Join Promundo at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women in New York

Today begins the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. From March 13 to 24, representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will attend sessions on the priority theme, “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”

Promundo is co-sponsoring several events, and will be presenting successful approaches to engaging men and boys for gender equality, with a focus on promoting men’s caregiving and scaling up successful programs and policies globally.

Join us at the events below, and check out the full schedule of side events and parallel events.

Strengthening Civil Society and Government Partnerships to Scale Up Gender-Transformative Approaches to Engaging Men and Boys

When: Wednesday, March 15: 9:30am – 11:00am EDT
Where: UNFPA Headquarters, Orange Cafe
Sponsored by: UNFPA, Promundo, and MenEngage Alliance

UNFPA, Promundo, and the MenEngage Alliance will host a side event to launch the new publication Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Strengthening Civil Society Organizations and Government Partnerships to Scale Up Approaches, with the aim of raising awareness and highlighting key successes and challenges ahead for realizing a truly gender-transformative Agenda 2030.

RSVP to [email protected] by Tuesday, March 14.

Learn more here.

Care Policies in the Agenda 2030: Advancing the Triple R Framework to Recognize, Reduce, and Redistribute Unpaid Care Work

When: Wednesday, March 15: 4:45pm – 6:00pm EDT
Where: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8
Sponsored by: The Governments of Argentina, Costa Rica, Kenya, Iceland, the Philippines, and Switzerland in collaboration with UN Women, ILO, OECD, IFAD and Promundo

The unequal distribution of unpaid care work is a critical factor for understanding structural constraints to women’s economic empowerment, as well as women’s participation and leadership more broadly. The side event will discuss the various aspects of unpaid care work and will share strategies and practical approaches to recognize, reduce, and redistribute unpaid care work in order to advance the implementation of Target 5.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

RSVPs are closed.

Learn more here.

The Barbershop Toolbox: Changing the Discourse Among Men & Boys on Gender Equality 

When: Thursday, March 16: 10:00am – 11:15am EDT
Where: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8
Sponsored by: The Mission of Iceland and UN Women’s HeforShe Initiative

Building on successful Barbershop Conferences organized around the world, which have created a space for men and boys to engage in gender equality discussions, the Government of Iceland has developed a Barbershop toolbox with the MenEngage Alliance and UN Women. The toolkit will enable supporters to replicate the discussion in their communities, workplaces, and schools. This side event will launch the toolbox and present strategies to involve men and boys in working for gender equality.

No RSVP required.

Learn more here.

CSW61 Consultation in Advance of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): Engaging Men and Boys in Social Norms Change on Women’s Rights and Gender Justice to Inform a Transformative Agenda for Action to Achieve Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals

When: Thursday, March 16: 12:30pm – 4:00pm EDT
Where: UNFPA Headquarters, Conference Room 5D
Sponsored by: MenEngage Alliance with UN and civil society partners

Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment and rights are a cross-cutting concern throughout Agenda 2030, and concrete targets have been set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This consultation will explore how gender-transformative approaches that engage men and boys can contribute to achieving crucial goals and targets set by Agenda 2030 and SDGs.

Please RSVP and register by Monday, March 13 with your name and organization here.

Learn more here.

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Lusophone Countries: From the Wealth-Growth Economy to the Care Economy, Shifting Models Towards a Sustainable Development

When: Thursday, March 16: 2:30pm – 4:00pm EDT
Where: Armenian Cultural Center, Yerevan Hall
Sponsored by: Plataforma Portuguesa para os Direitos das Mulheres

This parallel event will address the following questions: How can governments of lusophone countries contribute to the urgently needed shifting of economic models for sustainable development, both individually and as part of the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP)? How can women’s rights organizations contribute and benefit from this process?

No RSVP required.

Learn more here.

Well-Paid Paternity Leave: The Strongest Lever to Improve Women’s Economic Position?

When: Thursday, March 16: 6:15pm – 7:45pm EDT
Where: UN Church Centre, 10th Floor
Sponsored by: OECD and Promundo

This parallel event hosted by OECD and Promundo will include a lively discussion on how to empower women economically by supporting men to share caring responsibilities, including childcare.

No RSVP required.

Learn more here.

Caring for Equality: Working with Men, Women, and Youth to Prevent Gender-based Violence and Prenatal Sex Selection in Armenia

When: Saturday, March 18: 2:30pm – 3:40pm EDT
Where: UN Church Center, 8th Floor, Boss Room
Sponsored by: World Vision

This session, organized by World Vision, will focus on practices in transforming harmful social norms, attitudes, and behaviors, and preventing gender-based violence and prenatal sex selection in Armenia.

RSVP online here.

Learn more here.

Highlights from the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

When: Tuesday, March 28, 5:30-7:00 PM EDT
Where: Alliance for Peacebuilding, Washington, DC
Sponsored by: Alliance for Peacebuilding and The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area

The Alliance for Peacebuilding and The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area are organizing a panel of CSW participants who will share their highlights from a wide range of sessions held over the two week period.

Learn more and RSVP here.

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