN grounds pass and have received confirmation from the organizer that a special event ticket has been granted to you, please pick up the ticket at the time and location specified by the side event organizer. Please do not enter the UN premises without your special event ticket. The CSW information desk or registration desk do not have special event tickets for side events.

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

Mon, 09 March |Tue, 10 March |Wed, 11 March |Thu, 12 March |Fri, 13 March
Mon, 16 March |Tue, 17 March |Wed, 18 March |Thu, 19 March |Fri, 20 March


Sunday, 8 March 2015

  • UN Women, NGO CSW, Man Up Campaign, The Working Group on Girls, City of New York
    Contact: Beijing.20[at]
    Planet 50-50 by 2030 - Step it up for Gender Equality. A march for Gender Equality and Women's Rights in commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and International Women's Day. Everybody is invited to attend! Please join us and mobilize your networks to come!

Monday, 9 March 2015

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature, Finland, Peru, Liberia
    The Environment Gender Index: Measuring Success for an Equitable Future
    Contact: kelsey.howard[at]
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union
    Countering cyber violence against women
    Contact: ny-office[at]
    The event will discuss how cyber violence against women challenges parliamentarians, policymakers and Internet service-providers everywhere. It will examine what action can be taken to promote safe and responsible use of online technology. Special emphasis will be placed on strong legislation to address and provide avenues of redress for cyber violence against women. Based on the experience of some countries, the event will identify emerging trends and lessons learned from them. The panel will also discuss how Internet service-providers can be more accountable for the protection of users' privacy and security and what proactive steps could be taken to eradicate violence against women online. Chair/Moderator: - Ms. Margaret Mensah-Williams President of the IPU Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, Vice-Chairperson of the National Council of Namibia Testimony by: - Ms. Edith-Clare Hall, a 17 year old student from the UK Panellists: - Ms. Jan Moolman, Women's Rights Project Coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Women's Rights Programme - Ms. Helen Rubenstein, Program Director, Global Rights for Women
    No more reservations
  • Inter-American Development Bank, International Juvenile Justice Observatory
    Engendering National Security Agendas and Institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean // Incorporando el enfoque de género en las agendas e instituciones nacionales de seguridad en América Latina y el Caribe
    The panelists will discuss progress made in LAC and possible lines of action to integrate a gender perspective in security policy, such as increasing the participation of women in policy making and incorporating a gender approach in areas including the police, defense sector and justice reform.
  • Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations International Planned Parenthood Federation
    Contact: elisa.riquier[at]
    In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 development agenda, and the ICPD and Beijing plus 20 review processes, this event will deal with the issue of sexual education in line with sexual and reproductive rights, and underline the importance of access to comprehensive sexual education for boys and girls as a way to achieve gender equality and women's empowerment. Pascale Boistard, French Secretary of State for Women's rights will be the chair of the meeting, engaging the debate between high-level panellists involved in the field of human rights and gender-based violence. Panelists: France, Pascale BOISTARD, French Secretary of State for Women's rights Véronique SÉHIER, Co-president of Le Planning Familial Carmen BARROSO, Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Guatemala and United Nations Population Fund
    High-Level Presentation" "Investing on Priority Populations: Adolescent Girls and Youth, the experience of Guatemala for South - South Cooperation
    Contact: mjdelaguila[at]
  • World Health Organization (WHO) and GWI
    Preventing and responding to violence against women
    Contact: gwomen[at]
    No more reservations
  • Germany
    Economic Empowerment of Women - A Question of Transparency
  • Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations The Japanese Association of International Women's Rights
    CEDAW and gender- based violence(GBV): the progress made and the challenges for the 20 years after the Beijing
    Contact: mhoriuchi43[at]
  • Association for Progressive Communications, Estonia
    High-level panel: Reprioritising Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action - Critical Issues on the human rights of women and girls and the internet
    Contact: pille.kesler[at]
    This session will bring together a discussion on ways to reprioritise section J of theBeijing Platform of Action in a post-2015 development context, looking at current key issues and challenges including privacy, autonomy, violence against women online and censorship, and debating the role of the state, private sector and civil society in ICTs for the advancement of the human rights of women and girls. Discussants: Marina Kaljurand, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Alejandra Mora, Minister, Ministry for Women's Affairs of Costa Rica Leah C. Tanodra-Armamento, Undersecretary,Department of Justice, Republic of the Philippines Alton Grizzle, Programme Specialist,UNESCO Freedom of Expression and Media Development Division / Global Alliance on Gender and Media Jan Moolman, Senior Coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications Moderator:Joanne Sandler, Genderat Work, former Deputy Executive Director of UNIFEM UN grounds pass holders will be able to access our event.
  • Liechtenstein
    Above the Parapet: Women's challenges at shaping public life
    Contact: as[at]
    Please indicate in your RSVP whether or not you are a UN badge holder. Those without badges will need to register for special event passes to access the room.
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
    For the Rome based agencies FAO, IFAD and WFP, the key message for Beijing+20 is "Empower rural women to achieve food and nutrition security".
    Contact: m.hartl[at]
    The event will also contribute to the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. The panel discussion will bring together a number of global and national gender experts to explore the dimensions, achievements and challenges related to empowering rural women and achieving food and nutrition security.
  • Turkey - World Bank
    "Increasing Women's Access to Economic Opportunities: Towards and Integrated and Evidence-based Policy Design"
    Contact: increasing.womens.access[at]
    - The event aims at highlighting novel work done around documenting evidence to identify the enabling factors for women's economic participation and labor market outcomes. - In addition, the event will focus specifically on ideas around new policy design on key areas such as work-family reconciliation via early childhood education and care; and push-pull factors for women's entrepreneurship.
  • The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and Women in Parliament (WIP).
    The Role of Women Parliamentarians in Achieving the SDGs
  • Norway, OHCHR, Tunisia, ISHR, Amnesty International, WHRDIC, ICAN, Nobel Women's Initiative, JASS og AWID
    Protection in Practice for Women Human Rights Defenders
  • Spain
    Presentation of the book "General Discussion on Women and Girls with Disabilities"
  • Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
    Francophone ministerial meeting
    Contact: claire.schiettecatte[at]
  • Hungary
    Protecting Maternal and Child Health - Challenges and Best Practices
    Contact: csw59hungarysideevents[at]
  • Armenia, Cyprus, Armenian Relief Society, University of the Highlands and Islands (UK)
    Women and Diaspora: From Past to Post-2015
    RSVP: ; ; The event will be broadcasted live on the UN Live United Nations Web TV !
    No more reservations
  • Permanent Missions of Algeria, Australia, Chile and Switzerland
    High-level Panel: Women in Political Leadership - Achieving equality in political decision-making
    Contact: ptg[at]
    Please indicate if you do NOT hold a UN grounds pass.
  • Iceland and the Nordic Baltic Network of Policewomen
    Human Trafficking - Nordic Baltic Network of Policewomen
    Contact: th[at]
  • Portugal, Poland, Spain, Italy, European Commission
    Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women and their Children: Using Best Practice Approaches for International Solutions
    Contact: icoroa[at]
    During this Side Event, four countries will present their national experiences in preventing and combating violence against women and their children, including domestic violence. The session will seek to identify best practices and allow for an open dialogue with the aim of formulating recommendations for an effective and integrated response at national and global levels.
  • United Kingdom, Denmark
    Violence Against Women and Girls Online
    Contact: aaron.holtz[at]
  • Canada
    Violence in the Digital Age: New Approaches to Cyber-Abuse of Girls and Young Women
    Contact: prmnyrsvp[at]
    Please register for the event at the following link:
  • United Nations Development Programme, Karama
    Expanding the influence of Arab women as leaders in the Women Peace and Security agenda
    Contact: alaa.malhas[at]
    With urgent programs on women, peace, and security being launched from October to January of this year, including the Justice for Salwa is Justice for All campaign (which demands justice for assassinations and attacks against women human rights defenders, and asks for better protection and security for women to participate at all levels of advocacy), the 59th session is a crucial moment in the international women's movement and a critical opportunity for leaders from the Arab region to lend their voices in reviewing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action twenty years after its adoption and look at the way forward in achieving goals on gender equality, human rights, and peace. In previous years, Karama successfully garnered media attention and political engagement to build awareness of the priorities for women in the Arab region and share experiences and insights from the work women's rights leaders were doing on the ground. Karama has hosted delegations representing 13 countries, putting women's rights leaders and activists face-to-face with US congress members, the Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication to President Obama -Ben Rhodes-, academic leaders such as Isobel Coleman of the Council for Foreign Relations and Jane Harman -Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center-, Special Rapporteurs on Violence against Women, Human Rights Officers from the OHCHR, as well as members of the Security Council. Karama's delegations have also hosted panels convening governments, international activists, and UN representatives and sharing strategic research and recommendations on topics ranging from women's political participation to challenges to women's security following the Arab uprisings. Recently, in parallel with this work, Karama and its partners launched the Arab Regional Network on Women, Peace, and Security. This network is an outcome of a strategic training on women, peace, and security held in cooperation with the European Union and the League of Arab States. Since then, the network has continued to build momentum at the regional-level, issuing a ten-point manifesto calling on the international community for support on ten main issue areas, and at the national-level, working to develop national action plans on UN SCR 1325.
  • Latvia, UN Women
    Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM): Progress, Challenges and Post-2015 Opportunities for furthering the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action
    Contact: elina.volksone[at]
  • Council of Europe, Belgium
    Gender stereotypes and sexism - root causes of discrimination and violence against women
  • Coalition of UN Member States, Observers, Council of Europe, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Women, Human Rights Watch and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
    High Level Meeting on the Role of Governments in Ending Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Women.
    Contact: marieke.vreeken[at]
  • Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organizations
    Beijing+20: combating trafficking in women and children in the ASEAN region
    Contact: caic[at]

