The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from  March 15 to 26, 2021.

Much of CSW 65 for Non Government Organizations (NGOs) will take place virtually.

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

Participating in UNCSW is an amazing opportunity for IIWR-MB to contribute to the global dialogue regarding the status of women within the United Nations framework.  It is also provides a platform for meeting with international partners and an opportunity to influence domestic policy as Federal Ministers participate at the session.

Commission on the Status of Women – 65

CSW 65 will be different in 2021, as it was in 2020, when the CSW NGO Forum was cancelled, because of COVID-19. IIWR-MB was not able to hold the Parallel Event, planned for 2020, in New York, although it was shown virtually. 

For 2021, we know most of the NGO events will be held virtually – and it is possible IIWR-MB could do a virtual event, from Winnipeg. The application process to host a Parallel Event  opened November 16, 2020 and IIWR-MB submitted a proposal. We expect to be advised if it has been accepted by January 31, 2021. 

IIWR-MB will be looking for opportunities to participate in all aspects of CSW 65. Any individual can register to participate and attend NGO events. You can register here. There is no cost to register.  It will be an important global meeting, as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, and leads to the Gender Equality Forum. As a member of IIWR-MB, you may apply to be an Official Delegate. Read more below.

Read the latest news from UN Women here.  Watch this page for further information on how you can be involved! 

Themes CSW 65

  • Priority theme: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
  • Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)

Criteria to be Delegation Member

 The work, pre CSW, during CSW, and post CSW will be centered here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Treaty 1 Territory). We understand there will be opportunities for small group discussions, video conferencing, allowing people to talk and share knowledge and strategies about topics of interest.

CSW 65 will be an opportunity to build community, share ideas and bring people together. 

If you are interested in being part of the IIWR-MB Delegation, complete the application and submit by February 2nd, 2021.

Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • are active members of IIWR-MB
  • have an active interest in Women’s rights, as demonstrated by their studies and/or volunteer and community work
  • are able to meet the expectations as listed below

Responsibilities of Selected Delegates:

  • Maintain an ACTIVE membership within IIWR-MB until March 2022 at a minimum. This can include board membership, committee membership, or participating and assisting at events.
  • Participate as an ACTIVE member of the delegation, both before the CSW and after the Commission.
  • Participate in meetings and de-briefings related to CSW65 organized by IIWR-MB, both before and after the CSW. Telephone conferencing is an option for those unable to attend in person.
  • Add reports, experiences, pictures, etc. to the IIWR-MB blog (NEWS) and other social media platforms while at CSW and after. Contributing a minimum one blog post is expected (see NEWS).
  • Participate in reporting back to the wider community shortly after CSW65.
  • Provide support when requested before, during, and after CSW for CSW related events.


Monday, March 15 – Friday, March 26, 2021. 

At this point it looks like CSW 65 will be virtual, and how the official delegation will participate is not know. 

The CSW is held in New York, New York.  Some events happen in the United Nations building.  Parallel events put on by NGO’s from around the world, will be virtual.

The associated costs, if any, are up to each participant. For CSW 65 there will not be the travel and living costs as incurred with previous meetings. 


Parallel Events, sponsored by NGO’s,  are free.

  • generally, support the IIWR-MB team in planning,  and reporting on events
  • commit to contributing to sharing information while at CSW on social media, etc.
  • actively participate in reporting back
  • support IIWRMB post CSW events
  • maintain active involvement in IIWRMB for at least one year post CSW

Application process deadline is February 2nd, 2021. Download the application here. 

The IIWRMB Board will make decisions on the delegation.  This year there is no limit as to the number of delegates an ECOSOC accredited organization can have. IIWRMB delegates will be chosen using the criteria outlined on the website and in the application form.

It is expected many of the formal meetings, as well as the Parallel Events will be shown on the UN TV system, which is available to the public.

Parallel Events are organized by NGOs, and focus on specific topics.  IIWRMB has hosted 3 Parallel Events in the past, using a panel format.  The event is a mechanism for local issues to be raised in a global context. IIWR-MB has submitted a virtual Parallel Event, for consideration.

Join the IIWRMB CSW65 Facebook group. If you are interested, e-mail us and request an invitation to join the group.

Background Documents

Background Documents

As documents become available they will be posted here. Here are some basic resources and background for CSW 65.

There are frequent events (mainly virtual) taking place at the UN, here in Canada, and indeed around the world – on the topic of gender equality. You can find out more, and join in the conversation by checking out the IIWR-MB Events Page. Note: CSW/UN events are coloured green.

Delegation Information

Application to be on the official IIWR-MB Delegation, to download and complete is here.

The IIWR-MB Events Calendar will feature (in green) UN/CSW events.

We know it won’t be the same format as other CSWs,  in 2021. There will be more virtual participation. Also CSW will be preceding the Gender Equality Forum.  So keep watching and we will update information and let you know how you can be involved!

Global College Bursary

All students from the Global College at the University of Winnipeg, who have been selected as delegates to CSW 65, are eligible to apply for a Bursary to assist with costs. The terms and conditions for a Bursary for 2021 will be shared once developed by the Board.

Deadline for application will be announced here when available.

Parallel Event Panel

Event Description

The Parallel Event proposal for CSW 65 is being developed. The Application for Proposals opened November 16, 2020 and closes December 28, 2020.