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Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women

New York City, USA

Monday to Friday, March 13-24

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2017 will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and has as its priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” This includes such key issues as enabling macroeconomic environments, global gender gaps in work and employment, gendered pathways in the work sphere, care economy and (un)paid care and domestic work, violence at work, social protection, and trade unions.


Other CSW61 themes:

Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)

Emerging issue/Focus area: The empowerment of indigenous women


Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.


Preregistration for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is open through 27 January 2017. More information available here.

Huairou Events List

Women’s Role in the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda: Harnessing and strengthening sustainable urbanization using participatory methodologies for women and youth empowerment
Monday, March 13, 6:30-8:30pm
UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4
Co-sponsored by UN-Habitat, UN Women, SDI, WIEGO, Plan International, Women in Cities International

How to Make Cities Work for Women’s Economic Empowerment
RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, March 15, 2:30-4:00pm
One UN Plaza, 2nd Floor
Tuesday, March 14, 12:30-2:00pm
Community Church of New York (40 E. 35th Street)
Co-sponsored by the National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Caribbean Grassroots Women’s Economic Empowerment: Challenges, Achievements, & Implementation of SDGs Beyond 2030
Wednesday, March 15, 4:30-6:00pm
Church Center of the United Nations, 10th floor
By Caribbean Sisters in Unity Core Group: Sistren Theatre Collective, GROOTS Trinidad & Tobago, Woman Inc-Jamaica, and more


Engendering Cities to End VAW
Thursday, March 16, 12:30-2:00pm
Community Church of New York (40 E. 35th Street)
Co-sponsored by CISCSA-Red Mujer y Hábitat LAC, Fondo de Mujeres del Sur, CEPAL, Gender Hub, UN-Habitat

Secure Land Rights for Women: Essential Building Block for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Friday, March 17, 12:30-2:00pm
Church Center of the United Nations, 10th floor
Co-sponsored by Landesa, International Land Coalition (ILC), Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity International’s Solid Ground Campaign

Empowering Rural Women to Develop Resilient, Sustainable Livelihoods and Communities
Friday, March 17, 1:15-2:30pm
United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room B
Co-sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)