OutRight Guide to the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Every year the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) convenes at the United Nations Headquarters in the New York City. CSW brings together representatives from UN Member States, civil society organizations (you) and UN entities to collaborate around written Agreed Conclusions. The annual meeting is two weeks long. This year it runs from March 11th to March 22nd.

OutRight annually participates at CSW through the CSW LBTI Caucus and our consultative status with ECOSOC. OutRight’s "Commission on the Status of the Women Civil Society Guide" is a primer for activists, advocates and organizations to help make the most of their experience at CSW. [ Download primer » ]

The principal output of the CSW is the agreed conclusions that will focus on the priority themes set for the year. The Agreed conclusions contain an analysis and a set of concrete recommendations for governments, intergovernmental bodies and other institutions, civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders, to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local level.

Along with the main meetings, there are side events hosted by various states and civil society organizations. Below is a list of events we recommend that are LBTI focused:

March 14, 2019
1:15 – 2:30PM

Transgender and gender conforming people and access to public services challenges and best practices

Hosted by EU delegation to the UN, Argentina and Malta along with OutRight and Haus of Khameleon.
Learn more

UN headquarters CN11

March 14, 2019
2:30 – 4:00 PM

LBTI access to Social Protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure

OutRight Action International and RFSL-COC
Open to public

Church Center for the United Nations, 10th Floor


March 11, 2019
12:30-2:00 PM

Strategic Communication for Powerful Movements

Corkery Group Unlimited Movements thrive with strong messaging and strategic communications. Join communications experts from diverse fields – sexual and reproductive health and rights, climate change, and LGBTQI rights – for an energizing discussion of the communications strategies, campaigns, and on-the-ground tactics that are critical to attracting new audiences, changing policy, and having a lasting impact.

4 West 43, New York, NY - Green Room

March 12, 2019
8:15 – 9:30 AM

Inclusive Public Services for LBTI Persons

Hosted by Canada and United Kingdom

United Nations Conference Room 1 - Conference Building

March 13, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 PM

Between 377 and #metoo A cross regional and inter-generational conversation between queer south asian feminist

CREA and Women Media Collective

Astraea Lesbian foundation for Justice, 116 East 16th street, 7th floor

March 19, 2019
10:30 – 12:00 PM

Queer, Caribbean, African & Black Immigrant Women Oral Narratives: Living with HIV and Employed in Canadian HIV Response

4Ward Miami AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation)

Church Center for the United Nations, Tenth Floor

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