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

  • Kenya
    "Women's Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion: Elevating Livelihoods Through Table Banking and Information" hosted by H.E. Rael Ruto, Spouse of the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya
    Contact: DivaYancey[at]
  • Sweden
    Why Reproductive Rights Matter
    Contact: monica.clarke[at]
  • United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG)
    Saving Lives, Protecting Futures, an Every Woman Every Child High-Level Event hosted by the Secretary-General
    Contact: bellsund[at]
    The event will be broadcasted live on the UN Live United Nations Web TV. For more information about Every Woman Every Child please go to
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Women, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Algeria, Australia, Portugal, United States
    High-Level Side Event on Equal Nationality Rights
    Contact: Hurwitz[at]
    Panelists include: - Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard (United States) - H.E. Ms. Mounia Meslem Si Amer, Minister of National Solidarity, Family and the Status of Women (Algeria) - Prof. Dr. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, Deputy Minister for Human Rights (Indonesia) - H.E. Ms Mariama Sarr, Minister of Gender and Family (Senegal) - The Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women (Australia) - H.E. Ms. Teresa Morais, Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Equality (Portugal) - The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development (Bahamas) - Mr. Volker Turk, UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner - Protection, on behalf of UNHCR, OHCHR and UN Women.
    By invitation only
  • Mauritania, US Federation for Middle East Peace (USFMEP), United Federation for Peace & Development (UFPD)
    A general discussion on the protection of women in conflict and post-conflict situations in the context of the following provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women
    Contact: info[at]
  • Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
    Contact: rachel.rouchouse[at]
    The debate will be dealing with the impact of climate change in developing countries, with a stress on local communities facing shortages in their access to natural resources, with a particular gender perspective. Highly dependent on natural resources to support their families, women seem to have a limited range of options to choose and adapt to climate change. Working on women's access to human rights and integrating them to decision-making processes, we believe that women can become agents of change and improve the resilience of their communities to climate change by their actions. Participation of Pascale Boistard, French Secretary of State for Women's Rights
  • Argentina, Education International, and members of the Post-2015 Women's Coalition, including African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL), Huairou Commission (HC), Karama, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and Women Peacemakers Program (WPP).
    Realizing Gender Equality, Women's Rights and Women's Empowerment within and beyond the Post 2015 Development agenda
    Contact: victoriabuonomo[at]
  • United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI)
    Rallying to End Gender-based Violence in Schools
    Contact: adosreis[at]
    Featuring Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO; with Ted Chain, Director of Programme Division, UNICEF and Patience Stephens, Special Advisor on Education, UN Women
  • Germany
    Equal Pay Day - Closing the Gap
  • Philippines
    Status: It's Complicated - Challenges to Cross-Border Movements of Women and Girls
    Contact: nypm3com[at]
    International migration has taken on more significance in the lives of the millions of people around the globe. In 2013 alone, remittances to developing countries accounted for US$404 billion of the total global remittances of US$542 billion. These have improved the lives of families left behind and have contributed to national and local development in countries of origin. However, there is a need to highlight the challenges faced by international migrants in their home countries and host countries, as well as in countries of transit.
  • Iceland with the women's movement in Iceland
    Cool Feminism: Exploring Ideas from the North
    Contact: th[at]
  • Canada, Peru, Plan International, CARE, American Jewish World Service (AJWS), International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC).
    Child, Early and Forced Marriage - Indicators for Progress
    Contact: PRMNYRSVP[at]
    Please register for the event at the following address:
  • Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) / Réseau francophone pour l'égalité femme-homme (RF-EFH)
    Table ronde : « Leadership et autonomisation des femmes francophones : les priorités du Réseau francophone pour l'égalité femme-homme (RF-EFH) pour la Francophonie ». Panel: "Leadership and empowerement of francophone's women: the prority of the Réseau francophone pour l'égalité femme-homme (RF-EFH) for the Francophonie."
    Contact: claire.schiettecatte[at]
    The event will be held in French only.
  • Australia, Women's Services Network
    Preventing violence against women and girls in the digital and technological age
    Contact: gabrielle.krasowski[at]
    This side event will explore the intersection between technology and gender-based violence against women and girls, highlighting a trending issue across the globe. The panel will promote the use of technology as a safety and empowerment tool for women and girls, and discuss how technology can be used to gather evidence for police and courts. This side event will also contribute to understanding and preventing violence against women, one of the core focus areas of the Beijing Platform of Action.
  • High-Level Task Force for International Conference on Population and Development, Denmark, Uruguay
    Are We Really Leaving Nobody Behind? Equality & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All
    Contact: cdiseta[at]
    This event will provide a platform for first-hand accounts of fundamental human rights issues affecting diverse and excluded groups of women and young people worldwide, with a focus on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Based on critical gaps identified through the twenty-year reviews of Cairo and Beijing implementation, this dynamic line-up of notable speakers and audio-visual testimonials aims to showcase just how mainstream and essential sexual and reproductive health and rights are for all women and girls, and how necessary they are for an effective, inclusive and transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda that leaves nobody behind.
  • UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) The African Union UN Department of Public Information (DPI) UN-Women NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security Femmes Africa Solidarite
    High-Level Interactive Dialogue: Towards a Continental Results Framework on Women Peace and Security in Africa
    Contact: AfricaCSW[at]
  • Germany, UN Global Compact, UN Women
    Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality (WEPs Annual Event) - UN Stakeholders' Plenary
    Contact: wepsevents[at]
