Commission on the Status of Women


CEDAW – Women’s Human Rights Explained

A PDF presentation about the CSW.

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.