#CSW60AusAustralian Civil Society at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women
- #CSW60Aus on social media
- Overview of CSW60 and schedule of events
- Australian engagement at CSW60 – Government and civil society
- CSW60 Blog – Updates for Australian civil society
Please keep checking back regularly for updates!
1,330 organizations and 8,206 representatives have registered for CSW60
Reflections from the NGO delegates on the Australian government delegation to the 60th Commission on the Status of Women.
CSW60 Analysis Report by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
CSW60 analysis report by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women – ‘Driving the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’
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Register now to attend the Australian National Women’s Alliances-hosted International Engagement Forum and CSW 60 Report Back on 29 April 2016 in Sydney.
Carole Shaw, CEO of JERA International, respected women’s rights advocate, activist, researcher, policy maker and veteran CSW expert, shares reflections on the invaluable spaces that women create at CSW for mobilising, networking, strategising and (re)connecting.
Enhancing the participation of National Human Rights Institutions in the Commission on the Status of Women
The participation of national human rights institutions in UN bodies and processes such as the Commission on the Status of Women contributes to the promotion, protection and realisation of women’s rights and human rights in general, writes Penny Morton.
The Australian Country Statement to the 60th Commission on the Status of Women was delivered by the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott-Despoja AM, on Friday 18 Mach 2016.
Delegate for the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) to the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, Dr Jackie King, shares her reflections from CSW 60 Consultation Day and Opening Session.
Australia's engagement at CSW60
Australia will be extensively engaged in CSW60, through both government and civil society. As further background, you can read the Australian delegation reports from the 58th Session and 59th Session of CSW. To support this year’s engagement, we have created a comprehensive resource guide, which you can find here. This resource guide includes the following sections:
- Australian civil society organisations attending CSW60
- Australian civil society preparations for CSW60
- Australian civil society-hosted Parallel Events
- Australian civil society social gatherings and daily debriefs
- Australian government-hosted Side Events
To support those participating, we have created a comprehensive resource guide – just click the button below.
This year #CSW60Aus will be trending….this is the hashtag for Australian civil society to use across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – to promote and keep track of our events, our networks, the proceedings and our advocacy.
Social media groups on Facebook and Twitter
We have created several social media resources on Facebook and Twitter, and encourage you to join them: Facebook Page – Australian Civil Society at CSW60 Twitter List – https://twitter.com/thegenderagency/lists/csw60aus If you subscribe to the Twitter list you will be added as a member. Following the list will be an easy way to keep up to date!
Follow the Australian civil society delegates on Twitter
- Anu Mundkur: @anumundkur
- Sarah Boyd: @thegenderagency (you can also follow The Gender Agency’s Facebook and Instagram feeds).
Follow the Australian government representatives on Twitter
- Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls (Natasha Stott-Despoja): @AusAWG
- Australian Ambassador to the UN (Gillian Bird): @AustraliaUN
UN hashtags and twitter handles:
Australian Civil Society Delegate
Anu Mundkur is a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Her extensive practical experience in the field of gender and development, women’s leadership and empowerment, informs her applied research, consultancy and teaching practice.
In 2007 she co-founded the Gender Consortium at Flinders University, and has since served as its Associate Director.
Her responsibilities include designing and facilitating capacity development programs on gender sensitive policy-making, implementation and evaluation as well as research and consultancy on gender inclusive good governance, women’s roles in peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction.
Australian Civil Society Delegate
Sarah Boyd is a passionate gender equality and women’s rights advocate specialising in international gender policy, Women, Peace and Security, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence in international development, conflict and humanitarian settings.
In February 2016, Sarah began a role as Gender Adviser to the Nyein (Shalom) Foundation in Myanmar, supporting their women, peace and security work to enhance women’s participation and gender inclusion in Myanmar’s peace process. Sarah has been deployed by the Australian Civilian Corps through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 2016.
In 2014, Sarah founded The Gender Agency, a specialist consultancy providing advice to, and advancing partnerships between, civil society, governments and the UN.
National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) Delegate
Vicky Welgraven is a proud Adnyamathanha woman, from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Vicky has always been passionate about Aboriginal women’s rights, reconciliation and education of the wider community about her culture.
Vicky is currently the South Australian Representative on the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) Board. NATSIWA was established in 2009 to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process. She was nominated to this position in recognition of her passion, dedication and leadership in advancing Aboriginal women’s issues.
Overview of CSW60 and preparations
Overview of CSW60
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women. The 60th session will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend.
The CSW is instrumental in shaping global standards on gender equality and women’s rights. Civil society plays a critical role in this space – from enabling the reality of women’s lives to shape global policy, to sharing global best practice and keeping governments accountable.
The priority theme in 2016 year is ‘women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development’ and the review theme (see below) is ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.’
Key Background documents
How and why do civil society participate at CSW?
- Understanding NGO Participation at CSW (UN Women)
- NGO Representation and Mandate – JERA’s Australian NGO Guide to the CSW
The Beijing Platform for Action, CEDAW, Human Rights and the SDGs
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (1987)
- The Beijing Platform for Action (1995)
- The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2015) – ‘The Global Goals’
- If you’re interested in understanding how the CSW is related to CEDAW, the Beijing Platform and the SDGs, see this section of JERA’s fantastic guide.
The 60th Session
- Multi-year program of work
- Every few years, the Commission elaborates a multi-year program of work, containing priority and review themes. The current program ends in 2016 and is thus being renegotiated. Member States have begun negotiating a draft resolution on multi-year programme of work of the CSW (12 February 2016) – to decide what the Commission should focus on.
- The Report of the Secretary-General for the Multi-year programme of work and the 25th anniversary of Beijing (17 December 2015) fed into this process.
- Review theme
- The review theme in 2016 is addressing the progress and challenges in implementing the agreed conclusions from the 57th Session of CSW (2013), on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
- Agreed conclusions (the ‘outcome document’)
- Agreed conclusions are the outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme. This takes the form of ‘agreed conclusions’, negotiated by all States. The first draft was released in February and Member States have submitted written comments on this draft, with negotiations ongoing prior to and during CSW. A final document is expected to be adopted by consensus.
- Here is a copy of the Draft agreed conclusions (12 February 2016) – subsequent versions of this document will be produced until a consensus agreement is reached.
Key CSW60 Events
What are the differences between all the events?
There are 3 main types of events at CSW:
- Official events: See Official schedule – this includes high level panels and Member States’ country statements (civil society access is limited – requiring a UN Pass and additional pass. See your delegation head to confirm if you have access to an additional pass). All official meetings are shared via the UN webcast.
- UN Side Events: See UN Side Events Schedule – these are usually panel events, including UN, Member States and NGOs. You usually need ticket or have RSVPd to a list, or entry may be on a first come, first served basis (arrive early!).
- NGO Parallel Events: See Full Parallel Events schedule. We have made this Australian Parallel Events Calendar (Australian NGO events highlighted in yellow) – please highlight your event if it is not already! These events are open to all, however room capacity is often be limited.
See the next section and our resource guide – Australia’s engagement at CSW60 – for full details on Australian-related events.
NGO CSW Forum Events
- NGO CSW Forum – Consultation Day (13 March 2016, 9am-3pm). 92nd St Y, New York. Registration open until 7 March 2016.
- The NGO CSW Forum – Reception (15 March 6-8pm) – Note this is SOLD OUT.
New CSW60 App: The Handbook has gone mobile
The new CSW60 Application is available to download onto iOS, Android and can be used via the web (it requests that you create an account). Two key features that will make your life easier at CSW:
- Schedule – You can manage your own schedule online (via mobile or the web)
- Maps of locations