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.

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.

IWHC Supporters Surrounded by Art, Inspired by Activism

  • April 9, 2015

On March 11, 2015, more than 70 IWHC supporters and partners gathered to hear three women speak about their activism in Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and Egypt.

Women’s Groups Urge UK Not to Roll Back Progress on Development Goals

  • March 19, 2015

Women’s human rights groups at the UN this week have criticized the continued lack of support by the UK government for the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets that were created by consensus by UN member states in July 2014, as a basis for the post 2015 agenda.

Nothing About Us Without Us: Statement on the Commission on the Status of Women Methods of Work Resolution

  • March 17, 2015

As representatives of feminist and women’s organizations and organizations working to promote the full realization of the human rights of women and girls, we express our outrage at the way that we have been excluded from both the negotiation of the political declaration and the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) Methods of Work…

Scaling Up the “Whole Girl” Approach to End Child Marriage

A panel of experts gathered at the UN Tuesday afternoon to discuss the most effective programs to end child marriage.

Women’s Voices Shut Out of UN Political Declaration on Women’s Rights

  • March 9, 2015

After months of secretive negotiations, UN Commission on Status of Women issues bland political declaration that does not go far enough to achieve gender equality.

Feminist Groups Demand “Transformative Agenda” for Gender Equality

  • March 8, 2015

As government leaders gather at UN headquarters in New York to mark International Women’s Day, feminists loudly proclaim, “Nothing about us, without us.”