Women Deliver at the Commission on the Status of Women

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In June of 1946 the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established to promote, report on and monitor issues relating to the political, economic, civil, social and educational rights of women. 61 years later CSW still remains a hub for civil society organizations, non-profits, and UN entities to gather and strategize on the best ways to move forward on promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The theme of CSW this year is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. So for the next two weeks there will be discussions on everything from equal pay to equal access to technology in order to unpack the pressing issue of women's economic empowerment. 

Women Deliver will be hosting, co-hosting, and speaking at a variety of events throughout the 12 days of CSW. And those events include: 

CSW Youth Forum
11-12 March | All Day

The Youth Forum will build on the successes of the Youth Forum organized at CSW60, which brought together more than 300 young people. Delegates of the Youth Forum at CSW60 produced the first-ever Youth Declaration on Gender Equality and the Human Rights of Young Women and Girls. The Youth Forum at the 61st Session on Commission on Status of Women (CSW 61) is critical opportunity for young people and adolescents in all their diversities to convene in advance of the official opening of CSW to amplify their common concerns and advocacy efforts. Women Deliver Young Leaders Program staff and sponsored Young Leaders are driving the development of two thematic streams of the Forum – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender-Based Violence. Women Deliver staff will also be involved in drafting the Forum’s outcome document.

 

Women's Empowerment Principles Forum: Measuring Success: Make it Count – Business investing in Women and Girls
14 March | 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Around the world, the business community champions women and girls’ empowerment. This event, Measuring Success, Making It Count, will explore the role of the private sector in achieving the sustainable development agenda. We will look at different ways of measuring outcomes of initiatives to support women and girls and how to use data to drive discourse and action. This high-level event is a joint convening of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, United Nations Office for Partnerships, UN Women, and the UN Global Compact. It builds on past years’ celebrations of International Women’s Day and the annual events of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

 

From Evidence to Action: Introducing Equal Measure 2030
14 March | 7:00PM - 8:30pm
Women Deliver will be co-hosting an event on Equal Measures 2030. Equal Measures 2030 is a new, data-driven partnership convened by nine leading civil society and private sector organizations. It was announced at last year’s Women Deliver Conference. Equal Measure 2030 is a joint effort of: Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Arrow); the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Data2X; The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET); The International Women’s Health Coalition; KPMG International; ONE Campaign; Plan International; and Women Deliver. Equal Measures 2030 aims to fuel the critical action and advocacy needed to close gender data gaps, hold decision-makers accountable for gender equality, and propel progress to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. At CSW 2017, the partners plan to outline the new data indicators framework that we will use to track SDG progress for girls and women over the course of the 15-year partnership.

 

Health Women, Healthy Livelihoods: Delivering an Integrated Response for All
15 March | 1:15PM - 2:30PM
Women and children in low- and middle-income countries often bear a triple burden of ill-health related to pregnancy and childbirth, communicable diseases, and NCDs. Precious gains in maternal and child health could be lost due to the rapid rise of NCDs worldwide. CSW61 provides an opportunity to reflect on the linkages between women’s health, NCDs, and livelihoods. This event will focus on the tangible results of successful delivery of joint treatment and care. It will also be an opportunity to advance the need to act in multisectoral partnerships for NCDs and women’s health.

 

Raise Your Voice to Deliver for Good
15 March | 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Women Deliver and the Deliver for Good partners will be hosting a reception on the Deliver for Good Campaign on the evening of March 15th in midtown Manhattan. We are inviting partners, allies, decision-makers, and like-minded leaders to join a reception to announce new Campaign influencers and outline some of the new plans for the Campaign.

 

Investing in Every Last Girl
15 March | 10:30AM – 12PM
Hosted by Save the Children, this side event will facilitate an interactive discussion between girls, CSOs, UN agencies, academia and the private sector on the actions needed at global, regional and national levels to secure sufficient, equitable, gender-responsive and efficient investment in girls, including the most excluded girls. The discussion will also seek to highlight the measures needed to remove cost barriers to services and to ensure minimum financial security for all children.

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