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 Commission looked at the challenges that affect the implementation of the BPfA and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The secondary theme of CSW59 was the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which was officially agreed later in 2015, and established the sustainable development goals.

Political Declaration Agreed at CSW59: What does it mean for women and girls?

Governments formally agreed a Political Declaration on day one of CSW59, 9 March. But what impact will this have on the future advancement of gender equality? CSW59 hosted the global review of Beijing+20 and the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, providing governments, NGOs and civil society with an

Soroptimist International Written Statement relevant to CSW59

Soroptimist International is a grassroots organisation that speaks on behalf of 80,000 women from 3,000 communities, across 130 countries and territories worldwide. Since 1921, Soroptimists have united around the principles of educating, empowering and enabling women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. All of Soroptimist International’s positions are based on


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