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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.
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
Worthwhile Documents relating to all CSW Annual Sessions
Inter-agency Technical Meeting: Building employment and decent work into sustainable recovery and development
Gender Equality Blueprint : SDC, AHRC
Justice Equality Rights Access International (JERA) is strongly committed to the CSW process, and the support of the Beijing Platform for Action 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 International was formed in recognition of the fact that women do less well than men as a group in every country across the world. JERA works in partnership with groups and networks of women and men towards common goals and outcomes to advance gender equality. JERA works as a conduit between community and decision-makers, providing opportunity, access, training, and expertise linkages. Our vision is for gender equality in all areas of civil life, society, the economy and culture.
JERA International focuses on key change areas including:
- The mobilisation of women and men to bring about gender equity;
- Evidence indicates that sustainable change and equality requires the active participation of women and girls, men and boys.
- Promoting and making linkages for evidence based decision making for policy: national and international.
- Promotion of the advancement of women through key policy dialogue, practical project and program implementation and partnerships with key national and international actors.