Monday, March 11, 2019

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attended the session. 

  • Priority theme:
    Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;


  • Review theme: 
    Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session);


The Bureau for the 63rd session (2019) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members:

  • H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ireland), Chair (Western European and other States Group)
  • Ms. Koki Muli Grignon (Kenya), Vice-Chair (African States Group)
  • Mr. Mauricio Carabali Baquero (Colombia), Vice-Chair (Latin American and Caribbean States Group)
  • Ms. Rena Tasuja (Estonia), Vice-Chair (Eastern European States Group)
  • Mr. Mohammed S. Marzooq (Iraq), Vice-Chair designate  (Asia-Pacific States Group)


WILPF's Position and Action

Leaving no one behind requires recognising that many people are not just left behind by accident: They are excluded as a matter of design. This exclusion, including inability of some WILPF members to attend the CSW63, is due to policies and priorities that prioritise patriarchal power over people and planet.

 WILPF believes, therefore, that investing in social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, and ensuring women’s meaningful participation are critical for addressing structural barriers to gender equality and peace.

At the CSW63, together with WILPF partners and members from Ghana, the DRC, Ukraine, Japan, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Korea, Lebanon, Australia, France, Germany, and elsewhere, we will work to advance political economies of peace and women’s meaningful participation through the following engagements:

We will hold a series of strategic dialogues about how feminist analysis and policymaking on issues such as roads and public transportation, can work to empower women and foster political economies of peace and gender justice.

We will also support the launch the coalition global campaign: “Korea Peace Treaty Now! Women Mobilizing to End the Korean War” to ensure that this very feminist analysis and women’s meaningful participation is at the core of building peace in the Koreas.

During the session, WILPF International will provide logistical support for WILPF sections and partners, co-organize side-events and support mobilising youth leadership for intersectional movement building, including through providing a capacity-building training for the WILPF US Student Practicum.

Join us at CSW63 events, read our blog posts, and and share your thoughts with us via Facebook and Twitter.

You can strengthen awareness, solidarity and action by using the following hashtags: #MoveTheMoney and #KoreaPeaceNow

Read WILPF's CSW63 Statement here>>

Learning more about the CSW63:

To learn more about the CSW63 and the way you can participate in the convening, watch a series of orientation videos prepared by NGO CSW here>>

The schedule of official meetings can be found here>>

The provisional agenda can be found here>>


If you have any questions, please reach out to Marina Kumskova, WILPF's Women, Peace and Security Programme Associate, at marina.kumskova@wilpf.org.

Stay tuned for more details!