NGO CSW68 Forum

10 - 22 March 2024

Mark your calendars! The NGO CSW68 Forum will be taking place on 10 - 22 March 2024! Check this page periodically for more information as it becomes available. The best way to stay up-to-date on NGO CSW68 Forum updates is to join our mailing list below!

Registration for the NGO CSW68 Forum is open!

Registration is now open for the NGO CSW68 Forum in March 2024! Register now to start exploring our new and improved virtual portal!

When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with pertinent information and a link to login to the virtual portal to start exploring! Read our FAQs for more info about registration.

Thank you to our Handbook sponsors!

  • Advocate
  • $1000
    per Sponsor
  • Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja
  • International Council of Women
  • Ontario Native Women's Association
  • TABF
  • Zonta International
  • Supporter
  • $750
  • Cities for CEDAW History and Futures Project
  • The Pad Project
  • Unchained At Last
  • Ally
  • $500
  • 4W Initiative for Women & Wellbeing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • ActionAid Nigeria
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Bar Association
  • Association de Solidarite D'Aide et Action Enfance Mali (ASAA-EM)
  • BPW International
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • Cities for CEDAW History and Futures Project
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Chairty of the Good Shepherd
  • Gender Equality Network
  • Global Network of Women's Shelters
  • Lehigh University; co-host: American Association of University Women
  • Let There Be Light International
  • New York Women Foundation
  • Ontario Native Women's Association
  • Sharity
  • WomenSport International
  • Friend
  • $100
  • Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
  • Catholics for Choice
  • Chief Executive Women
  • Endeavour Forum
  • Graduate Women International
  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Islamic Relief
  • Ismor Magoro Foundation
  • NGO CSW Geneva
  • Raising Fund to Empower Widows -
  • SMVA Trust Inc
  • Soroptimist International of New York City
  • The Kota Alliance
  • WiDEF Consortium
  • Women Rights and Rehabilitation Organization - WRO
  • Women's Human Rights Education Institute
  • Women's Learning Partnership
  • World Jewish Congress
  • Zigen Fund Inc



One of the key components and the most popular aspect of the NGO CSW Forum is the Parallel Events. Each year, we invite civil society organizations around the globe to apply to host a Parallel Event, regardless of their ECOSOC status. These events are totally organized by the host organization and address the CSW priority theme in some way.


Co-hosted by NGO CSW/NY and UN Women, the Civil Society Briefings bring together civil society, UN agencies, and Member States to share the state of play as developments within the CSW and outcome document negotiation process unfold.


Meet fellow activists and connect with old friends! The NGO CSW Forum is the perfect place to network with other organizations and advocates in the global gender equality and women's rights movement. NGO CSW/NY and the YLYPs host different sessions that allow for networking and connection between participants.


Conversation Circles provide a place to raise issues and exchange ideas on different topics in a semi-structured space during the NGO CSW Forum. Each conversation addresses a specific topic related to gender equality and are facilitated by experts in the theme.


Hosted by the global NGO CSWs and the Europe & North America Caucus, Regional Caucuses are informal, loosely moderated spaces for participants to discuss and reflect upon regional advocacy and their region's most relevant and pressing issues.


Advocate for your organization and the issues you're passionate about to Member States, UN agencies, and other CSOs during the NGO CSW Forum. NGO CSW/NY and the YLYPs host advocacy trainings and provide advocacy resources to ensure that you are prepared to engage effectively.


This year, we have both in-person and virtual Exhibit Booths during the Forum! Visit (or host!) Exhibit Booths on the virtual portal or at the Armenian Convention Center to learn more about exhibiting organizations, groups, and campaigns.


The in-person Artisan Fair at the NGO CSW Forum is back! The Artisan Fair is a space where artisans from around the globe can sell their goods to thousands of NGO CSW68 Forum participants. NGO CSW/NY invites artisans from around the world to apply to sell their goods at the Forum!

Questions about the NGO CSW68 Forum?

Read our FAQs for more info!

These FAQs will be updated periodically leading up to the Forum as new information becomes available.

Advocacy for NGO CSW68

NGO CSW/NY is committed to providing our community with advocacy resources and training to ensure that they are prepared to advocate for their organization or work at the UN CSW68. We also do our own advocacy each year for the UN CSW Zero Draft and outcome document through our Advocacy & Research Group.

CSW68 Priority Theme

Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective

CSW68 Review Theme

Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-third session)

CSW 68 Zero Draft

We have several priorities for revisions of the CSW68 Zero Draft that we feel are critical matters for poor women and children. All recommended changes are based on agreed language from previous CSW Agreed Conclusions and the Beijing Platform for Action and are documented below.

UN Commission on the Status of Women Information

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is an official Commission of the United Nations which focuses on the rights and empowerment of women and global gender equality. It's an intergovernmental body consisting of 45 Member State governments of the UN. As the Secretariat of the CSW, UN Women (an official UN agency), supports all aspects of the Commission's work.

To attend the UN CSW68 inside the UN Headquarters, you must be one of the representatives of an ECOSOC-accredited organization.

The official CSW68 is a separate process from the NGO CSW68 Forum. NGO CSW/NY hosts the NGO CSW Forum as a civil society gathering parallel to the official UN CSW. The UN CSW is organized by UN Women.

For questions about official UN CSW68 processes such as registration via Indico, UN grounds passes, written and oral statements, and side events, please contact UN Women at

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