BPW International Parallel Events at UN CSW 68 - March 10-22, 2024

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NGO CSW68 Forum

Orientation Session


Wednesday, 6 March 2024 | 9am - 10:30am EST

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Virtual on Zoom


This is a great session for those who are new to the NGO CSW Forum or UN CSW spaces, or for anyone who needs a refresher. We'll discuss all the different ways to engage and participate in the NGO CSW68 Forum and CSW68, as well as how to navigate the NGO CSW68 Forum Virtual Portal.

International Federation Business and Professional Women, Business and Professional Women Mozambique and Courage for Freedom


Just Transitions: Intersectional Purview Accountability Advancing Human Rights as Ethical Practices in Extreme Poverty Responses


Monday, 11 March, 2024 - 10:30am – 90 minutes

In-person - CCUN, 10th floor


What does climate, conflict of war, the need for education, migration crises, xenophobia, human trafficking and sexual exploitation have in common? They all intersect with poverty disproportionately affecting women and girls around the globe.  While each sector has important findings, work and project purviews, it is intersectional understanding in collaboration that draws us together in common humanity ensuring human rights and ethical practices are part of all extreme poverty responses to empower women and girls in all their diversity.  



  • Opening Remarks:  Dr Catherine Bosshart, BPW International President 2021-2024
  • Sponsor: BPW Maputo Mozambique President, Ivone Soares Member of Parliament, Head of Mozambican Delegation at Pan-African Parliament, Chief Whip Renamo
  • Moderator:  Dr Jenny Lind-Elmaco, BPW International United Nations Standing Committee, Science Diplomacy and International Affairs


  • Nilam Matullah, World Resources Institute, Women’s Issues in Climate and Poverty Crises
  • Margaret Owen, Human Rights Lawyer, President Widows Peace and Security, Poverty and Conflict of War
  • Dr Justina Mutale, Founder JM Foundation, VP UK Women’s Alliance, Poverty Intersections in Education Responses
  • Nermin Ahmad, NFBPWC-NYC President & Women on the Move Chair, BPW – UN Representative Poverty and Xenophobia, Racism and Social Inclusion
  • Kelly Tallon Franklin, BPW International United Nations Standing Committee (Human Rights), Poverty and Sexual Exploitation Solutions

Special Promotion of Side Event to CSW68

Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth BMFSFJ/Germany, National Council of German Women’s Organizations


Joint Side Event to CSW68

Breaking the Single Parent Poverty Trap

Concept Note


Monday, 11th of March, 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

in-person and virtual

Location: Conference Room 6, UN General Assembly Building

Webcast: https://webtv.un.org/en


Single parent poverty is still a reality for millions of lone mothers and their children around the world. The rate of extreme poverty among divorced or separated women (8 per cent) doubles that of divorced and separated men in low and middle-income countries. Among 40 high and upper middle-income countries,

lone mother households have higher rates of poverty across every single country, data shows (UN Women 2020).

This event will discuss the complex risks, causes and consequences of single parent poverty, with a focus on lone mothers, highlighting best practices and promising policies to prevent and to end poverty. It will highlight intersectional approaches to design programs for and with lone mothers and discuss strategies to implement these policies in a challenging political environment.

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BPW International, GlobeWomen, PPSEAWA International, Zonta 


Transformational Leadership: Systems Thinking to Address Polycrisis and Structural Challenges in Women's Access


Monday, 11 March 2024, 2:30pm


Salvation Army Auditorium, New York

221 East 52nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Event Nr. 15876


In the process of invigorating strategic foresight, we explore innovative strategies and a human rights-based approach to address economic gender gaps, as a deliberate multilateral response, focusing on how financial inclusion and entrepreneurship, transformational education, equitable workplace and social norms can accelerate progress towards gender equality. Experts will discuss jargon avoidance to inspire political will and collaborative action with the private sector and CSOs with a gender perspective in empowering women and girls economically, socially and educationally.


> Biographies of Moderators and Speakers


  • Dr Jenny Lind-Elmaco
  • Chularat (Toyting) Israngkool Na Ayutthaya, BPW International 1st VP 2021-2024


  • Dr Catherine Bosshart – BPW International President 2021-2024, UN Representative 
  • Linda Laura Sabbadini – Central Director ISTAT, Chairperson of W20
  • Dunstanette Macauley – BPW Lome,Togo President, Toastmasters
  • Carolyn Savage - BPW New Zealand
  • Kelly Tallon Franklin - ISTAC Cohort-Office of Security Europe/Office of Democracy in Human Rights
  • Irene Natividad - Chair GlobeWomen Research & Education Institute, President Global Summit of Women

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, International Federation of Business and Professional Women, and Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians


Parlamentarians Against Poverty

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 10.30am


Register https://ngocsw68forum.vfairs.com/en/registration-form

Join us in a moderated international panel and interactive discussion featuring parliamentarians with experience in reducing poverty through gender sensitive laws and policies, including:

  • Swiss MP and “artivist” Yvonne Apiyo Brandle-Amolo who will speak to her anti-poverty work with migrants 
  • South Sudanese MP Betty Ogwaro who is a former minister of agriculture and will speak to the guns/poverty link and  “localization” strategies (with civil society allies such as GNWP) that she employs in the field and in parliament
  • Canadian parliamentarians MP Leah Gazan, who with Senator Kim Pate, will set out their joint strategy for introduction of a guaranteed livable income 
  • Senator Rosemary Moodie (co-chair of Canada’s Black Parliamentary caucus), who will speak specifically on reducing child poverty in Canada and the Caribbean region
  • Député Guillaume Gouffier-Valente (French Member of Parliament) who will speak to the significance of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in reducing poverty among women and their families.

