commission on the status of women



The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) 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. Adopting multi-year work programmes during its annual two-week session, it primarily monitors the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, while also making recommendations on ways to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields.


This committee's chairs and topics will be announced in due course. In the meantime, we recommend that you consult the website of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library for a detailed summary of the committee's history and mandate.


UN Women Study Guide
The study guide for this committee will be published soon.
UN Women Study Guide.pdf
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