Monday, March 11, 2019

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attended the session. 

  • Priority theme:
    Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;


  • Review theme: 
    Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session);


The Bureau for the 63rd session (2019) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members:

  • H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason (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 (Eastern European States Group)
  • Mr. Mohammed S. Marzooq (Iraq), Vice-Chair designate  (Asia-Pacific States Group)


WILPF's Position and Action

Investing in social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, and divesting from war profiteering and natural resource extraction, is a critical part of addressing structural barriers to gender equality and peace.

The international community should address the gender and peace impacts of all policies and programmes, and #MoveTheMoney from war to gender equality and peace. This requires:

●    Shifting the balance of power in the international financial architecture to address systemic issues and advance the conditions to respect, protect and fulfill human rights;

●    Advocating with Member States to recognise their extra-territorial obligations, including around regulating arms transfers that risk gender-based violence;

●    Strengthening policy coherence between the Women, Peace and Security, sustainable development, disarmament and other areas of work;

●    Reorienting peace work around local women's experiences and voices for nonviolence, justice, livelihoods, and rights.

Read WILPF's CSW63 Statement here>>

During the session, WILPF International will provide logistical support for WILPF sections and partners, co-organize side-events and support mobilising youth leadership for intersectional movement building, including through providing a capacity-building training for the WILPF US Student Practicum.


If you wish to attend the CSW63, you have to register as soon as possible!

Official registration for the CSW63, to be held from 11 to 22 March 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, is open through 27 January 2019.

Please note that WILPF will not register anyone. You have to click here>> to register individually (as the system will request your photo and relevant information). 

We are happy to support if you are experiencing problems with the system. However, please make sure that you SAVE the confirmation letter that you will receive after the registration. If this letter is not saved, we will not be able to retrieve important information to support around any technical difficulties. 

Learning more about the CSW63:

To learn more about the CSW63 and the way you can participate in the convening, watch a series of orientation videos prepared by NGO CSW here>>


If you have any questions, please reach out to Marina Kumskova, WILPF's Women, Peace and Security Programme Associate, at marina.kumskova@wilpf.org.

Stay tuned for more details!