EVENTS: 62nd Commission on the Status of Women

Financial Inclusion, Men and Masculinities, Violence Against Women and Girls, Women in the Value Chain

ICRW is taking part in a number of events this month at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). From March 12th – 23rd, Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and NGOs from around the world will be convening at the UN Headquarters in New York.  Hope you’ll join us!

Below is a list of some of the events where we’re speaking or are one of the sponsors. There are opportunities to attend in person and via webcast.


Monday, March 12th

Investing in the Hardest to Reach Girls: Challenges and Opportunities
4 West 43rd St., Green Room
Co-sponsored by ICRW and Save the Children
Speakers include ICRW Director of Policy and Advocacy, Lyric Thompson.

This parallel event will aim to facilitate a conversation among girls, civil society organizations, UN agencies and the private sector focused on structural obstacles to achieving gender equality for the hardest to reach girls. The event will feature relevant data identifying challenges to girls’ social and financial development, highlight current best practice work addressing these challenges, and facilitate a discussion on steps to take at the local, national and global levels to make gender equality a reality by 2030. RSVP to: bethany.fuller@savethechildren.org.

Tuesday, March 13th

Rights-Based Approaches to Resources and Labor Markets for Rural Women
Armenian Convention Center, Guild Hall (630 2nd Ave)
Hosted by: ICRW, AFL-CIO, CARE, Human Rights Watch, The ONE Campaign, Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Moderated by ICRW Director of Policy and Advocacy, Lyric Thompson.

This panel will highlight rights-based approaches for rural women’s increased access to resources and labor markets. Speakers will discuss barriers to and solutions for women’s land and inheritance rights, collective bargaining, the right to be free from violence and exploitation in the workplace, and other rights that together form an enabling environment for rural women’s economic rights and empowerment. RSVP here.



From Girls to Women: Gender-Based Violence Across the Life Course
Conference Room 4, United Nations
Hosted by: Care, Girls Not Brides, ICRW, IRC, ODI, Pathfinder, Plan UK, Save the Children, UNICEF, World Vision

This event will explore experiences of violence in childhood and adolescence, with a sharp focus on the impact of gender-based violence (GBV) on the development of adolescent girls in developing settings, humanitarian crises, and protracted conflicts. Gender transformative approaches to better prevent and respond to violence at an early age and during adolescence will be discussed, including initiatives to address practices based on gender inequality that perpetuate GBV, such as child marriage and FGM/C. By amplifying the voices of adolescents and connecting their experiences to policy and technical expertise, this event aims to bridge the gap between violence against children and violence against women, improving multi-sector programs to more effectively meet the unique needs of adolescent girls worldwide. RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 14th

Engaging Men and Boys in Partnership with Women and Girls
Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN
885 Second Avenue, 14th Floor
Organized by: Government of Canada, ICRW, Promundo
Speakers include ICRW Gender and Evaluation Specialist, Allie Glinski.

Engaging with men and boys is essential to achieving gender equality. Their involvement can help shift perceptions, spark meaningful discussions, and create an environment where change is possible. This event will focus on engaging men and boys to address and prevent violence against women and girls, including harmful gender norms and unequal power dynamics. It will feature a panel discussion with government representatives and civil society organization representatives. RSVP here.

Friday, March 16th

Leveraging of Media and ICT to End Child Marriage
Church Center for the UN, 11th Floor (NOTE: ROOM CHANGE – no longer the Drew Room)
Hosted by: Joy for Children Uganda, ICRW

There is increasing global consensus of child marriage as a harmful traditional practice that affects millions of girls. The United Nations and African Union have made resolutions towards its elimination. The Sustainable Development Goals made child marriage one of the targets by 2030. Joy for Children Uganda has used a multi-pronged approach to tackle child marriage. However, strong cultural norms, poor coordination among stakeholders, limited access to mass media and male control of resources pose as a huge challenge. This event will discuss the urgency to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) to reach out to women and girls.

Tuesday, March 20th

#AidToo: Speaking out about sexual harassment and abuse of power
Room 19-20, UN Women HQ, 220 E. 42nd St.
Hosted by: UN Feminist Network, Gender at Work and the Feminist UN Campaign

There has been an explosion of claims in the aid sector of sexual harassment and abuse of power targeting both women working within development bureaucracies, and of intended beneficiaries of development work. This meeting aims to bring together feminists from the UN and NGOs to create a space for sharing and strategizing on how to ensure the changes that are needed in our institutions. RSVP: UNFeministNetwork@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 21st

Is the UN Working for Women?
15 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007. Room #430.
Hosted by: Center for Global Affairs, New York University’s School of Professional Studies

Moderated by Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs; former Chief Adviser, Peace and Security, UN Women.

Panelists include:

– Ambassador don Steinberg, Special Advisor to World Learning, Inc., Distinguished Fellow, Dartmouth University
– Paige Arthur, Deputy Director, Center for International Cooperation, NYU
– Love Odih Kumuyi, Associate Professor at Pace University, Department of Women and Gender Studies
– Spogmay Ahmed, Global Policy Associate, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

RSVP here.



Whether for our events or others,
we hope to see you all soon at #CSW62!

For more information, please contact Spogmay Ahmed at sahmed@icrw.org.


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