Generation Equality Forum postponed:
maintaining women’s rights at the heart of the political agenda while involving feminist movements!
Report du Forum Génération Égalité :
Maintenir les droits des femmes au cœur de l’agenda politique en impliquant les mouvements féministes !
Progress toward Beijing +25 in New York
Civil Society Perspectives
A Resource Guide for Activists, Re Searchers, and Leaders
by Susan O'Malley, UN Representative, IFBPW, NGO CSW/NY, Chair, and others
This report was made possible by feminists, legal experts, policy leaders and program implementers from nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and civil society who have dedicated their expertise to improving the lives of women and girls, LGBTQ, transgender and gender nonconforming people.
April 1, 2020
Beijing + 25 and the Coronavirus
by Susan O’Malley, UN Representative, IFBPW, NGO CSW/NY, Chair ex officio
The cancellation of CSW64 was heartbreaking for NGO CSW/NY. We had been working on NGOCSW Forum 64 since October. Houry Geudelekian, the new Chair of NGO CSW/NY, and the Executive Committee of which I am an ex officio member and the Planning Committee, had planned all kinds of new things: …
Jan 6, 2020
Conversation Circles Space at NGO CSW64 Forum
From Monday, 9 March to Wednesday, 11 March from 10am to 6pm, participants from around the globe are welcome at the Armenian Convention Center Auditorium as we host a culturally rich experience.
The main auditorium area will provide DISCUSSION space and another smaller area will be designated as RELAXATION space. Please come join us to learn more. Come make a new friend, join a new network, learn something new and make your voice heard and give input into civil society's Beijing+25 priorities by participating in the fwMAP and fwMACs!
Check out the schedule here!
Dec 8, 2019
News by Zarin Hainsworth
Intervening from the floor during an interactive panel
A limited number of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will be able to make oral interventions during the interactive panels. Interventions must be focused on the theme of the panel and not on any other issues.
Interventions at interactive expert panels are NOT to be in the form of prepared statements; NGOs are therefore not required to submit copies of such interventions. These interventions must be in the form of comments or questions addressed to the panel experts. Interventions should not exceed three minutes. Instructions will be communicated via e-mail to each NGO representative requesting to make an intervention.
Sign up for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to express interest in intervening from the floor during a dialogue or an interactive panel at CSW64 will be open online from 22 January to 11 February 2020.
For all the information we need on B+25 – here is a link
As you are aware there is no review or emerging issue this year. However we continue to press for Widows to be made the emerging issue in future years.
Also the theme for CSW64 is very wide as it includes the review of the last 25 years, challenges and the link to Agenda 2030.
In past review years (every 5 years) there has been discussion about the work of CSW and thus it’s mandate alters a bit de facto.
For the full document from B+20 0 CSW59 – please find the working methods resolution here https://undocs.org/E/RES/2015/6
This was supposed to be reviewed in CSW60, but this didn't happen - at least there appears to be no record of the resolution enhanced or progressed.
In 2018, a resolution was put forward by the Bureau, through Ireland which can be found here - https://undocs.org/E/CN.6/2018/L.6
It is important to take note of the working methods resolution from csw59 as there are many elements in it that we can seek for implementation from, especially this csw – 5 years on
The Political Declaration gives an indication of the kind of document we might get this time.
For CSW64 there will also be a political declaration negotiated before hand.
