The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is an intergovernmental body entirely dedicated to promoting gender equality and empowering women. Established in 1946, the Commission meets in New York in late February or early March each year to draft Agreed Conclusions or recommendations for strengthening gender equality, development and peace.
In 2000, a comprehensive review and appraisal of progress made in the implementation of the Platform for Action was undertaken by the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (Beijing +5) entitled "Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century." The Assembly adopted a Political Declaration and Further Actions and Initiatives to Implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (the Outcome Document). The Commission's current and future work, as determined by its multi-year programme of work is closely related to both the Platform for Action and the Outcome Document so as to ensure their effective implementation. To read a short history of the Commission on the Status of Women please click here.
Women, Peace and Security Programme leads WILPF’s engagement with the commission by facilitating the participation and advocacy of grassroots women peace leaders who speak truth to power. The 61st Session of CSW will be held from March 13-24 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme of the 2017 commission will be Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work
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