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What is CSW?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women.

Each year, representatives of Member States, representatives of the UN, civil society, media, and the private sector, gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in order to evaluate progress on gender equality, share experiences and good practices, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

The Commission consists of one representative from each of the 45 Member States elected by the Council on the basis of equitable geographical distribution. The Commission’s primary activity is to produce ‘Agreed conclusions’, which contain an analysis of the priority theme of concern and a set of concrete recommendations for Governments, intergovernmental bodies and other institutions, civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders, to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local level.

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