Side events refer to activities outside the formal programme during the CSW. These are held on UN premises and are hosted by Permanent Missions and UN Entities. As such, NGOs require accreditation status or special registration to attend.
Parallel events are held outside of UN premises, and may be organised by any NGO (through the NGO Committee on the Status of Women). These are open to attendance by any member of the public.
The Commission comprises 45 Member States each year. Each Member State serves for a term of four years, and distribution of the Member States is based on geographical regions:
Thirteen from Africa
Eleven from Asia-Pacific
Nine from Latin America and the Caribbean
Eight from Western Europe and other States
Four from Eastern Europe
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women are in charge of all parallel events.