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Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the largest gathering on gender equality at the United Nations. The Commission formulates policies that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide, and measures progress toward the accomplishment of those policies. . Every year, UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather for two weeks in March to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.  All of these things happen through intense dialogue, official meetings, and side events.  

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nation brings a delegation to CSW every year.  Guided by PC(USA) General Assembly policy, our delegates learn to engage in advocacy efforts at the UN and work in partnership with others from around the globe for the women’s empowerment, its link to sustainable development, and the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Our hope is to inspire, equip, and connect Presbyterians to demonstrate and proclaim God’s justice, peace, and love at the Commission and in their own communities.  

Each annual session focuses on a specific priority theme and a review theme.


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)

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