Commission on the Status of Women

About

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd special session of the General Assembly held in 2000 (Beijing+5), as well as 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.

For more information visit the CSW website.


Upcoming Events

 

Commission on the Status of Women, 2018

Start date: March 12, 2018

End date: March 23, 2018

Location: New York

The 62nd Commission will prioritise the discussion of challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls, while reviewing participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.

Past Events

 

Commission on the Status of Women 2017

Start date: March 13, 2017

End date: March 24, 2017

Location: New York

The 61nd Commission will prioritise the discussion of women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, while reviewing challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

 

Key Documents

Conclusions of the 61st Commission (2017)

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995)

Five-year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration ‘Beijing + 5’ (2000)


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