The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. The Commission was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women's rights. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
The CSW provides a distinct place in the UN agenda that is entirely devoted to examining the state of progress for women. Women still comprise the majority of the world's absolute poor, the world's migrants and those without access to education. Additional disparities in equal pay for equal work, unpaid work, continued high maternal mortality, prominent HIV infection rates and a pandemic of violence against women are clear indications that our commitments to these gender specific issues must be redoubled. The special needs of women of all ages must be recognized in a context of clear-cut human rights.
For WILPF, the CSW serves as a place for networking and for providing input in the policy negotiations.
This year's priority theme is "the sharing of experiences and good practices, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges, including those related to the Millennium Development Goals"
For more information, and the Agreed Conclusions of the 53rd CSW, pelase visit the official UN CSW website:
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For a summary of this last year's Agreed Conclusions click here.