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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The NGO CSW Geneva UN ECE Task Force prepares for Beijing +30 review by spearheading Civil Society consultation process

The NGO CSW Geneva is proud to announce that it is organizing the Beijing +30 reviews for Civil Society. Civil Society engagement is vital and NGO CSW Geneva encourages all NGOs to become involved in the process of the review on the 12 critical areas for the UNECE region (56 countries including Europe, Türkiye, Russia, Canada, and North America). To ensure full participation, all interested Civil Society members from the UNECE Region are invited to participate in online working groups for each of the 12 critical areas of concern. Please see this background document, including the registration link for more information ( Also, please note that registration for all 12 working groups is open until June 30rd.

The NGO CSW Geneva is pleased to announce their newly elected Executive Bureau!

President: Carolyn Handschin, Women’s Federation for World Peace International

Vice Presidents: Berthe De Vos-Neven,Soroptimist International;

Brigitte Polonovski Vauclair, Regards de Femmes & International Council of Women; 

Zarin Hainsworth, Widow’s Rights International 

Treasurer: Donatella Benjamin, Soroptimist International; 

Assistant Treasurer: Paula Daeppen, Biovision Foundation & FAWCO

Executive Secretary: Sallie Chaballier, FAWCO; 

Assistant Secretary: Jo Thompson; National Alliance of Women’s Organizations UK

CSW68 Agreed Conclusions (the advance unedited version)

The Commission adopted agreed conclusions on “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” on March 22, 2024.

The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

CSW68 delivered robust commitments by UN member States to strengthen financing and institutions to eradicate women’s and girls’ poverty. 

Read the press release from UN Women here.

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

On February 29, 2024 we hosted our annual Consultation Day event for CSW68.

Read our Call to Action here

See the Program here

Learn about our speakers here

NGO CSW Geneva 50th Anniversary Celebration

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

Join Us

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.