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 measures 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 – CSW62, and find out more about the priority and review themes of CSW63, which will take place from 11 to 22 March 2019.

CSW63

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session. Priority theme: Social

CSW62

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. Priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls Review theme: Participation in and access of women

CSW61

The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Priority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for

CSW60

The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. Following the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, CSW60 focused on: Priority theme: Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development Review

CSW59

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. The main focus of the session was on the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), as 2015 marked the 20th Anniversary of its adoption. The

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