Participate in WHRC's side event at UN CSW 2021

Come along to WHRC's side event to hear our outstanding speakers from all over the world discuss the harms that 'gender ideology' is causing to women and our sex-based rights. Speakers include Kara Dansky, Sheila Jefferies, Linda Louis, Marie-Claire Faray, Kathleen Lowrey, Jo Brew, Maria Binetti, Eugenia Rodrigues, Gunda Schumann, Rochelle Dean, Amparo Domingo and Anna Kerr. See full press release below.

If you want to take part you must register as an advocate.

  • To do this, go to www.ngocsw.org/ngocsw65/.
  • Scroll down to “Register to become an Advocate” and click.
  • This will take you to an Eventbrite page where you can register for free.
  • You will then be sent a link to the virtual platform.
  • Click the link.
  • Click Schedule > Agenda > March 20 and scroll down to the event.
  • On March 20 at 10:00 a.m. ET, go to the event and click on the link to join the event

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WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN HOSTS PARALLEL EVENT AT UNITED NATIONS ANNUAL COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN FORUM

NEW YORK, February 22, 2021 – The Women’s Human Rights Campaign (WHRC) is hosting a parallel event at the U.N.’s annual forum on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 2021). The event will be held on March 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EST.

During this event, WHRC will explain the harms that ‘gender identity’ ideology is causing to women and girls’ rights across the globe. WHRC is an organisation of women from across the world dedicated to protecting the sex-based rights of women and girls. Our founders created the Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights, which reaffirms the sex-based rights of women that are set out in the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1979, to lobby nations to maintain language protecting women and girls on the basis of sex, rather than ‘gender identity’.

WHRC is very excited to be hosting our event at CSW 2021, the principal global intergovernmental event exclusively dedicated to the promotion of equality between the sexes and the empowerment of women. We are delighted to have the opportunity to present our Declaration, which has been signed by over 14,000 people and more than 300 organisations throughout the globe, to member state representatives, UN delegates and NGOs.

Our speakers, a group of feminist activists from around the world, will demonstrate how ‘gender identity’ ideology is preventing women from participating fully and effectively in decision-making and hampering efforts to combat the epidemic of violence against women and girls.

"The dangers that enshrining so-called ‘gender identity’ in the law presents to women and girls all around the world cannot be overstated,” said Jo Brew, Coordinator of the WHRC. “Enshrining ‘gender identity’ in the law has resulted in concrete and material harms to women and girls, including the rapes of female prisoners and shelter residents, and the loss of coveted positions on sports teams.”

We will demonstrate that: the ability to collect vital data on the status of women and girls is destroyed when the category of sex is replaced with ‘gender identity’, making it impossible for NGOs to provide effective services to women and girls; ‘gender identity’ ideology is harming women’s sport, causing damage to women and girls’ health and blocking competition opportunities at every level from grass-roots to elite; the destruction of single-sex spaces such as toilets, prisons, rape crisis centres and healthcare contributes to growing violence against women and girls; real harms are done to women’s ability to take part in public life by an aggressive and state-sanctioned ‘movement’ that seeks to silence, de-platform and harm women who dare to speak out; physical and emotional harm is done to children caught up in ‘gender identity’ ideology. 

To attend this event you will need to register as an NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Advocate. Registration is free. To do this, go to www.ngocsw.org/ngocsw65/. Scroll down to “Register to become an Advocate” and click. This will take you to an Eventbrite page where you can register for free. You will then be sent a link to the virtual platform. Click the link. Click Schedule > Agenda > March 20 and scroll down to the event. On March 20 at 10:00 a.m. ET, go to the event and click on the link to join the event.