55th CSW Session - 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Next year's CSW will be held from 22 February - 4 March in New York. The priority theme to be examined is: 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. The review theme is: The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.

The Women's National Commission has submitted a written statement to the Commission in advance of next year's session which can be downloaded here

Harriet Harman's Speech at the Opening of the Commission on the Status of Women PDF Print E-mail

In conclusion to the morning session Harriet Harman, UK Minister for Women and Equality, spoke on the domestic priorities for the UK which was received with great support. She called for a single entity focusing on gender equality, stregthening the position of women nationally and internationally. The establishment of this single agency would signal the UN taking the lead in this important area. A copy of the full speech is available here

CSW Shadow reports PDF Print E-mail

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the annual functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council dedicated to the advancement of women, does not provide a Shadow reporting mechanism and will not accept any documents submitted by NGOs.

However, the 2010 session of CSW will be undertaking a 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, to mark this anniversary year.  Therefore, whilst the UN as usual will not provide for the submission and publishing of NGO Shadow reports, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York does intend to post NGO Shadow reports on its Beijing +15 website.  The NGO Committee on the Status of Women is not part of the UN structure and this is therefore not a formal Shadow reporting mechanism.

Some partners are familiar with the CEDAW process, which unlike CSW does have the facility by which NGOs can submit Shadow reports to be considered by the CEDAW Committee alongside States parties' reports during the examination period (see the dedicated CEDAW page in our International section for further details).

Any organisations who wish to produce a Shadow report and have it posted on the NGO/CSW NY website should send them to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) PDF Print E-mail

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


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