Join Promundo at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women


The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 9-20, 2015. The annual conference engages government representatives, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in addressing opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women. Promundo will present at three NGO parallel events, which will focus on: engaging men and boys for gender justice; driving social transformation to end violence against women; and challenging violent notions of manhood in post-conflict settings.

Check out the events below, and join the conversation on Twitter by following @Promundo_US and #CSW59.

Wednesday, March 11

What: Masculinities, Conflict and Militarism: How Should Peacebuilders Respond?
When: 8:30am – 10:00am EDT
Where: 10th Floor, UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza (at the corner of 44th Street and 1st Ave), New York, NY 10017

The importance of women’s role in the prevention, resolution, and recovery from violent conflict is increasingly recognized. Yet gender analysis of conflict situations also reveals a need to examine men’s roles from a gender perspective, including violent notions of masculinity that can drive conflict and militarism. This event will explore how some NGOs are working to challenge militarized masculinities as part of their efforts to build peace, and ask what more can be done to make this part of a transformative approach to gender-sensitive peacebuilding.


  • Sophie Schellens, Women Peacemakers Program
  • Joëlla van Rijn, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Joseph Vess, Promundo-US
  • Josée Ntabahungu, CARE Burundi
  • Chair: Julie Brethfeld, Saferworld

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Thursday, March 12

What: Achieving Gender Equality Through Engaging Men: Stories of Impact from MenCare+
When: 10:30am-12:00pm EDT
Where: Ballroom 2, Armenian Convention Centre, 630 2nd Avenue (at 35th Street), New York, NY 10017

This MenCare+ parallel event will focus on the root causes of gender inequality and will showcase opportunities for achieving gender equality through engaging men. MenCare+ partners will share the impact that the program’s work with men has had in four countries across three continents: South Africa, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Brazil.


  • Bafana Khumalo, Sonke Gender Justice (South Africa)
  • Siska Dewi Noya, Rutgers WPF (Indonesia)
  • Shamsi Kazimbaya, RWAMREC (Rwanda)
  • Vanessa Fonseca, Instituto Promundo (Brazil)
  • Kerryn Rehse, MOSAIC (South Africa)

For RSVP and further information, please email [email protected].

Tuesday, March 17

What: Where does change come from? Driving social transformation to prevent violence against women
When: 1:15pm – 2:30 pm EDT
Where: Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters, New York, NY 10017

How can we stop violence against women from happening in the first place? What is needed at the individual, community and government levels to challenge existing social norms? This side event will bring together government and NGO leaders to discuss recent progress and challenges in promoting gender equality and ending violence against women through effecting change at the individual, community, and government levels.


  • Kate Wallace, Senior Adviser, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)
  • Lara Fergus, Director of Policy and Evaluation, Our Watch
  • Bafana Khumalo, Senior Programme Specialist and co-founder, Sonke Gender Justice
  • Julie Oberin, Women’s Services Network (WESNET), Australian Women Against Violence Alliance
  • Giovanna Lauro, Deputy Director of International Programs, Promundo-US

For RSVP and further information, please email [email protected].

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