Commission on the status of women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1946. Its purpose is to prepare reports and to make recommendations to ECOSOC on promoting women's rights in a broad range of fields, as well as to develop recommendations and proposals for action on urgent problems.

As far back as 1945, in the Preamble of the UN Charter, the principle of equality between men and women was reaffirmed. Members of the Commission are 45 government experts chosen according to a geographical representation. They meet in regular sessions once a year.

The Commission has organized the World Conferences on Women and has been mandated to review and appraise the outcome of these conferences, assessing and advancing their implementation.

See also DagDok on Women's rights and Women and Sustainable Development.​

More on UN and the Commission on the Status of Women

The individual documents from the Commission on the Status of Women carry the following symbols: 

E/ Economic and Social Council

-/CN.6 Commission number 6 = Commission on the Status of Women


-/current number

Ex. E/CN.6/2000/3 Economic and Social Council, Commission on the Status of Women, year 2000, document 3

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