    Marking the 20th anniversary of the historic adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 2015 Women's Empowerment Principles Event will showcase strategies to address persistent challenges to gender equality and highlight opportunities to scale up investment in women and girls. Leaders from Government, business, the UN and civil society will explore how partnerships can advance gender equality, women's empowerment, and sustainable development, with a special focus on the important role of the business sector. The UN Global Compact and UN Women are pleased to announce Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States, as the featured keynote speaker. More information: 
    Important note: A valid UN Grounds Pass is required for entry to this event. Space is limited and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no exceptions.
  • United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology, Journalists and Writers Foundation
    Economic Empowerment of Women to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals
  • European Commission, Latvia, Luxembourg
    Women's economic independence: a question of right and a pre-requisite for social and economic progress. The EU experience.
    Contact: jelena.vujic[at]
  • Ethiopia, Sweden, Switzerland, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
    From Commitment to Action: Financing Gender Equality in the Post-2015 Agenda
    Contact: grara[at]
    Please indicate if you do NOT hold a UN grounds pass.
  • Permanent Mission of Fra,nce to the United Nations with the support of the CEDAW and of the Office of the High Commissionner for Human Rights
    The objective of the discussion is to address the question of how drivers of extremism can affect, and are affected by, women and girls and what response can be provided by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. In particular, the panel seeks to address the role of women to prevent and combat extremism, violent extremism as a new form of violence against women and girls, and the participation of women in extremism as sympathizers, supporters and perpetrators.
  • Netherlands, Global Network of Women's Shelters
    Third World Conference of Women's Shelters Side Event
    Contact: marieke.vreeken[at]
  • United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office
    Women's Mobilization for Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change in the 20 Years since Beijing
    Contact: cagna[at],
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
    Co-operatives: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
    Contact: gouveia[at]
    To register: Please reply before 18:00 (EST) on Thursday 5 March 2015 and indicate if you require a badge to enter the UN premises.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union and The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations
    Empowering the next generation: Paving the way for young women in decision-making at all levels
    Contact: ny-office[at]
    No more reservations
  • UNESCO, UN Women, UN Office for Partnerships, UNFPA and the World Bank
    Panel Discussion on Catalytic Partnerships for Gender Equality in Education: The Way Forward
    Contact: kouta-lopatey[at]
  • Permanent Observer MIssion of the OIC to the United Nations
    The Promotion of Women in OIC Member States
    Contact: aismail[at]
    The focus of the side event would be to discuss the promotion of women in OIC Member States and their efforts to create peaceful and inclusive societies in many different areas including mediation, political participation, climate change, community leadership, human rights promotion, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, civil society leadership and/or other areas. The context for the discussion would be to see how the promotion of women in OIC countries has evolved since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action and outline what can be further done to promote opportunities for women in OIC Member States. The panel will feature Member States, Civil Society, International Organizations and UN AgenciesPlease note that only those with valid UN Grounds Passes will be able to attend. Kindly RSVP Herel
  • Ecuador
    National Women's Machineries in Latinamerica & Beijing+20
    Contact: ecuador[at]
  • UN Women
    Planet 5050 - Step it up for Gender Equality!
    Contact: Beijing.20[at]
    The star studded Public Event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and the struggles, achievements and challenges of women and girls, and to demonstrate the power and energy of the global gender equality movement. The event will provide the opportunity to rally public giving, private sector pledging as well as governments and civil society recommitment. It will also issue a Call to Action to accelerate progress and achieve gender equality, women's empowerment and rights by 2030. Click here to RSVP

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

  • Germany, UN Global Compact Office, UN Women
    Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality (WEPs Annual Event) - WEPs Partners in Action: Implementation & Innovation
    In 2015, a number of global milestones "-the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (PfA), the Post-2015 Development Agenda and anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) " provide a unique opportunity to ensure that the business community commits, contributes and is a key partner to achieving gender equality. The WEPs Annual Event will bring together leaders from business, Government, the UN and civil society to reflect on the implications of the PfA and the re-visioned SDGs, and project an action agenda driven by the WEPs business champions and constituency. Held on 10-11 March 2015 in New York, the event will also focus on concrete steps and actions that business can take to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. More information:
    By invitation only
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women
    Parliaments for Gender Equality: Priorities for Beijing +20 and Beyond
    Contact: ny-office[at]
    No more reservations
  • World Bank Group, other stakeholders
    World Bank Group discussions on an insitutional gender strategy
    Contact: ljohnson3[at]
  • Austria, Liechtenstein, Philippines, Slovenia, Switzerland
    Engaging men and boys in achieving gender equality
    Contact: maria-anna.gonzales[at]
  • Nordiskt Forum, Sweden, Swedish Women's Lobby, UN Women
    New action on women's rights - shared responsibilities
    Human rights principles, power sharing among women and men, overcoming oppressive structures and stereotypes, are corner-stones in the Beijing Platform of Action. Reviewing progress and set-backs over 20 years united the Nordic women's movement at the Nordiskt Forum 2014. The results are "Feminist Agreements and Demands" ( directed to the Nordic Governments.
    Focus of the seminar: critical issues involved in transforming women's economic dependence, equal access to decision-making and justice, shared responsibilities as parents and care givers and women's right to a life without violence.
    Speakers: - Åsa Regnér, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden - Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women - Gudrùn Jónsdóttir, Spokesperson of Stígamót Iceland, Counseling Centre for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence. - Nanna Höjlund, Vice president Danish Women's Council. - Clara Berglund, Vice president Swedish Women's Lobby - Moderator: Joanna Maycock, Secretary-General of the European Women's Lobby (EWL)

