IWTC Women's GlobalNet #332
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide



February 13, 2008

Natalie Raaber




3.  ngo csw orientation: february 25

4.  daily morning briefings

5. caucuses: thematic, regional & linkage

6. ngo room at the un

7. ngo reception: february 26

8. ngo artisan craft fair: february 28


The calendar of parallel events scheduled to take place during the 2008 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is now online! This year’s CSW may well be one of the largest – with more than 5,400 individuals and 512 organizations registered to attend.


The participation of NGOs is a critical element in the work of the CSW and to the success of the follow-up action to this event.  In this third of IWTC’s GlobalNets on the CSW, we want to provide an overview of what the NGO “package of events and opportunities” will look like.  With 240 parallel events scheduled to take place during the CSW, you will have a choice of roughly 20 events to choose from each day.  In addition, due to the shortage of space at the UN headquarters and in the Church Center, there will be NGO workshops held in conference rooms located in close proximity to the UN that do not even appear on the “official” calendar.  In other words, you will need to make strategic choices!  


Upon your arrival to the United Nations, you will need to go to the Division for the Advancement of Women’s registration desk in the United Nations Visitor’s Lobby with your individual letter of confirmation and photo identification.  Upon presentation of your confirmation letter and photo ID, you will be issued a United Nations Grounds Pass.   Please note that no pass can be issued without the UN Division for the Advancement of Women’s letter of confirmation and an official ID with photo (such as a passport or driver’s license).  The Registration Desk is open during the following times:

Friday, 22 February: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, 23 February: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mondays, 25 February and 3 March: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesdays-Thursdays during CSW 52: 9:00 pm - 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fridays, 29 February and 7 March: 9:30 am -12:00 pm


Listed below are the events that give structure to NGO participation at the CSW. Please note that you must register for these events — registration information is available at the end of each mini section. 


The calendar of parallel events is available here:  http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/conf/seforms/dspUNcalendar2.html



Women, Ink., a project of the International Women’s Tribune Centre, is producing a CD-ROM that contains a collection of materials about the CSW theme of financing for gender equality. Aimed at facilitating a more thorough understanding of these complex issues through one convenient resource, the CD will be distributed free to CSW participants. All reports, critiques and analysis will be grounded in a gender perspective on topics such as the Monterrey Consensus, the Paris Declaration, aid modalities and effectiveness, development aid institutions and instruments, funding for women’s empowerment, gender budgeting etc. The CD will also contain a practical section for fundraisers and may include materials on funding sources, proposal-writing, Results Based-Management frameworks, budgeting for projects and so on and so forth.


If you have papers and resources that you would like to share, please e-mail joey@iwtc.org as soon as you possibly can. All contributors will be credited and the materials will also be shared through IWTC’s website.



On Sunday, February 24, before the CSW officially kicks off, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women will hold an NGO Consultation Day.  The purpose of this all-day event, which begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 5:15 pm, is to welcome NGOs and to provide them with background on the themes that will be covered and the processes that will take place during the CSW.  This year’s Consultation Day, titled Financing for Success and Security, will begin with a keynote address followed by a series of presentations by various speakers from the UN as well as civil society, setting the stage for the issues to be deliberated and highlighting the critical debates. 


Following a box lunch that will be provided as part of your registration fee, participants will move into the following 8 break out sessions:

1. Gender Budgeting: Making Women Visible

2. Innovative Funding for Women’s Organizations

3. Strengthening International Financial Commitments: Financing through 

Women’s Eyes

4. From Seeds to CEOs: Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurship

5. Violence Against Women: Moving From Words to Action

6. Resolution 1325: Building Permanent Peace

7. Post-Conflict: Picking up the “Peaces”

8. Advocacy Strategies: Financing for Women’s Empowerment

Although an effort is made to allocate some time to a Question and Answer period during the morning plenary sessions, it is the breakout groups that offer the opportunity for dialogue and alliance building around issues.


The NGO Consultation Day is the first opportunity to see who’s attending the CSW (there will be no list of participants).  In addition, each registered participant is given a Resource Package which includes a summary of the preparatory roundtable discussions, a map of the UN and surrounding neighbourhood and a CSW handbook that will act as a pocket guide to the scheduled events and is meant to support NGOs in their advocacy and participatory efforts.  Please note that you will only receive a free handbook if you attend Consultation Day.  If you can not attend, however, you may purchase a handbook for 1$ at the Church Center, during the Craft Fair (see below) or at the CSW office at 708 3rd Avenue.    

