NGO CSW/NY and friends are excited to invite you to apply to participate in a virtual “Vienna Cafe” during CSW66, where civil society members will meet virtually with representatives of Member States.
One of the benefits of past CSWs has been the meetings between government delegates and representatives of NGOs, whether in the Delegates Lounge, the corridors of the UN basement or the inimitable Vienna Cafe. The Coronavirus pandemic has obviously eliminated these possibilities, and this is why we would like to recreate the opportunity online with the virtual meetings at the “Vienna Cafe.”
Our aim is to ensure a diversity of women’s rights and feminist NGO representatives can access this space, even as the space, time and resources are limited. In an effort to be transparent and inclusive, we are opening the meetings to selected representatives of some of the major women’s advocacy groups active during the CSW to participate. The groups invited to participate are: NGO CSW Regional Groups (Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Arab & MENA, NY, Geneva/Vienna), North America/Europe Caucus, Women’s Rights Caucus, LBTI Caucus, Young Feminist Caucus, Women’s Major Group, Women and Gender Constituency, SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition, Action Nexus FACJ/EJR (WWG on Financing for Development), YLYPs, Working Group on Girls and WAGGS.
If you are interested in participating in one of three virtual Vienna Cafe sessions, please submit this form by Friday, 25 February. Five applicants will be selected to participate.
Each person should provide their full name, email address and their 2 preferred sessions (see below).
Selected participants will ultimately be assigned to 1 specific session and they will be sent a registration link for their specific session
Selected participants will not necessarily be able to choose which Member State they meet with during their session, for technical reasons.
Translation will not be provided but it’s possible some Member States will prefer a language other than English (we will not know this until early March)
Criteria for Participants:
Participation in advocacy efforts at prior CSW’s
Currently active member of said coalition/group
Contribution to the “Zero-draft” final outcome document
Thematic focus on current priority theme and review theme
All participants agree that:
The cafe is specifically designed to facilitate conversations related to CSW66.
It is an advocacy space for diplomatic exchange of views on the topic of CSW; it is not a space for confrontation.
The virtual Vienna Cafe is conducted under Chatham House Rules.
It is an opportunity to share your priorities, advocacy messaging It is an opportunity to listen to government priorities.
It is not a fundraising space.
It is not a space to bring individual or organizational issues outside the scope of CSW66.
The session format is adaptable to the group, e.g. it could begin with CS sharing views or with MS sharing views; this should be agreed during the session.
Everyone there should have space to speak and interact, to ask questions and clarify points. ‘Take space and make space.’
Discrimination, disrespect, hate and racism have no place in the cafe.
NGO CSW/NY is committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe and fulfilling experience during our virtual events. Please read these guidelines for successfully utilizing the virtual platform, as well as principles to follow to assure a safe environment founded in respect and inclusivity. These principles apply to all of the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum spaces, including public and private channels and direct messages.