The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 15 to 26 March 2021.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session.

  • Priority theme: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
  • Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)

How to get involved with the NGO CSW Virtual Forum:

Step 1: Sign up to become an Advocate HERE

Step 2: Visit the Soroptimist International Virtual Booth HERE

Step 3: Reserve your space at Soroptimist International’s Parallel Event, ‘The Road to Equality: Preparing Women and Girls to Lead’ HERE

Negotiating at CSW65: Struggling to Stop the Rollback of Women’s Rights

Blog by Francesca Fletcher Williams, SI Global Policy Coordinator. It’s commonly said at the United Nations that ‘you know a negotiation went well when everyone is equally unhappy’. The idea is that every country, every group should have to compromise an equal amount to reach a ‘balanced’ agreed outcome. This

Amplifying The Voices On Ending Female Genital Mutilation

Blog by Dawn Marie Lemonds, SI Newport Harbor Area. Dr. Nina Smart 'smartly' moderated a fascinating panel at the NGO CSW Forum, Co-sponsored by Soroptimist International and the North American and Europe CSW Caucus. Speakers included survivors, researchers, advocates and educators, all aimed at revealing the centuries old cultural practice

Liechtenstein to Ratify the Istanbul Convention – President of General Assembly’s Special Event at CSW65

Blog by Francesca Fletcher Williams, SI Global Policy Coordinator. The Special Event of the President of the General Assembly’s event, a CSW65 Side Event, “Political Leadership and Violence Against Women and Girls: Prevention First” was held on 23 March 2021. A highlight of the meeting was that the Representative from

Women’s Health and Gender Inequalities: Lessons and emerging priorities 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action

Report by Siren Fadler, SI UN Representative CSW 65 Side Event by United Nations University International Institute for Global Health The 25 years since the visionary Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Women have seen dramatic changes globally. While there has been important progress on some fronts, new challenges

CSW Civil Society Briefing: Making Soroptimist Voices Heard

by Francesca Williams, Global Policy Coordinator “CSW is the best representative of how much women and young people believe in the United Nations (UN). I emphasise the importance of this year’s theme during COVID, given that women have demonstrated such leadership – but much of the leadership is informal, and

CSW65 Side Event: Digital Gender Gaps and Opportunities

Blog by Siren Fadler and Maria Fornella-Oehninger, SI UN Representatives, New York. Siren and Maria report on the CSW65 Side Event, "Digital Gender Gaps and Opportunities – Fostering equal participation and ending violence against women in a connected age", organised by Germany and the Council of Europe. Accelerated by COVID-19

The Road to Equality: Preparing Women and Girls to Lead – CSW Parallel Event

Blog by SI Advocacy Coordinator, Hannah Agius. “It was a pleasure to join Soroptimist International (SI) President Sharon and the SI Advocacy Team as they hosted the Soroptimist International CSW65 Parallel Event, ‘The Road to Equality: Preparing Women and Girls to Lead’. Representatives from the five Federations demonstrated how this

CSW65 Parallel Event – Fix the System: Get Her Elected

Blog by Dawn Marie Lemonds, SI Newport Harbor Area. A jam-packed interactive session featured our own Immediate Past President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen as one of the keynote speakers along with other leaders from Women for Water Partnership, and elected leaders -  Rachel Dodge former Attorney General in Brazil, Bonita Zarrillo from

CSW65 Official Sessions for 16 March: Follow up to the Beijing Platform for Action

Blog by Pat Black, SI Special Advisor to Advocacy. The Committee of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) continues to meet in formal session at the United Nations and online.  During the last session on 16 March, the members have been considering Agenda Item 3: Follow-up to the

CSW65 side event – Australia’s eSafety model for addressing gendered-based violence online

Blog by Linda Witong, SI Special Advisor to Advocacy. Being aware of the fact that international research had determined that women and girls were subjected to very high levels of online abuse simply because they were women, I joined this seminar to learn more about the perils of being a

Virtual Townhall CSW65 Meeting with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

Blog by Francesca Fletcher Williams, SI Global Policy Coordinator 16 March 2021 saw civil society representatives virtually meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres to share their opinions and to ask him questions about gender equality and the impacts of COVID-19. The UN is often criticised for being “a

CSW65 Opening Session

Blog by Pat Black, SI Special Advisor to Advocacy Usually it isn’t  easy to get into the opening session of CSW. It is often held in the main United Nations (UN) General Assembly hall which is very impressive but there has in the past been a limitation on the number

What is happening at CSW65?

The excitement is mounting as we welcome the start of the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), 15 - 26 March 2021. Please have a read below to see what events you can attend online - there is something for everyone! At the annual Commission

CSW65 Consultation Day

Blog by Linda Witong, SI Advocacy Advisor. Upon attending the first virtual United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) event with thousands of other participants in both New York and Geneva, the message was clear. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic had rocked our world on its axis,

NGO CSW/NY Youth Series: A Conversation on Male Allyship

Blog by Allie Liu, SI Communications & Advocacy Assistant.  In the week preceding the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status on Women (CSW65), the NGO Committee CSW, New York (NGO CSW/NY) held the final webinar in its preparation series for Youth Leaders and Young Professionals.  The event took


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