International Development Law Organization

CSW63 | Justice for Women

SIDE EVENT Justice for Women: Launch of the High-level Group Report

Join UN Women, the International Development Law Organization, the World Bank and the Task Force on Justice for the launch of a High-level Group Report on Justice for Women.

The adoption of a global commitment to promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies and access to justice for all (SDG 16) and a standalone commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (SDG 5) are unprecedented. There is enormous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and girls through the global momentum afforded by these pledges.

Justice for women is a critical dimension of social protection, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Across the globe, women’s demands for accountability for violations and abuses have gained greater attention and consequence than ever before. Stoked by a watershed moment for gender equality, driven by activities, campaigns and movements worldwide, such as #MeToo, NiUnaMenos, SheDecides, women’s marches, local and national-level agitation, many governments and corporations have underlined their commitment to change.

Within this context, the High-level Group on Justice for Women (HLG) is launching the report on Justice for Women as part of a broader ongoing work of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.


10:00 - 12:00  |  Wednesday, March 13, 2019  |  Riverview Room: 28th Floor East Tower, Millenium Hotel, One United Nations Plaza, New York


Panel discussion. Flyer available for download below (subject to change).


Highlights of Report and Keynote Statements

  • Moderator: Ms. Maaike de Langen, Head of Research, Task Force on Justice, NYU-CIC
  • Overview of report by Dr. Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security

Keynote Statements

  • H.E. Mr. Lang Yabou, Permanent Representative of The Gambia to the UN
  • Mr. Fernando Marani, Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN
  • Ms. Mette Gonggrijp, Director of Social Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
  • Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, World Bank Group (delivered by Francesca Daverio, Sr. Counsel and Special Assistant to Sandie Okoro)
  • Rangita da Silva, Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania
  • Amelia Kinahoi-Siamomua, Head of Gender Section, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Dr. Inna Michaeli, Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

Closing remarks and commitments

  • Ms. Asa Regner, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
  • Hilary Gbedemah, Chairperson, CEDAW Committee
  • Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization


RSVP to UN Women Rule of Law Advisor Beatrice Duncan here

Social media:

To ensure that we collectively spread the word about #JusticeForWomen, we have put together the below guide to help attendees and the wider community actively engage with social media.


The event may have filming/photography for social media and future promotional and archival purposes. Please contact an IDLO staff member at the event if you would prefer not to be filmed / photographer, or email communications[a]


27 March, 2019
#Justiceforwomen and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, with its commitments to gender equality (SDG 5) and its promise of peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The High-level Group of Justice for Women worked to better understand common justice problems for women, make the case for investment and identify strategies that work. In their report they call to action justice leaders of all countries and sectors, to accelerate implementation of the global goals for gender equality...

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Inaugural Meeting: High-level Group on Justice for Women

Update (as of July 27, 2018): The Inaugural Meeting Report is now available below

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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.

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