CSW 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

CSW57 will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday, 4 March to Friday, 15 March 2013.


WILPF has a huge delegation of over 70 WILPF women from around the world participating in the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We have the following countries represented by members/partners at CSW57: Nigeria, DRC, Costa Rica, Colombia, UK, US, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Australia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya and international staff.

We are involved in many events including the special launch of WILPF 100 year Campaign on International Women's Day.

Click here for full WILPF CSW57 Statement.


WILPF is organizing and supporting numerous key events during CSW. WILPF members will speak at several of our events, joining us from around the world and sharing their perceptions on women's issues within their country's context. Events include panel discussions, movie screenings, and interactive dialogues.
Click here for a full list of WILPF's events and events WILPF is involved in at CSW57.

Please come join us, all are welcome.

Here are special WILPF Events:

MONDAY 4 MARCH 10:30 AM Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 East 52nd Street
"Investing in Peace? Violence Against Women, Militarism, and Budgeting for Security"

Violence Against Women: The Lethal Consequences of Arms. All are welcome. Tuesday March 12:30 Chapel, Church Center Untied Nations, 777 East UN Plaza
Speakers: Joy Onyesoh WILPF Nigeria, Annie Matundu WILPF DRC, Adilia Caravaca WILPF Costa Rica and President of WILPF & Nina Ferrer WILPF Colombia
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Powerful Voices - Women in the MENA Region talking Militarism, Security and Peace. Friday, March 8th, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, UN HQ Conference Room D, limited space, RSVP required to ptg@eda.admin.ch

Avenues to Accountability: Militarism, Trafficking, Exploitation and Justice. Saturday March 9th, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Fordham Law School, Lincoln Center, 140 West 62nd Street. RSVP Required for Entry. Rsvp to tuohy@peacewomen.org. This symposium will be a platform to discuss accountability for perpetrators of gender-based violence particularly focused on reforming immunity and injustice as addressed in the movie "The Whistleblower."
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For the longer list of WILPF CSW 57 Events, see calendar on website, click here>>


PeaceWomen monitors events and resources specifically related to the women, peace and security agenda. We will share basic documents and reports, outcome documents as well as publicize parallel events.
For further information click here.
Review CSW 56 (27 February - 9 March 2012) through the WILPF Summary Report.

WILPF recommends the CSW and international community:

  • Protect women's human rights and promote the full implementation of all obligations.

  • Prioritize the prevention of conflict and invest in peace by developing programmes for economic, environmental, political and social justice.

  • Reduce Military spending

  • Stop selling arms and support renewed negotiations for an international Arms Trade Treaty, including mechanisms to ensure criteria preventing sale of arms where gender-based violence is perpetrated.

  • Make disarmament a reality and strengthen and implement disarmament agreements.

  • Integrate Human Rights, Women Peace and Security, and Disarmament frameworks.

  • Ensure and support women's full and equal participation in all peace negotiations, and processes.

Download this statement in PDF here.