The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

The  Commission on the Status of Women  (CSW  or  UNCSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council  (ECOSOC), one of the main  UN organs  within the United Nations. CSW has been described as the UN organ promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women, it was established by  the Council resolution of 21 June 1946. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. 

During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss the key global policy document on gender equality, as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.