NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva

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"When women thrive all of society benefits and
succeeding generations are given a better start in life." - Kofi Annan
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"Garantir l’égalité des droits et des chances pour les femmes et les filles représente la mesure la plus efficace que nous puissions prendre pour créer des communautés et des sociétés plus stables, plus pacifiques, plus résilientes et plus prospères."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guteres, September 2021
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"...reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small…to promote social progress and better standards of life, in larger freedom."
- United Nations Charter
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Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality: Building on the Agreed Conclusions of the 67th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW); Oral intervention by Carolyn Handschin, for the NGO CSW Geneva to event convened by UN Women and International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Thursday, May 11, 2023.

NGO CSW Geneva Celebrates 50 years!

This year the NGO CSW Geneva will celebrate 50 years – a half century of advocacy for the advancement of human rights and the empowerment of women and girls across the globe. To mark this anniversary, the Task Force is organizing the 50th Anniversary Celebration Day, on September 21, 2023 in Geneva. The event will be a celebration of past milestones, as well as a look at our present actions and our vision and plans for the future. Watch this space for updates!

CSW67 – Strategy for Impact, Advocacy and Partnership;

Looking at NGO CSW Geneva at CSW67 – leadup and agreed conclusions


Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: Gender snapshot 2022

the latest evidence on gender equality across all 17 goals calling out the long road ahead to achieve gender equality. The latest available Sustainable Development Goal data on SDG 5, shows that the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030. Read it here:

NGO CSW Geneva 2022 holiday luncheon with members and invited guests

About Us

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva (NGO CSW Geneva) is a not-for-profit association established under Articles 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. The NGO CSW Geneva acts as a strategic platform for UN accredited Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) with consultative status with ECOSOC for the advancement of human rights and the empowerment of women. It facilitates the activities of its member organizations, in support of the United Nations and its goals and with Member States, for gender equality and the empowerment and defense of the rights of women and girls across the globe.

The Committee acts as a forum for the exchange of information and views on matters of common interest and coordinates the drafting of joint statements to UN agencies and commissions. It cooperates with its sister committees in New York and Vienna and supports the work of UN Women and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

In particular the NGO CSW Geneva supports implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Security Resolution 1325, the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) in particular SDG #5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Extraordinary General Meeting, Geneva, September 7, 2022

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The NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva (NGO CSW Geneva) welcomes new members and any form of support or participation! The NGO CSW Geneva brings representatives from NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN together to share information, coordinate NGO participation at various UN meetings and bring their expertise to jointly work on substantive projects, such as joint statements, the organization of panel events and others advocacy activities around Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.