The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), charged with evaluating progress on gender equality and formulating concrete policies that promote gender equality. The CSW was established in 1946, one year after the founding of the United Nations itself, and in the years since, its mandate has expanded to include the empowerment and advancement of all women, as well as identification of key trends and challenges. After the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, the CSW was additionally mandated to periodically review the Beijing Platform for Action and evaluate signatories’ progress in keeping their commitments.

This year’s CSW 58, held from March 10th to March 21st, 2014, will focus on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

Priority theme:
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

Review theme:
Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (agreed conclusions from the fifty-fifth session).

Emerging issue:
Women’s access to productive resources.


WEDO Events
March 9, 2014 (9:00am – 5:00pm)
NGO-CSW Consultation Day; Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Union Square New York, NY, 10003. Sponsors: NGO – CSW

March 11, 2014 (4:30pm – 6:00pm)
Moving Beyond the MDGs for the Realization of Women’s Rights and Gender Equality; CCUN, Chapel. Sponsors: Post-2015 Women’s Coalition

March 17, 2014 (2:30pm – 4:00pm)
Double Mainstreaming Gender Equality & Climate Change in Post-MDG Sustainable Development Approached; CCUN, 10th Floor. Sponsors: Heinrich Boell Foundation North America- WEDO panelist.

March 19, 2014 (12:30pm – 2:00pm)
Sustainable Solutions to Ending Climate Chaos – how to make 2015 mean something! CCUN, Chapel. Sponsors: WEDO, WECF, All Indian Women’s Conference, Global Partners. RSVP to saara@wedo.org

March 19, 2014 (6:30pm – 9:00pm)
Mobilizing for Climate Action: “WEDO Open House & Networking Event” WEDO Office. 355 Lexington Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017. RSVP to saara@wedo.org



NGO CSW Committee: Official Website of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women

Social Media
For daily updates follow @WEDO_Worldwide @UN_CSW @UN_Women on Twitter and remember to use the #CSW58 hashtag for all your posts.


The Latest CSW News


Speaking out against #ClimateChaos at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, as part of the EWA program, WEDO was proud to host a side event alongside, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), and Equidad de Género entitled “Sustainable Solutions to Ending Climate Chaos –

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In their Own Words – Reflections from EWA Team at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

“Coming from the WECF/WICF network of women’s and environmental NGOs worldwide, I am used to work on environmental issues with a strong gender focus. So I am very aware of the difficulties we face when integrating women’s rights into other policy areas and using gender mainstreaming as a tool. However, I was struck by a parallel event organised by FOKUS, a Norwegian NGO, here at the CSW 58 in New York last week. FOKUS did …

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Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – The overall goal of WEDO’s joint initiative with WECF under the Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) programme is to enhance women’s leadership and participation via capacity building, knowledge exchange and advocacy in order to strengthen policies and legal frameworks for gender equality and women’s access to resources.

At CSW58, WEDO was proud to coordinate a team of advocates including: WECF Coordinator on Gender and Rights, Anke Stock, …

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58th Commission on the Status of Women: Recap and Analysis

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – From 10th to 21st March, WEDO and partners took part in the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) at UN Headquarters in New York.

Focused on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, this CSW was of particular significance in relation to ongoing processes to review the MDGs, set to expire in 2015, and to frame …

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Mobilizing Climate Action: WEDO Open House & Networking Event

Monday, March 10th, 2014

[ March 19, 2014; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ]


Please join WEDO and partners for an informal open-house & networking event

In parallel to the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), WEDO is pleased to invite you to an informal networking evening for feminist and climate activists to meet, share, learn and spark action for mobilization and impact in 2014, towards a peaceful and healthy planet.

 Download invite here!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

6:30pm – 9:00pm

At the …

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