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The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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The world of work is changing fast, through innovation, increasing mobility and informality. But it needs to change faster to empower women, whose work has already driven many of the global gains in recent decades. Realizing women’s economic empowerment requires transformative change so that prosperity is equitably shared and no one is left behind. 


From 13 to 24 March 2017, the sixty-first Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Representatives of Member States, United Nations entities, and Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) accredited non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world attended the session.

The Commission addressed ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’ as its priority theme and evaluated progress, challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session in 2014:  Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish).


Download the CSW61 Brochure for more information: Arabic English French Spanish

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The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with a mandate to prepare recommendations on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission is also responsible for monitoring, reviewing and appraising progress achieved and problems encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 and of the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly of 2000, at all levels, and to support gender mainstreaming.

Learn more about the Commission on the Status of Women

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