CSW 62

Monday, March 12, 2018

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

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:
    Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
  • Review theme:
    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 (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session);


The Bureau of the Commission plays a crucial role in facilitating the preparation for, and in ensuring the successful outcome of the annual sessions of the Commission. Bureau members serve for two years. In 2002, in order to improve its work and ensure continuity, the Commission decided to hold the first meeting of its subsequent session, immediately following the closure of the regular session, for the sole purpose of electing the new Chairperson and other members of the Bureau (ECOSOC decision 2002/234).

The Bureau for the 62nd session (2018) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members:

  • H.E. Mr. David Donoghue (Ireland), Chair (Western European and other States Group)
  • Ms. Koki Muli Grignon (Kenya), Vice-Chair (African States Group)
  • Mr. Mauricio Carabali Baquero (Colombia), Vice-Chair (Latin American and Caribbean States Group)
  • Ms. Rena Tasuja (Estonia), Vice-Chair-designate (Eastern European States Group)
  • Mr. Rokebul Haque (Bangladesh), Vice-Chair-designate (Asia-Pacific States Group)

WILPF Action:

WILPF reminds the international community that achieving gender equality for rural women and girls requires taking action for rural women across the conflict spectrum. This must include: ensuring the leadership of rural women and girls when identifying problems and creating solutions; regulating arms that risk gender-based violence in rural areas; and increasing accountability for implementation of commitments on women’s human rights and Women, Peace and Security for feminist peace.

In preparation for the session, WILPF has worked to strengthen the meaningful participation of rural women across the conflict spectrum. We delivered a statement at the 25 January 2018 CSW62 Multi-Stakeholder meeting in New York, which spotlighted the issue of shared by WILPF’s section in Nigeria of Fulani herdsmen violence. We also advocated for strengthening language on women's meaningful participation, disarmament and accountability for gender equality and peace in the CSW62 draft agreed conclusions.

During CSW62, WILPF will focus on amplifying the experiences and work of our sections and partners. Join us!

WILPF-supported Events:

Select WILPF Partner Events:

  • “On behalf of Themselves: Syrian Women Activists Organising for Justice”, Women Now for Development, 15 March 2018, 4:30PM, UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 10th Floor;

  • “Impact of Israeli Occupation on Lives of Palestinian Women in Jerusalem”, Women's Center for Legal and Counselling (WCLAC), 16 March 2018, 8:15AM, UNHQ Conference Room D;

  • “Gender Transformative Community Mobilization to Prevent GBV: Two Prevention+ Cases”, Sonke Gender Justice, 16 March 2018, 10:30AM, UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, Drew Room;

  • "From Words to Action: Women’s Participation in Arms Control", International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), 22 March 2018, 1:15-2:45PM, UNHQ Conf Room B

In addition, WILPF will support mobilising youth leadership for intersectional movement building, through providing a capacity-building training for the WILPF US Student Practicum and engaging in strategic dialogues with activist and partners.


Join us at CSW62 events, read our blog posts, and share your thoughts with us via Facebook (WILPFPeaceWomen) and Twitter (@Peace_Women).

You can strengthen awareness, solidarity and action by using the following hashtags: #FeministPeace, #MeaningfulParticipation and #CSW62.

Raise your voice: This is the time to pressure the UN and Member States for more action on Feminist peace that works for rural women!


For more information, please reach out to Marina Kumskova, WILPF's Women, Peace and Security Programme Associate, at marina@peacewomen.org.