The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) began yesterday, March 12, and will run through March 23. CSW brings together nations, UN entities, and civil society to advocate for gender equality, investments in girls and women, and women’s empowerment. This year’s theme is the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Human trafficking disproportionately impacts women and girls, and thus its elimination is crucial to the fight to end gender-based violence and achieve gender equality. In support of these efforts, a number of CSW62 side-events address the challenges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and modern-day slavery. Many of the events are open to the public; reach out to the specified contact person if you’d like to attend.

March 8 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Remember Slavery “Say it Loud” Exhibit

Hosted by the UN Department of Public Education

Visitors Lobby, UN Headquarters

March 13 11:30am – 12:45pm: Harmful and Deadly – Child Marriage and Maternal Mortality in Rural Settings

Hosted by New Zealand, Canada, Zambia, & International Women’s Health Coalition

Contact: nzpmunrsvp@gmail.com

March 13 1:15pm – 2:30pm: Preventing Human Trafficking Among Rural Women and Girls – Integrating Inherent Dignity into a Human Rights Model

Hosted by Holy See, Mercy International Association, Mercy Global Action, Arise Foundation, Congregation of Our Lade of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Society of the Sacred Heart, UNANIMA, & women@thewell

Conference Room 1 – Conference Building

Contact: rlandry@holyseemission.org

March 14 11:30am – 12:45pm: Modern Slavery and Its Impact on Women & Girls

Hosted by Liechtenstein & United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Contact: mz@nyc.llv.li

March 15 8:15am – 9:30am: “#MeToo” Say Survivors: Human Rights, Gender and Trafficking in Human Beings

Hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, UNODC, UN Women, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Equality Now

Conference Room 1 – Conference Building

Contact: csw62@odihr.pl

March 16 3:00pm – 4:15pm: Presenting Challenges and Considering Solutions to Combat Sex Trafficking and Other Forms of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls

Hosted by Ireland, in collaboration with The Council of Europe (TBC), Ruhama and CAP International

Conference Room 11 – GA Building

Contact: n/a

March 16 4:30pm: Ending Labour Exploitation and Trafficking in Sex Work

Hosted by Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)

Church Center for the UN, 10th Floor

Contact: n/a

To view the complete side-event calendar, visit UN Women. For more information about CSW62 visit the Commission on the Status of Women website.