    View the live webcast on 11 March at 10:00am:

  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation, United States Federation for Middle East Peace
    Family, Peace and Security
    Contact: info[at]
    Please contact Mrs. Sally Kader, President, USFMEP using the above email for more information.
  • Denmark
    Women and men - a joint venture into an equal future!
    Contact: sewi[at]
  • Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, UN Women, Hivos, Gender at Work and TMI Project
    Women's Human Rights Storytelling Collaboratory
    Contact: NYV-RSVP[at]
  • Germany
    Organizing for Women Migrants' Rights
  • Thailand
    Beyond Beijing +20
    Contact: daisy.thaimission[at]
  • OECD Development Center, Finland and Austria
    Achieving Beijing: role of social norms for gender equality
    Contact: dev.gender[at]
    A growing body of evidence is proving the importance of including social norms into development interventions in order to accelerate progress on gender equality. Discriminatory social norms significantly limit women's access to empowerment opportunities, infringe their human rights and put a brake on development processes. These require a multi-pronged approach that takes into account the embedded discrimination against women in laws, practices and attitudes. Speakers will present new results from the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), and make the case for how social norms can be integrated into development policy and development operations in order to accelerate progress towards the Beijing agenda as well as the post 2015 framework.
  • Mauritania, US Federation for Middle East Peace (USFMEP), United Federation for Peace & Development (UFPD)
    Women and Media Discourse (ways of representing) as various means of communication
    Contact: info[at]
  • UN Women
    Prevention to Response: addressing the continuum of violence against women and girls
  • Italy, Poland, Japan, European Commission, UN WOMEN
    #thingsmendo. Men and boys against gender stereotypes and violence against women.
    Contact: sec.italyun[at]
  • The Permanent Missions of Palau, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Nauru, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Young Women's Alliance
    Pacific Women Rising: Progress towards achieving Beijing and beyond
    Contact: Gabrielle.Krasowski[at]
  • UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) The African Union UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa UN Department of Public Information (DPI) World YWCA Femmes Africa Solidarite
    Ensuring the Emerging Leadership of Africa's Young Women and Girls Towards Agenda 2063
    Contact: AfricaCSW[at]
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
    Steps Towards the Empowerment of Women in Iran: Twenty Years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, Achievements, Lesson Learned
    Contact: fvadiati[at]
  • Israel
    Education - the power behind empowering women
    Contact: AlexanderBVF[at]
  • Sweden
    Women's Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
    Contact: monica.clarke[at]
  • Finland, YWCA
    Technology and Economic Empowerment of Women in Fragile States - Multi-Country Perspective from Africa and Asia
    Contact: anniina.vanhatupa[at]
    RSVP by 6 March 2015 to only if you do NOT hold a UN grounds pass. We will provide the special event ticket (SET) to access our event. UN grounds pass holders (including NGOs with temporary grounds passes for the CSW session) will be able to access the side event without tickets.
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    Continuing and new challenges in the quest to eliminate Violence against Women
  • Italy, United Kingdom, Zambia, Liberia, World Vision, Plan UK
    Girls at the Centre. The importance of girls in ending violence against girls and women and meeting broader development challenges
    Contact: rsvp[at]
    Addressing gender inequality and empowering girls from an early age can have a powerful effect not only on girls and women, but also on society at large. The event will highlight the transformative impact of investing in girls.
  • Bangladesh
    Multi-Sectoral programme to address Violence against Women
    Contact: tipuahmed.2009[at]
  • The governments of Sweden, Vietnam, and Rwanda, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and MenEngage Alliance
    Engaging Men and Boys: Time to Scale Up Building on years of pioneering work, the time has come to take the work on engaging and boys for gender equality and sexual and reproductive health, to the next level. Join us for a conversation on scaling up and addressing the challenge of sustainability.
    -Please note that seats are on a first-come, first served basis and no seats will be reserved
  • Hungary, Semmelweis Medical History Museum
    The Savior of Mothers: Ignác Semmelweis
    Contact: csw59hungarysideevents[at]
  • UN Regional Commissions
    Women's Economic Empowerment: Strategies and Outlooks from the Regions
    Contact: kopperman[at]
    Changing the prospects for women and girls in Eastern and Southern Africa: A dialogue between governments and programme experts to reinvigorate the commitment to the health and education needs of adolescent girls in Eastern and Southern Africa
    Contact: kouta-lopatey[at],,
  • Guatemala, United States
    Screening of "Justice for My Sister", followed by discussion with the filmmaker
    Contact: kerryp[at]
    Film in Spanish with English subtitles.
  • Réseau des femmes de l'assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie - Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
    How to reinforce partnerships between parliaments and civil society to contribute more effectively to the implementation of international commitments related to women's rights?
    Contact: claire.schiettecatte[at]
    French / english translation will be provided
  • African Development Bank
    Integrating Women in Regional and Global Agricultural Value Chains
    Contact: l.miriti[at]
  • Spain, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)- MFA and Ministry for Health, Social Services and Equality (MSSSI); UN WOMEN
    From Beijing to Post-2015
    Contact: events.spainun[at]

