The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 9, 2012.
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 the 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.
The Commission was established by ECOSOC Resolution 11(II) of June 21, 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.