Zontians at CSW

Important Notice

On 2 March, we received word that, given the current trend of COVID-19 infections around the world, the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be postponed to a date still to be determined. While there will be a one-day procedural session on 9 March to adopt the Draft Political Declaration to commemorate Beijing+25, no side or parallel events will take place. 

We have also come to the difficult decision, with our co-sponsors, to cancel our child marriage symposium on Saturday, 7 March. We are exploring options to hold the event at a future date and/or in an alternative format and will communicate any updates to you, once we determine what our options are. Likewise, there will be no Zonta International Dinner at Ali Baba's on Thursday, 12 March. 

Thank you very much in advance for your patience as we navigate these decisions.

CSW64 UN Official Documents & NGO Statements

Political Declaration (Adopted 9 March 2020)
Expert Group Papers
NGO Guidance for National Parallel Reports
Official Documents and NGO Statements (MORE TO COME)
CSW64 Statement by Soroptimist International and Zonta International

Scheduled Activities

Most Zontians attend the CSW during the first week. You can come for one day or stay for the entire week.

Child, Early and Forced Marriages and Unions: A 2020 Snapshot
Saturday, 7 March | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The Armenian Cultural Center, 630 Second Avenue
Join Zonta International, GreeneWorks and Save the Children for an in depth examination of child, early and forced marriage at this half-day child marriage symposium prior to the start of CSW64. The symposium will feature dynamic discussions among economic, legal and programmatic experts on child, early and forced marriage, as well as the voices and firsthand accounts of survivors. Click here to register.

Parallel Event: Sisters for Sale the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking
Tuesday, 10 March | 2 PM
Salvation Army, 221 E. 52nd Street
Sisters for Sale has been produced by the Human Earth Project and is a feature documentary currently screening at festivals around the world, where it has now won a series of awards for filmmaking and courageous storytelling. A senior executive and co-producer will join the event and facilitate a discussion regarding the film history and content, and advocacy best practices to help combat human trafficking will also be highlighted.

Parallel Event: Take Action: End Child Marriage, an Obstacle to Global Development
Thursday, 12 March | 2:30 PM
Church Center, 2nd Floor
This event will address the multiple drivers of child marriage and the effects early marriage has on a girl’s education, health, livelihood opportunities, and her children’s chances for survival and well-being. The event will celebrate how far we’ve come, while also looking ahead to how much further we have to go and inspire mobilization and collaborative implementation to end child marriage. The audience will leave more informed about the multiple drivers of child marriage, about how it impacts many areas of progress for girls in line with global goals, and how we can accelerate progress towards ending child marriage. Attendees will be equipped with key messages, and advocacy and partnership opportunities, to join the fight to end child marriage in their own countries and globally.  

Parallel Event: In Plain Sight: Education and Advocacy to Eradicate Human Trafficking
Thursday, 12 March | 2:30 PM
4 W 43rd St., Aqua Room 
This panel discussion will look at national and international policy to eradicate human trafficking and how NGOs can play a part through education and advocacy. Sigma Gamma Rho will share experiences and best practices gleaned from their work, including its toolkit and strategy to increase awareness of human trafficking in the communities it serves internationally and how this strategy may be replicated. 

Zonta International CSW64 Dinner
Thursday, 12 March | 7  10 PM
Ali Baba, 862 Second Avenue
This event has been sold out.

Side Event: Ending violence against women: Critical for gender equality and sustainable development
Wednesday, 18 March | 3 – 4:15 PM
Conference Room D
This event will examine the many facets of violence against women and girls and highlight proven strategies for addressing gender-based violence, with the Beijing Platform for Action and the Sustainable Development Goals as tools for reinforcement.

Information on Official Meetings & Events

Official Meetings (Limited Access – Must have UN Grounds Pass and invitation) – These events are part of the formal program of the sessions of the Commission.  These events are located on the UN premises and are invitation/ticketed events or closed meetings. While you may not be able to attend, many of the official CSW64 meetings will be broadcast through 1) or 2) To see some of the CSW63 meetings, click here

Side Events (Limited Access – Must have UN Grounds Pass) – These events are located within the UN premises and can only take place if a Permanent Mission hosts the event.  Zonta will organize at least one side event. Note: Zonta only has a limited number of UN grounds passes available for individuals and the priority is given to members of the UN and advocacy committees and top international leadership.

Parallel Events (Open to all CSW attendees) – These events are located at various locations near the UN. These events are open to all CSW attendees and cover a wide range of topics.

Briefings at Permanent Missions of Specific Countries
Many country ‘Missions to the United Nations’ provide an opportunity for CSW attendees to register to attend a briefing during the CSW.  Zonta does not coordinate these so please check with your respective UN Mission to gain access to these events.




The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64th Commission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women’s rights on the 25th anniversary...