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Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59): A Quick Guide

CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015)

Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!

CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015) - Sessional Information

Resourceful Websites on Women issues

Women Conventions and International Instruments

Featured Databases and Statistical Resources

On Women in Photos

Assembly President Meets Head of UN Women

Women representatives at the San Francisco Conference- 1945

Sub-Commission on the Status of Women, ECOSOC Council – 1946

First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1947

Young Kenyan women decked in tribal dress on the opening day of the Women's Conference. 15 July 1995 (UN Photo # 66219)

Darfur Women March in Campaign against Gender-Based Violence

Secretary-General Meets Activist Against Female Genital Mutilation

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka lead the way. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

About the 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 UN Economic and Social 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.

 In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.

UN Official Documents on Women

Selected Books and Reports

FAQ Women and Gender

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