Law Society participated at the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women

Making use of our granted special consultative status to the ECOSOC*, we participated for the first time at the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)**, taking place in New York in March 2019.

Our delegation included our president Christina Blacklaws, supported by the internationalprogrammes manager, Lizzette Robleto de Howarth, and the international policy assistant for the Americas, Middle East and Africa, Stephanie Brown. 

At this UN global women’s conference, we planned a series of activities including:

  • organising three side events in partnership with the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO), the Mayor of New York’s Office and the UK CSW-NGO-Alliance. Among the panellists, we had our president Christina Blacklaws, as well as key officials from the World Bank, International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law (IANGEL), and the Youth CSA Alliance
  • running two International Women and the Law (IWIL) roundtables: one in conjunction with Lexis Nexis, kindly hosted by Debevoise & Plimpton, and another one with IANGEL, kindly hosted by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • bilateral meetings with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the New York Bar among others
  • speaking at external events organised by the International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law (IANGEL) and the IBA Women’s Lawyers Interest Group
  • attending networking events and side events 

Notes

* We were granted special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in March 2014. This gives us the right to make submissions to the UN treaty bodies and special procedures, as well as to contribute to discussions before the Human Rights Council.

** 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. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 (PDF).

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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