Achieving Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment through Nurse Migration–A CSW66 Side Event

The United Nations sixty-sixth session on the Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to commence from 14 through 25 March 2022.  The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session and provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions.

As part of the NGO CSW Forum 66, CGFNS International Inc., proudly presents its virtual Parallel Event:

Achieving Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment through Nurse Migration.

When: 15 March 2022, 12:00-1:30pm (EST)

Where: Zoom Webinar (Register Here)

The Parallel Event’s Program will include:

  • Introductory remarks from CoNGO’s President on the role of civil society and nurses in advancing the UN agenda
  • Current global nurse migration landscape
  • The immense contributions of nurses and nurse migrants
  • How nurses and nurse migrants advance the UN Agenda
  • The work of CGFNS in nursing, migration, and ethical recruitment spheres
  • A panel discussion featuring four migrant nurses from India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela

Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. Liberato Bautista, President, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)
  • Dr. Franklin Shaffer, President & CEO, CGFNS International
  • RADM Kerry Nesseler (ret), Strategic Public Policy Advisor, CGFNS international
  • Dr. Frances Hughes, Director, Global Strategic Initiatives, CGFNS International
  • Four nurse migrants from India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela

If you are interested in attending, or for more information about the event and its participants, please Click Here and register today. This event is free and open to anyone who is interested in attending.

Thank you for your support of the NGO CSW Forum 66, and our eagerly awaited, interesting and inspiring discussion on 15 March!


CoNGO Notes: For information about collaborative work of NGOs on the issues above and related matters, visit the substantive committees related to CoNGO. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on Status of Women/New YorkNGO Committee on Status of Women Vienna, and the NGO Committee on Status of Women Geneva. For information about the event organizer, visit CGFNS.

Sixty-sixth Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. 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.

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.


  • Priority 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;
  • Review theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work (agreed conclusions of the sixty-first session);


The Bureau of the Commission plays a crucial role in facilitating the preparation for, and in ensuring the successful outcome of the annual sessions of the Commission. Bureau members serve for two years. In 2002, in order to improve its work and ensure continuity, the Commission decided to hold the first meeting of its subsequent session, immediately following the closure of the regular session, for the sole purpose of electing the new Chairperson and other members of the Bureau (ECOSOC decision 2002/234).

The Bureau for the 66th session (2022) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members:

  • H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini (South Africa), Chair (African States Group)
  • Ms. Pilar Eugenio (Argentina), Vice-Chair (Latin American and Caribbean States Group)
  • H.E. Ms. Antje Leendertse (Germany), Vice-Chair designate (Western European and Other States Group)
  • Mr. Māris Burbergs (Latvia), Vice-Chair designate (Eastern European States Group)
  • Ms. Hye Ryoung Song (Republic of Korea), Vice-Chair designate (Asia and Pacific States Group)


  • Expert Group Meeting: 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

Organization of the Session

The Commission’s two-weeks session includes the following activities:

Side Events

Session Outcomes

The outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme during its 66th session will take the form of agreed conclusions, to be negotiated by all Member States.

The Commission will review, as appropriate, its methods of work, taking into consideration the outcome of the process of alignment of the agendas of the GA and ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, with a view to further enhancing the impact of the work of the Commission.The Commission will make a recommendation on how best to utilize the year 2025, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.

NGO Participation


CoNGO Notes: For collaborative work among NGOs related to the agenda of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women, visit  NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna. For more information about CoNGO-related NGO Committees, view Substantive Committees.

Register for the NGO CSW66 Virtual Forum


The NGO CSW66 Forum is only a few days away! Make sure you’re registered for the Forum and logged onto the Virtual Portal before the Forum starts to view and register for all the events, access the Exhibit Booths and Handbook Ads, and engage with other participants!

It’s especially important to register for the Forum if you are hosting a Parallel Event, Exhibit Booth, or Handbook Ad.

Please note that if you are not registered for the Forum, you will not be able to see the event details on the Virtual Portal.

Please follow the instructions below for registering:

Registration Instructions:1. Go to this link and click “Register for an account.”

2. Continue to fill out the form with your information

3. You’ll receive an email with a link to create your account on our Virtual Portal.

4. Create your profile on the Virtual Portal. Please note that you will need to create a new login. Your login information from the registration page will not work on the Virtual Portal.

Watch the Participant Tutorial video and review our FAQs for step-by-step instructions on registering.

Register for the Forum here
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Are women making any progress in participation in leadership and decision-making? Three NGO leaders ask on the eve of 2021 International Women’s Day

New York, 5 March 2021 (CoNGO InfoNews) – “Women enable a just, equitable and peaceful world,” said the presidents of Soroptimist International (Sharon Fisher), International Alliance of Women (Cheryl Hayles), and Associated Country Women of the World (Magdie de Kock) in a joint statement they issued on the occasion of the 2021 International Women’s Day on March 8.

“Women and girls of all ages deserve a seat at the table in public life, leadership and decision-making. Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. To make that a reality, all states, the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders must work in collaboration,” the women leaders asserted.

The statement also called on the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) to take leadership in the development and implementation of new laws, regulations and social justice programmes that respond to women’s and girls’ under-participation and under-representation in leadership. The theme of CSW65 is focused on women in public life and equal participation in decision-making.

The joint statement was warmly received by Liberato Bautista, the president of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), who helped produce it. The three organizations issuing the statement are full members of CoNGO. Soroptimist International and International Alliance of Women are current members of the CoNGO Board.

“Joint statements are an effective means of conveying to the United Nations our collective understandings of, and agreements and unities, as segments of civil society, on substantive issues that are on the UN agenda,” Bautista said. “Consultation and collaboration are valued good NGO practices,” he added.

Other CoNGO members that have issued statements on the International Women’s Day include the International Council of Women and the Universal Esperanto Association.A statement issued on November 15, 2020 and submitted to the CSW65 by members of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Vienna, underscored many of the points raised by these statements.

NGO concerns on the overall agenda of gender equality, equity and justice are highlighted once again this year at the NGO CSW FORUM65 with varied program offerings starting on March 14 and ending on March 26.

See related story by International Alliance of Women here and by Soroptimist International here.

Youth Activist Space: Youth Voices in the MENA Region Under Crisis

In this installation of NGO CSW/NY’s Youth Preparation Series leading up to CSW65, young activists from the Middle East and North Africa region take the mic to share their views on the effects of a multitude of crises on the feminist movements in the region.

Register here!

About the series:

To prepare young people and youth gender equality activists for CSW65, the NGO CSW/NY Youth Leaders & Young Professionals are hosting an event series that will feature virtual spaces for youth to share their voices, experiences, and visions, as well as different trainings and skills workshops.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit

[NGO CSW-NY] Climate Crisis and Climate Action by and for Women

Climate change presents an unprecedented threat to economies and societies around the world.

The climate crisis burdens all of humanity, but not equally. The world’s poor, the majority of whom are women, are disproportionately affected. To advance workable and equitable solutions on the local, national, and global level, women must continue to serve as change agents – agents of mitigation, adaptation, and prevention of the most serious consequences of climate change.

NGO CSW/NY’s monthly meeting will examine the international situation and map a few examples of solutions that have proven to be successful.


1 – 1:30PM: NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Updates
Updates from Houry Geudelekian, NGO CSW/NY Chair

1:30 – 3PM: Program
Panel: Moderated by Azadeh Khalili, NGO CSW/NY Communications Secretary

  • Osprey Orielle LakeExecutive Director of WECAN International
  • Mara Dolan, Women’s Environment and Development Organization
  • Divya Mathew, Women Deliver

Small Group Discussions


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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit