History of NGO CSW

NGO CSW/NY was founded in 1972 under the auspices 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.

Its mandate was to provide a forum for exchange of information, facilitating a corporation among its member organizations and later, assisting the international community in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action (after its adaption during the fourth International Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995) and other UN agreements. 

NGO CSW has expanded its international presence through the establishment of regional NGO CSW offices. In 1973, CoNGO approved NGO CSW/Geneva, and NGO CSW/Vienna was approved not long after in 1982. In 2016, regional offices in Africa, Arab States/MENA, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America/Caribbean were formed as well.

While NGO CSW/NY has developed and grown since 1972, it has been a key platform for international advocacy toward the promotion of women’s human rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.