Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)


Agreed Conclusions 25 March 2019
Expert Group Papers
Official Documents and NGO Statements
NGO CSW/NY CSW63 Zero Draft Document Recommendations


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

Zonta International Child Marriage Seminar and CSW Orientation
Sunday, 10 March, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
UNICEF USA, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY
Zonta International will host a seminar on ending child marriage, followed by a brief CSW orientation prior to the start of the CSW63. Learn more about the issue of child marriage, and hear firsthand about Zonta International's current partnership with UNICEF USA and UNFPA to end child marriage in 12 countries. Zonta members attending the CSW are invited to stay for the last hour of the program, which will focus specifically on the CSW.
This event is free, but advance registration is required. Register here.

"Making It Stick: Sustainable Impact for Girls through Innovation, Social Protection and Capacity Building"
Zonta International parallel event with UNICEF USA
Tuesday, 12 March, 10:30 a.m.
Church Center, 2nd Floor
Girls around the world continue to have increased access to education, health and protection services. In order to sustain gains, we need to address root causes and/or systemic issues that continue to inhibit progress. Programs must include innovative social protection measures alongside a focus on building the capacity of women, girls, families, civil society and governments to permanently mainstream a focus on gender equity. In this discussion, NGOs, UN organizations and girls will come together to share ideas, trends (such as cash transfers) and best practices from the field.
This event is free; no pass or registration is required to attend.

“Successes and Setbacks in Eradicating Child Marriage in the U.S. and India: A Comparison of Laws, Policies and Attitudes”
Hosted by Unchained At Last, Breakthrough and Zonta International
Wednesday, 13 March, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Church Center, Chapel, First Floor
Laws, policies and attitudes all play a vital role in eradicating child, early and forced marriage and thereby moving the globe closer to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to transform the world by 2030. Moderated by Mabel van Oranje, founder and chair of Girls Not Brides, this event will compare and contrast the successes and setbacks in these key areas in India and the United States. See what we can learn from these two countries as the world continues the push to end child, early and forced marriage and the many other forms of violence to which those abuses leave girls vulnerable. Click here to view the event flyer.

“Strengthening Systems and Services that Empower Adolescent Girls to Say No to Child Marriage”
Zonta International side event with the Mission of the Republic of Niger, UNICEF and UNFPA
Thursday, 14 March, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
United Nations, Conference Room 11
This event will bring together governments, UN agencies and NGOs to discuss the necessary social systems, public services and infrastructure required to empower adolescent girls to say no to child, early and forced marriage, complete their education and realize their full potential. It will reinforce that ending early and forced marriage is integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
This event is free; pass is required.

Zonta International CSW63 Dinner - SOLD OUT
Thursday, 14 March, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Ali Baba Turkish Restaurant, 862 2nd Avenue, New York, NY
Join Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz, the Zonta International UN Committee and District 3 at the Zonta International CSW dinner to share experiences and enjoy time with your fellow Zontians while you are in New York for the CSW. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased online.


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 CSW63 meetings will be broadcast through 1) or 2) To see some of the CSW62 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 two side events. 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.







3/9/2020 - 3/20/2020