Preparation for CSW
The Prep for CSW includes Gov reports – can be found online; UN regional events – info also on line; and expert meeting
The expert meeting took place in September and the report is not yet uploaded, but the background papers are found at the end of this email - fyi
This is a musical about human rights written by Dorothy Marcic. It is at St Lukes Theatre just off Broadway. There is a group going on Sunday 8 March 4.30. It would be great if the whole theatre was CSW attendees. We are hoping to get a discount but this will only work if there is a good size group. Please indicate if you are interested. Rather than email the whole group – please email email@example.com - subject heading “SISTAS"
There is a great jazz club
Tues night 8-10 on E11th street
Usually big band the first week of CSW
Tickets on the door ( $20 - $10 for students)
Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change
Anne Marie Goetz, Center for Global Affairs, NYU
Rob Jenkins, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
Cai Yiping, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
Felogene Anumo, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
Flávia Biroli, University of Brasilia
G. Arunima, Centre for Women's Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Gita Sen, Public Health Foundation of India
Hanan Tabbara, Women, Peace, and Security and Humanitarian Action Independent Consultant
Jacqui True, Monash GPS Centre, Monash University
Joni Seager, Bentley University
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Ruth Milkman, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
Sibongile Ndashe, Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa
Opportunities, challenges and strategies for progress on gender equality from the perspective of human rights activism in sub-Saharan Africa, and reflections on growing inequalities between different groups of women
Yasmine Ergas, Columbia University
Nov 15, 2019
CSW64 / Beijing+25 - Summary by Zarin Hainsworth
Further information provided by NGOCSW NY
October 21, 2019
Oct 17, 2019 - Written Statement of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) for CSW 64
May 24, 2019
The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is planned to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.
In 2020, the global community will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). A five-year milestone will be reached towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 2020 is therefore a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.
The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Side and Parallel Events 2020 to UN CSW 64
August 23, 2019
Leaders' Summit will take place from March 6th to March 7th at the Harmonie Club, 4 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
The Clare Fulcher Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 8th from 6:30pm to 10pm
The Consultation Day will be organized on Sunday, March 8th.
The BPW Executive will lodge in the Westgate Hotel, 304 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA; the link for registration will follow on this website.
Nov 27, 2019
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
Vica Larasati Speaks At Beijing+25 Review Intergovernmental Meeting
The monthly meeting of NGO CSW in New York had four speakers: (picture from right to left)
Sept 23, 2019
The meeting was mostly an information about the CSW 64 and the review process of Beijing+25.
UN Women wanted to do the review process in a different way including all culture, ethnicites, religions and languages. Countries and NGO reports have been submitted and are available on the UN Women webpage. UN Women reached out to NGO CSW and asked them to collaborate in forming an advisory group which will reach out to the core group. All people interested will continuously be informed through the NGO CSW mailing list and the UN women webpage.
Lopa strengthened that UN Women were getting impatient as up to now no country has achieved gender equality. Therefore, a special effort is necessary to move equality forward.
Delphine O and Dr. Nadine Gasman Zylbermann informed about the Generation Equality Forums which will be held in Mexico on May 7 to 8 and culminate in an additional Forum in Paris on July 7 to 10. The Paris meeting was an initiative of President Macron. Both events will be launched at the General Assembly 2019 of the United Nations. Both events will be inclusive, all parts of Civil Society can participate, not only ECOSOC accredited organizations. The Fora will be inter-sectional and inter-generational. UN Women will fund some people who could otherwise not attend.
September 12, 2019
The Civil Society Forum will take place on
28 October 2019 at the
International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).
A broad alliance of feminists and women’s rights organizations are organizing this forum.
Find the preliminary agenda here (pdf)
Should you have further question, kindly contact CSOuneceB25@wecf.org.
(the initial deadline was 22 August 2019, however the registration form
is still available)
May 25, 2019
Review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Regional contacts for inputs and reporting Beijing +25
August 23, 2019
UN Women - Generation Equality Forum 2020
The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. Building on the Beijing+25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, the Forum will kick-off in Mexico in May 2020 (7th-8th May, likely) and culminate in Paris on 7th-10th July 2020.
NGO CSW64 Video 12
Highlights & Resources
NGO CSW64 Video 11
Highlights of NGO CSW Activities
NGO CSW64 Video 10
Highlights: First Week of CSW
NGO CSW64 Video 9
Preparing for Your Trip
NGO CSW64 Video 8
UN Grounds Pass
NGO CSW64 Video 7
Preparing for CSW64
NGO CSW64 Video 6
Preparing for CSW64 Process
NGO CSW64 Video 5
Preparing for CSW64 Participation
NGO CSW64 Video 4
Events & Registration
NGO CSW64 Video 3
NGO Forum Overview
NGO CSW64 Video 2:
NGO CSW64 Video 1
Introduction & Visa Information