How to engage with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)


The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is an intergovernmental body and functional commission of
the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) mandated to promote gender equality and the advancement of women. The fifty-sixth session of the CSW, which takes place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 27 February to 9 March 2012, will focus on the theme “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges”. The priority topic provides a critical opportunity to advance women’s status in rural areas and in particolar, identify concrete policy options for realising women's land rights.

ILC has decided to engage in this process, starting with the dissemination of an infonote (available below in English, Spanish and French) to explain what the CSW is about and how civil society actors can engage with it. Further information on ILC work with CSW can be found here.