Guidelines for Nomination

Before you submit a nomination, please carefully read the instructions below to better understand the nomination process and complete your nomination. You may also refer to the check list for step-by-step instructions.

Responsibilities of a Canadian Delegate

To serve as a member of the Canadian delegation at the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), the delegate must:

  • Participate in meetings/briefings of the Canadian delegation;
  • Bring a Canadian CSO perspective to the work of the Canadian delegation, representing a spectrum of women’s and other civil society organizations;
  • Provide advice to the delegation on their area(s) of expertise and contribute to side events organized by Canada;
  • Liaise with Canadian and other CSO s at the UNCSW, including taking part in debriefings of Canadian CSO s on how discussions are proceeding;
  • Following the meeting, disseminate information on the results of the UNCSW and organize follow-up activities; as appropriate, and
  • Take part in a debrief chaired by the Minister of Status of Women to provide feedback and discuss best practices.

Nomination Criteria

  • Overall knowledge of gender equality issues;
  • Expertise of thematic and institutional issues to be discussed at the 63rd session of UNCSW, including issues relating to social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and relating to women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development;
  • Significant expertise in one or more of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action;
  • Potential to disseminate information and to link with other organizations in the CSO community and civil society;
  • Commitment to further advance gender equality, both in Canada and internationally;
  • Availability to attend related CSO preparatory meetings in the event they take place; and
  • Availability to attend for the duration of the first week of meetings.

Please note:

  • Status of Women Canada seeks to ensure that the realities and perspectives of the selected CSO representatives are reflective and inclusive of the experiences of all Canadians. The provision of any intersectional identity information (including, but not limited to, gender identity, sexual orientation, person with a disability, racial or ethnic background), as deemed relevant by the candidate, is therefore welcome within the application. There is no requirement to provide this information as provision of this information is voluntary.
  • CSO representatives on the Canadian delegation will be selected based on their professional experience and qualifications.
  • CSO representatives who have been previously selected as official Canadian delegates within the past 5 years will not be eligible for selection in order to provide opportunities for other candidates.

Nominations must be received no later than than October 26th, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Incomplete nominations or nominations received after this deadline will not be considered.

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