Join Us for IWC’s Parallel Event at CSW64, New York City, March 19!

The 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) will take place March 9-20, 2020 in New York City.  Thanks to our new status as an NGO in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), we can organize a delegation to attend CSW64. Fifteen (15) IWC representatives will attend sessions, panels, presentations and share their experiences with the IWC network through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.

This year, for the first time, IWC will host an official Parallel Event during CSW64, on March 19, 10:30 AM at the Church Center for the United Nations. Co-sponsored by the UU United Nations Office, this event is free and open to the public – please join us!

Titled “Toward 2030: Women’s Leadership for Peaceful Sustainability through Innovative Approaches,” the event showcases initiatives for rural, marginalized women, addressing the challenges of gender inequalities and gender-based violence. Panelists will include Carmen Capriles from Bolivia and Dr. Rica Lamar and Karunakaroi Lamar from India. These women have helped implement gender-responsive, locally driven programs in their countries. Former IWC treasurer Phyllis Marsh (USA) will speak about Philippine projects advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goals of Agenda 2030, focusing on sustainable livelihood initiatives. The panel will demonstrate how grassroots programs can empower vulnerable girls and women to gain knowledge and skills through trainings, to increase access to services and employment opportunities, and to promote sustainable options in rural communities.

The UU-United Nations Office has two other events on the schedule.  “Ending Gender Identity Discrimination:  Protecting Trans Rights in Healthcare” will take place on Tuesday, March 10 at 12:30 at the Armenian Convention Center. “By My Side:  Utilizing Doulas in Vulnerable Communities” will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at 4:30 at the Salvation Army International Headquarters. Please see for more information.

CSW sessions this year focus on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Meetings, panels, and workshops will assess current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform and the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment as we move towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

If you’d like to attend any part of CSW this year, please contact Rev. Carol Huston (  You can also follow the events, including our parallel event, through IWC’s social media and UN web.


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