CSW 62

Date: 
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. 

Themes

  • 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);

Bureau

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's Position:

WILPF stands in solidarity with all working for the empowerment and freedom of rural women and girls. We acknowledge the work of our own members challenging how violence and profits impact on food security, environment and rights of women and girls. The 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) will take place 12 to 23 March 2018. The priority theme is: “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”

In March 2017, WILPF protested the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York to bring attention to the exclusive impact of the US travel bans and ongoing obstacles to women’s meaningful participation. In April 2017, WILPF held a convening in Geneva on strengthening women's meaningful participation at the UN. This brought attention to the need for action by UNmember states, and international society to enable local women to speak for themselves in a way that addresses women's human rights and root causes of violence with impact.

WILPF still believes that more need to be done to overcome obstacles to women’s meaningful participation including the ongoing US travel bans, and particular challenges around CSW that limit translating action into impact. WILPF members may be attending the CSW. We want to inform all that WILPF International and our staff will have limited engagement in this upcoming CSW. WILPF International will not host events or support a delegation. We can share information on our peacewomen.org CSW62 page, and help share information of section or partner events as available, will facilitate connection of WILPFers who are self-funded. We will continue to call for action that creates space for more meaningful participation, and meanwhile will prioritise spaces that enable greater space for impact.

***Note: NGO CSW/NY has created an online Orientation video series for those who are new to CSW. A new video covering different topics will be released every week. You can find them on the NGO CSW/NY Youtube Channel

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