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.


UN Day 2019: Building Momentum for Gender Equality

The United Nations is as a key protector and promoter of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. As we commemorate UN Day, IWHC looks back on year of advancements for women's rights.

UN Member States Reaffirm Commitment to Women’s Human Rights

  • March 23, 2019

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)—the largest annual gathering on women’s rights—ended yesterday with Agreed Conclusions that reaffirm states’ commitment to women’s human rights. IWHC welcomes the outcome as a significant achievement for women and girls worldwide.

The Commission on the Status of Women: A Regional Approach

IWHC grantee partner FEMNET is a pan-African feminist organization and convener of CSW's African Women's Caucus. In this Q&A, FEMNET discusses its role and priorities at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Congress: US Must Promote Women’s Rights at the UN

  • March 15, 2019

IWHC supports a set of letters sent by members of US Congress to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which urges the US delegation to the 2019 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women not to obstruct negotiations on women's sexual and reproductive rights.

Everything You Need to Know About the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women is the largest annual gathering for women's rights worldwide. This year, nearly 10,000 advocates will join UN Member States in New York to assess progress, discuss challenges, and identify opportunities to advance gender equality.

Currie Can’t Fix the Administration’s Anti-Women Agenda

  • March 8, 2019

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kelley Currie to ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. IWHC has serious concerns about the selection of Currie, a political appointee with no history of leadership on women’s rights or gender, by an administration that is in no position to lead on these issues.

Universal Health Coverage for Women and Girls

  • March 6, 2019

Universal health coverage has the potential to provide financial protection against catastrophic health costs and out-of-pocket expenses, enhance access to and increase the availability of medication and services, and lead to improved health outcomes. However, to be truly universal, universal health coverage schemes must be designed in ways that address the specific needs of women, adolescents, and marginalized communities.

Our Most Read Stories of 2018: Wins at the UN, Argentina’s Green Wave, and Rural Women’s Health

As 2018 comes to a close, IWHC looks back on our readers' favorite blogs of the year. From major advocacy victories at the UN, to the rise of Argentina's feminist "green wave," to renewed commitments to women and girls in rural areas, here are the stories that rose to the top in a year of wins for women's rights.

A Landmark Year for Women and Girls at the UN

Seventy-three years ago, delegates from around the world gathered in San Francisco to sign the UN Charter. Today, the UN remains the centerpiece of the international system, and a key site for advancing women’s rights.

Roads to Women and Girls’ Health: Social Protection, Infrastructure, and SRHR

  • October 22, 2018

To fulfill women’s human rights, governments must invest in gender-inclusive social protection systems, quality public services, and sustainable infrastructure.