Fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women
(4 – 15 March 2013) 

The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations 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.

The Commission was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women’s rights. 

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Themes of the 57th Session of CSW:

Priority theme:
Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls

Review theme:
The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS (agreed conclusions from the fifty-third session)

Emerging issue:
Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework

Preview on the priority theme of 2014:
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls

CSW Side Events:


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