The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place in New York, and virtually, from  March 14 to 25, 2022. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to participate. Founded in 1946, the Commission on the Status of Women, also known as CSW, is the biggest global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women, as the Secretariat, supports all aspects of the Commission’s work.

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 66 Themes

Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes;

Review theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work (Agreed Conclusions) of the sixty-first session.

A Statement has been submitted by IIWR-MB that could be used during the CSW 66 deliberations

Statement: The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice. Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis yet are powerful agents in the fight to halt it. We must build, support and create platforms for Indigenous knowledge holders, Elders, youth and frontline land and water protectors. We must amplify Indigenous Peoples’ voices to elevate their leadership in climate justice. By providing Indigenous communities and peoples with resources and space, they can inspire a new generation of Indigenous climate leaders building solutions centred around their inherent rights and cultures. Through systems of free, prior and informed consent and self-determination, our work must support Indigenous Peoples, reinforcing their place as leaders in climate change discourse and driving solutions for today and tomorrow.


Registration information for first seminar, November 25th coming soon.

IIWR-MB and CSW 66

As an accredited non government organization (NGO), with ECOSOC status, IIWR-MB is preparing to participate in upcoming meetings of the Commission of the Status of Women.

Although government representatives will meet at the UN in New York to attend the official meetings, parallel events, sponsored by NGO’s, will be virtual.

In preparation for CSW 66, IIWR-MB is planning a series of webinars. We’d love your help!

There are opportunities for you to share this experience – an opportunity to learn and advocate –  send an e-mail expressing your interest to

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, especially as an Advocate and the NGO Forum

CSW 66 will be an opportunity to build community, share ideas and bring people together. 

We look forward to sharing our experiences with you all.
There will be reports prepared for the News section of the web site for reports by our members!


The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. It is virtual.

CSW 66 will be virtual.

The CSW is held in New York, New York with some events 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 66 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
  • post your experience attending CSW events
  • maintain active involvement in IIWRMB for at least one year post CSW

Application process deadline is to be determined.

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 will likely submit an application for a virtual Parallel Event, for consideration.

Join the International Affairs Committee! If you are interested, e-mail us and request an invitation to join the group.

Background Documents


As documents become available they will be posted here. Here are some basic resources and background for CSW 66.

There were frequent events (mainly virtual) taking place at the UN, here in Canada, and indeed around the world – on the topic of gender equality. We listed some of them on the  IIWR-MB Events Page. Note: CSW/UN events are coloured green.

Check out background information

Delegation Information

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