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Network members gear up for CSW64 advocacy (March 9-20)

Feb 24, 2020


Dear representatives registered for CSW64,

In light of the current concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19), CSW64 will suspend after one procedural meeting on 9 March. There will be no general discussion. All CSW side events on UN premises and all NGO parallel events have been cancelled.
NGOs with valid annual grounds passes will be able to attend the procedural meeting on 9 March. There will be no issuance of CSW grounds passes and CSW64 confirmation letters are no longer applicable.
We advise organizations to follow the Secretary-General’s strong recommendation that capital-based delegations and other stakeholders refrain from travelling to UN Headquarters. 
For more information, please see the NGO participation pages of the CSW64 website at

Best regards,
UN Women


The annual Commission on the Status of Women will begin on March 9, 2020. This year, the US Human Rights Network is proud to support seven CSW64 delegates from member organizations including AfroResistance, the Center for Pan-African Affairs, EHD Advisory, Best Practices Policy Project, and Eyes Right Veteran’s Foundation. If you are a USHRN member attending CSW64, please be sure to fill out this form so we can support your events/activities and connect with you in New York. 

About CSW64:

In 2020, the global community will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). A five-year milestone will be reached towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 2020 is therefore a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.

The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is planned to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. 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.

Click here for a full list of NGO CSW Parallel Events

Check out some of our members’ events and NGO CSW64 events below:

March 8 - NGO CSW64 Consultation Day

9 AM - 3:30 PM

The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St. New York, NY 10027

How are you celebrating International Women's Day? Come join us at the historic Apollo Theatre for a day of education, conversation, storytelling, and entertainment to prepare for the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, we'll have music, captivating speakers, and presentations about Beijing+25 and the Generation Equality Forums!

March 9 - CSW Youth Dialogue

The CSW64 Youth Dialogue will take place on March 9, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST and will serve as the “Youth Global Review of the Beijing Platform for Action”. It will offer a platform for young people to exercise their leadership, identify key issues affecting them, and strategize on how to impact the deliberations of CSW64 and the Generation Equality Forum. 

March 9 - Reproductive Injustice: Confronting the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

10:30 AM

The Armenian Convention Center, Vartan Hall, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

The US Human Rights Network is co-sponsoring our member Kerry McLean's CSW64 parallel event this March 9, titled Reproductive Injustice: Confronting the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis. The event is sponsored by The Center for Pan-African Affairs and co-sponsored by the National Lawyer's Guild, the US Human Rights Network, and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

March 9 - Decent Work and Prosperity: Sex Worker Rights and the Beijing Declaration  

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM 

The Armenian Convention Center

This panel discussion will be lead by sex worker rights advocates in the context of the review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Panelists will discuss the theme “inclusive development, shared prosperity and decent work” considering a labor rights frame as a key component to bolstering sex workers' economic empowerment, as well as ensuring safe workplaces. The themes of “freedom from violence, stigma and stereotypes” and “participation, accountability and gender-responsive institutions” provide lenses to consider how sex workers--especially women of color, from the global South, and transgender women--have been marginalized by criminalization.

March 11 - Women and Girls of African Descent Caucus Events (CSW)

6:15 PM

UN Chapel


March 11 - Manifesting Monica Jones Documentary Fundraiser at KMIA Salon

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

KMIA Salon, 45-14 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY 11104

Join us on March 11th at 7 p.m. at the fabulous KMIA Salon for a fundraising event for the documentary film, Manifesting Monica Jones. The forthcoming documentary about Monica Jones focuses on her struggle for the rights of the trans community and her challenge to the constitutionality of the Arizona laws limiting her freedom of expression and sexuality.

March 17 - Women and Girls of African Descent Caucus Events (CSW)

6:15 PM

UN Chapel

March 19 - Deprivation of liberty and women and girls of African descent

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

AfroResistance invites you to discuss the current human rights situation of Black women and girls impacted by incarceration during CSW64. The objective is to encourage the sharing of best practices and experiences between local, regional and international actors, as well as to advocate for a gender and racial justice perspective to address issues related to the deprivation of liberty in the Americas.