Center for Women's Global Leadership Events 

Commission on the Status of Women 66 

March 13 - March 25, 2022


Monday, MARCH 14 | It’s Our Time - Why it is time for the U.S. ratification of CEDAW

In this session, you will hear from exceptional thought leaders and CEDAW experts on economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, and resilience at international and national/local levels and have an opportunity to engage with them in a World Cafe format with two seatings - International and US (national/local). Come prepared with your spirit of advocacy! 

Speakers: Krishanti Dharmaraj, Executive Director, CWGL

Organized by: United Nations Association of the United States of America - San Francisco Chapter

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT


Tuesday, MARCH 15 | Femicide in the World of Work: How the Gendered Aspects of Lethal Violence are being Ignored  

Co-hosted by International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Solidarity Center, Sangram, SWASA, Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF), Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU), and Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA). The Global 16 Days Campaign will bring together leaders and activists from different sectors for a panel discussion on the urgent need to address the issue of femicide (i.e., gender-related killing of women) in the world of work and explore how ILO Convention 190 and Recommendation 206, in addition to other existing legal protections and political commitments to end femicide, can be utilized to prevent lethal violence against women workers. 

Speakers: Isela Juarez (SITRASEMCA Municipal Workers’ Union in Honduras), Ayeesha Rai (The National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) and Sex Workers and allies South Asia (SWASA)), Jeeva M (Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU)), Funmi Fasan (Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria), Ann Abunda (Sandigan Kuwait & Sandigan Kuwait Domestic Worker Association), Chantal Flores (Mexican independent journalist), Maryam Monsef, (Red Pashmina Campaign and the former Minister for Women and Gender Equality in Canada).

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT


Tuesday, MARCH 15 | Cities for CEDAW 

Women’s Intercultural Network’s Forum will report progress on the intersectional gender lens in public policy through Cities for CEDAW. Women’s and human rights coalitions will share tools for developing Resolutions and Ordinances in local municipalities, highlighting coalition-building, gender analyses, youth engagement, and climate justice. 

Speakers: Krishanti Dharmaraj, Executive Director, CWGL

Organized By: Women’s Intercultural Network Forum (WIN)

2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT


Wednesday, MARCH 16 | Reporting Gender-Based Violence in a Heating World  

Climate change increases women and girls’ vulnerability to GBV. Gender-sensitive climate solutions are possible, and as journalists, we need to point to the solutions, as well as describe the crisis. Hosted by the Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence This event will bring together leading women journalists from the Asia Pacific region to discuss reporting on climate change and GBV: the challenges, pitfalls, what can be done better, and the success stories. 

Speakers: Taslima Akhter, Margaret Nkhoma, Nupur Basu, Smita Sharma, Cherelle Jackson, Peter Schwartzstein, Lice Movono, Shuprova Tasneem, Louiseann Laris

4:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT


Wednesday, MARCH 16 | Ratifying and Implementing ILO Convention 190 - A Global Dialogue  

ILO Convention 190 (C190) with its broad definition of ‘world of work’ offers new possibilities for addressing violence and harassment in relation to work and demanding accountability from governments. Hosted by the Feminist Alliance for Rights, this workshop will bring together women’s and labor rights organizations to share lessons learnt in collective awareness-raising and bargaining and alliance building, through advocacy with governments, unions and employers. In line with NGO CSW’s review theme, participants will learn, from women workers, about the impact of gender-based violence on their agency and economic empowerment.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT


Wednesday, MARCH 16 | The Spotlight Initiative Civil Society Consultation on the sidelines of CSW66 

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Secretariat to share a progress update of the Initiative and to facilitate a space for civil society to share their reflections, challenges, and recommendations on the way forward. This consultation will also leverage the thematic focus of this year’s CSW: “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”. 

Speakers: Krishanti Dharmaraj, Executive Director, CWGL

Organized by: The Spotlight Initiative 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT 


Thursday, MARCH 17 | Women’s Empowerment in a Future World of Work Impacted by Climate Change

The outcome of the event will be a summary report of the discussions on the strategies, policies, and good practices to achieve women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the world of work impacted by climate change.

Speakers: Melissa Upreti, Sr. Director of Program & Global Advocacy, CWGL 

Organized by: International Council of Women

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT


Thursday, MARCH 17 | Centering Women Workers in Climate Advocacy Justice

Environmental degradation has exacerbated gender inequality and amplified existing inequities that result from resource scarcity, natural conflict, and climate-related displacement. The shift toward precarious employment, coupled with increasing community vulnerabilities to climate-related impacts and environmental degradation from highly profitable, polluting industries, puts workers and their communities at greater risk. Confronting these challenges and ensuring women’s voices and needs are meaningfully included in climate change solutions requires collective organizing and collective action to chart a just, inclusive world of work. Join trade union women and activists advancing inclusive, intersectional, and gender-responsive climate solutions and ending GBVH, from the workplace to national policy.

Cosponsors: CWGL, WIEGO, HomeNet International, ITUC, StreetNet International, HomeNet South Asia & Global Alliance of Waste Pickers

Organized by: Solidarity Center

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT


Thursday, MARCH 17 | "Equality and Justice for Women Workers: Launch of a Global Tribunal"

The tribunal will demand just and equal conditions for those with the least negotiating power to work and live with dignity. It will center the demands and realities of women workers and marginalised groups, interrogating the existing accountability ecosystem to ensure their voices are heard and legacies of historical and present injustices redressed. Driven by the feminist principle of ‘nothing about us without us’, workers will be at the centre in this initiative and it will be guided by feminist, anti-classist, anti-racist, and anticapitalist approaches.

Cosponsors: CWGL, Global Labor Justice - International Labor Rights Forum, ESCR-Net, Asia Floor Wage Alliance, FIDA Uganda, National Union of Domestic Employees, and Awaj Foundation

Organized by: International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific

10:00 PM EDT


Thursday, MARCH 18 | Centering Mother Earth: Cities for CEDAW Training Workshop

This introductory training workshop is for activists who want to build coalitions around the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Learn how to bring the global to local—especially around climate justice. The attendees will learn how to ensure that implementation and accountability are built-into local ordinances in a Cities for CEDAWcampaign. Youth delegates welcome.

Cosponsors: CWGL & International Alliance of Women 

Organized by: Cities for CEDAW

12:00 -1:30 PM EDT



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