Virtual Event #NGOCSW65 | Achieving women’s empowerment, early childhood development and care. A two-generational win-win.

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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About the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) (#NGOCSW65)

The NGO CSW/NY facilitates a platform for the voices and leadership of feminists and women’s rights organizations globally who lobby for their inclusion in the UN deliberations in pursuit of gender equality.

The NGO CSW/NY organizes the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass.

►Learn more about the NGOCSW65 Forum.

The NGOCSW65 is hosting nearly 700 Parallel events from Sunday, March 14 through Friday, March 26, 2021. See the schedule of over 700 parallel events.

About the virtual Parallel Event “Achieving women’s empowerment, early childhood education and care. A two-generational win-win.”

17 March 2021 / 1:30-3:00 PM ET
Despite important progress, women have not achieved economic equality with men; they are still more likely than men to live in poverty. Millions of their children experience malnutrition, hunger and are forced to beg or work. 
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this situation, dramatically, especially among migrants.
Women’s and children’s poverty are closely interlinked. It is critical to achieve two-generational outcomes that advance women’s empowerment, keep girls in school, and promote successful outcomes for all children, including in migration contexts. Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives that enable mothers to provide for their children, represent important steps toward achieveing these goals.

Forum speakers

Rima Salah, PhD—Chairperson Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

  • “Investing in the early years of life: A doble dividend towards the realization of gender equality and children’s rights”

Mercedes Mayol Lassalle—OMEP World President

  • “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls from early childhood”

Raul Mercer—ISSOP member, Member of the Lancet-UNICEF-WHO Commission: A Future for the World’s Children

  • “Promoting gender equity and rights from the start. A life course perspective”
Anne-Claire de Liedekerke—President Make Mothers Matter (MMM)
  • “Valuing unpaid early childhood education and care for development and peace, children and women’s rights”


Jessica Essary, PhD— UN representative on behalf of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education

►Read the Parallel Event Concept Note to learn more about the forum speakers.

►How to register for the NGO CSW 65 Forum and attend this parallel virtual event: 

  • If you want to attend any events, you MUST first register for the NGOCSW65 Virtual Forum.
  • Attending the Forum is totally free and open to the public.
  • After you register, you’ll receive an email with a link.
  • Click on the link to create your profile on the NGOCSW65 Virtual Forum. 
  • After you log into your profile, you’ll have full access to all Virtual Forum events.

This Forum is co-sponsored by World OMEP for Early Childhood Education, the NGO Committee on Migration, the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC), FAWCO Inspiring Women Worldwide, and Make Mothers Matter (MMM). 


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