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Commission on the Status of Women

Graphic: Dr Sima Samar and Florence Simbiri-Jaoko at CSW 61

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the United Nations' principal global policy-making body on gender equality and the advancement of women.

As such, it is very important that national human rights institutions (NHRIs) are able to contribute their independent knowledge and expertise on the human rights issues facing women and girls in their country.

Unlike the Human Rights Council, NHRIs do not have standing in their own right to participate in meetings of the CSW and can only attend as part of their country's government delegation, if they are invited.

In March 2015, the CSW adopted a draft resolution encouraging governments to include representatives from NHRIs in their delegations, as well as others "with expertise relevant to the themes under consideration".

In 2016, NHRIs received further endorsement in the CSW 60 Agreed Conclusions, which encouraged the CSW Secretariat "to consider how to enhance the participation, including at the 61st Session of the Commission, of national human rights institutions fully compliant with the Paris Principles, where they exist, in compliance with the ECOSOC rules of procedure".

Despite opposition from some quarters, these important gains have been maintained since then.


Watch our video update from CSW 62 on the advocacy campaign by NHRIs to secure independent participation in the work of UN Commission on the Status of Women.


Graphic: NHRI representatives at CSW 63

APF-GANHRI advocacy at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

United States

Four NHRIs from the Asia Pacific joined with counterparts from Europe and Africa to continue their advocacy at CSW 63.


Campaign for independent participation of NHRIs

A major campaign initiated by the APF in 2009, and now run in partnership with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, has sought to build support for 'A status' NHRIs to participate independently in the work of the CSW.

Lobbying by APF members and NHRIs from other regions has helped raise awareness among the government delegations that make up the CSW of the critical role played by NHRIs to promote and protect the rights of women and girls.

A number of concrete achievements have been achieved during the campaign.

Read news articles about the APF's advocacy at:


Report

NHRI Engagement with the UN Commission on the Status of Women

06 Nov 2015  
WomenIntl. engage
Paper

Australian NGO Guide to CSW

06 Nov 2015  
WomenIntl. engage
Video

The value of NHRIs participating at the Commission on Status of Women

08 Mar 2016 Australia
WomenIntl. engage
Manual - full

Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of Women and Girls: A Manual for NHRIs

10 Aug 2015  
WomenMonitoring
More resources

Graphic: Dr Sima Samar addresses the NHRI side event

APF-GANHRI advocacy at the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

APF members have continued their campaign for the independent participation of NHRIs in the work of the UN policy body.


Graphic: Opening of the CSW meeting, which is held annually in New York

APF-GANHRI advocacy at the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

United States

NHRIs from around the globe have continued their campaign for the independent participation of NHRIs in the work of the global policy setting body.


Resources from 63rd Session (2019)

CSW 63: NHRI Call for Action

CSW 63: Talking Points for NHRI Advocacy

CSW 63 Side Event Concept Note on Advancing Gender Equality and SRHR: the Role of NHRIs

CSW 63: Side Event Flyer on Advancing Gender Equality and SRHR: the Role of NHRIs

Dr Sima Samar: Statement to the High Level Interactive Dialogue on Accelerating implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 13 March 2019

Florence Simbiri-Jaoko: Statement to the High Level Interactive Dialogue on Accelerating implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 13 March

Kate Jenkins: Statement to the High Level Interactive Dialogue on Accelerating implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 13 March 2019

CSW 63: Agreed Conclusions

CSW 63: APF Report on NHRI Engagement

Resources from 62nd Session (2018)

CSW 62: APF Report on NHRI Engagement

CSW 62: APF-GANHRI Strategy Paper

CSW 62: Concept Note on the Role of NHRIs

CSW 62: Invitation to NHRI side event, 16 March 2018

APF-GANHRI Special Report: The role of NHRIs in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas

CSW 62: Agreed Conclusions

Resources from 61st Session (2017)

APF Report on CSW 61

APF-GANHRI Strategy Paper for CSW 61

CSW 61 Side Event on NHRIs: Concept Note

CSW 61 Side Event on NHRIs: Invitation

CSW 61 Agreed Conclusions

Resources from 60th Session (2016)

APF Report on CSW 60

CSW 60 Agreed Conclusions

APF-ICC Strategy Paper for CSW 60

Resources from 57th Session (2013)

APF/ICC Report on CSW 57

CSW 57 Agreed Conclusions (also in Arabic, French and Spanish)

CSW 57 Briefing Paper

Resources from 55th Session (2011)

APF/ICC Report on CSW 55

CSW 55 Agreed Conclusions (also in Arabic, French and Spanish)

ICC Strategy Paper for CSW 55 (also in Arabic, French and Spanish)

Resources from 54th Session (2010)

APF/ICC Report on CSW 54

CSW 54 –Summary of Agreed Actions to Promote NHRI Participation

Statement by the ICC Chair to Panel Discussion

Joint Statement by NHRIs (also in Arabic, French and Spanish)

Resources from 53rd Session (2009)

APF/ICC Report on CSW 53

APF Report on NHRI Advocacy (also in French and Spanish)

Statement by Asia Pacific Caucus


Image credits

  1. Dr Sima Samar and Florence Simbiri-Jaoko at CSW 61 - APF/Pip Dargan