WIP at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

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WIP will organise two side-sessions during the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. 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. The priority theme of the UN CSW61 is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”.

Event: The role of female Parliamentarians in implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

When: Wednesday, 15 March 2017 – 13.15-14.30

Where: Conference Room 8 – GA Building, UN Headquarters, New York

This event is organised by The Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL), in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the UN, UNDP and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN).

The meeting will be a unique opportunity for female Parliamentarians attending the CSW61 with their national delegation to discuss and provide solutions to the challenges related to the implementation of the global Women Peace and Security Agenda. The objectives of this meeting are: 1. Forging collaboration between women MPs and Women’s Rights Civil Society Organisations; 2. Providing a basis for the WPL Council on Peace and Security.


  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder of Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP)
  • Sarah Poole, Deputy Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie of Canada
  • Eglė Radišauskienė, Vice minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Elke Ferner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth of Germany.
  • Florence Mutua, Member of Parliament of Kenya o Zita Gurmai, Gender Advisor to the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica
  • Sanam Anderlini, Co-Founder & Executive Director, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
  • Khadija Arfaoui, Feminist Activist and Researcher, ICAN Network

Please find attached the agenda and concept note.

Event: Women’s Property Rights in Africa: Key to Economic Empowerment

When: Wednesday, 15th March – 4.15 pm – 6.00 pm

Where: Conference Room A, UN Headquarters, New York

In December 2016, in partnership with the African Development Bank, WIP launched the WIP Council on Economic Empowerment in Nairobi, Kenya. Building on the outcomes of this first meeting, The Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) and the UN SDG Action Campaign will organise a side event continuing the important discussion on the role female Parliamentarians play in safeguarding legal reforms that ensure women’s property rights in their country’s legal and institutional arrangements.

Securing women’s property rights can deliver positive development outcomes that benefit society as a whole. The benefits include more productive agriculture, accessible and affordable finance, and most importantly, increasing the rights and decision-making power of women and their overall economic development.

Please find attached the agenda and concept note.

About the CSW:

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The CSW is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the main UN organs within the United Nations. Every year, representatives of Member States gather in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

This year the priority theme is ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’. The review theme is ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls’, from the 58th session of the CSW.