BPW Spain


Round Table: Voices of Change: Women, Empowerment and Overcoming Poverty


Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 15.00pm 


Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 80 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004 (3rd floor conference room) 



  • Silvia Vigatà, BPW Spain Immediate Past President


  • Ma Jose Mainar, BPW Spain Past President 


  • Paz Martín Lozano, BPW Madrid President
  • Carmen Quintanilla Barba, AFAMMER National President
  • Mirela Del Pozo Farreres, President CEDE
  • Antonia Varela Pérez, BPW Canarias President



Global Collaboration to Tackle Period Poverty


Wednesday, 13 March 2024 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

In-Person and virtual

Salvation Army Auditorium, New York

221 East 52nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Virtual: Zoom (Hybrid)

Event Nr. 5585243


> Registration

> Information on the website


The National Federation of Business and Professional Women and the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women invite you to an event to discuss a public health crisis that exists around the world – Period Poverty.

Period poverty is a global issue that affects millions worldwide and directly contributes to the global gender gap. Women and girls miss school and work due to lack of access to period products, which is detrimental to the global economy. More seriously, lack of access to products leaves menstruators at risk of serious health issues from using products longer than recommended or substituting products with unsanitary items.

Countries have slowly begun to address the issue of period poverty through state-sponsored programs and collaboration with civil society to provide products and services to those in need Throughout this panel, we will hear from representatives from countries working to tackle period poverty sustainably and collect best practices of what is needed to end this public health crisis.

BPW Taiwan - Taipei Tenyuan Club 


Women Digital Platforms "We here" for Participation


March 14, 2024 08:30am - 10:00am ET 

Event Nr. 15612




Google Meet:





Ching Wen Kao (Taiwan), International Affaires Committee Coordinator, BPW Taiwan



  • Amany Asfour (Egypt), Africa Business Council/ Chair Partnership 
  • Sarah Peers (UK), Head of Academic Skills & Outreach of New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering
  • Caroline Chou (Taiwan), CEO of Silver Seed Gaurdian Co. Ltd

BPW Japan


Economic challenges among single-parenting mothers and their children in Japan


Thursday, 14 March 2024, 08:30am - 10:00am ET

in-person and virtual

Armenian Convention Center, Y room

Virtual: Zoom

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Single mothers are one of the most economically marginalised people in the world. Japan is no exception, with many single-parenting mothers left in poverty, with limited access to decent work. While the Government of Japan provides financial support and NGOs do aid these mothers at the grassroots level, further institutional assistance is required, as the COVID pandemic laid bare. This event provides lectures from an expert in this area in Japan. Then participants will discuss the topic and consider means to have an inclusive society for single mothers in poverty, not only in Japan but also on a global level.



  • Dr Fumiko Kambara


  • Riyuka Suzuki, BPW Japan
  • Midori Usa, BPW Japan
  • Moe Marui

Young BPW International


The Role of Entrepreneurship in Addressing Poverty and Empowering Women


Friday, 15 March 2024 -  8:30am  


ACC Guild Hall


This event will delve into the crucial subject of entrepreneurship and its transformative impact on addressing poverty and empowering women. We cordially invite you to join us for this insightful discussion, where we will explore innovative strategies and collaborative efforts to drive positive change.



  • Binita Shah, BPW Singapore
  • Carolyn Savage, BWP International
  • Djenabou Bah, BPW USA
  • Izadora Letchacoski, BPW Brazil
  • Noleen Germain, BPW France
  • Rita Ajati, BPW Nigeria



  • Lisa Fong, BPW Hong Kong (onsite)
  • Johanna Füten, BPW Germany (virtual)


Closing Remarks

  • Chularat Toyting Israngkool Na Ayutthaya, BPW International 1st Vice President UN 2021-2024


PPSEAWA International and BPW International


Disrupting Harm

Empowerment of Marginalized Women and Youth


Sunday, 17 March 2024 - 10:30pm New York 

Monday, 18 March 2024 - 09:30am Bangkok


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> Concept Note

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The Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA) recognizes that women and girls often lack economic autonomy and have less access to education at all levels, so are under-represented in decision-making on every level.

