Commission on the Status of Women 2011
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN, dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
In 2011 the 55th Commission focused on the issue of “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”. It also evaluated progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its 51st session on “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child”
WAGGGS was represented by eight youth delegates. Find out more about them! They were involved in two events and also promoting the role of young women at the conference through the ‘Young women’s caucus’. WAGGGS representatives spoke out on the importance of non-formal education, eliminating violence against the girl child and ensuring that the voice of young women is represented at the conference. Read our delegates' daily updates and the highlights from the event.
The two topics at the CSW this year (education and ending violence and discrimination against the girl child) were particularly important for WAGGGS. Non-formal education for girls and young women is one of our key priorities, and the elimination of violence and discrimination against the girl child is something we regularly speak out about, and will continue to do so with the launch of our new campaign to end violence against girls.