NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (or NGO CSW/NY) is a convener of global civil society for the annual UN CSW and global gender equality advocacy. We are a coalition of NGOs, civil society organizations, and individuals concerned with gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls.

NGO CSW/NY's main project is organizing the annual NGO CSW Forum in order to bridge the gap between global civil society and grassroots organizations, and the official UN Commission on the Status of Women process in New York.

WHAT WE DO

NGO CSW Forum

The NGO CSW Forum is the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Consisting of hundreds of events throughout two weeks, the Forum runs parallel to the official CSW session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass.

Learn more about the NGO CSW Forum and how to participate.

Monthly Meetings

Each month, we host a meeting for our community with an expert roundtable about a topic related to gender equality. This year, all of our Monthly Meetings will also address technology and innovation in some way to align with the CSW priority theme. All Monthly Meetings are virtual via Zoom and open to the public. Learn more here.

Community Building

Creating a supportive, inclusive, and empowered community is very important to us at NGO CSW/NY. Through our NGO CSW Forum, Monthly Meetings, and online presence, we want to bring together women's rights activists, feminists, and gender equality advocates from all walks of life to work toward global equality for women and girls.

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY) was created in 1972 as one of the NGO Committees of the Conference of NGOs (CoNGO). It was formed in preparation for the International Women’s Year (1975), the UN Decade of Women (1975-1985) and the First World Conference on Women held in Mexico City in 1975.

NGO CSW/NY was created to provide a forum for exchange of information on global women’s issues (our annual NGO CSW Forum), facilitating our global community of members, and later, assisting the international community in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action and other UN agreements.

Read the full history of NGO CSW/NY.

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MISSION

NGO CSW/NY facilitates a platform for the voices and leadership of feminists and women’s rights organizations globally who lobby for their inclusion in the UN deliberations in pursuit of gender equality.

VISION

We envision a world without sexism, sexual violence, or discrimination against women and girls, where economic, political, and social policies encourage their empowerment and wellbeing.

ANTI-RACISM COMMITMENT STATEMENT

NGO CSW/NY believes that an effective, broad-based feminist and women’s movement for social transformation must be committed to elimination of racism.

Eliminating racism, colorism, colonial and genocidal practices from our global society, communities and institutions remains an ongoing process requiring persistence, diligence and a concerted commitment to the defence of human rights, independent of race, religion, indigeneity, age, gender or membership in any other minority group.

Great strides must still be made in our ability to recognize and redress the legacy of colonization, slavery, systematic oppressions, and all subsequent forms of violence, in order for our global society to evolve beyond mere tolerance of diverse cultures to walk the path toward enthusiastically embracing and affirming our human and cultural differences.

The feminist and women’s movements have not yet arrived—the virus of racism continues to permeate all aspects of our movements, from generation to generation. NGO CSW/NY is committed to regular self-reflection, striving towards inclusion and transformation!

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