Women and youth who are marginalized due to gender, ethnicity, and migration status are especially vulnerable. Marginalized migrant women face increased risk of gender-based violence during transit and in resettlement, and experience intersecting and multiple forms of discrimination. PPSEAWA upholds the human rights of women and youth marginalized by race, ethnicity or migration status. PPSEAWA supports the United Nations Global Compact of Migration and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in their efforts to raise awareness of how migrants enrich our communities.

PPSEAWA fills the gaps where marginalized women and youth are not provided with legal and social protection systems aligned to their presence and needs. We engage in practices that prevent abuse/exploitation, alleviate stigmatization and isolation, and build up strength and resilience within communities. PPSEAWA supports programs that enable access to quality education, financial and health care services, and skills-training with the aim of self-determination and self-representation. Panelists will present practices for effective outreach and education for youth and ethnic minorities, from the perspective of non-governmental organizations in Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, and the United States.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Regional Asia Pacific Bureau of UNHCR in Bangkok, and our co-sponsor, BPW International (International Federation of Business and Professional Women), an international network of business and professional women who further women’s economic empowerment projects through mentoring, education, skills-building programs. 

BPW International 


Breaking Barriers: Transforming Institutions for Gender-Responsive Change


Monday, 18 March, 2024 - 8:30am

Virtual (Zoom)

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Event Nr. 15890


This session will delve into the role of institutions in advancing gender equality, with a focus on dismantling barriers that hinder progress. Panelists will discuss the importance of institutional reform, policy advocacy, and the integration of gender perspectives in decision-making processes. The session aims to provide actionable insights for policymakers and organizations to strengthen institutions in the pursuit of gender equality.



  • Claudia Pirani, BPW Brazil
  • Chularat (Toyting) Israngkool Na Ayutthaya, BPW International 1st VP 2021-2024


  • Dr. Catherine Bosshart - BPW International President 2021-2024, UN Representative 
  • Dr Jenny Lind-Elmaco, BPW Asia Pacific Representative
  • Ivone Soares - Mozambique President Parliamentarian
  • Avipsa Prasai, Young BPW Nepal 

International Federation Business and Professional Women, Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, Courage for Freedom 


Empowerment of Women and Girls entrenched in Poverty as a Human Right and Ethical Prevention of Human Trafficking


Monday, 18 March 2024 - 12.30pm EDT - 2 hours

virtual, Zoom, register in advance 


The International Federation of Business and Professional Women, Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, and Courage for Freedom invite you to our discussion of human rights and safety crisis that exists around the globe – Human Trafficking.  

Human Trafficking is a global safety and security issue that disproportionately affects women and girls. The commodification of persons in sex, labor, forced marriage, and surrogacy is an issue that is growing at alarming rates yet challenging to prove. This crime against humanity affects millions worldwide and is directly associated with other criminal activities and harmful practices and health outcomes to families and their communities.

Through this panel, you will hear presentations and conversations by Survivors whose lived experiences and Stakeholders whose work represents a vast collection of best practices and ethical responses addressing poverty and human trafficking intersections that are working.  Yes, Institutional reforms are necessary in all areas, along with economic backing to support the work ahead but it must be ethic-centric.

We invite persons from all government, sectors, ngo agencies, economic sector and industries to come and hear what is needed to end the coercion, manipulation, and exploitation of some of our most vulnerable populations through empowerment around the world.



  • Opening Remarks: Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya, BPW International 1st Vice President 2021-2024             
  • Introductions & Panel Support: BPW Anti Human Trafficking Task Force Representatives
  • Panel Virtual Support: Vilma Barbosa, BPW Brazil
  • Panel Chat Support: Luciana “Lou” Yakamoto, BPW St Martin 
  • Panel Moderator: Jenny Lind-Emalco
  • Panel Host: Julia Drydk Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking
  • Panel Sponsor:  
  • Kelly Tallon Franklin – Canada Courage for Freedom, BPW Canada VP Communications


  • Malaika Oringo - Netherlands/Uganda
  • Shamere McKenzie- Jamaica/USA
  • Eva Dimiriadou – Greece 
  • Angelina Kurdenok -Georgia/Russia
  • Miriaam Bhatti – Ireland 
  • Alina Catrinel Gheorgue - Romania
  • Eilleen Dong – USA/
  • Anna Jane Edwards - Producer Movie Dark Highway, Trailer 1:21 minutes (read more here)

BPW Taiwan


Yes! Womenomics - Empowering Women for Economic Growth


Wednesday, 20 March 2024 - 08:30am (New York), 20:30pm (Taiwan)

Event Nr. 15618




Google Meet:




Ching Wen Kao, International Affaires Committee Coordinator, BPW Taiwan



  • Elizabeth Benham, BPW International Past President 2008-2011
  • Hyun Park (Catarina), BPW Asia Pacific East Asia Sub Reginal Coordinator
  • Dr. Herlin Chien,  Associate Professor, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, BPW Next (2024-2027) Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator

BPW Carol Hanlon


Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs, Gender Equality and SDG’s


Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 12:30pm - 13:30pm ET


CCUN, 11th Floor, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York


Event Nr. 15499