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CSW Side Events | Join us at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women

Advocacy, Feminist Foreign Policy, Violence Against Women and Girls

ICRW is taking part in a number of events this month at the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). From March 15 – 26, representatives of Member States, UN entities, and NGOs from around the world will be convening using a hybrid format, with mostly virtually meetings. 

Please join us for virtual side events on March 16, 17 and 24. (Details below!)

Highlighted Events

Introducing the Growing Global Coalition for Feminist Foreign Policy

Tuesday, March 16 | 10 AM-11 AM ET

Feminists inside and outside of government are coming together at the United Nations as a growing, global network of partners committed to advancing the objectives of Feminist Foreign Policies (FFP), one policy innovation that has emerged as a tool to advance outcomes under all 12 areas of the Beijing Platform of Action. Following a year of consultations with civil society and the few member states that have boldly declared they will advance FFP, this group will review elements of a framework that seeks to define the concept and provides guidance for additional states considering penning such policies. The event will also preview and mobilize interest in and support for commitments to action that will be launched at the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and France during the first half of 2021.

Hosted by: ICRW and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
Related Publications:
 Global Framework for Feminist Foreign Policy – English French Spanish

Speakers:

  • Undersecretary Martha Delgado Peralta, Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
  • Ambassador Ann Bernes, Kingdom of Sweden
  • Assistant Deputy Minister Elissa Golberg, Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada
  • Ambassador Delphine O, Secretary General, Generation Equality Forum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
  • Lyric Thompson, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women
  • Bridget Burns, Director, Women’s Environment & Development Organization
  • Geeta Misra, Executive Director, CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action)
  • Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director, FEMNET (The African Women’s Development and Communications Network)
  • Ambassador Clara Cabrera Brasero, Special Mission for Gender Equality in Foreign Policy (Spain)
  • Senator Martha Lucía Mícher Camarena, President of the Commission for Gender Equality, Mexico

Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy for the U.S.

Wednesday, March 17 | 3PM-5PM ET

This open meeting of the US Women’s Caucus at the UN will include a presentation by Lyric Thompson and Aria Grabowski of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) on feminist foreign policy and what it could mean for the US. The second part of the program will feature small-group and general discussions of the CSW 65 Agreed Conclusions and implications for the United States. All are welcome.

Hosted by: US Women’s Caucus at the UN
Related Publications:
Toward a Feminist Foreign Policy in the US

GBV in the World of Work

Wednesday, March 17 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM ET

Violence and harassment in the world of work has deep impacts on women and girls with physical, psychological and economic consequences. It is exacerbated by the lack of social and legal protections to address gender-based violence (GBV) in most countries. The ILO Convention (No.190), adopted in 2019, presents a key opportunity in the global policy landscape through which all workerswomen in particularcan be protected from gender-based violence. This event will explore ways for countries to take specific actions to address violence and harassment, and build sustained commitment for member states to ratify the ILO Convention (No.190). The relevance of this discussion is heightened in the context of COVID-19, which has reshaped where and how work happens.

Speakers:

  • Fadekemi Akinfaderin, Director of Knowledge Management & Learning, Prospera
  •  Chidi King, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Ms. Faith Kasiva, Secretary of Gender, Government of Kenya
  • Anannya Bhattacharjee, Asia Floor Wage Alliance
  • Tanya Khokhar, Senior Policy Expert, ICRW

*To RSVP for this event, follow this two-part process:

STEP 1:  Sign up here to create a NGO CSW65 Forum profile (it’s free!).
STEP 2:  After receiving the confirmation email, register for our event here by signing in with your credentials. (Click on the “+” sign to add the event to your calendar.)

Pathways to feminist foreign policy – evidence and implications for advocacy

March 23 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM ET (Hosted by International Women’s Development Agency – IWDA)

This event will include a short presentation and panel discussion on the research IWDA has been conducting to improve understanding of the trajectories toward adoption of feminist foreign policies (FFPs) announced to date and support advocacy for uptake elsewhere.

*To RSVP for this event, follow this two-part process:

STEP 1:  Sign up here to create a NGO CSW65 Forum profile (it’s free!).
STEP 2:  After receiving the confirmation email, register for our event here by signing in with your credentials. (Click on the “+” sign to add the event to your calendar.)

The U.S. and the Global Women’s Movement: What Will the New Administration Bring?

March 24 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ET

The Biden-Harris administration is eager to re-engage in multilateral cooperation on issues that have been under attack, including climate change, racial justice and gender equality. The CSW is the first major moment on the global stage for the Biden-Harris administration to do so, offering the chance to reaffirm support for advancing human rights and gender equality worldwide. This event will examine how the U.S. can promote women’s leadership and decision-making, the CSW priority theme, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will explore intersecting topics and opportunities related to gender, like climate change, racial justice, sexual and reproductive health and rights and the elimination of gender-based violence. Speakers, including representatives from the government and civil society, will discuss priority issues for the new administration at the U.N. and in the lead up to and aftermath of the Generation Equality Forum.

*To RSVP for this event, follow this two-part process:

STEP 1:  Sign up here to create a NGO CSW65 Forum profile (it’s free!).
STEP 2:  After receiving the confirmation email, register for our event here by signing in with your credentials. (Click on the “+” sign to add the event to your calendar.)

 

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