CSW 65-2021

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Themes & Bureau

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women CSW 65 will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021.

  • 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 CSW 60)
  • Bureau

The Bureau of the Commission plays a crucial role in facilitating the preparation for, and in ensuring the successful outcome of the annual sessions of the Commission. Bureau members serve for two years. In 2002, in order to improve its work and ensure continuity, the Commission decided to hold the first meeting of its subsequent session, immediately following the closure of the regular session, for the sole purpose of electing the new Chairperson and other members of the Bureau (ECOSOC decision 2002/234). 

The Bureau for the 65th session (2021) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members: 

  • H.E. Mr. Mher Margaryan (Armenia), Chair (Eastern European States Group)
  • Ms. Jo Feldman (Australia), Vice-Chair (Western European and other States Group)
  • Ms. Ahlem Sara Charikhi (Algeria), Vice-Chair (African States Group)
  • Mr. Na Sang Deok (Republic of Korea), Vice-Chair (Asia-Pacific States Group)
  • Vice-Chair for the Latin American and Caribbean States Group; to be nominated


October 5, 2020

 Expert Group Meeting

Background Papers

  • Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

The state of women's participation and decision-making in public life

  • Shireen Hassim, Carleton University; Laurel Weldon, Simon Fraser University; with Srijani Dutta, Federica de Sisto, Helia Doutaghi, Kaitlin Kelly-Thompson, Amber Lusvardi and Summer Forester.

Women’s Informal Participation in Political and Public Life and Space: Global Trends and Challenges


Expert Papers

  • Amani Aruri, Human Rights Activist and Member of the Global Youth Task on Beijing +25 

Advancing youth participation to achieve gender transformative change  

  • Andrew Reynolds, Princeton University 

Lesbian, Bisexual/Pansexual and Trans Women in Elected Office

  • Drude Dahlerup, Professor of Political Science and International Advisor

Temporary Special Measures, Including Gender Quotas - types, usage, and effects

  • Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

Violence Against Women in Politics

  • Fatou Sow, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar & Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) 

Changement sociaux et rôles des mouvements féministes, des organisations de la société civile et des réseaux dans la sensibilisation des femmes à la vie politique et publique (French)

  • Flávia Biroli, Universidade de Brasília (Brazil), Institute of Political Science

Violence against women in politics and public life, democratic backsliding, and far-right politics  

  • Ionica Berevoescu, UN Women; Julie Ballington, UN Women

Women’s Representation in Local Government: A Global Analysis  

  • Jennifer Piscopo, Occidental College

Impact of Women’s Leadership in Public Life and Political Decision-making

  • Lucina Di Meco, Independent Researcher

Online Threats to Women’s Political Participation and The Need for a Multi-Stakeholder, Cohesive Approach to Address Them

  • Melanie M. Hughes, Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL), University of Pittsburgh; Müge Kökten Finkel, Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL), University of Pittsburgh

Women’s Inclusion in Public Administration Decision-making Worldwide: Facing Down the Challenges to Measurement and Data Harmonization  

  • Otilia Lux de Coti, Independent Researcher

Participación y Discriminación de las Mujeres Indígenas y Afrodescendientes (Spanish)