OutRight Events at CSW62

Advocating for the rights of women everywhere is inclusive within OutRight’s overall mission to further human rights and opportunities for LGBTIQ people. The month of March, however, allows the aims of OutRight and many others to pay special focus on the empowerment of all women. This comes with the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th and the 62nd session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) March 12-23.

Held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, this international conference is two weeks of negotiations and meetings dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Each year the event is accompanied by a specific theme, with 2018 being ‘Empowering Rural Women and Girls’.

What is it?

CSW, acting as a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council, was established in 1946. Since 1996, it has been dedicated to upholding and implementing the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action, a platform upholding the human rights of women. CSW is also a contributor to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Why is it important?

With these annual meetings, CSW is able to assess the progress made each year on these international platforms by evaluating current gaps and emerging issues.

calendar of outright events at csw62

Tuesday, 13 March

SOGIESC in Gender-Mainstreaming Measures

ORGANIZED BY: Republic of Malta, Co-sponsored by OutRight Action International


Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Republic of Malta

Rany Boissonnault, MP, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues

Kimberly Zieselman, Executive Director, Interact

Xeenarh Mohammed, Founder of ReSista Camp

Lisa Davis, Senior Legal Advisor MADRE

Moderator: Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International




UN Headquarters - Conference Room 1 - Conference Building

RSVP: http://bit.ly/2oqOC2k (Individuals not having a UN Grounds Pass are requested to RSVP before 8 March 2018)

RSVP before March 8

thursday, 15 March

Leaving No One Behind for Planet 50/50 by 2030: Every Rural Woman and Girl Everywhere

HOSTED BY: UN Women and partners, including OutRight Action International


UN Women's Executive Director: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka


10:00AM - 3:00PM


630 Second Avenue BallRoom, New York, NY 10016

Click to RSVP

monday, 19 March

Defending the Right to Life: Killing of Women and LGBTIQ Persons During Conflict

HOSTED BY: Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, and MADRE


Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Dubravka Simonovic, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

Amir Ashour, Founder IraQueer, Iraq’s first LGBT+ organization

Charo Mina-Rojas, National Coordinator of Advocacy and Outreach, Proceso de Comunidades Negras, Colombia

Lisa Davis, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice (HRGJ) Clinic at CUNY School of Law

Moderated by: Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International


11:30AM - 12:45PM


United Nations Headquarters: Conference Room A - Conference Building

RSVP: Email alexandra.pollock@mail.law.cuny.edu to receive a UN pass. Arrive by 11:00 am to gain entrance for this event.

RSVP at alexandra.pollock@mail.law.cuny.edu

Human Rights Principles for the Treatment of LGBTI Rural Women and People

HOSTED BY: OutRight Action International, ARC International and Transgender Europe (TGEU)


Cianan Russell, Transgender Europe

Monica Tabengwa, Pan Africa ILGA

Kimberly Zieselman, Executive Director, InterACT

Kim Vance, Executive Director, ARC International

Moderated bySiri May, UN Program Coordinator, OutRight Action International




Church Center for the United Nations, Second Floor

777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Other Panels OutRight Staff Is Speaking On

  • 13th March: 6:15 - 7:45PM
    LBT Women's Movement-Building in the Global South
    Jean Chong, OutRight Program Field Coordinator Asia
    (organized by Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline)
  • 15th March: 12:30 - 2:00PM
    Women's Human Rights Advocacy in a Time of Backlash
    Jean Chong, OutRight Program Field Coordinator Asia
    (organized by WHRI, WGDAW, CWGL, CCoTT)
  • 21st March: 1:00 - 3:00PM
    LGBT Rights in South East Asia
    Jean Chong, OutRight Program Field Coordinator Asia
    (organized by Harvard Law School)
  • 29th March: TBC
    Is LGBT rights a delustion in South East Asia and East Asia?
    Jean Chong, OutRight Program Field Coordinator Asia
    (organized by University of Washington)