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.


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

Links Between Social Protection Systems, Sustainable Infrastructure, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights In order to fulfill women’s human rights, governments must invest in gender-inclusive social protection systems, quality public services, including a robust public health system, and sustainable infrastructure. A quality public health system must include comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services…

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.

Harmful and Deadly: Child Marriage and Maternal Mortality in Rural Settings

  • March 14, 2018

During the UN Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC hosted a side event that explored the deadly links between maternal mortality and child, early, and forced marriage. The panel featured women's rights activists from Cameroon, Nepal, and Pakistan.

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.