PPSEAWA's virtual events at CSW65

Release Date: 
Tuesday, 30 March, 2021

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021 through the United Nations in New York. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings. 

PPSEAWA was the co-sponsor of two Side Events:

March 16: "Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being: Implementing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Amelioration of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the Context of COVID-19." Organizers included the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations; Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations; WHO Office at the United Nations, New York; International Council of Women (ICW-CIF); Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (CCCUN); and PPSEAWA. Examples of successful and replicable programs and research from Australia, Europe, Asia, Caribbean, and U.S. were discussed that address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), esp. heart disease, cancer, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and mental health and neurological conditions for women and children. 

March 24: "We Have Your Back: Breaking the cycle from online harassment to threats to violence against women and girl leaders." Organizer sincluded the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the League of Women Voters of United States, Albania, Australia, UN Women and NGOs: ADIN, FAWCO, IAWRT, ICJW, and PPSEAWA. Panel discussed available research on preventive actions and good practices including legal, grassroots, professional and academic perspectives for breaking the cycle from online harassment to threats to violence against women and girl leaders. They also addressed how States, information and communication technology (ICT) companies, and other stakeholders can urgently eradicate online violence against women and girl leaders.


In addition, PPSEAWA was involved with several Parallel Events during the NGO CSW65 Forum, which runs concurrently:

March 11: "The Crucial Role of Women in Providing Effective Leadership to End the Trafficking of Women and Girls" organized by the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons and PPSEAWA International. Dr. Raj Abdul Karim, 2nd Vice President of PPSEAWA International, was a panelist.

March 15: "Role of NPOs/NGOs in formation of public policies" organized by PPSEAWA Taiwan. Dr. Mandy Chen, President of PPSEAWA Taiwan, Dr. Mariko Fujisawa (PPSEAWA Japan), and Yukiko Takezawa (PPSEAWA Japan), served on this panel.

March 16: "Feminist Leadership Led the Way for Gender Equality and Inclusive Future" organized by Soroptimist International and PPSEAWA. Panelists included: Mondhiya Bhangsbha (PPSEAWA International President), Regina Chen (Immediate Past President of PPSEAWA Taiwan), Dr. Chaiskran Hiranpruk (PPSEAWA Representative to ESCAP), Dr. Susan Iwamura (President of PPSEAWA Hawaii), and Helen Yang (PPSEAWA's Programme Development Committee Chairperson).

March 18: "Women’s Empowerment and Effective Participation in the Renewable Energy Sector" organized by PPSEAWA International. Panelists included Sumon Vangchuay (PPSEAWA Representative to UN/Geneva), Dr. Munirah Mohd Hassan (President of PPSEAWA-Malaysia/Sarawak Chapter), Kesinee Dulyarat (PPSEAWA Representative to UN/NY), and Akari Yamada (PPSEAWA International 1st Vice President).

March 24: "Reviewing Social and Economic Support Systems for Vulnerable Women" rganized by PPSEAWA and Sroptimist International of the Americas/Taiwan region. Organizer was Helen Yang (PPSEAWA's Programme Development Committee Chairperson).


PPSEAWA International Executive Committee hosted its first virtual welcome reception for 35 participants on March 15.

One highlight of the reception was a presentation by recipients of grants from PPSEAWA's Young Women's Fund. Two youth members from Taiwan, Claire Toh and Gloria Lee, received a USD$1000 grant from PPSEAWA in February for their video called "Unite the Diverse". They premiered their video during the virtual welcome reception, which tackles ethnic discrimination in Taiwan. The video is a showcase of student dancers who embrace and blend various dance styles. These PPSEAWA young women aim to bring attention to the struggles of aboriginal Taiwanese as rural minority groups who are denied certain privileges that many other Taiwanese enjoy - such as the lack of proper education and resources. They plan to use the proceeds from this video to benefit performing arts education in Taiwan for underprivileged children.

  • The Crucial Role of Women in Providing Effective Leadership to End the Trafficking of Women and Girls
  • Women's Empowerment and Effective Participation in the Renewable Energy Sector
  • Feminist Leadership Led the Way for Gender Equality and Inclusive Future
  • Role of NPOs/NGOs in Formation of Public Policies
  • PPSEAWA Virtual Welcome Reception