Commission on the Status of Women

THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW), ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED NATIONS IN 1946, IS THE PRINCIPAL GLOBAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL BODY EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO THE PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN.

With this as its focus, its mandate includes drafting recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women’s rights, the monitoring of implementation of measure for the advancement of women and the identification of issues affecting gender equality. Furthermore, CSW takes a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

Meeting annually in New York to discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of key global policy documents, CSW affords a unique opportunity for representatives of UN Member States, civil society organisations and UN entities to promote and document emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.

Every year the SI International President leads a Soroptimist delegation at CSW, New York.

Revisit CSW59 and CSW60 and find out more about the themes of CSW61, taking place 13 – 24 March 2017.

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