What is CSW ?


Since 1975, the Commission on Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations met in New-York, during two weeks in February/March. At this occasion, numerous Non Governmental Organisations join New-York for theCSW NGO Forum that organise parallel events, as conferences or panel discussions. As example in the 56th CSW session of 2012 :  618 organisations and 4300 delegates accredited, 300 side events.

Around 100 BPW join New-York to attend the numerous events, high-level meetings, network with women rights activits worldwide. BPW International has a delegation of 20 Business and Professional Women to participate to the CSW debates. The members of the BPW delegation come from Australia, Nigeria, France, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Zambia, Mali, UK, Mongolia, Kenya.


BPW International activities at the CSW


Find more information about CSW, BPW activities at CSW and outcomes on the Website of BPW International


CSW 58 in 2014

Priority theme: 
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls 

Review theme: 
Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work (agreed conclusions from the fifty-fifth session)


CSW 57 in 2013

Priority Theme:

Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls 

Review Theme:

The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS. 


History of CSW


   Read the History of the Commission on the Status of Women in UN! 


NGO CSW Geneva


In Europe we also have a NGO committee on the Status of Women in Geneva that was created in 1973.



History NGO CSW Geneva


Initially a CoNGO working group on the status of women, the NGO CSW Geneva was formally created in 1973 to prepare for the First World Conference on Women. SInce then, it has become a strategic body for international advocacy towards the promotion of women’s rights to sustainable development, gender equality and their empowerment.

It has been a significant contributor to the First World Conference of Women and to the succeeding Women’s world conferences. It helped draft the Programmes and Platforms for Actions and the Vienna Declaration on Violence Against Women in 1994. It has also been an important partner of the Office of the High commissioner in integrating gender equality and women’s rights in the UN system. Through national affiliates of its member organizations, it has also been working very closely with local and national governments to advance the status of women and the girlchild in economic, social and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights.


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