Women and girls with disabilities at CSW62: 12-23 March 2018

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 March to 23 March 2018. The priority theme for CSW62 is challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls and the review theme is participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session). Several side and parallel events will include and address issues related to women and girls with disabilities.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session.

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CSW62 Side Events and Parallel events related to women and girls with disabilities:

Monday, 12 March 2018

Event Title:  CSW62 Brownbag Series: Meet our new grantees

Organizers: UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women

Time and Location: 12 March, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM; CR 21-00 Daily News Building 220 East 42nd Street New York

Additional Information: Accelerating towards Equality: Stories from a Chinese GBV initiative that is inclusive of LBTI and HIV+ women, and women with disabilities. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKYzazWB


Event Title: Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities Through Access to Education and Technologies

Sponsor: Rehabilitation International

Co-Sponsoring Organization:  Shanta Memorial Foundation – India

Time and Location: 12 March, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM; 4 W 43rd Street, Aqua Room

Additional Information: https://www.ngocsw.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Rehabilitation-Internationals-event.pdf


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Event Title: Achieving Gender Parity in UN Human Rights Bodies

Organizers: International Development Law Organization (IDLO), GQUAL, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Disability and Development Consortium and others Member States TBC

Time and Location: 13 March, 8:15 AM-9:30 AM; Conference Room D – Conference Building (max. capacity: 53)

Contact: newyork[at]idlo.int


Event Title: Disability, Violence and Survival of Rural Women Globally

Sponsor: UN Women National Committee Australia

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: Blur Projects International, Oxfam International, European Disability Forum

Time and Location: 13 March, 12:30 PM; 4 W 43rd Street, Social Hall


Event Title: Women and Girls with Disability in Rural Areas

Organizers: Republic of Korea

Time and Location: 13 March, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM; Conference Room 11 – GA Building (max. capacity: 131)


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Event Title: accountABILITY: Advancing the Rights of Historically Excluded Women and Girls

Organizers: Women Enabled

Time and Location: 14 March, 12:30 PM ; 4 W 43rd Street, Gallery Room, New York City

Additional Information: Promoting the voices of historically excluded women and girls—including women with disabilities, older women, and LGBTI individuals—is essential to ensuring that international human rights standards, recommendations, and policies reflect their unique experiences. Panelists will discuss how effective engagement with the UN human rights system can elevate the voices of excluded populations to promote and protect their rights. This event will also introduce Women Enabled International’s new, innovative accountABILITY Toolkit, a resource consisting of three briefing papers designed to facilitate effective civil society participation in the UN human rights system to advance women’s rights, hold States accountable to their human rights obligations, and ensure that the voices of all women and girls are being heard.

CART interpretation will be provided and this event is open to all.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Event Title: Leaving No One Behind For Planet 50-50 By 2030: Every Rural Woman and Girl Everywhere

Organizers: UN Women and Civil Society Partners

Time and Location: 15 March, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Venue TBC

Additional Information: Invitation; Concept note;  RSVP here to reserve a ticket


Friday, 16 March 2018

Event Title: Empowering Rural Women and Girls – Disability Inclusion

Organizers:  Ghana, SightSavers

Time and Location: 16 March, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM; Conference Room D – Conference Building (max. capacity: 53)


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Event Title: Youth Dialogue

Organizers:  Youth Dialogue Task Force, UN Women

Time and Location: 17 March, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; To take place outside of UN premises, downtown Manhattan tbc, NYC

Additional Information: Registration for the Youth Dialogue at CSW62 ended on 9 February 2018. Participants will receive a Youth dialogue confirmation email that they need to present before entering the event.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Event Title: No Room in Rural Villages, Cities or Homes for the Disabled? Are Girls and Boys with Down Syndrome Left Behind?

Organizers:  Holy See, Pujols Family Foundation, Jerome Lejeune Foundation, Center for Family and Human Rights, A Summer in the Forest

Time and Location: 20 March, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM; Conference Room 12 – GA Building (max. capacity: 129)

Additional information: Concept Note; Poster; RSVP (Mandatory for Everyone)

The lives of children who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome are in grave danger. In many countries, it’s there’s a 90 percent chance that children with this diagnosis will not even be allowed to born; in other countries, it’s 100 percent. This is a great loss not only for those disabled boys and girls who are not permitted to be born, but to their families and to all of society as we are deprived of the precious gifts of the lives of these members of the human family. In this event, we will hear from those with Down Syndrome, from their families, and from their advocates. The event will feature a special focus on those in rural situations and will take place the day before World Down Syndrome Day (3/21). To register for this event: holyseemission.org/rsvp20March2018 Those who will need a UN grounds pass must register by March 13. Because of space considerations, all attendees must register, including delegates, UN personnel, and those with CSW Passes


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Event Title: Advocacy on the margins: Women With Disabilities Addressing Violence at the Grassroots Level

Sponsor: Humanity & Inclusion (formerly Handicap International)

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: Disability Rights Fund (DRF)

Time and Location: 22 March, 4:30 PM; Church Center for the United Nations, Tenth floor

Additional Information: https://www.ngocsw.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/MIW-175.pdf


The full schedule of CSW62:

Side events: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018/side-events/calendar-of-side-eventsParallel events: https://www.ngocsw.org/ngo-csw-forum/download-handbook-app-2017

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