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 a primary 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 are in attendance 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 an event will open November 16, 2020. 

IIWR-MB will be looking for opportunities to participate in all aspects of CSW 65. It will be an important global meeting, as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, and leads to the Gender Equality Forum. 

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

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. 

You do not have to attend the whole 2 weeks of the CSW. Generally, the first week  has the most activities, and coming early to attend the Consultation Day is suggested for first timers. Consultation Day, organized by NGOs, will be held Sunday, March 8.  There is a fee for this event.

The CSW is held in New York, New York.  Some events happen in the United Nations building.  Many of the Parallel Events happen in other venues near the UN.

Attendance at UNCSW is totally self-funded. 

Bursaries are available for students studying human rights at Global College, University of Winnipeg. The application for student bursaries will be available following the announcement of the delegation members.

Delegates are welcome to independently raise funds to support their attendance.

It is recommended that delegates budget for a minimum of $2000.00 Canadian, depending on how long you intend to stay. Costs include airfare, accommodations, food, special events costs.  Parallel Events are free.


  • make their own travel and accommodation arrangements (IIWRMB will help with recommendations)
  • prepare by attending IIWRMB orientation and support the lead up to CSW
  • participate in CSW activities and events as wholeheartedly as possible
  • 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 is yet to be determined.

The IIWRMB Board will make decisions on the delegation. IIWRMB can send up to 20 delegates.  If sister organizations have unused spots, the delegation may be larger. IIWRMB delegates will be chosen using the criteria outlined on the website and in the application form.

Anyone can attend the NGO Parallel Events without delegate status, however only delegates have access to the United Nations building where the official meetings and some Side Events occur (events hosted by UN Agencies or Governments).  Permission to enter the UN building for non-delegates is possible but it requires initiative and is not guaranteed.

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.  Other events happen at the CSW, including Side Events (hosted by UN Agencies and Governments) and the official Government meetings.

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

Background Documents

Background Documents

As documents become available they will be posted here.

Delegation Information

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 64, are eligible to apply for a Bursary to assist with costs. The bursary is up to $500 per student.  See the application for details.

The application for The Global College Bursary can be downloaded here.

Deadline for applications is to be announced.

Parallel Event Panel

Event Description