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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Join us for NGO CSW Geneva Consultation Day: February 29, 2024 4:00 – 6:00 pm

“Nourishing Equality and Peace: Addressing Poverty and Food Insecurity”.

Register for the Consultation Day event here.

NGO CSW Forum March 10-22
The NGO CSW Forum is organized by and for global civil society, non-governmental organizations, and feminists to connect them with the official United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW) process. With over 750 events, the NGO CSW Forum informs, engages, and inspires grassroots efforts and gender equality advocacy around the world. Register Here.

CSW 68
The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 11 to 22 March 2024, and will consider the priority theme of, “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective“. The session will also review the agreed conclusions of the sixty-third session, “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls“. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC accredited organizations from all regions of the world are invited to contribute to the session.

On September 21, 2023, the International Day of Peace, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Representatives of member organizations and distinguished guests gathered in Palais Anna and Jean-Gabriel Eynard, Geneva.

Click here to read the event summary and view photos from the day.

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.

Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: Gender snapshot 2022

Presents 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:

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.