Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of ECOSOC, dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at U.N. Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies.
Parallel events are organized outside the formal program of the commission; the IPJ has presented at many of these parallel sessions. The IPJ's presentations and other modes of participation are listed below.
58th Session - March 10-21, 2014
March 11: Security-Peace-Development: Women PeaceMakers' Recommendations for the Post-2015 MDG Agenda
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Guild Hall, Armenian Convention Center
630 2nd Ave.
New York, NY
The theme of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women is “Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium
Development Goals for Women and Girls.” Taking a local perspective from Women PeaceMakers and international
leaders in development and women, peace and security, this panel will
examine the requisite security dimensions for women and girls to advance
the MDGs in conflict-affected societies.
Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Donald Steinberg, President and CEO, World Learning
57th Session - March 4-16, 2013
March 5: "Breaking Barriers for Women: Recommendations on Security, Justice and Peace"
This panel highlighted the recommendations and launched the final report fromm the international conference “Breaking Barriers,” held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Women PeaceMakers Program.
Dee Aker and Jennifer Freeman, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Nahla Valji, UN Women
Brigid Inder, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice and special gender adviser to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Lina Abou-Habib, Women’s Learning Partnership
Luz Mendez, National Union of Guatemalan Women, 2004 Woman PeaceMaker
56th Session - February 27 to March 9, 2012
February 28: “Women, Media, Revolution: Amplifying Voices on the Frontlines”
Building on the 2011 Women PeaceMakers “Women, Media, Revolution” forum, Deputy Director Dee Aker, Program Officer Jennifer Freeman and Editor Kaitlin Barker Davis presented the critical work of journalists, filmmakers and social media citizen activists documenting stories from the frontlines of conflict. Along with panelists, some who were forum participants, they shared the forum’s outcomes and insights, as well as updates on how women and media can encourage alternative, inclusive solutions to organizing efforts for democratic peacebuilding.
Click here for the final report from the "Women, Media, Revolution" forum.
55th Session - February 22 to March 4, 2011
February 23: "The Precarious Progress of Women, Peace and Security"
The IPJ partnered with the International Action Network on Small Arms, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, and UNIFEM to launch the Final Report from the 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference "Precarious Progress: U.N. Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security." Deputy Director Dee Aker and Program Officer Jennifer Freeman spoke on the panel, along with representatives of those partnering organizations -- all of whom were co-sp0nsors of the conference.
54th Session - March 1-12, 2010
March 2: "Bearing Exquisite Witness: Women Using the Arts for Peacebuilding"
Deputy Director Dee Aker and Program Officer Jennifer Freeman spoke in a workshop on creative approaches to trauma healing, justice and peace, and women's roles in using the arts to engage communities at all stages of violent conflict. The workshop built on the 2009 Women PeaceMakers Arts Festival "Bearing Exquisite Witness," and featured partnering organization Theater Without Borders, the Coexistence Program at Brandeis University, and playwright Catherine Filloux. Staff member Karla Alvarez also participated in the commission.
(Pictured at left, clockwise from top left: Aker, Filloux, Freeman, and Cynthia Cohen of the Coexistence Program)
53rd Session - March 2-13, 2009
March 2: World Premiere of "Rhythms to Peace: The Way of a Woman PeaceMaker"
The IPJ, in partnership with Sun & Moon Vision Productions and UNIFEM, premiered the film "Rhythms to Peace," which features Cameroonian Woman PeaceMaker Susan Tenjoh-Okwen. The screening was held in the Dag Hammarskjold Library in U.N. Headquarters. A panel following the world premiere featured Tenjoh-Okwen, Kathy Sangha of Sun & Moon, IPJ Deputy Director Dee Aker, and UNIFEM Program Specialist Antonia Ngabala.
(Pictured at left: Sangha and Tenjoh-Okwen)
March 2: "Critical Voices: Women, Men and Human Security"
Deputy Director Dee Aker, Program Officer Erika Lopez and Woman PeaceMaker Susan Tenjoh-Okwen launched the Final Report from the 2008 Women PeaceMakers Conference "Crafting Human Security in an Insecure World." The launch also featured Mark Marge of the International Action Network on Small Arms, Sarah Taylor of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, and Mirjana Dokmanovic of the Victimology Society of Serbia.
52nd Session - February 25 to March 7, 2008
February 25: "Women Ending Cycles of Violent Conflict: Strategies and Best Practices"
Women PeaceMakers Palwasha Kakar of Afghanistan and Svetlana Kijevcanin of Serbia joined IPJ staff members Dee Aker, Erika Lopez, Emiko Noma and Laura Taylor on a panel to discuss stories of engaging women and youth in preventing manifestations of violent conflict. The publication "Is Peace Possible?: Women PeaceMakers in Action" was also launched at the parallel event.
February 27: Film Screening of "Leading the Way to Peace"
In partnership with Sun & Moon Vision Productions and UNIFEM, the IPJ screened the film "Leading the Way to Peace," which tells the stories of the 2004 Women PeaceMakers from Guatemala, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. Joining Deputy Director Dee Aker for a Q&A session after the screening at the Dag Hammarskjold Library were Rebecca and Kathy Sangha of Sun & Moon, and Stephanie Ziebell of UNIFEM.
(Pictured at left: R. Sangha, Aker, Ziebell and K. Sangha)
51st Session - February 26 to March 9, 2007
February 27: "No Excuses: Defending Women's and Children's Rights in Times of Terror"
IPJ staff members Dee Aker, Erika Lopez and Laura Taylor explored grassroots and international examples of how women have gotten a seat at the table and advanced their agenda of rights and security. They were joined by Elahe Amani of the Women's Intercultural Network and Anne Hoiberg of UNA-San Diego. The Final Report from the 2006 Women PeaceMakers Conference "Who's Making Policy? What Difference Does It Make?" was also launched at the parallel event.
(Pictured at left: Lopez appearing on the Lisa Birnbach Show in New York)
50th Session - February 27 to March 10, 2006
IPJ staff members Dee Aker and Shelley Lyford attended the 50th session of CSW, which explored enhanced participation of women in development, and the equal participation of women in all levels of decision making.
49th Session - February 28 to March 11, 2005
IPJ staff members Dee Aker and Shelley Lyford attended the 49th session of CSW, which reviewed the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the current challenges and forward-looking strategies for the advancement and empowerment of women and girls.
45th to 48th Sessions - 2001-2004
Deputy Director Dee Aker represented the IPJ at the 45th through 48th sessions. She also attended CSW in previous years, prior to the establishment of the IPJ.
(Photo: Aker is pictured second from right)