Commission on the Status of Women Civil Society Guide

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A Brief History: The CSW was founded in 1946 and is a “functional commission” of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It advises them on issues related to gender and sexuality alongside UN Women (more details here). In 1996, the Commission became the lead monitoring role in assessing progress and gaps in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (read more on this here).

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) at CSW: Since 2016 CSW has also focused on measuring gender related progress within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While all of the SDG’s are relevant to gender, the CSW often focuses in particular on measuring progress towards Goal 5: Read some background on why Goal 5 is important here


Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) at CSW: Lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBTI) women, transgender and gender non-conforming persons continue to experience human rights violations because of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics (SOGIESC). These violations perpetrated against individuals based on their real or perceived SOGIE include killings, violent attacks, torture, arbitrary detention and forced marriage,
nonconsensual surgical interventions, in addition to denial of rights to assembly and expression and discrimination in accessing health care, education, employment and housing. These factors combine “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the
empowerment of rural women and girls.” Download PDF for more...