52nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

52nd Session of the UN CSW

New York, USA

25th February - 7th March 2008


The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. 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 advancement of women worldwide. Since 1996, FAS has attended CSW annual sessions.

FAS was particularly active in the CSW’s 44th session in 2000 where a comprehensive review and appraisal of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action was undertaken to mark the fifth anniversary since its adoption and later, in 2005 where that Beijing Platform of Action was reviewed after 10 years. FAS's Liaison Office in New York was first set up in late 2004 to provide FAS with permanent representation in New York and at the deliberations of the organs and agencies of the UN system. FAS actively participates in the NGO CSW working on the monitoring of the implementation of UNSCR 1325.

FAS has successfully organized several panels during CSW in the past years to render women’s initiatives more visible. Moreover, it has accompanied women in advocacy activities as well as helping them to strengthen their networking and partnership relations.

FAS Activities planned at this year's session are:

Panel discussion titled: “Women in 1325 and a ten year practice in engendering the peace process”; Thursday 28th February from 13:30 to 15:00 Room: Church Centre - 10th Fl.

Panel discussion titled: “Women Empowerment in Africa: Women entrepreneur in post conflict situation”; Friday 29th February, from 11:00 to 12:30, Room: UN Conference Room A

Panel discussion titled: Sudanese Women voices on Darfur Presentation of the “Sudanese Women Declaration on Darfur”; Friday 29th February, from 15:00 to 17:30, Room: Millenium UN Plaza Hotel - Riverview  Room

Meeting: "Walk our Talk for Women and Peace in Africa"; Wednesday February 27th, 17:00 to 18:30, Venue: Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI), Room 1282 - 12th Floor

The CSW was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women's rights.

The Commission's mandate was expanded in 1987 by ECOSOC resolution 1987/22 to include the functions of promoting the objectives of equality, development and peace, monitoring the implementation of measures for the advancement of women, and reviewing and appraising progress made at the national, subregional, regional and global levels.

Following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, the General Assembly mandated the Commission to integrate into its programme a follow-up process to the Conference, regularly reviewing the critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action and to develop its catalytic role in mainstreaming a gender perspective in United Nations activities. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) again modified the Commission's terms of reference in 1996, in its resolution 1996/6, to include, inter alia, identifying emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues affecting equality between women and men.

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