Do you want to get involved with Soroptimist International and the United Nations? Did you know that as a Soroptimists you are able to nominate for attendance at the Comission of the Status of Women (CSW).

CSW is the place to build consensus and commitment on policy actions to participate in workshops, forums and mix with over 6000 women from around the world.  

Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific announce that nominations are open for Soroptimsts from the South West Pacific to nominate for the one (1) paid delegate position and the 16 self funded positions.

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women  (CSW63) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.  Each year there is a Priority Theme and a Review Theme.

Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session);

Soroptimist International and South West Pacific role at CSW63

Soroptimist International Role
• SI has General Consultative Status with ECOSOC
• SI Europe, SI Great Britain and Ireland and SI South West Pacific have Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC
• Consultative Status allows attendance at the higher level forums and the opportunity to address the governments in attendance
• SI also takes an active role in the side events. Panels on a particular theme enable us to share examples of our work.
• Attendance raises the visibility of SI, its mission and programme of service
• Soroptimists attending help to make our United Nations connection very tangible and significant

For more information read the CSW Background document. (see link below)

Fully paid Scholarship

The scholarship will cover the delegates costs for economy class travel, transfers and accommodation. Accommodation will be booked by SISWP.
All other costs, including attending the Consultation Day, will be at the Soroptimist’s expense.  You will be required to write a report for SISWP and provide regular media coverage whilst attending CSW.   For more information read the CSW Cover Page. (see link below)

Self Funded Scholarship.

These scholarships provide up to 16 Soroptimists with the opportunity to be a SWP Delegate at CSW, you will be able to access passes to the UN, workshops and events.  You will be responsible for all your costs, travel costs, transfers, visas and accomodation.  But you will have the most fantastic time.   Please read all supporting documents and complete the nomination form.

Nominations close on the 30th of November 2018.

Supporting Documents (to download these documents you will need to be logged onto the website)

document CSW 63 Scholarship Cover Page (305 KB)

document CSW Background information (294 KB)

Application form CSW 63 Scholarship

Non funded delegate application CSW 63