The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established in 1946 and meets annually in New York. Comprised of 45 Member States the CSW is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women with the sole aim of promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social, and educational fields.

Its mandate is to ensure the full implementation of existing international agreements on women’s human rights and gender equality.


At UN, Countries Make Robust Strides Toward Advancing Women’s Rights

  • March 23, 2018

At a time when the world is coming to grips with the entrenched discrimination, violence, and restrictions faced by women, this year's outcome at the Commission on the Status of Women makes clear that governments are starting to heed the call for justice.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Largest UN Meeting on Women

  • March 12, 2018

As women worldwide clamor for equality, IWHC joins a broad coalition of partner organizations in pushing a feminist agenda at the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual UN gathering focused on gender equality and women’s rights.

Going Rural: The Case for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In the run-up to this year's Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC looks at the unique challenges facing women and girls in rural areas, who are often unable to access quality sexual and reproductive health care services.

Trump’s War on Women, to be Continued in 2018

From day one, Trump has used the full power of the executive branch to target sexual and reproductive health and rights. There is every indication that 2018 will bring a continued conservative offensive from an administration determined to pursue policy driven by ideology rather than by evidence.

Women’s Economic Rights Under Threat at the UN

  • March 23, 2017

Governments in negotiations at the UN will fail women unless they make bold commitments to create just economies.

Official US Delegation to Global Women’s Meeting at UN Includes Hate Group

  • March 17, 2017

IWHC is deeply troubled by the Trump Administration’s appointment of C-FAM and the Heritage Foundation to the US delegation to CSW.

As Europe Grapples with Refugee Crisis, Women’s Human Rights Cannot Be Neglected

As the continent struggles to address the unprecedented Syrian refugee crisis, it must ensure that women's human rights are at the core of its efforts.

Governments Fall Short on Fulfilling Commitments to Women and Girls

At the UN's Commission on the Status of Women last month, governments missed the opportunity to to make concrete commitments to support the promises of the 2030 Agenda for women and girls.

United States Once Again Embraces Sexual Rights−with a Catch

This fall, the Obama Administration made a decision that seems to be a step forward for sexual rights. But is it?

Youth Make Their Voices Heard at UN Women’s Rights Conference

This March, youth advocates from around the world sent a message to their leaders: we will hold you accountable on gender equality.