Host an official in-person or virtual Parallel Event during the NGO CSW67 Forum in March 2023!

Deadline to apply: Friday, 2 December 2022 @ Midnight EST

What are Parallel Events?

One of the key components of the NGO CSW Forum is the Parallel Events. Each year, we invite civil society organizations (CSOs) 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 UN CSW priority and/or review theme in some way. This year, the themes are:

  • Priority theme: Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
  • Review theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-second session);

Parallel Events not only provide a space and voice for NGOs and CSOs who may not have a voice at/access to the UN, but they also allow for education and galvanizing around different issues and topics within the feminist and women’s movement. Parallel Events are totally open to the public.

Why should I host a Parallel Event?

Hosting a Parallel Event during the NGO CSW Forum is a great way to promote your organization’s work to thousands of activists, other organizations, and people just looking to learn more about gender equality advocacy and the global women’s movement.

As a Parallel Event organizer, you will have a unique event page on the new and improved NGO CSW67 Forum Virtual Portal with a link to register for/join your event on your own virtual meeting platform (e.g. Zoom, Google Meets, Webex, etc.). The event page will have a description of your event, a chat feature, the event organizers’ profiles, and any images, links, materials, videos, or documents that you’d like to share. When your event is over, the event page can show the recording of your event. Organizers will have access to directly edit and manage their event page on the Virtual Portal.

All Parallel Events, both in-person and virtual, will be listed on the Virtual Portal with a unique event page that organizers can edit.

Hybrid Format of the Forum | In-Person vs. Virtual Parallel Events

With the hybrid format of the Forum, you have the option to host an in-person event or a virtual event. We have a limited amount of in-person Parallel Event slots available. If you are not chosen for an in-person timeslot, we will schedule you for a virtual event instead. There is a separate application for each.

  • Virtual Parallel Event application fee: $125 USD
  • In-person Parallel Event application fees:
    • Regular room (80-100 attendees): $400 USD
    • Large room (Up to 175 attendees): $500 USD

All in-person event rooms have a projector.

A deposit of $125 is due upon application for both in-person and virtual applications. If chosen for a room slot, you will be required to pay the rest of the fee depending on the size of the room you requested upon acceptance. If you are not chosen for one of the limited in-person event slots, we will accept your event as a virtual session and you will not need to pay anything else.

All Parallel Events, both in-person and virtual, will be listed on the virtual portal agenda with a unique event page, as well as in the Digital Handbook.

Organizations may apply for one in-person event. However, they can apply for more than one virtual event.