WHAT IS THE NGO CSW FORUM?

NGO CSW/NY organizes the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass.

Over the two weeks of the UN CSW, NGO CSW/NY organizes more than 500 events that inform, engage and inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls.

Last year, we had the first-ever virtual Forum with a record-breaking 27,000+ participants and over 700 events!

Join us for the NGO CSW66 Forum in March 2022!

The NGO CSW66 Forum will take place from 13-25 March, kicking off with Consultation Day on the 13th.

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NGO CSW Forum FAQs

The NGO CSW Forum is the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Forum runs parallel to the official CSW session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass (both of which are needed to attend the CSW).

Over the two weeks of the UN CSW, NGO CSW/NY organizes hundreds of events that inform, engage and inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls. Some of the events that we host are Consultation Day, Orientation & Advocacy Training, Regional Caucuses, Conversation Circles, and Parallel Events organized by CSOs around the globe.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principle global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

During the two-week session, UN entities, Member States, and civil society discuss issues pertaining to women, girls, and gender equality. The Commission assesses progress and gaps in the implementation of global women's rights documents like the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), as well as issues happening on the regional, national, and local levels.

Each year, the Commission focuses on specific themes related to gender equality, known as the 'priority' and 'review' themes. The CSW66 themes are:

Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes;

Review theme: Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work (agreed conclusions of the sixty-first session)

For more information about the CSW, visit UN Women's website.

The NGO CSW Forum is totally separate from the official UN Commission on the Status of Women session. Below are some important distinctions between the two events.

NGO CSW Forum:

- Organized by NGO CSW/NY (a civil society organization)

- Civil society forum (not part of the formal UN system)

- Do not need to be ECOSOC-accredited to attend

- Has Parallel Events hosted by civil society

UN CSW:

- Organized by UN Women (a UN agency)

- Official United Nations Commission

- Must be ECOSOC-accredited to attend

- Has Side Events hosted by Member States, UN agencies, and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs

Registration for the NGO CSW66 Forum will open in October or November 2021. If you are on our mailing list, you'll receive an email with updates about registration.

Applications to host a Parallel Event at the NGO CSW66 Forum will open in October or November 2021. If you are on our mailing list, you'll receive an email with updates about hosting a Parallel Event.

You'll be able to promote your Parallel Event and organization by purchasing Handbook Ads and/or an Exhibit Booth on our virtual platform. You'll also be able to share your work with other Forum attendees and the NGO CSW community through online forums on the virtual platform.

ADVOCACY FOR NGO CSW

Read about the different ways NGO CSW and our members engage in advocacy leading up to and during the CSW!

NGO CSW Advocacy Research Group

The Advocacy Research Group (ARG) researches issues raised in the CSW priority theme with input from NGO CSWs in the Regions and civil society. Recommended language is provided to receptive government representatives in advance of negotiations for consideration and inclusion in their discussions, and to UN Women, the CSW Bureau and during opportunities for civil society input.

Advocacy Training Guide

Download the Advocacy Training in Negotiations and Women's Human Rights Guide to learn about how to be effective partners in UN negotiations about women’s human rights.

The Guide is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Russian.

UN Advocacy Guide App

Download the UN Advocacy Guide app for the tools and knowledge you need to advocate at the UN. It is a training, educational tool and quick reference. The case study is the UN Commission on the Status of Women that oversees the implementation of gender equality and women's human rights policies in 193 countries. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Women's Human Rights Teaching, Learning & Advocacy Resource

The Women's Human Rights Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy Resource (WHRTLAR) is a user friendly resource for educators and activists comprised of learning modules organized around six themes dealing with the most pressing challenges to women’s human rights today. The goal was to create learning products from an incubation process led by scholars and activists at the UN.

STATS & FUN FACTS

27,000+

ATTENDEES

142

COUNTRIES

5000+

ORGANIZATIONS

700+

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