Our Work: Commission on the Status of Women

CSW62, March 2018

Khawla Wakkaf, Juan Jaime Pardo, Si Kailian, Stephanie Ortoleva, Suzannah Phillips, Anastasia Holoboff, Amanda McRae, and Luci Prosapio of Women Enabled, International.

Women Enabled International participated in the 62nd Annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York, from the 12 – 23 March 2018.  Pictured above (l-r) are Khawla Wakkaf, Juan Jaime Pardo, Si Kailian, Stephanie Ortoleva, Suzannah Phillips, Anastasia Holoboff, Amanda McRae, and Luci Prosapio.

digital banner from the toolkit launch party that reads accountability toolkit on a purple world mapOn Tuesday 13 March, Women Enabled International officially launchedits accountABILITY Toolkit, which seeks to empower women with disabilities and organizations working on their behalf to make use of available U.N. human rights mechanisms. Activists in the fields of Women’s Rights and Disability Rights joined together for an evening of networking and celebration of the launch of the Toolkit. More information about the Toolkit can be found at https://www.womenenabled.org/atk.html.
On Wednesday 14 March, WEI hosted its side event, entitled “accountABILITY: Advancing the Rights of Historically Excluded Women and Girls,” in which various historically excluded sectors of women were discussed, including older women, LBTQ, and disabled women.  Deputy Director Suzannah Phillips joined the panel, which was moderated by WEI Executive Director and Founder Stephanie Ortoleva.
a black and white closeup of the wheel of a wheelchair with a person's legsIn addition to the launch of the accountABILITY Toolkit and Side Event, our legal team took part in other panels and meetings during the CSW62. Legal Advisor Anastasia Holoboff spoke at an event titled “Rural Girls with Disabilities—Their Access to Education”; Amanda McRae, Director of U.N. Advocacy joined the UK NGO CSW Group Event "Ensuring the Rights of Rural Women under SDGs 2, 5, etc." and Legal Fellow Khawla Wakkaf was invited to speak about her home country of Syria in the Women’s Freedom Fund panel “Challenges & Opportunities in Empowering Rural Girls for SDG 5.


a crowd of men and women listens intently to a speaker who is not in the photo   people enjoying refreshments, mingling and talking at an event


Dates: 12 - 23 March 2018
Location: New York City

Priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;

Review theme: Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session);

WEI's Featured Side Events

  • accountABILITY: Advancing the Rights of Historically Excluded Women and Girls Download Flyer
    14 March 2018, 12:30pm
    4 W 43rd Street, New York, NY (Gallery Room)

    :  Stephanie Ortoleva, President & Executive Director, Women Enabled International

    • Ferdous Ara Begum, Former Member of UN CEDAW Committee
    • Lizzie Kiama, This-Ability Consulting
    • Sahar Mouzami, OutRight Action International
    • Suzannah Phillips, Women Enabled International

    Promoting the voices of historically excluded women and girls—including women with disabilities, older women, and LGBTI individuals—is essential to ensuring that international human rights standards, recommendations, and policies reflect their unique experiences. Panelists will discuss how effective engagement with the UN human rights system can elevate the voices of excluded populations to promote and protect their rights. This event will also introduce Women Enabled International’s new, innovative accountABILITY Toolkit, a resource consisting of three briefing papers designed to facilitate effective civil society participation in the UN human rights system to advance women’s rights, hold States accountable to their human rights obligations, and ensure that the voices of all women and girls are being heard.

    CART interpretation will be provided and this event is open to all.

    Join us at this exciting side event and be the first to get a copy of the Women Enabled International accountABILITY Toolkit, launched at CSW!
  • Rural Girls with Disability – Their Access to Education.
    12 March 2018, 2:30-4:00pm
    4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY (Aqua Room)

    Sponsoring Organizations: 
    Rehabilitation International (RI) supported by the Norwegian Government

    Moderator: Jan A. Monsbakken, Immediate Past President, Rehabilitation International

    • State Secretary Marianne Hagen – The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • Venus Ilagan – Rehabilitation International Secretary General
    • Professor Asha Hans, India
    • Tone Mørk – Director Statped, Norway
    • Anastasia Holoboff, Legal Advisor, Women Enabled International.

For general information on CSW62 2018, see http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018



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