CSW 61

Monday, March 13, 2017

***********************CSW61 Alert*****************************

Due to the exclusionary impact of the recent Travel Ban Executive Order on the voices and lives of women from conflict-affected settings, WILPF International WILL NOT participate in the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. 

WILPF condemns any attempts to prevent women from specific countries or of a specific religion from attending international forums and seeking to influence the norm-building processes as it violates fundamental human rights principles and further restricts space for the leaders of civil society, including human rights defenders and peacebuilders.

We invite you to stay in solidarity with sisters around the world by condemning any efforts to violate women's rights and build barrier's to women's participation.

Find WILPF's official statement to Member States in English and Arabic here>>>

Find press release in English and Spanish here>>>

Find WILPF and CSW61 fact sheet in English and in Spanish here>>>

Find FAQs for all WILPF members here>>>

Find FAQs for CSW61 participants here>>>


The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take 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 women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)
  • Emerging issue/Focus area:
    The empowerment of indigenous women

WILPF has submitted a statement focusing on building a political economy of feminist peace.


WILPF WILL NOT hold any side-events around the CSW61.


Stay tuned for updates! 

For more information, please contact marina@peacewomen.org