Thursday, 12 March 2015

  • IDLO, ICC, USCIB and the UN Global Compact
    Bringing Down the Barriers: Women, Business and the Rule of Law.
    Contact: nygaard[at]
    No more reservations
  • Fedepe (Spanish Federation of Women Managers, Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs), Spain , UN Women
    Initiatives to promote economic empowerment and women's leadership in 2015
    Contact: secretaria[at]
  • Grenada
    Evaluating Beijing Platform on Women's Health, Transformation Agenda and Launch of My Sisters' Health Watch
    Contact: grenada[at]
  • Angola
    ANGOLA: "The Challenge of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, Achievements and The Post 2015 Agenda
    Contact: amalipui[at]
  • Albania, United Nations in Albania
    "Breaking mind-sets", men and boys - partners in actions against gender-based & domestic violence
    Contact: ervin.nina[at]
    To be announced
  • UN Women, UNESCO
    Women and the Media: Advancing Critical Area of Concern J of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
  • Niger, Norway, UNFPA
    Elimination of harmful practices against women and girls by 2030 - Advancing a sustainable framework
    Open to guests with valid UN/CSW accreditation. No RSVP needed. Seating on a first come, first served basis. Questions about the event can be directed to:
  • Department of Public Information (DPI), Huairou Commission, International Council of Women, Global Family, Africa Development Interchange Network, World Federation of Ukrainian Women, International Council of Jewish Women, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development
    Women Are Taking the Lead: Designing and Building Sustainable Infrastructure in Global Communities
    Contact: undpingo[at]
    Special event tags will be made available the morning of the event at the United Nations Visitors Entrance on First Avenue and 46th Street.
    No more reservations
  • Denmark, Zonta International, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), UN Women
    Prevention of the root causes of inequality and violence against women and girls through education
    Contact: mradavich[at]
  • Thailand
    Gender Equality and Peaceful Societies: From Evidence to Action
    Contact: agyarkoh[at]
  • Philippines
    Institutionalizing Gender Equality in Education: Policy Initiatives and Best Practices in Asia
    Contact: nypm3com[at]
    This panel discussion shall serve as a venue for invited speakers to share Asian experiences in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in the educational system, especially in higher educational and traditionally male-dominated institutions. The speakers will likewise highlight positive outcomes and good practices in areas of policy development, capacity building, and provision of enabling programs and services to attain the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform of Action, namely: (a) ensure equal access to education; (b) eradicate illiteracy among women; (c) improve women's access to vocational training; (d) develop nondiscriminatory education and training; (e) allocate sufficient resources for and monitor the implementation of education reforms; and (f) promote lifelong education for women and girls.
  • Australia, Japan, Spain (TBC), Turkey (TBC)
    Increasing women's workforce participation: Barriers and solutions from the G20 and beyond
    Contact: gabrielle.krasowski[at]
    ** RSVP ESSENTIAL - ONLY GUESTS WHO HAVE REGISTERED WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND ** In late 2014, G20 leaders committed to reduce the gap in workforce participation rates between men and women by 25% by 2025. This panel discussion will explore how to improve women's workforce participation within G20 countries and beyond. Sharing examples from different country and economic contexts, the panel will discuss the barriers that inhibit the full and equal participation of women. The panel will also consider the economic impacts of unequal workforce participation, and will discuss recent policies, measures, and approaches from around the world intended to improve women's workforce participation, economic empowerment, and gender equality.
    No more reservations
  • The League of Arab States and the Arab Women Organization
    "Women in the Arab Region Under the Current Transitions"
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme
    Volunteering to advance gender equality: how to include more women in monitoring SDG progress
    Contact: simona.costanzosow[at]
    For further information and background material please refer to
  • Czech Republic, Bolivia, UNFPA
    Participation of women from minorities in public life
    Contact: barbora.czechmission[at]
    For additional information kindly see the attached flyer. To RSVP please use
    Arts advocacy campaign to end sex discriminatory laws
    Contact: hstewart[at]
    Please note: NGOs with a CSW59 grounds pass are not required to RSVP. Seating is on a first come first served basis.
  • Finland, Finnish Federation of University Women FFUW, National Council of Women of Finland NJKL, Coalition of Finnish Women´s Associations NYTKIS, and Young Women's Christian Association of Finland YWCA.
    10th Helvi Sipilä Seminar: Gender, Power and Economy
    Contact: anniina.vanhatupa[at]
    RSVP by 9 March 2015 to only if you do NOT hold a UN grounds pass. We will provide the special event ticket (SET) to access our event. UN grounds pass holders (including NGOs with temporary grounds passes for the CSW session) will be able to access the side event without tickets.
  • Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, IDLO, BGRF
    Productivity, Well-being and Gender Policies
    Contact: sec.italyun[at]
    Through the adoption of specially designed work-life balance policies, institutions and organizations can help attract and retain talent, improve job satisfaction, and promote employees' well-being, all of which are important prerequisites for better competitiveness, business growth and sustainable development. Lower employment rates for women as compared to men is often a consequence of the higher involvement of women in family life and the raising of children which creates greater difficulties for women to combine family and professional life and to pursue a career. The event is an opportunity to demonstrate, through national experience, that good governance and understanding of the local environment and a broad cooperation network can make a difference in both professional and private life by improving productivity and well-being. It will also help understand how professional-private life reconciliation policies are fundamental for achieving gender equality and address two of the key challenges in contemporary societies: the promotion of women's participation in employment and the involvement of men in family life.
  • Republic of Korea, Women's Human Rights Commission of Korea
    Sexual Violence During Wartime: Accountability, Achievements and Challenges
    Contact: jyoon715[at]
  • Zambia
    Zambia UN Mission, the International Telecommunication Union, the Global Alliance for Women's Health and the Virginia Lee Cook Foundation. Innovative Technologies: Keys to Women's Health Now and in the Future
    Contact: smwanza2[at]
  • UN-Habitat, Huairou Commission
    Habitat III, Beijing+20 and the City We Need
    Contact: urbancsw[at]
  • Turkey-UNHCR-NGO
    Protecting Women and Girls in Emergencies: Turkey's Humanitarian Response
    Contact: protecting.women.girls[at]
  • Ireland, Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence
    Women, Peace and Security: Enhancing Women's Participation in Peacebuilding
    Contact: darelle.o'keeffe[at]
    This side event will draw key lessons from a range of stakeholders based on their experiences in promoting the Women Peace and Security agenda with a view to identifying practical ideas for actions to be taken by different actors. The event will also offer an opportunity to discuss experiences in developing and implementing national action plans on women peace and security in a variety of contexts and on the particular importance of supporting women's active participation in peacebuilding processes.
  • UN Department of Public Information - Remember Slavery Programme
    WOMEN AND SLAVERY - Telling their stories (Exhibit opening)
    Contact: education-outreach[at]
    As part of the observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This exhibition pays tribute to the many enslaved women who endured unbearable hardships, including sexual exploitation, as well as those who fought for freedom from slavery and advocated for its abolition. It also celebrates the strength of enslaved women, many of whom successfully transmitted their African culture to their descendants despite the many abuses they endured. It is no surprise that their fight for freedom from slavery also influenced the fight for women's rights that started in the 19th century. On display until 9 April 2015. For more information:
    Please RSVP by 10 March 2015.
  • Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See International Youth Forum (IYc)
    Live Action founder Lila Rose recounts her experiences in defending unborn life.
    Contact: IYc[at]
  • Argentina
    Screening of the "Refugiado"
    Contact: prensamisionargentina[at]
    A film about gender based-violence inspired by true stories of women On the sidelines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
    The director of the film, Diego Lerman, will be answering questions after the screening
    RSVP only for non-UN Ground Pass holders
  • La Federación de Asociaciones de Familias y Mujeres del Medio Rural (AFAMMER), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    Agenda for action Beijing+20: rural women facing demographic changes and sustainability: engagement for equality. "Agenda para la Acción Beijing +20: las Mujeres rurales ante los cambios demográficos y la sostenibilidad: el compromiso de la igualdad".
    Contact: events.spainun[at]
  • Mexico/Japan/Denmark
    "Financing for development = financing for gender equality: Effective gender mainstreaming funding models, lessons learned"
    Contact: mdelolmo[at]
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Norway, Spain and the Dominican Republic
    Women's economic autonomy in the post 2015 development agenda
    Contact: kopperman[at]
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-Habitat
    Women and the Environment
    Contact: environment.csw[at]
    Open to guests with valid UN/CSW accreditation. No RSVP needed. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Friday, 13 March 2015

