United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

Episcopalians have participated in annual sessions of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), along with their wider Anglican Communion family, since at least the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. Read a brief overview about the history of Episcopal/Anglican engagement with UNCSW and how you can get involved on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheet below.

UNCSW 65 – March 15th – 26th, 2021

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)’s 65th session will take place virtually.  Read more about UN Women’s plans for UNCSW 65 here.

Preparing for UNCSW 65

Looking to get involved? Want to know what is happening with our Episcopal and Anglican presence at UNCSW 65? Joining us for virtual events? Following remotely? Details below – please check frequently for updates:

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking to get involved? Available in English and Spanish

UNCSW 65 Fact Sheet

Up-to-date description of the Anglican and Episcopal presence that will participate alongside our faith-based and civil society partners.

The Presiding Bishop’s Delegation

Episcopal Church events and joint Anglican/Episcopal events

You are warmly invited to join Episcopal Church-hosted events, with the participation of our wider Anglican and faith-based family! Click on this link for the flyer and RSVP to EpiscopalUN@episcopalchurch.org. Additional events offered by Episcopal Relief & Development and the Anglican Communion are listed in the Fact Sheet. If you or your church are hosting a virtual event, please let everyone know by submitting an event listing to the Episcopal News Service Events page.

March 11:Welcome to UNCSW 65: Meet the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation.” Recording, PowerPoint and speaker bios.
March 15: UNCSW 65 Opening Worship. Premiered on The Episcopal Church’s Facebook page on March 15 at 12:10 EDT.
March 25:Taking It Back Home: Report Back from the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation.” Recording, PowerPoint and program.
March 26: UNCSW 65 Closing Worship. Live worship via Zoom at 12:10 EDT, livestreamed to EpiscopalUN Facebook page.

Generation Equality Forum #GenerationEquality

March 29 – 31: GEF launch in Mexico. On April 29th, The Episcopal Church’s #CSW65 Presiding Bishop’s delegates Tatiana Hoecker (Dio West Texas, Prov VII), Maria Gonzalez (Dio Olympia, Prov VIII) and The Reverend Annalise Castro Pasalo (Dio Hawaii, Prov VIII) organized and hosted an excellent webinar, “Generation Equality: Lifting Up Young Women’s Voices” during which they shared their experiences representing the Church at the virtual #GenerationEquality Forum in Mexico, March 29th – 31st and the importance of mentoring and identifying opportunities for developing young women’s leadership. They were joined by a representative of the Social, Economic, Human Rights and Humanitarian Section of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN. Check back here for the recording to be posted shortly, and read below Ms. Tatiana Hoecker’s blog about the experience. 

Join us via social media

Follow the action and contribute your own experiences/stories/thoughts via hashtags #CSW65 (official UN hashtag), #GenerationEquality, #EpiscopalUN (all things Episcopal Church and the UN) and #EpiscopalCSW (our Episcopal Church involvement at CSW, continuous reporting from year to year). More information about social media channels is available in the FAQs and Fact Sheet.

Share Your Story

What is your connection to UNCSW and/or the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action? Episcopalians have been involved with Beijing since before the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, adapting the Platform for use in their churchwide, diocesan and local ministries. They also have been involved in attending UNCSW for decades. If you are one of them, or know of one, you are invited to share your story as part of documenting our collective Episcopal and Anglican achievements and reflecting on the state of women’s and girls’ empowerment 25 years after Beijing. Share your story, photos, videos and other materials here.

Become a Delegate

Interested in being a Presiding Bishop’s delegate to UNCSW? There was no delegate application process for UNCSW 65, as the UNCSW 64 delegation – who did not get to attend physically – were invited to continue for CSW65. Please check back in late Spring 2021 to apply to be a delegate to UNCSW 66 in March 2022.

Beijing Noonday Prayer

Join in praying the Beijing Noonday Prayer. By praying this prayer at noon in each of our time zones, we pray not only for those who will be gathering, we also join in a tradition born during the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995:

Beijing Noonday Prayer  [updated for Beijing +25]

Dear God, Creator of the heavens and the earth, we pray for all who gathered in Beijing and for all those attending and supporting the sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women Meeting. Bless them.

Help us to see one another through eyes enlightened by understanding and compassion.
Release us from prejudice so we can receive the stories of our sisters and brothers with respect and attention.
Open our ears to the cries of a suffering world and the healing melodies of peace.
Empower us to be instruments in bringing about Your justice, peace and equality everywhere.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at EpiscopalUN@episcopalchurch.org.

Please join us in celebrating and praying with all those who have been involved with Beijing and UNCSW, for our delegations who will represent and advocate on our behalf, and most especially for women and girls worldwide.

Ms. Lynnaia Main

Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations

The Rev. David Copley

Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel

The Rev. Cn. Dr.
Chuck Robertson

Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church

Ms. Lynnaia Main

Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations