Justice Equality Rights Access International (JERA) works in a human rights framework and is strongly committed to the CSW process, and the support of the Beijing Platform for Action, Post 2015 Development Agenda and CEDAW.

JERA promotes Justice, Equity, Rights and Access to bring about positive change for women and communities.   Working in Australia, the Asia Pacific Region and internationally to promote positive action to achieve gender equality,  JERA uses a practical and rights-based approach to directly advance women’s participation in policy discussions and change. JERA works in partnership with groups and networks of women and men towards common goals and outcomes to advance gender equality and brings this voice into UN processes including CSW.   Our vision is for gender equality in all areas of civil life, society, the economy and culture.


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CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015)

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About the Commission

The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.
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Australian NGO Guide to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

JERA International was contracted by the Commonwealth Office for Women, through the Gender Equality for Women Program that aims to improve gender equality through coordinated whole-of-government advice and support for women’s economic security, safety and status, to develop an Australian NGO Guide to CSW as a tool for Australian NGOs to acquaint themselves with the logistics of attending CSW as well as the strategic importance of the event to women.   The work was largely supported by a grant from the Australian Government Office for Women, FaHCSIA.

To view the E-document or Download the Guide on PDF  simply click onto the image: Australian NGO Guide to the Commission on the Status of Women

The impetus for this Guide came from a sector wide desire for stronger engagement around CSW and its processes.

JERA International has endeavoured to make this Guide ‘cover all bases’ as discussed during teleconferences, numerous phone calls, emails and discussions.  Specific requests for information, strategies to engage with CSW and ways to work with groups attending CSW have been covered in this Guide.

Development of this Guide was community driven and is targeted to fit those thinking of engaging with CSW as well as those who attend on a regular basis.  All information in this Guide is current at the time of writing. As developments occur internationally and nationally, it is hoped this Guide can be added to and used as a living, ongoing document.

JERA thanks all the individuals and organisations that participated in the development of this Guide and we are ever grateful for your input. Our thanks go to the staff of the Australian Government Office for Women who provided patience, support and technical assistance.

Background Information:

Previous CSW Sessions

 CSW58 Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw58-2014#sthash.0ig2lMmW.dpuf

CSW57   The Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls

CSW56 The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges

CSW55 Access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work

CSW54 B+15 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000)

CSW52 Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work

CSW51 Violence against the girl child The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child

CSW50 Enhanced participation of women in development

CSW47 Media and ITC


Worthwhile Documents relating to all CSW Annual Sessions

Multi-Year Program of Work

Agreed Conclusions

Beijing Platform for Action



ILO Agreed Conventions – Australia

Inter-agency Technical Meeting: Building employment and decent work into sustainable recovery and development

Gender Workplac Statistics at a Glance

Fair Work Australia

Making It Fair Report

Gender Equality Blueprint : SDC, AHRC