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On March 12, the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) begins at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will attend sessions on CSW’s 2018 priority theme, “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”

Equimundo is co-hosting several events and presenting successful approaches to engaging men and boys for gender equality. Join us at the events below and check out the full schedule of side events.

Rural Realities in the Nordics

When: Monday, March 12, 8:15am – 9:30am EDT
Where: UN Headquarters, GA Building, Conference Room 12
405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017
Hosted by: Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers

Equimundo President and CEO Gary Barker is moderating an expert panel on rural realities in the Nordics, organized by the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The region has been working together to promote gender equality for more than 40 years, driven by a shared vision of equal opportunities, rights, and obligations for all who live in the region, regardless of gender. Longstanding commitments to gender equality in the region have yielded significant results. However, the region has still not closed the gender gap entirely, and it continues to face challenges, including in extending and ensuring rights, opportunities, and access to equality to people living in rural areas and communities.

Learn more here.

Engaging Men and Boys in Partnership with Women and Girls

When: Wednesday, March 14, 10:00am – 11:15am EDT
Where: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
885 Second Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Hosted by: Government of Canada, Equimundo, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Permanent Mission of Iceland to the UN

Gender equality cannot be achieved by women and girls in isolation. Men and boys must also challenge the traditions and customs that support and maintain gender inequalities.

This event will focus on engaging men and boys to address and prevent violence against women and girls, including harmful gender norms and unequal power dynamics. It will feature a panel discussion with government and civil society organization representatives.

Learn more and RSVP here.

Understanding Masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa Region

When: Wednesday, March 14, 5:30pm – 7:30pm EDT
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Hosted by: Equimundo, UN Women, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Join UN Women, Equimundo, and Sida to explore perceptions and realities of masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including through the perspectives of researchers, advocates, practitioners, and celebrity role models from the region; films and a virtual reality experience created as part of UN Women’s regional Because I am a man campaign; and a lively discussion. The event will highlight findings from the largest ever multi-country study carried out in the region, the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), as well as key entry points for engaging men and boys in gender equality through community-based and national programs, campaigns, and advocacy efforts.

Learn more and RSVP here.

Men and Boys’ Engagement for the Empowerment of All Rural Women and Girls

When: Thursday, March 22, 12:30pm EDT
Where: Downstairs at the Salvation Army
221 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
Hosted by: Women for Women International, Equimundo, and the MenEngage Alliance

Women for Women International will host a CSW parallel event on men’s engagement in support of the empowerment of rural women and girls, in collaboration with Equimundo and the MenEngage Alliance. Join for a thoughtful conversation on a critical topic in transforming harmful masculinities to advance gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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