CSW Commission on the Status of Women

UN Entity Layer: 
Gender-specific Bodies and Mandates
Functional Commissions

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 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.

Source: UN Women

Contact information

For more information, please visit the official CSW website. 

PeaceWomen leads WILPF’s engagement with the commission by facilitating the participation and advocacy of grassroots women peace leaders who speak truth to power. To find more information about PeaceWomen's engagement with CSW, click here.