Commission on the Status of Women

CSW

Established in 1946, 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.

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.

Conversation Circles

A place to raise issues and exchange ideas on different topics in a semi-structured space during CSW, Conversation Circles are one of the most popular aspects of the Forum.

Watch the recordings of all the Conversation Circles that took place during the last two weeks below!

NGO CSW66 Forum Event Recordings

NGO CSW/NY’s Events:

Watch the recordings of NGO CSW/NY’s events from the NGO CSW66 Forum, as well as the available Regional Consultation Days, on our Youtube channel.  You can also download the calendar with the recording of each event linked (if available) below.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLip8en-Rr6WOqGrBmKXSjb_4iMK-452dU

Parallel Event Recordings:

Each Parallel Event organizer is responsible for submitting the recording of their event to be uploaded to the Forum Virtual Portal. If you’d like to watch the recording of any Parallel Event, please check their event page on the Virtual Portal for the recording. (Be sure you’re logged into your profile on the Portal to view the events.)

https://ngocsw66forum.us2.pathable.com/agenda#/?limit=20&sortByFields[0]=startsAt&sortByOrders[0]=1&uid=eCGD3xexN68ZWCARe

CSW66 Agreed Conclusions

The outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme during its 66th session takes the form of Agreed Conclusions, negotiated by all Member States. The CSW adopted this year’s Agreed Conclusions on Friday, 25 March 2022. Keep an eye out for information about advocacy for implementation of the Agreed Conclusions. Be sure to also attend our April Monthly Meeting (more info below) where we will reflect on the Agreed Conclusions and where to go from here.

https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/2022-03/CSW66%20Agreed%20Conclusions_Advance%20unedited%20version_25%20March%202022.pdf?mc_cid=5057353f9f&mc_eid=c08188d940

CSW & NGO Status

Of the 5,508 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with consultative status at the United Nations, only 141 have General Consultative Status, the highest status an NGO can have at the UN.  Zonta International was granted General Consultative Status in 1969.

As an NGO with General Consultative Status, Zonta International is invited to participate in the annual Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women is:

  • A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • The principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • Established by resolution on 21 June 1946 to monitor and promote women’s rights and develop global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women; mandate expanded in 1996 to include monitoring and reviewing progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

UN CSW & NGO CSW - What’s the Difference?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) first met at Lake Success, New York, in February 1947, soon after the founding of the United Nations.

All 15 government representatives were women. From its inception, the Commission was supported by a unit of the United Nations that later became the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) in the UN Secretariat. The CSW developed a relationship with several NGOs.  Those with consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)were  invited to participate as observers.

Many Zontians travelled to NYC and took advantage of the offers to participate in annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) events.

A PDF presentation about the history of CSW.

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