International Development Law Organization

CSW65 | IDLO at the Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings. 

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

  • Priority theme: Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
  • Review theme: Women's empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)

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Recognizing the urgent need to champion justice for women, IDLO will participate in CSW65 with a focus on key areas of its gender work as articulated in the Strategic Plan 2021-2024 and its objective to reduce the justice gap for women and girls. IDLO’s participation will call for enhanced commitment of policy makers and sector leaders to: 

  • increase investment and action on justice for women and girls to enable achievement of SDGs 5 and 16; 
  • fast track the elimination of discriminatory laws against women and girls; 
  • accelerate the adoption of effective and survivor-centered measures in the justice sector to prevent and combat gender-based violence especially within the context of the COVID -19 pandemic; and
  • strengthen leadership and participation of women justice professionals in delivering justice for all. 


Our side events     Plenary statement    Our gender work    International Women's Day     SDG16 Conference 2021


Our side events: 

Women Delivering Justice

18 March, 2021
SIDE EVENT WEBINAR  | 18 March 2021 | Women Delivering Justice: Achieving Gender Parity in the Justice Sector

Eliminating Discriminatory Laws

24 March, 2021
SIDE EVENT WEBINAR  | 24 March 2021 | Eliminating Discriminatory Laws: Achieving Gender Equality on Paper and in Practice During Challenging Times​

Plenary statement

IDLO Director-General Jan Beagle's statement to 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women...View More


Our gender work

In much of the world, women and girls continue to be denied equal protection under the law. Many suffer appalling violence and confront significant cultural and economic barriers. Discrimination, low access to education, poverty, family pressure and social stigma obstruct their freedom and advancement. Family disputes over inheritance and ownership are often resolved at community or village level, reinforcing traditional hierarchies and excluding women from the decision-making process.

Across all of its programs, IDLO works to empower women, with the rule of law both a broad frame of reference and a flexible tool. To achieve this aim, top-down reforms must be coupled with efforts to protect women and promote gender equality. The aim is a justice system which affirms women’s rights and allows their voice to be heard. Read more


Event Date:
19 October, 2020
WEBINAR  | 23 October 2020 |  14:00 – 15:30 Rome​ |  8:00 – 9:30 New York​  Justice for Women and Girls: Moving from Commitment to Action Amidst COVID-19 Justice for women and girls is at the core...
Event Date:
1 September, 2020
WEBINAR - PANEL DISCUSSION  | 10 September 2020 |  14:00 – 16:00 CET​Customary and Informal Justice Systems: Expanding Women’s Access to Justice and Gender Equality Around the world, people claim rights and...
Event Date:
30 June, 2020
WEBINAR – PANEL DISCUSSION There is increasing evidence that the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 is fueling widespread violations of women’s rights, including elevated risks of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV...