Global Advocacy

Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the chief intergovernmental meeting dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of United Nations (UN) Member states, civil society and UN agencies meet at the UN HQ in New York to discuss progress for women’s rights and negotiate the outcome document of the Commission.

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.