In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)

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UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)

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This year, the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality, is taking place 14 to 25 March 2022. It will focus on the theme, “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 will take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual.

The Commission on the Status of Women is one of the largest annual gathering of global leaders, non-profit organizations, private sector actors, UN partners and activists from around the world, focusing on the status of rights and empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to contribute to the session.

In the region, women comprise the majority of those who work in agriculture, which makes them particularly exposed to climate change and uneven labour opportunities. Yet their voices are woefully under-represented when it comes to making climate decisions. The average representation of women in national and global climate negotiating bodies across Europe and Central Asia is below 30 per cent.

Gendered drivers and impacts of environmental degradation and climate change amplify existing gender inequalities. In many contexts, women’s dependence on and unequal access to the environment – land, water, and other natural resources – and public services and infrastructure, including energy, transport, water, and sanitation, meaning that they are disproportionately affected by climate change, environmental degradation, and disasters. Further, women’s unpaid care and domestic workloads intensify due to the outmigration of men, or when women and their families are obliged to seek alternative livelihoods or migrate because of devastating environmental and climate impacts or disasters on livelihoods and income security.

Follow the discussions at CSW66, learn more about integrating gender equality into climate action, and what measures can get us there.

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Across the region, women and girls are advancing feminist climate justice and leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response. This 8 March, we celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting just some of the women champions driving feminist climate action across Europe and Central Asia in line with the global theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

Events

  1. 15 March, 9–10:30 am EST. “Untapped potential: Expanding women's leadership: on climate and disaster resilience in Central Asia”, hosted by Turkmenistan and UN Women. English-Russian translation will be provided. Register here.
  2. 17 March, 9:00 –10:30 am EST. "Women's Environmental Initiatives in implementing the SDGs", by the National Commission for Women, Family and Demographic Policy of Kazakhstan and Women Entrepreneurs Committee of the Turkic Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Organization of Turkic States. Link.
  3. 17 March, 10.30 –11:45 am EST. “Empowering Women through Cooperatives”, a side-event hosted by the Ministry of Family and Social Services and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Turkey to the UN. Link
  4. 18 March, 8:00 -10:00 am EST.Women leading the way towards more equitable and sustainable solutions to climate change”, organized by the Government of Serbia, European Union, Regional Cooperation Council and UN Women, in a hybrid format. Register here.
  5. 21 March, 9:00 - 10:30 am EST. Protecting and promoting the rights of migrant women in the context of climate change, environmental degradation, and disasters, by IOM, UN Women. Register here.

Social media

Whether you’re tuning in from the United Nations Headquarters, or from your offices and homes around the world; use #CSW66 to engage online and share how you are participating.

Find more social media content around #CSW66 and the CSW themes on our UN Women Europe and Central Asia accounts: @unwomeneca and @unwomenctrlasia (Russian) on Twitter; UN Women Europe and Central Asia (English) and UN Women Central Asia (Russian) on Facebook; @unwomeneca and @unwomen.russian (Russian) on Instagram, UN Women on OK and VKontakte.