With the United Nations CSW60 and NGO CSW Forum fast approaching, planning for CATW's participation has kicked into high gear. Our written statement was officially accepted by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and is now archived here. Additionally, we are hoping to deliver our oral intervention before the official delegates of CSW during its 60th session, which will run from March 14 to March 24, 2016.
CATW will also participate again this year in the NGO CSW Forum, which gathers civil society organizations from around the world working toward gender equality. A full schedule of panel discussions and events, organized by NGO CSW/NY, will touch on CSW60's theme — "Women's empowerment and its links to sustainable development" — addressing best practices and calling for positive change in the lives of women and girls.
In light of this, we will host a panel discussion, "Economic and Sexual Violence as Barriers to Sustainable Development: Case Studies in Prostitution and Sex Trafficking," on March 17, 2016 that is open to the public. Stay tuned for more information about our event and how to register to attend the forum in the weeks to come.
The UN Economic and Social Council’s Commission on the Status of Women, or CSW, is the main global intergovernmental body at the UN focused on promoting gender equality and women’s rights. Every year, during a two-week session in March, UN Member State representatives, NGOs and UN entities gather in New York to evaluate global progress, identify challenges, set universal standards and articulate concrete policies on gender equality.