This year, the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, will take place from 15 to 26 March, under the theme, “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. The session this year will be mostly virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is also an important bridge to the Generation Equality Forum, organized by UN Women and co-hosted by the Governments of France and Mexico, in conjunction with youth and civil society, and will be a pivotal opportunity to change our societies and cement women’s leadership as we recover from COVID-19. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City from 29 to 31 March, and culminate in Paris 30 June to 2 July 2021.
- Priority theme: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
- Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)
CSW 65 Parallel Event
Feminist Action for Climate Justice: A Vision and Strategies for Realizing Rights and Resilience
Date and time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT on Monday, 15 March, Zoom webinar format
Hosting Organizations: UN and CSO co-leads of the Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice — UNDP, IUCN, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
This joint event will bring together the UN and CSO co-leads of the Feminist Action for Climate Justice Action Coalition, discussing their work and vision for the Generation Equality Forum. The collaborative plenary discussion will focus on what feminist action on climate justice looks like – showcasing each of their initiatives and then converging around areas of synergies across our work that drive the coalition’s goals through four action areas. The event will build momentum and energy around commitments for each of the blueprint’s action areas, working collectively towards this transformative global agenda for gender and climate justice.