  • Jamaica, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
    DELTA DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS 2015: Transforming the Girl Child into the Empowered Woman in the post 2015 era
    Contact: rblawrence85[at]
    No more reservations
  • UN Women
    Intergenerational Dialogue
    UN Women Flagship Event: A conversation among various gender equality advocates and stakeholders across generations to discuss strategies and perspectives that can accelerate the achieving of gender equality by 2030. NGO access to the ECOSOC chamber is via 3rd floor. A valid UN Grounds Pass or an event ticket is required for entry to this event. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
    Gender Statistics in Agriculture and Food Security
    Contact: lon-registry[at]
  • Qatar, Group of Friends of the Family, and Family Watch , and Doha International Family Institute
    The Family as the Agent Gender Equality and Human Rights Ful
  • International IDEA & NIMD
    Closing the Gaps on Women's Political Participation and Representation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
    Contact: k.lettrich[at]
    This event will include simultaneous interpretation: French=>English/English=>French Spanish=>English/English=>Spanish This event will also be webcast.
  • Germany, League of Women Voters of the United States, International Federation of Business and Professional Women, Pan Pacific Southeast Asian Women's Association
    The World Can't Afford to Wait Until the Next Century to Have Equal Participation in Parliaments and Government
    Contact: unobserver[at]
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    The Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO)
    Contact: environment.csw[at]
    Open to guests with valid UN/CSW accreditation. No RSVP needed. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
  • High Authority of Audiovisual Communication and National Human Rights Council of Morocco
    Fight against gender based stereotypes and violence: Sharing visions and experiences
  • Kenya Mission to the United Nations
    "Beyond Zero Campaign on Maternal and Newborn Health" hosted by Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya
    Contact: DivaYancey[at]
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), co-host countries
    New partnerships for addressing and preventing GBV
  • UN-Habitat, UN Women, Action Aid International, Huairou Commission, Plan International, Red Mujer y Habitat LAC, Women in Cities International
    Public Space: Opportunities and challenges for Empowering Women
    Contact: urbancsw[at]
  • Germany, Gunda-Werner Institute in the Heinrich Boell Foundation (GWI), European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
    Women in Armed Conflicts - Prosecuting Sexual and Gender based War Crime, with focus on Columbia
    Contact: charlotte.beck[at]
  • Singapore, Senegal, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), UN Women
    Unlocking multiple benefits for women and girls through sanitation and hygiene in the post-2015 era
    Contact: adele_li[at]
  • Thailand
    Gender equality in education: A Much Needed Holistic Approach
    Contact: daisy.thaimission[at]
  • Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, Permanent Mission of Philippines to the UN, JAWW (Japan Women's Watch), The National Women's Committee of the United Nations NGOs, The International Women's Year Liaison Group
    Gender Equality and Aging Society: the Asian Perspective
    Contact: 3ngosjpevent[at]
  • Permanent Mission of Iraq to the UN and Al-Hakim Foundation
    Iraqi women, the challenges of the current situation
    Contact: z.faraj[at]
  • United Nations Cuban Association and Cuban NGO participating in the 59 CSW, Beijing+20
    Cuban side event on the advances and challenges in celebrating Beijing+20 process
    No more reservations
  • African Development Bank
    Towards Innovative Approaches for Women's Financial Inclusion in Africa
    Contact: l.miriti[at]
  • Indonesia
    Recognizing Common Ground: Islam and Women's Human Rights
    Contact: yuliana.bahar[at]
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) / Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
    Movie Screening "Women and Men" / Projection du film "Des Femmes et des Hommes"
    Contact: carpentier[at]
    A film by Frédérique Bedos. A powerful account of how women's lives worldwide are profoundly impacted by gender discrimination and how it holds back social and economic progress. The film raises awareness of the many benefits of the fundamental right to equality for all. In French, with English subtitles.
  • Cote D'Ivoire
    Contact: amfy[at]
  • Angola, Socialist International Women (SIW)
    How to overcome the challenges that affect the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
    Contact: socintwomen[at]
  • Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous (SPFII/DSPD/DESA), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI)
    Beijing + 20: Voices of Indigenous Women
    Contact: indigenous_un[at]
    Interpretation available in English/Spanish and vice versa. Speakers will include Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director -UN Women; H. E. Ms. María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations; Ms. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and Ms. Aminatu Samiratu Gambo, Lelewal Foundation Women's Coordinator from Cameroon.
  • World Bank Group (WBG), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Department of Public Information (DPI), others
    "Neda Wants to Die" A play that addresses gender based violence in the context of development and conflict. Written and performed by World Bank Group staff.
    Contact: ljohnson3[at]
    *Please note that this is an open event so RSVP is not required for those holding a UN grounds pass. DISCLAIMER: This play contains strong adult language and content. View discretion is advised. You must be 18+ to view this play. Those without a UN ID will be required to present identification to verify their age before entering the auditorium.

