UN WOMEN’S COMMISSION – CSW
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a UN Women’s Commission, is a functional commission under the UN Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC) which deals exclusively with equality issues. The Women’s Commission has the main responsibility for policy development on gender equality and to monitor how women’s rights are respected in the Member States.
CSW is the international summit for women’s rights. Each year, the UN member states gather at the New York headquarters to set global goals and formulate concrete measures to promote equality worldwide. A large number of seminars, exhibitions, debates and receptions are in parallel with the Commission meeting. The Swedish Women’s Lobby has consultative status in relation to ECOSOC and participates annually with the Women’s Commission. Watch a movie about what CSW is here.
The Swedish Women’s Lobby also convenes the loosely composed network, the CSW network for those who are interested in or go to CSW annually. To join the network, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
csw-2019 – un: s:63. A women comission
On March 11-22, 2019, the sixty-third edition of CSW was performed in New York. The main theme of 2019 is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. Before the meeting, the Swedish Women’s Lobby has written a statement with our CSW network in which we highlight what we believe the Women’s Commission’s 63rd session must focus on in connection with this year’s main theme. We organized a Parallel event on segregation and extremism On Monday, March 11, collaboration with the Swedish National Association for International Immigrant Women (RIFFI) and the Swedish Women’s Left Association.
We also participated in several side events organized by other organizations and countries, e.g. at the official side event of Sweden and France and at the official side event of Romania on gender budgeting. Following intensive negotiations, Member States managed to agree on a number of measures to improve social protection networks and sustainable equality infrastructure. We want to see civil society thrived, we welcome writings that encourage the introduction of parental leave and require more equal budgets worldwide. Read our comments on the agreements from CSW here.
csw 2018 – un:s 62nd women’s commission
On March 12-23, 2018, the 60th edition of CSW took place in New York. The main 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 delegation and organized seminars and other activities together with several member organizations.
Following intensive negotiations, Member States succeeded in agreeing on a number of measures to improve the situation of women and girls in rural areas. The Swedish Women’s Lobby has taken note of the conclusions and calls for stronger writing on women’s sexual and reproductive rights, which also includes freedom from prostitution, pornography and surrogacy, where women
and girls in rural areas are particularly at risk of being exploited. Read our comments on the agreements from CSW here.
Prior to the conference, we also made a written statement based on this year’s follow-up theme Women and Media together with several
other organizations. The Swedish delegation was led by State Secretary Pernilla Baralt. During the conference she gave a speech in the UN General Assembly, which you can read here.
csw 2017 – un:s 61 women’s comission
On March 13-24, 2017, the sixty-first edition of CSW took place. The main theme was women’s economic empowerment linked to work. Our Secretary General Clara Berglund participated in the Swedish delegation, which was led by Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. The Swedish Women’s Lobby also organized seminars and other activities together with our member organizations.
csw 2016 – un:s 60th women’s commission
The theme of the 2016 Women’s Commission was women’s rights linked to sustainable development. After two weeks of meetings and negotiations, the world’s countries managed to agree on 47 measures that will lead to the implementation of the Beijing Action Plan and will be decisive in working towards the global goals of Agenda 2030.
The Secretary General of Sweden’s Women’s Lobby was part of the government’s delegation, which was led by Minister of Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. We also organized seminars with our member organizations.
On March 16, our Secretary General Clara Berglund participated in a high-level dialogue on alliances for gender equality implementation of Agenda 2030. Read more and see the dialogue afterwards on the UN Webcast.
csw 2015- un:s 59 women’s Commission
Under the heading of Beijing + 20, the 59th Commission evaluated what has happened to women’s rights around the world since the last Women’s World Conference in Beijing in 1995. On the first day of the conference, a political declaration was adopted on the continuing work.
CSw 2014 un:s 58th women’s comission
The theme for the 2014 Women’s Commission was challenges and progress in the implementation of the Millennium Goals for women and girls.
csw 2013 – un:s 57th women’s commission
At the Women’s Commission 2013, the main theme was violence against women and girls. The Swedish Women’s Lobby was in place and monitored the lengthy negotiations that were finally concluded in joint agreements.
csw 2012 – UN’s 56th Women’s Commission
At the UN Women’s Commission 2012 (CSW 56), the world’s countries failed to reach any common conclusions. This has only happened once before since its inception in 1946. The theme of the 2012 meeting was the rights of women in rural areas.
Statement from the Swedish Women’s Lobby’s follow-up meeting on CSW 56: ”The women’s movement takes initiative when women’s rights are threatened”.