Commission on the status of women
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and was established 1946.
The Commission’s mandate is to take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities.
Every year, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at the UN headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. More information about CSW can be found at UN Women’s website.
The Swedish Women’s Lobby participate at the CSW annually. We arrange seminars and other activities and usually hold a place in the Swedish delegation.
csw 62 (2018)
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York March 12 to 23 2018. The priority theme was Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. The Swedish Women’s Lobby participated in the Swedish official delegation and arranged seminars and other activities together with our member organisations. The Swedish delegation was lead by State Secretary Pernilla Baralt. Her speech at the UN General Assembly can be found here.
Following intense negotiations, the Member States agreed on common conclusions on how to improve the situation for rural women and girls. The agreed conclusions can be found here.
Ahead of the conference, the Swedish Women’s Lobby also submitted a written statement related to the CSW 62 review theme – Women and Media. The statement was co signed by several of our member organisations as well as European coordinations of the European Women’s Lobby. Read our written statement here.
csw 61 (2017)
The sixty-first session of the CSW took place in New York, March 13 – 24. The main theme was Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, was part of the Swedish delegation led by the Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. The Swedish Women’s Lobby held events and seminars together with our member organisations.
Our Secretary General also held an oral statement during the general discussion of the CSW 61. The statement can be found here.
CSW 60 (2016)
The priority theme of the sixtieth session of the CSW was women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. After two weeks of meetings and negotiations the member states agreed on 47 measures to assure that the Beijing Platform for Action is implemented and made a fundamental part of the work with the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.
The Swedish Women’s Lobby’s Secretary General was part of the Swedish governmental delegation led by the minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. We also held seminars and other activities together with our member organizations.
At March 16, our Secretary General Clara Berglund participated in a High Level dialogue on alliances for implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Watch the dialouge at the UN webcast page.
CSW 59 / Beijing+20 (2015)
The fifty-ninth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women took place in New York March 9-20 2015. Under the headline Beijing+20, the conference evaluated the progress of women´s rights since the last women´s world conference in Beijing 1995. On the first day of the conference a political declaration was adopted. The Swedish Women´s Lobby finds it positive that the UN member states agreed on a declaration, but calls for a stronger language on the upcoming development goals. Read our comments to the declaration here.
The European Women´s Lobby has together with several other organisations criticized the declaration which they think fails in it´s ambition. In a statement, they stress the lack of involvement of women´s organisations in the preparation of the declaration, and that the women’s movement´s role in the realization of women’s human rights have not been emphasized enough.
Written statements to the CSW
Every year the Swedish Women’s Lobby submits written statements to the CSW where we urge the UN member states to take action on urgent issues of women’s right. You will find our statements below.