Get ready for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women!

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The 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) begins tomorrow and we are excited to kick our advocacy into high gear!

For the next two weeks, thousands of representatives from UN entities and civil society organizations will be navigating from event to event, elevating critical issues, shaping global standards on gender equality, and demanding a better future for girls and women everywhere. 

In addition to joining Women Deliver at some of the events listed below, we encourage you to contribute virtually, via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We've even included some click-to-tweet examples here to get you started! 

Key Events on Women in Humanitarian Settings

Women Leading the Way: 
Does Humanitarian Aid Need a Feminist Facelift?

13 March | 09:00-11:00

There is a growing international consensus that feminist humanitarian action is needed and overdue. Now, more than ever, we must learn from leaders at the global, national, and community levels who embody what it means to be a #Humanitarian4Her. This event will bring together international humanitarian organizations and women-focused civil society organizations to share guidance, best practices, and solutions for creating a humanitarian system that places girls and women at the center. 

Hosted by: 
Women Deliver

➔ Join the conversation with #Humanitarian4Her
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Voice and Choice: Using Evidence to Support Women and Girls in Emergency Settings

12 March | 10:30-11:45
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 3rd Floor

Evidence shows that emergencies – whether human made or natural – disparately affect adolescents, particularly young women and girls. Despite their unique risk-profile, responses are often not tailored to specifically meet the needs of women and girls. With increasing rates of natural disasters, and long-term settlement (avg. 10 years) in displaced persons camps, innovative, evidence-based programming is urgently needed. Evidence can help bring voice to the most marginalized – reflecting their needs and preferences – and can ensure we deliver the right approaches to the right populations, at the right time.

Hosted by:
Population Council, IRC, Ipas, Women's Refugee Commission

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Key Events on Meaningful Youth Engagement

Speak Up, Speak Out: Youth Deliver through SRHR Storytelling

14 March | 18:30-20:30
Scandinavia House

Join youth advocates from CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Right Here Right Now!, and Women Deliver for a dynamic evening of storytelling and spoken word. Spotlighting powerful, intergenerational voices from across the globe, the night will also feature music, refreshments, and networking as we count down to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference and mark anniversaries of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Fourth World Conference on Women.

Hosted by:
CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Right Here Right Now!, and Women Deliver

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No Girl Left Behind

12 March | 08:00-09:30 

Age and Gender Responsive Approaches to Social Protection, Access to Public Services and Sustainable Infrastructure moderated by Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Plan International and featuring: Henrietta Fore, UNICEF; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women (TBC); Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Government of Canada; Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA; Dr. Rocío Rosero, Government of Ecuador; Youth Representative from the Indigenous Women Network from the Americas, Mexico; and President of the Republic of Estonia, H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid (TBC).

Hosted by:
Plan International

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Key Events on Health & Rights

Leaving No One Behind - UHC and Access to Safe Abortion

14 March | 12:30-14:00
The Armenian Convention Center, Vartan Hall

Panelists to include:
• Muadi Mukenge – Ipas (moderator)
• Siva Thanenthiran – ARROW
• Amy Boldosser-Boesch – FCI Program of MSH  
• Batool Al-Wahdani – IFMSA
• Jina Dhillon – Ipas

Hosted by: 
International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, Ipas


Promoting Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment through Inclusive WASH Services and Infrastructure

20 March | 12:30-14:00
Church Center for the UN, 10th Floor

Speakers to include: 
• Mme. Immaculate Raphael, National Water Sanitation Sector Development Programme, Republic of Tanzania
• Hon. Jacquiline Amongin, Chairperson, WASH Parliamentary Forum in Uganda; 
• Salamatou Traoré, ONG SRMSR DIMOL , Niger
• Manuela Pinilla, WaterAid Colombia
• Kangwa Chinkutele, WaterAid Zambia

Hosted by: 
FEMNET, WaterAid

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Empowerment-Based Approaches to Intersectionality in GBV

14 March | 08:00-10:00
4 W. 43rd Street, Blue Room

A panel discussion on multi-sectoral empowerment-based approaches to intersectionality in gender-based violence. These approaches prioritize socially inclusive leadership by minority and diverse communities that are often marginalized and vulnerable. Vital Voices will share best practices to increase equality and access to public services and social protection systems for girls and women by highlighting the work of three women in the VV network.

Hosted by: 
Vital Voices Global Partnership

Rights-Based GBV and SRHR Services for Women with Disabilities

14 March | 12:30-14:00
4 W. 43rd Street, Aqua Room

A conversation about the need for and provision of human rights-based gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services for women and girls with disabilities worldwide. The event will introduce the WEI and UNFPA’s publication, Women and Young People with Disabilities: Guidelines for Providing Rights-Based and Gender-Responsive Services to Address Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Hosted by: 
Women Enabled International

Key Events on Leveraging the Power of Women

On the way to Biarritz: Women’s Rights at the heart of the G7 Summit

12 March | 11:30-12:45
UNQH, Room Conference Room 4

Following the 2018 G7 Summit in Canada, which led to key commitments to advance women’s and girls’ rights, France has chosen the fight for gender equality as a key priority theme under the French G7 presidency in 2019. The stakes are high, because all over the world, and particularly in developing countries, women and girls face a wide range of inequalities and discrimination regarding their access to and control over resources and power. G7 leaders have a responsibility to take into account women’s and girls’ voices and to take action to fight such inequalities.

Women Deliver President/CEO, Katja Iversen, to speak.

Hosted by: 
CARE France and Equipop

Rural Women's Empowerment for Food Security and Nutrition for All: Evidence from Joint UN Work

14 March | 18:30-19:45
UNHQ, Conference Room 11

The moderated discussion will present emerging lessons on the impacts of the JP RWEE, including innovative methodologies to measure women's empowerment in agricultural projects. Country-level results and impact studies conducted by the Joint Programme will serve as a basis for a broader debate on how to capture the gender dimension in monitoring and evaluation activities of joint multidimensional programmes.

Hosted by: 
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Women

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The Power of Women's Agency in Transforming Social Norms for Better Health Outcomes and Well Being

18 March | 13:15-14:30

This side event focuses on Kenya’ social protection measures towards advancing wellness and positive health outcomes. The side event will showcase the leadership of Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya and the Beyond Zero Initiative in catalyzing positive change. By highlighting the specific risks over the life course of women and girls who experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, particularly young women and adolescent girls, older women, migrant women, women with disabilities, the Beyond Zero platform has advocated for inclusive and holistic social protection measures. 

Hosted by: 
Government of Kenya, Girls Not Brides, Ford Foundation

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

11 March | 18:30-19:45
UNHQ, Conference Room 1

Equal pay, in addition to empowering women, can have a significant impact on achieving other key goals, such as promoting inclusive societies, reducing poverty, and creating conditions for decent work and gender equality. The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) is currently the only multi-stakeholder partnership working to reduce the gender pay gap at the global, regional and national levels. This side event will provide an opportunity for high-level country representatives and private sector entities to present to the international community their commitment, actions and future perspectives in support of EPIC.

Hosted by: 
Government of Switzerland

For more event listings, please browse the UN Women calendar.

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