Monday, 16 March 2015

  • UN Women, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
    Looking ahead - the place of sport for women's empowerment post-2015
  • Food and Agriculture Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development, GAP, World Farmers' Organization
    Ensuring Women's Rights to Land and Productive Resources
  • Ethiopia
    Ethiopia side event
  • Permanent Mission of Eritrea and UN Country Team
    Empowering Women: Eritrea's Achievements and Experiences.
    Contact: zebib.gebrekidan[at]
  • Australia, South Sudan and the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET)
    15 years after the adoption of Resolution 1325: Closing the implementation gap
    Contact: gabrielle.krasowski[at]
    THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY - NO MORE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. This side event will provide an opportunity to take stock of challenges and progress made in translating the women, peace and security agenda into action fifteen years after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325, and to identify priorities for closing the implementation deficit. Participants will be informed about the findings of a new OECD publication on Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members' aid in support of women, peace and security issues. This event will also provide concrete inputs in preparation for the High-Level Review of resolution 1325 in October 2015.
    No more reservations
  • Mexico/OXFAM/ActionAid
    Women's Economic Inequality: Assessing Progress 20 years After the Agreement of the Beijing Platform for Action in the post-2015 context
  • Malawi, German Cooperation, Irish Aid, KFW, European Union and Unicef
    Investing in Children and Women for Community Transformation
    Contact: livingkalimanjira[at]
    The objectives of the side event are: - To share Malawi's experience of the Social Cash Transfer as a tool for women's empowerment - To demonstrate the significance of linkages between Social Cash Transfers and other social and productive services The event will showcase a short film on the Mtukula Pakhomo (Lifting up Families) impact in the lives of rural women and children as well as testimony from beneficiaries. There will also be a panel discussion with experts on various aspects of the Mtukula Pakhomo.
  • Philippines
    How Far Have We Gone: Addressing Women and Poverty
    Contact: nypm3com[at]
    Women and poverty, identified 20 years ago as a critical area of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action, continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing development efforts of governments all over the world. With respect to this area, the Philippines and Uruguay face similar challenges as countries from the South. As such, these countries have come up with their respective responses to women and poverty. This session will bring to fore those responses, their innovativeness and divergence from traditional anti-poverty measures, their effectiveness in directly addressing the gender dimension of poverty, the continuing challenges in their implementation, and the lessons that need to be carried on as we forge a new development agenda beyond 2015.
  • Pacific Islands Forum
    Climate change and human rights
  • Denmark, The Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs of Denmark
    Gender equality as a crucial economic parameter
    Contact: sewi[at]
  • Jordan, Jordanian National Commission for Women
    Women and Armed Conflict: A Regional Perspective
  • Sierra Leone, UN Women, UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER)
    Sierra Leone's experience sharing on Ebola Virus Disease
    Contact: cvandi[at]
    Do not stigmatise any Ebola affected community, country or persons.
  • Development Business, Department of Public Information, Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network (CBW)
    Women in Procurement
    Contact: arif.zaman[at]
  • Caribbean Community (CARICOM), NCD Alliance and Arogya World
    Realizing Gender Equality: Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases, Disabilities and Discrimination
    Contact: mirmacintosh[at]
  • Italy, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
    Data and information on Violence Against Women to target effective policies
  • Norway, Peace is Loud, Overseas Press Club of America and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
    On the Frontlines against Extremism and Militarism: Women's Stories from the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Asia
    An interactive panel discussion with women human rights activists from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. The event will also highlight film clips from the upcoming multimedia project The Trials of Spring, featuring women activists in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as clips of interviews conducted with women activists in the region on challenging extremism and militarism. A brief reception will follow. All attendees must RSVP. Please plan to arrive early as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you do not have valid accreditation (UN Pass or CSW accreditation), please state this in your RSVP and plan to arrive by 5:45pm at the latest to receive your ticket at the entrance gate at East 45th and 1st Avenue. Please contact Joanna Hoffman, Peace is Loud's Events & Communications Manager, at with any questions. RSVP here:
  • Permanent Mission of Uruguay and International Planned Parenthood Federation
    "SRHR- the key to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls"
    Contact: uruguay[at]
    Additional contact:

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

  • OECD Development Centre, UN Women, with support of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
    Contact: dev.gender[at]
    Women's voices - whether individual or collective - have proven to be fundamental to advance women's rights at national and international levels. Online communities and social media have become essential for women's rights groups to push for greater accountability and action on gender equality. In particular, grassroots women's networks have resulted in changes in laws and norms as seen in the last few years in India, Kenya and Niger. However, women's voices from civil society are still absent from decision-making processes, despite the fact that it is precisely those decisions that affect them. This event will explore how new media can broaden the scope for action on women's rights and gender equality within a post- 2015 agenda. UN grounds pass holders will be able to access the side event without tickets on a first come, first served basis.
  • Uruguay, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era
    The Right to Development: the Centrality of Women's Human Rights
    Contact: uruguay[at]
    No more reservations
  • Fund for Gender Equality (FGE), UN Women
    Civil Society at the Forefront of the Post-2015 Agenda and Launch of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality 3rd Call for Proposals
    Contact: fund.genderequality[at]
  • UN Women
    "Reflecting on Beijing +20: The Past, Present and Future of Women's Representation and the workplace".
    Contact: janaki.murthy[at]
  • Kenya
    "Kenya's Transformative Programme: Accessing Business Opportunities for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities" hosted by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning of the Republic of Kenya
    Contact: DivaYancey[at]
  • Denmark, Amplify Change
    AmplifyChange. Amplifying voice & choice for women & girls. Briefing on a new civil society advocacy fund to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights.
    Contact: kgannon[at]
    AmplifyChange is a new civil society advocacy fund that aims to help empower young people, women and men to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights. It will support civil society and grassroots organisations advocate for change on neglected areas of SRHR, including (i) the sexual health of young women and girls, (ii) women's rights to safe and legal abortion, (iii) gender based violence, (iv) access to services for vulnerable and marginalized people, and (v) stigma and discrimination that undermine human rights, including on grounds of gender or sexual orientation. This informal briefing will provide an opportunity to learn more about AmplifyChange and how it can provide support to civil society organisations. RSVP by 12 March 2015 to only if you do NOT hold a UN grounds pass. We will provide the special event ticket to access our event. UN grounds pass holders (including NGOs with temporary grounds passes for the CSW session) will be able to access the side event without tickets.
  • Finland
    MOTHER'S WISH - A preview of a cinematic tribute to female perseverance by award-winning director Joonas Berghäll. A unique chance to see this film before its world premiere later this year.
    Contact: anniina.vanhatupa[at]
    RSVP by 12 March 2015 to only if you do NOT hold a UN grounds pass. We will provide the special event ticket (SET) to access our event. UN grounds pass holders (including NGOs with temporary grounds passes for the CSW session) will be able to access the side event without tickets.
  • Australia, Our Watch
    Where does change come from? Driving social transformation to prevent violence against women
    Contact: gabrielle.krasowski[at]
    In 2014, the World Health Organisation reported that 35% of women worldwide will experience intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. But the WHO also reported that the preventable nature of violence against women is "not an article of faith, but a statement based on evidence". How can we stop violence against women from happening in the first place? What is needed at the individual, community and government levels to challenge existing social norms? This side event will bring together Government and NGO leaders to discuss recent progress and challenges in promoting gender equality and ending violence against women through effecting change at the individual, community and government levels.
  • United States, Help Age International
    Older Women Count: Bringing Visibility to Violence against Older Women 20 years after Beijing
    Contact: BBrown[at]
    No more reservations
  • UN Women
    ACORD - B+20: assessing implementation in Africa and the way forward
  • Ghana
    40 Years of Women's Machinery in Ghana
    Contact: c3ghanaun[at]

