Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. 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 women's empowerment worldwide.

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. 


'Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls'

agreed conclusions

'Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls' 
statement | agreed conclusions

'Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women'
statement | chair's summary

'The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child'
statement | agreed conclusions

'15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly (2000)'
statement | agreed conclusions

'Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels'
statement | agreed conclusions

'Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women'
statement | agreed conclusions