The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the largest global gathering for gender equality advocates held every year, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Alongside high-level dialogue between member states, CSW includes vibrant and inspiring multi-stakeholder events and knowledge sharing on gender and women’s empowerment.

Women’s access to infrastructure 

At CSW this year, the conference theme is: social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. 

Through Practical Action’s policy and practice work we seek to enable women and girls to not only access the services that will make their lives safer, easier and more productive, but advocate for their critical role in decision-making around the development of such sustainable infrastructure across our core goal areas: energy access, agriculture, disaster risk reduction and WASH and urban services. 

Why CSW63?

Through participation in CSW63, Practical Action seeks to share learning on gender equality from our programmes and influencing work, learn important lessons and best practice from others’ experiences, and continue to push for policy and practice that meaningfully address the realities and needs of marginalised communities, particularly women, from the outset.

Our participation

Waste Management

Dignifying Lives and Empowering Women in Waste Management

19 March, 10.30 EST - 8th Floor, Church Center for the United Nations

Women’s access to, and role in shaping, public services and sustainable waste management infrastructure is vital to achieving clean, safe places for all to live and work. However, women’s needs and diverse roles in this sector are often overlooked in planning and policy-making. 

Hosted by Practical Action, with contributions from partners Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) and the ILO, this session will explore innovative, gender-sensitive approaches to solid waste management in South Asia and elsewhere, including how these can be scaled up in different contexts. 

The session will: 

  • Explore how social protection systems can help safeguard informal female workers who are especially vulnerable to exploitation
  • Provide guidance on how to lobby and sensitise stakeholders to improve the working conditions of informal female workers
  • Improve understanding of how to mobilise female workers in associations and other collectives to advocate for their economic rights
  • Demonstrate and strengthen women’s participation and decision making across waste management value chains.

There is no need to register for this event.

Key Publications


PRISM: Changing the lives of informal waste workers

This booklet is our attempt to bring forth the voices of our beneficiaries so that their story of change is well documented and available for everyone to experience.


Gender approaches in climate compatible development: Lessons from Kenya

This report examines gender and climate change in relation to efforts to support climate compatible development, a policy goal that aims to integrate and draw synergies between adaptation,...


Gender approaches in climate compatible development: Lessons from India

This report underlines three key ideas: 1) that women are natural brokers of learning around adaptation and emissions; 2) women offer far better value for money in adaptation and resilience building...


Solving the last mile distribution channel: a call to action from the global distributors collective

One billion people lack access to electricity, 663 million people lack access to clean water, 815 million people are chronically undernourished, and 3 billion people lack access to clean cooking...


Gender Transformative Early Warning Systems

Early warning systems build community resilience to disasters, with the potential to save lives and livelihoods. Women and marginalized gender groups face unique barriers in disasters, and EWS that...


Transgender-inclusive sanitation: insights from South Asia

This paper provides insights from initiatives to include transgender people in sanitation programming in South Asia. Three case studies of recent actions to make sanitation inclusive for...

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