You must register for the Consultation Day.  The $50.00 per person registration fee can be paid in advance or at the door.  The NGO Consultation will be held at the
New York University Medical School, Farkas Auditorium, located at 550 1st Avenue (between 31st and 32nd), New York, New York 10016.  NGOs interested in attending may register online, and pay either online or at the door.  Late registrants may register and pay at the Consultation Day on a space-available basis only. 


You can register online here:




For CSW first timers as well as NGOs interested in a refresher course, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women will hold an orientation session from 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium in UN headquarters.  The program will cover how to get around the UN and the CSW, how to make sense of UN jargon, the special procedures and protocols for NGOs to follow and the agencies involved in the CSW and the advancement of women.


The orientation is free, but requires registration.  You can register here: http://www.ngocsw.org/register/?event=CSW52



One of the best ways to keep informed of what’s on the agenda each day for government delegates as they work their way through the Agreed Conclusions is to attend the morning briefings from 9:00 am-9:45 am at UN headquarters (the exact location of these briefings will be noted in the Handbook).  These briefings are intended to provide information to NGO participants on various issues of interest and will include an overview of the previous day’s activities and updates on the activities to come. 


If time is available, NGOs can also make announcements or bring pressing issues to the attention of the audience.  This is also a good place to hand out flyers or announcements of your workshop, a campaign or a new advocacy initiative and to encourage colleagues to join or attend.


A daily schedule of CSW events will be prepared and distributed by the Division for the Advancement of Women announcing changes and additions to the existing calendar of events.



As advocacy and coalition building are the primary activities of most NGOs attending the CSW, the caucus space is extremely important.   Caucuses provide an opportunity for NGOs to come together and discuss issues, formulate collective positions and develop strategies and language to influence the Agreed Conclusions.  The NGO Committee provides space for the following three types of caucuses:


The Thematic Caucuses will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm in Conference Room B at the UN.  The thematic caucuses are facilitated by the NGO Committee and are open to everyone with a UN pass.  Discussion will cover the main theme of financing for gender equality, the review theme of women and conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution and the emerging theme of climate change.


Regional Caucuses offer an opportunity for NGOs from a particular region to come together and formulate a regional perspective (if possible) and a lobbying strategy on pertinent issues.  They are open only to individuals from countries in the specific region and are led and sponsored by several organizations from the region.  There are seven regional caucuses:  African, Asia Pacific, Western Asian, Latin American/Caribbean, Middle Eastern, North American/United States and European.  The dates and times of these caucuses will be available in the Handbook and are also currently available online here: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/conf/seforms/dspUNcalendar2.html


The Linkage Caucus is facilitated by the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL).  Its aim is to link the work of the thematic caucus and the regional caucus.  This year’s Linkage Caucus will take place from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm on February 27, February 29, March 3 and March 5 in Conference Room B of the UN and will focus primarily on UN Reform and the Gender Equality Architecture.



Conference Room C in the UN will be the NGO room for this year’s CSW.  It is in this room that papers for the day’s activities will be displayed—as well as NGO’s flyers and other distribution materials.  NGOs are welcome to place their materials on the tables for others to pick up.



NGO representatives, government delegates and UN Secretariat staff are invited to attend the NGO Reception on February 26 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Turkish Centre, 2nd Floor (located on the corner of 46th street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan).  The Reception is hosted by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women and will include the presentation of their annual Woman of Distinction Award.  The cost is $30.00 per person. 


You can register here:  http://www.ngocsw.org/register/?event=CSW52



Anyone bringing crafts or other artisan goods to the CSW may showcase and sell these at the one day Artisan Craft Fair held on the second floor at the Church Centre.  Display tables are provided, however, organizations must handle their own sales.  The Fair will take place from 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. If you are interested in participating, please register here: http://www.ngocsw.org/register/?event=CSW52

Or you can download the registration form and fax mail or fax it: http://www.ngocsw.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=50&Itemid=75


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