66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66 2022)

Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.

Review theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work (agreed conclusions of the sixty-first session);

The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 will take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual. 

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main global intergovernmental body fully dedicated to promote of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

It was established by UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. It is composed of one representative from each of fifteen members of the United Nations selected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The commission was established to promote women’s rights in political, economic social and educational fields. The commission also makes recommendations to the council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention on the field of women’s rights. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

Side Event 1

Feminist Perspectives on Ensuring Sex Workers’ Access to Social Protection.

15 March 2022

16:00 Kigali / 17:00 Nairobi

Please register for the this side event

You will be sent the link to access the webinar the day before the event.

Side Event 2

Join the Sex worker Side Event at the CSW66 which will happen on Friday 18th March 2022 and listen to an expert panel talking about how intersectional approaches and cross-movement collaboration can lead to protecting and strengthening the human rights of sex workers. The event will discuss how cross-movement collaborations between trade unions, sex workers’ organisations and feminist groups can strengthen the labour rights of sex workers.

Sisonke National Coordinator Kholi Buthelezi will be on the panel.

Date: 18th March 2022.

Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)

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