What is CSW?

Once a year the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for two weeks around International Women’s Day. (8th March)
Member States meet for the sole purpose of working on gender equality and women’s rights.
These meetings consist of high-level government ministers, representatives from NGOs and UN delegates, as well as hundreds of events set up by grassroots organisations and activists to discuss and make progress on specific issues, from child marriage to equal pay.
There is a central theme each year, but the events running alongside the Member State meetings cover a huge range of topics and areas of passion.
Progress and gaps are discussed, and at the end of the two weeks a policy document is produced containing specific recommendations for the future of women’s and girls’ place in society.
Member States agree on and sign up to this document together, and create action plans to put the recommendations into effect.

How can I get involved?

NAWO holds a series of events throughout the year around the main themes and topics of CSW.
NAWO members are able to submit requests to be accredited to attended CSW.

Upcoming CSW themes

#CSW67 – 2023
Priority theme: Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
Review theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-second session).

#CSW68 – 2024
Priority theme: Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.
Review theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-third session).

#CSW67 Events

Justina Mutale Foundation #CSW67

Empowering women and girls to shape the digital age #CSW67

Female Leadership in Technology, Innovation and Education
March 10th 9:30am EST - 2.30pm UK
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Young Voices #CSW67

Young Voices: technology, rural girls and interesting emergencies #CSW67

The voices of young women #CSW67
March 8th 9.45–11.00 EST
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A Feminist Internet

A Feminist Internet – NAWO/YWA Panel Discussion

Envisaging a better online world for all women and girls.
March 14th Online
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Rural Widowhood: Culture, Covid, Conflicts and Climate Crisis - #CSW67

Widows for Peace #CSW67 Event

Become part of the global action to bring rural widows out of the shadows
March 14th 10.30am EST - 2.30pm UK
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Security Women CSW 67 Online Event

Bridge to the Future: Women and Girls at the Center of Progress #CSW67

An important discussion around women’s influence in cybersecurity, innovation, and emerging technologies. 14th March 10 am EST - 2pm UK Click to Register ...

A conversation in solidarity with Iranian women

International Women's Day joint event by IKWRO- Women’s Rights Organisation and The Organization for Emancipation of Women
March 6th Online
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Scottish Widow's Convention IWD 2023

Celebrating 20 years of The Scottish Women’s Convention

We are excited to be celebrating International Women's Day this Saturday 4th of March in Scottish Parliament. ...
NAWO CSW67 Written Statement

NAWO written statement for #CSW67

Our primary areas of focus include cyberviolence, data consent, human rights, inclusivity, and digital education! ...

Previous CSW Events

The 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women closed with the adoption of agreed conclusions on 25 March, 2022. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

#CSW66 UN reaffirms women’s and girls’ leadership as key to address climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction for all

March 25th UN closed 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) acknowledging important role of women & girls as agents of change for sustainable development, in particular safeguarding the environment & addressing adverse effects of climate change ...
YWA UK Youth Caucus CSW66 statement

UK Youth Caucus statement to CSW66

Our goal as young women is to be involved and support the development of an equitable, unprejudiced, and non-discriminatory world with a humanity which welcomes all women and girls to prosper and flourish ...