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

This quick guide points to relevant information resources on the Commission of Status of Women (CSW) from its inception in 1947 to date.

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

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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