Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)


The Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. 
The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.
Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are expected to attend the session.


Priority theme

Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Review Theme

Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session).



1_Webinar: Defending women’s rights online and offline

Join Women Human Rights Defenders from Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, Egypt and more for this interactive discussion and the launch of the CIVICUS Women Human Rights Defenders Brief

When: Friday 15 March, 9AM to 11AM

Where: WeWork, Grand Central

  • To attend in-person please register here by Thursday 13 March (note spaces are limited). No UN or CSW Pass required!
The event will be live streamed from 9:30AM EST (1:30PM GMT) on the CIVICUS Facebook page. Please sign-up here (optional) to participate online. Questions and answers from online participants will be encouraged through Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #SheDefends

2_#SheDefends CIVICUS CSW social media campaign!

Use the hashtags #CSW63 #SheDefends and tweet to @civicusalliance  a 1-minute video explaining what social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls means to you. You can visit the CIVICUS twitter page daily from the 11-22 march  and retweet profiles, Op-eds of WHRDs featured to raise awareness on the civic space  restrictions they are facing, show solidarity and calling on the UN and international community to act now on the realisation of an open and free civil society.

3_Networking Evening and Lifeline Clinic in New-York!

Join CIVICUS members and other civil society for light refreshments and an opportunity for informal networking during CSW. CIVICUS and Freedom House representatives will be available to answer questions about applying for the Lifeline Crisis Response Fund as well as the new CIVICUS Solidarity Fund.
When: Thursday 14 March, 6PM to 8PM

Where: At WeWork, 205 East 42nd st, level 19

How? Registration is required: please register here by 11AM Thursday 14 March. No UN or CSW Pass required!

4_Press Conference: Reality of Saudi Women Activists: Over 300 days of imprisonment and gruesome torture

Organised by Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), CIVICUS, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Women's March Global
When: Tuesday 12 March, 1:30PM to 3:00PM

  • UN Correspondents Association Room, 3rd Floor, UN Secretariat. UN or CSW pass holders are welcome to attend
  • This event will be live streamed from 1:30PM EST on the CIVICUS Facebook page


If you are in New York, you can connect with CIVICUS members at the following events:

· L’accès aux services de base des femmes et filles déplacées en République démocratique du Congo: défis et perspective (Access to social protection for displaced women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo)
Wednesday March 13, 2:30PM
Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, Eighth Floor
No UN or CSW Pass required
This event is in French

· Legal Mediation as a Social Protection Mechanism
Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA)
Thursday 14 March, 2:30PM
Church Center for the United Nations, Eighth Floor

· Venezuela Women’s Social Protection and Services in Crisis

Thursday 14 March, 12:30PM
Green Room, 4 West 43rd St
No UN or CSW Pass required
English and Spanish

· Planet 50/50: Achieving #VoiceandChoice through Social Protection
Government of Malawi and Gender Links
18 March
UN Headquarters
UN or CSW Pass required


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Bureau pour l’onu: New-York
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Bureau pour l’onu : Geneve
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Tél: +41.79.910.34.28