New York– The fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 22 February to 4 March 2011.

This following highlights key focus areas of CSW 2011:

  • Priority Theme: Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
  • Review Theme: The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child
  • Emerging Issue: Gender equality and sustainable development

There will be a number of activities, including interactive dialogues and panels, during the two-week session.

In addition to the official CSW activites, a number of parallel events will be taking place, coordinated by the NGO-CSW. Click here for a full schedule and location of events.


WEDO is organizing and participating in several noteworthy events during the CSW. We invite you to join us in the side events listed below and share your thoughts, ideas, and opinions on our work and the challenges/opportunities for women in the future. You can follow our activities on Twitter @wedo_worldwide, #CSW55.

NGO CSW Consultation Day—Panel on UN Women
WEDO’s Rachel Harris Speaking on UN Women
Salvation Army
120 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Monday 2/21/2011, 8:30AM- 5:00 PM

GEAR Caucus
Baha’I International Community,
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120
Tuesday 2/22/2011, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 3/2/2011 , 4:00 PM -4:45 PM
Friday 3/4/2011, 4:00 PM -4:45 PM

NGO CSW Sub-Committee on Climate Change: Q&A with Rachel Harris, WEDO Advocacy Coordinator
ICOC, 323 E. 47th, between 1st & 2nd Avenue
Wednesday 2/23/2011, 4:00 PM -6:00 PM

Gender equality and sustainable development- Interactive Panel
Official UN Parallel Event – Secondary Badge Required
Conference Room 3-North Lawn Building
Tuesday 3/1/2011 , 10:00 AM -1:00 PM

From Local to Rio: Linking women’s low-carbon initiatives with sustainable development policy
Salvation Army Main Auditorium
Wednesday 3/2/2011 , 2:00 PM -3:30 PM

Click here for a full list of  panels, receptions, and parallel events from other organizations which the WEDO team plans to attend during CSW55!

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