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

  • Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
    "Bending the Curve" Impact of Ebola on Women and Girls in the affected Mano River Union (MRU) Countries
    Contact: zakwahf[at]
    The Impact on gender equality and women's empowerment : The Ebola outbreak has further increased the vulnerability faced by women and girls given its gender dimensions in the affected countries - Liberia, Siera Leaone, and Guinea. Based on consultations held by different stakeholders, it is evident that the outbreak had differential impact on women as compared to men due to traditional gender-based roles, behaviour and power structures. The disruption of the availability of non-Ebola health services in both Liberia and Sierra Leone, has shown disproportionate impact on women as more frequent users of the healthcare system. The already fragile health system capacity in these countries has been overwhelmed and unable to adequately address the needs of women to access maternal health services including delivery and antenatal care. Constraints on the health systems in the most affected areas also limited access to other sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls, outside of antenatal care and delivery - including access to anti-retroviral drugs and treatment for women and girls living with HIV, and family planning services as reported in Liberia. The outbreak has significant economic implications for women and girls. Restrictions on movement between affected countries, designed to halt the spread of the disease, have resulted in a shortage of available goods and services. These restrictions have, in particular, jeopardized the livelihoods of women. More women than men are employed in the informal sector and in agriculture in the region. In particular, the economic impact of the outbreak affected smallholder farmers, who are predominantly women, and cross-border traders (70% women in the Mano-River Union region). In both Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak also exacerbated insecurity and social instability and further reinforced gender inequities -particularly putting women and girls at risk of sexual and gender based violence (GBV), compromising their health, dignity, safety and autonomy. The Ebola outbreak further impacted the education system mainly in the three affected areas i.e. in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. With only 15% of girls completing secondary education in Sierra Leone, while in other affected countries, girls drop out at the age of 15 as a result of early marriages, pregnancies and entrenched harmful traditional practices. The Ebola outbreak was untimely and further reduced the chances of women participation in decision making at various levels. In areas most affected by the outbreak, women's role and participation in decision making was substituted to care giving for the infected persons at the household level. With reducing incidences of Ebola in countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone, there is a steady increase in the number of Ebola survivors in the affected countries. Sierra Leone alone counts for 7000 orphans, of which more than 55% of these are girls. In addition, Liberia has over 4100 orphans in all the 15 counties. Sierra Leone also registered about 2000 Ebola survivors in the last 4 months Interventions of reintegrating survivors back to communities have been limited, coupled with the wide spread of stigma of this group within communities.
  • Co-hosts: UAE and OCHA Partners: GenCap Project
    Gender in Humanitarian Action: The experiences from Philippines
    Contact: njoki[at]
    The event will be a panel discussion that will highlight the following: - Humanitarian response; progress, experiences and challenges of integrating gender equality perspectives. - Lessons Learned and experiences from Yemen and Philippines humanitarian responses. - Challenges and opportunities for gender equality programming in the humanitarian action.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, IOGT International
    3 Major epidemics burdening women: HIV, NCDs, and VAW How to tackle them through community and policy action and empower women and girls effectively
    Contact: kristina.sperkova[at]
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  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    Using data to promote policy change and advance sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights
    Contact: franca[at]
  • Human Development Report Office, Milorad Kovacevic
    Conversation on gender disparities in human development
    Contact: yu-chieh.hsu[at]
  • Finland, ESCR-Net Women, ESCR Working Group
    Advancing Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Drawing Lessons from the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration
    Contact: anniina.vanhatupa[at]
    RSVP by 13 March 2015 to only if you do NOT hold a UN grounds pass. We will provide the special event ticket (SET) to access our event. UN grounds pass holders (including NGOs with temporary grounds passes for the CSW session) will be able to access the side event without tickets.
  • UNAIDS The International Community of Women Living with HIV Programme of Action for Equality and Social Inclusion (PAIIS), University of the Andes KELIN
    Forced and coerced sterilization: A global violation of the human rights of marginalized women, girls and transgender men.
    Contact: sophieicwglobal[at]
  • Australia, International Women's Development Agency (IWDA)
    The Individual Deprivation Measure: Transforming how we measure poverty
    Contact: gabrielle.krasowski[at]
    Currently the world only measures the poverty of households, not individuals, with poverty measures mainly focused on money; however, there are other factors that also matter to poor women and men. This side event will introduce The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM), which is the first poverty measurement tool in the world to enable accurate sex-disaggregation of data, based on the views of poor women and men. The panel will outline the methodology of the IDM and discuss how Governments and policy makers can use the tool to better understand the differences in how women and men experience poverty, so as to address poverty more effectively.
  • Holy See
    Women Promoting Human Dignity
  • Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD)
    Research study on the issue of femicide in the Dominican Republic
    Contact: mjourdan[at]
  • UNECA, UNWomen and AUC
    Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063 - An Opportunity for the Implementation of the Beijing plus 20 Outcomes' - AUC, ECA and UNWOMEN
    Contact: kopperman[at]

Thursday, 19 March 2015

  • UNECA and Government of Guinee
    Women's Economic Empowerment - women in small scale Mining - the experience of Guinea - Government of Guinea and UNECA
    Contact: kopperman[at]
  • Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the UN, Endeavour Forum, NGO
    Beijing +20 Sexual Health, Research, and the Empowerment of Women and Girls
    Contact: babette[at]
    Millie Lace, Founder/Director, Concepts of Truth International
    Reggie Littlejohn, Women's Rights Without Frontiers
    Sharon Ngai, Justice Speaks
    Prof. Joel Brind, Endocrinologist, Baruch College, CUNY
    Denise Mountenay, Canada Silent No More
  • Kenya
    "Demonstrating Legislative Leadership: KEWOPA's Role in Advancing Gender Sensitive Legislative and Policy Agenda in the Kenyan Parliament" hosted by KEWOPA
    Contact: DivaYancey[at]

    ***** Please note: the event will take place in Conference Room 2 ****

  • International Alliance of Women
    Women-Peace-Security. Implementing UNSCR1325 and CEDAW
    Contact: rosy.weiss[at]
    The 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in October 2010 highlighted the increasing demand for accountability to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda of the UN Security Council. As we are preparing for the 15th anniversary, IAW expresses its concern about the fact that only 48 Member States out of 192 have adopted national action plans. Women are still underrepresented if not totally absent in most official peace negotiations and sexual violence in conflict is increasing in number and brutality. The side event will explore the opportunities of monitoring the implementation of UNSC Res. 1325 and following resolutions through reporting requirements under CEDAW. This also includes Res. 1820 linking sexual violence as a tactic of war with the maintenance of international peace and security.
  • Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA, with the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations.
    Copenhagen Meets Beijing: The gender dimensions of social development policy and praxis.
    Contact: gex[at]
  • Botswana, Presbyterian Church (USA), Presbytery of Detroit, American Baptist Churches (USA), Progressive National Baptist Convention , Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Alaska Council of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit, MI and Betts Foundation
    Real Talk/Real Action : Engaging Men and Boys in Prevention and Intervention Strategies that Address Gender Based Violence
    Contact: mmogobe[at]
    Best Practice Resources will be Distributed.
  • Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Sudan
    Women Mechanism for Advancement in South Sudan
    Contact: agokanyar[at]
  • Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN C-Fam (Center for family and Human Rights) WOOMB International
    Exposing the dangers of assisted reproductive technologies and highlighting successful infertility treatment using the Billings Ovulation Method
    Contact: info[at]