Australia's engagement at CSW60

This section outlines Australian civil society:

  1. Organisations attending CSW60
  2. Preparations for CSW60
  3. Parallel Events
  4. Social gatherings and daily debriefs
  5. Australian government hosted Side Events

1. Australian civil society organisations attending CSW60

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans

Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA)

Belmont Business Enterprise Centre (BEC)

Catholic Women’s League Australia

Centre for Equality

Curtin University

Economic Security 4 Women (eS4W)

Equality Rights Alliance

Global Voices

Griffith Law School

International Federation of Business and Professional Women

International Council of Women (ICW-CIF)

JERA International

Medical Women’s International Association

Mercy International Association

National Council of Jewish Women Australia 

National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)

National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA)

Our Watch


School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame

Soroptomist International

Soroptomist International of the South West Pacific 

Thankful Project

The Women’s Investment Club

University of Sydney Business School

UN Women National Committee - Australia

World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS - Australia)

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) - Australia

Young WILPF – Australia (YWILPF)

If your organisation is not listed here, let us know and we will add it in!


2. Australian civil society preparations for CSW60

Key Australian civil society resources

Updates from Australian civil society organisations

If any organisation would like to share information to be included in this section, please send it to us!


3. Australian civil society led Parallel Events

Parallel Events Calendar (opens in google sheets)

This spreadsheet contains the full list of Parallel Events published by the NGO CSW Committee - with Australian civil society hosted events highlighted in yellow. Please let us know if your event is not highlighted and we will add it in.

Asia-Pacific NGO Dialogue

6.00pm - 7.30pm Wednesday 16 March, The Westin Grand Central Hotel

The dialogue is an opportunity for Australian NGOs and Asia Pacific NGOs to share women’s and girls’ human rights issues and gender equality issues for CSW60, with representatives of the Australian Government delegation, and representatives from other Pacific delegations.


4. Australian social gatherings and daily debriefs

Meet and Greet with Australian Civil Society Representatives

Sunday 13 March 2016, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Westin Grand Central Hotel. An opportunity to network with other civil society representatives on the ground in New York before official CSW proceedings kick off. No RSVP required.

Australian Mission reception

Monday 14 March 2016 6:30 - 8:00pm. Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations is hosting an evening reception for the Australian Government delegation and civil society representatives. Invitation shared via CSW60 email list.

Daily briefing sessions

Daily from Monday 14 March, 5.30-6.00pm at the Westin Grand Central Hotel. The Australian Government will host daily briefing sessions for civil society representatives each evening during the first week (Monday – Thursday).

This is an opportunity to get the latest updates on what is happening on the ground and engage in discussions with the delegation and civil society representatives on the negotiation of the Agreed Conclusions. You do not need to RSVP but space may be limited, so arrive early.

Advice regarding time and location of evening briefings from Friday 18 March onwards will be circulated to those in New York.


5. Australian government hosted Side Events

The official schedule of Side Events is here

Australian Side Events outside the UN (not listed in the official schedule)

  • Australia, The Global Poverty Project 

Off the books: Addressing legislative barriers for women

16 March, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM  | Trustees Room of the New York Public Library, 5th Ave at 42nd St, New York, NY 10018.

Contact: leticia.pfeffer[at]

  • Australian Government, AWAVA, NATSIWA, YWCA, Equality Rights Alliance 

Galvanising Change: Engaging Young People to Create a Future Free from Violence SEE FLYER

17 March 2016, 10.30am-11.30am  | Consulate Room, The Westin New York Grand Central, Floor 3

  • Australian Government, UNICEF, Girl Effect, WAGGGS Youth Delegates (Australian and Madagascar)

From Rhetoric to Reality: Implementing and Monitoring the Global Goals for Girls  SEE FLYER

17 March 2016, 4.30pm-5.30pm  | Consulate Room, The Westin New York Grand Central, Floor 3

  • Australian Government, UNICEF, Australian Human Rights Commission, Women Enabled International, Silent Tears Exhibition,Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Corp - Australia, Barrier Free Living (USA) 

Silent Tears Exhibition and Panel Discussion   SEE FLYER

18 March 2016, 6.30pm-9.30pm  | Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street

Australian Side Events at the UN 

  • Australia

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in the Digital and Technological Age: Technology as a Tool of Empowerment and Safety for Women and Girls at Risk of Gender-based Violence. 

14 March, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM  |  Conference Room 7 - GA Building (max. capacity: 114). By invitation only.

  • Germany, Australia, the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs, the Asia-Pacific-Forum

Advancing National Human Rights Institutions’ Engagement in CSW  SEE FLYER

15 March, 4:45 PM-6:00 PM  |  Conference Room A - Conference Building (max. capacity: 53)  | For inquiries contact: PipDargan[at] or the Australian Mission to the UN: georgia.westaway[at]

  • Switzerland, Australia, UN DESA Financing for Development Office, UN Women

Financing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Follow-up on the Commitments of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

15 March, 4:45 PM-6:00 PM  |  Conference Room 11 - GA Building (max. capacity: 131)  | Contact: Christine.Schneeberger[at]

  • Australia, Canada, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland

Violence Against Women and Girls: Ministers Speak Out

15 March, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM  | Trusteeship Chamber - Conference Building (max. capacity: 673)    Contact: ellen.chen[at] To register for this event please fill out the following form:

  • Australia

National and International Road Maps to the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women. Preventing Violence Against Women and Children: Social change, the Role of National Plans and National Campaigns.

16 March, 10:00 AM-11:15 AM  | Conference Room 11 - GA Building (max. capacity: 131)  | Contact: georgia.westaway[at] By invitation only.

  • Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Pacific Violence Against Women Network

Ending Violence Against Women - The Key to Realising SDGs in the Pacific

16 March, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM  |  Conference Room 11 - GA Building (max. capacity: 131)

  • UN Women together with UN OCHA, the Governments of Australia and Mexico, ActionAid and Oxfam International

Achieving Gender Equality and Women?s Empowerment in Humanitarian Action through the World Humanitarian Summit

17 March, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM  |  Conference Room 11 - GA Building (max. capacity: 131)  | The roundtable will address how stakeholders can be part of the launch of commitments to women and girls empowerment at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 in Istanbul.

  • Australia

What do Leading Women’s Studies tell us about Equality and Empowerment to Address Gender-based Violence?

21 March, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM  | Conference Room 7 - GA Building (max. capacity: 114)  | By invitation only

  • Australia

An Investment in Women Pays the Best National Dividend. Investing in Women: 25 x 25 Initiative.

22 March, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM  | Conference Room A - Conference Building (max. capacity: 53)  | By invitation only