The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 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.

As well,  NGO CSW/NY organizes the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass.

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. As an organization (NGO) with ECOSOC status, IIWR-MB can participate in the formal proceedings, the NGO Caucus and the negotiation of the final document, called The Agreed Conclusions. 

It is also provides a platform for meeting with international partners and an opportunity to influence domestic policy as Canada’s 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.

Criteria to be Delegation Member

IIWR-MB invites members to join the delegation that will be attending the meetings of the CSW (virtually). There are two Information Sessions – Sign up here.

You do not have to be a member of the delegation to attend the parallel events at the NGO Forum. They will be virtual. CSW NGO Forum is open to everyone – at no cost!

You can register here for the CSW NGO Forum.

Attending the CSW, in person or virtually, can be overwhelming, and if you are interested in learning more, sharing knowledge and supporting local efforts, consider joining the IIWR-MB CSW Delegation. The work, pre CSW, during CSW, and post CSW for delegates, 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 during the formal meetings. Being an official delegate of an ECOSOC accredited organization also allows you to participate in Side Events, which are events sponsored by countries and UN Agencies (such as UNICEF/UN Women).

Negotiations on the final document, called the Agreed Conclusions, occurs during the 2 weeks of meetings of the CSW. This is an important formal document, and civil society is involved in the process. As a delegate you can play a role in reviewing the document and having your voice heard. #UNmutecivilsociety #UNmutecsw66.

As well, IIWR-MB has submitted a proposal for a parallel event – and it has been approved! You can be part of the team of support for this event.

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

To register as a delegate, representing IIWR-MB (an ECOSOC Organization), contact

Statement submitted to CSW by IIWR-MB, in preparation for the official Meeting

StatementThe 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.


Recording of the last webinar is here!


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

CSW 66, for NGOs, will be virtual. There are many events, and if you sign up to attend the NGO Forum, you can attend however many you want.

The formal meetings of CSW are held in New York,  with most 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.

  • if you would like to be involved with the formal proceedings, as part of the IIWR-MB delegation, you need to be a member of IIWR-MB and make a request to
  • generally, support the IIWR-MB team in planning,  and reporting on events
  • commit to contributing to sharing information during the 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  as to willingness to actively participate, and be a member of IIWR-MB.

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. Anyone can join and participate the NGO CSW Forum.

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 been approved to host a a virtual Parallel Event, for CSW 66.

Join the International Initiatives 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:

IIWR-MB Delegation

IIWR-MB Delegation 2022

Jessica da Silva

Laura Anne Antymniuk

Florence Okwudili

Jessica Peebles

Aimee Tymkin

Meagen Malcolm

Mary Scott

Delegates will be actively engaged in attending CSW 2022 and reporting back to the community.

Global College Bursary

In the past, all students from the Global College at the University of Winnipeg, who have been selected as delegates to CSW have been eligible to apply for a Bursary to assist with costs. As there are no costs now to attend CSW 66, there will be no bursaries awarded.

Parallel Event Panel

Parallel Event Title

A submission to host a parallel event has been made and approved!

Title: Indigenizing Climate Justice: Ancient Wisdom to Tackle Climate Change

Register here!


Elder/Knowledge Keeper: Mary Maytwayashin

Moderator: Renata Mencose

Speakers: Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, Melissa Hotain and Chantel Henderson