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61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) at the UN HQ NYC (March 13-24, 2017)

Women and girls with disabilities at CSW61

28 February 2017

Image of a woman in a wheelchair speaking to reportersThe sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

The priority theme this year is  “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”.

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. A series of side-events will be held at the UN Headquarters throughout the two weeks.

CSW61 Side-events related to women and girls with disabilities:

  1. Advancing the Leadership of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Development and Society: Networking Workshop
    DESA/DSPD/SCRPD will co-organize a side event with Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, with co-sponsorship from the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations, the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, Women Enabled International, and Women’s Refugee Commission.
    14 March, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Conference Room 2727 – Secretariat Building
    Queries: enable@un.org.

    – Networking Workshop Participant Survey
    Concept Note

  2. Accessible Cities & The Needs of Women with Disabilities & Older Women
    Organized by Permanent Mission of Germany
    15 March, 10:00 AM-11:15 AM
    Conference Room B – Conference Building
  3. Working to Improve Our Own Future–Strengthening networks of women with disabilities in humanitarian action
    Organized by Permanent Missions of Australia, Finland, and Women’s Refugee Commission, UN Women
    20 March, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM
    Conference Room B – Conference Building
    Concept note
    – “Working to improve our own futures”: Strengthening Networks of Women with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action Project
  4. Intersectionality of Gender, Disability and Indigenous Identity: Experiences in Cross-Movement Collaboration to Empower Indigenous Women with Disabilities
    Organized by the International Disability Alliance and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
    Wednesday March 15, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Armenian Cultural Center Room: Yerevan Hall
    Address: 630 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016
    Flyer (PDF)
    – More information: Lisa Adams ladams@disabilityrightsfund.org; Disability Rights Advocacy Fund: http://drafund.org

Meetings that include women with disabilities as speakers:

  1. Official meetings of CSW
    Interactive dialogue
    Focus area: “The empowerment of indigenous women
    Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Conference Room 4, Conference Building
    – Moderator: H.E. Mr. Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Chair, Brazil
    Guidance note
  2. Side events
    1. Launch of the Equal Pay Platform of Champions
    UN Women, Iceland, Switzerland, International Labour Organization (ILO)
    13 March, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
    General Assembly Hall, United Nations
    2. Supporting Feminist Movement Building for Planet 50-50 by 2030
    UN Women, the City of New York’s Commission on Gender Equity, CIVICUS, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and others
    17 March, 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM
    Great Hall of The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, NYC, NY
    – RSVP
    Concept Note
  3. Parallel events

    MDGs, SRHR & Women with Disabilities: Lessons for the SDGs
    Organized by Women Enabled International
    21 March, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
    Church Center of the United Nations Hardin Room

Calendar of Side-events (for information on other events organized by Permanent Missions and UN entities within the UN Headquarters complex)

NGO Committee on the Status of Women (For other activities organized by NGOs and parallel events outside UN premises)

NGO CSW61 Forum Handbook

 Network of Women with Disabilities (AWID)