Join our online CSW experience

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The sixty-sixth session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. Usually, we take a delegation to New York, but this year you can get involved in CSW66 online!

By joining YWCA’s CSW66 experience you’ll get access to emails and updates on our Slack channel with:

  • Information on what CSW is and how it works
  • Updates on negotiations for the recommendations from CSW66
  • Access to relevant side events and parallel events
  • Opportunities to connect with gender equality advocates from across the world

To join our CSW66 online experience you must be a member of YWCA Australia’s CBF.

What is the Commission on the Status of Women?

CSW is the central policy making body on women’s rights and gender equality at the United Nations. CSW promotes and monitors women’s rights around the world and is a functional commission of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The main outcome achieved at CSW is the Agreed Conclusions, international soft law commitments for governments to implement domestically.

Agreed Conclusions are reached through weeks of negotiations both in the lead up to and at CSW. These negotiations take place among government delegations of the 193 member states of the United Nations.

What does YWCA Australia do at CSW?

YWCA Australia forms part of Australia’s civil society delegation. As a country, Australia has a very large and active civil society delegation that plays an important role in supporting the government in the negotiating process as well as advocating on issues of importance. Throughout the CSW conference, civil society also engage in various networking and meeting functions, attend and host parallel events and advocate through caucuses and other bodies.

CSW provides a unique opportunity for YWCA Australia to meaningfully and effectively engage in domestic and international advocacy aligning with our strategic priorities, connect, share and amplify our voices with the World YWCA sisterhood and increase awareness of the importance in civil society, particularly young women engaging in the commissions work.

Due to COVID-19, civil society activities will be hosted in person and online for CSW66.