#CSW65: what was won, what is pending

The 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the foremost intergovernmental body dedicated to gender equality, came to a close on Friday, 26 March 2021, after negotiations on the text of the agreed conclusions stretched into the final day of the conference. 
The Women’s Rights Caucus (WRC)—a global coalition of more than 200 feminist organizations, networks, and collectives that advocates for gender equality at the United Nations— welcomes the adoption of the Agreed Conclusions and the renewal of a global commitment to achieving inclusive gender equality. The consensus shows multilateral support to advance the human rights of all women and girls.
Despite pushback from regressive governments, WRC welcomes several key areas of progress.

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Feminist declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women

Feminist groups, trade unionists, women’s and community-based organizations, indigenous groups, disability rights advocates, LBTQ+ and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, women human rights defenders and girls’ and youth-led organizations (among others) have made this document on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.
As part of the Women’s Rights Caucus, recognizing that several member states lack political courage or will to commit to an ambitious political declaration 25 years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, we undertake to offer what we believe is a truly meaningful and reflective feminist declaration; one that takes stock of the current state of the world and the realities of women, girls and gender-non-conforming people in all their diversities.

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Practices of so-called “conversion therapy”, the latest Report by IESOGI

This Report by the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on SOGI is key to understand why the so-called “conversion therapy” is a way of torture. It is used as an umbrella term to describe interventions of a wide-ranging nature, that aim (or claim to aim) at changing people from gay, lesbian or bisexual to heterosexual and from trans or gender diverse to cisgender.
Víctor Madrigal-Borloz, explores the practices of so-called “conversion therapy” across the globe, including their impact on victims, their human rights implications and their connection with violence and discrimination based on SOGI, as well as measures adopted to prevent them and to penalize or prosecute those who perform them and remedies provided to victims.

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HRC44 – Statement urging to address LGBTI human rights violations worldwide

We urged the High Commissioner for Human Rights to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics, and to include LGBTI issues specifically in the oral updates and reports on COVID19. It was during 44th session of the Human Rights Council in a joint statement with ILGA World, COC Nederland, ISHR, Outright Action International and RFSL.
We welcomed the recognition by OHCHR of the specific impacts of the COVID19 pandemic on LGBTI persons and the guidance provided to states on how to address this situation, but despite all the efforts and campaigns carried out so far, LGBTI persons continue to have their human rights systematically violated.
Read the statement here.

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187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

ARC International joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
In line with the call to action signed by 96 human rights experts, organisations working for the protection of the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally have urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased violence and discrimination against persons with diverse SOGIESC.

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