The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of UN Member States gather in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.
Each year, the CSW focuses on particular themes.
For 2018 the themes are:
Priority Theme: The challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
Review Theme: Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.
Why do we attend?
WAGGGS has been attending the CSW each year for the last decade, using the conference as an opportunity to advocate for the rights of girls and young women and directly engage with decision-makers. The 62nd session will provide an opportunity to speak out on behalf of 10 million Girl Guides & Scouts around the world and ensure their voices are heard on the issues that matter to them.