Commission on the Status of Women


Coming up!

CSW62 (2018)

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

Themes for the upcoming meetings:
Priority theme:
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
Review theme:
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session);

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session.

As the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, we will be able to participate. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us at 

We participated in the recent meetings of the 61st session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

On Monday, March 13th, the IIWR-MB delegation presented a Panel:

Risks for Canadian Indigenous Women Transitioning to an Urban Environment

The Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
To see the media release about the delegation attending the meeting, and participating on a panel, click here.  To see all the pictures, click here.
Rappateurs covered the presentation, and their report of the presentation is here.
Panelists with Senator Marilou McPhedran
back row, from left to right: Senator McPhedran, Margaret MacKinnon, Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, Micaela Crighton. Front row: Mary Scott, Chief Janice Henderson, Chief Karen Batson
Presenter: Tammy Christensen (Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc.)
The room where the presentation took place (packed!)
The Delegation was briefed by Senator McPhedran on the Commission on the Status of Women(CSW)
back row: Teruni Walaliyadde, Debbie Lipscombe, Micaela Crighton, Angeline Rivard, Christine Williams, Margaret MacKinnon, Sedonia Deng, Tammy Christensen, Mary Scott, Renata Meconse, Katrina Leclerc
Front Row: Chief Karen Batson, Chief Janice Henderson, Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, Senator Marilou McPhedran

Members of the IIWR-MB Delegation

Micaela Crighton

Alexandria Kazmerik

Katrina LeClerc

Christine Williams

Brittany McIntosh

Chief Janice Henderson

Deborah Lipscombe

Tammy Christensen

Sedonia Deng

Grand Chief Sheila North – Wilson

Renata Meconse

Teruni Walaliyadde

Angeline Rivard

Margaret MacKinnon

Mary Scott

Chief Karen Batson


Priority theme:

Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

Review theme:

Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)

Emerging issue/Focus area:

The empowerment of indigenous women

Documents to consider:

Official Documents

  • E/CN.6/2017/2
    Normative aspects of the work of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Report of the Under-Secretary-General/Executive Director of UN-Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/3
    Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2017/4
    Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2017/5
    Discussion guide for the Commission on the Status of Women ministerial segment on the priority theme. Note by the Secretariat
  • E/CN.6/2017/6
    The situation of, and assistance to, Palestinian women. Report of the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2017/7
    Report of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women on the activities of the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/8
    Letter from the President of the Economic and Social Council to the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/9
    Input to the 2017 Economic and Social Council high-level segment. Note by the Secretary-General
  • E/CN.6/2017/10
    Results of the sessions of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Note by the Secretariat


NGO Statements


  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/3
    Catolicas Por El Derecho A Decidir, CHIRAPAQ – Centro de Culturas Indigenas del Peru, Coordinadora de la Mujer, Fundacion para Estudio Investigacion de la Mujer and Grassroots Organisations Operating Together in Sisterhood
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/8
    Sisters of Charity Federation, Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur and Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/12
    Socialist International Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/13
    Congregation of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd and the Sisters of Mercy
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/14
    Sociologists for Women in Society
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/15
    Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand)
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/16
    Federation Europeenne des Centres de Recherche et d’Information sur le Sectarisme
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/17
    World Wide Web Foundation
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/18
    African Action on AIDS, Associated Country Women of the World, European Union of Women, Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), Graduate Women International (GWI), International Alliance of Women, International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), International Council of Jewish Women, International Council of Women/Conseil International des Femmes, International Federation for Home Economics, International Federation of Business and Professional Women, International Federation of Social Workers, International Inner Wheel, Pax Romana, Servas International, Socialist International Women, Verein zur Forderung der Volkerverstandigung, Women’s International Zionist Organization and Zonta International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/22
    Baha’i International Community, Carter Center, Inc., Christian Aid, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, National Alliance of Women’s Organizations, Presbyterian Church (USA), Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, World Association for Christian Communication and World Young Women’s Christian Association
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/23
    Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/24
    Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/25
    All India Women’s Education Fund Association
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/26
    American Association of University Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/27
    Organisation Mondiale des associations pour l’education prenatale
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/28
    Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Loreto Generalate, International Presentation Association and VIVAT International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/36
    World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/37
    Mediators Beyond Borders
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/38
    International Federation of Business and Professional Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/39
    International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/40
    Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/41
    International Alliance of Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/42
    International Council of Women/ Conseil International des Femmes
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/43
    HelpAge International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/44
    New Japan Women’s Association
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/45
    Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/46
    European Women’s Lobby, National Federation of International Immigrant Women Associations and Sveriges Kvinnolobby
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/47
    Liberal International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/48
    World Young Women’s Christian Association
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/49
    Federation Europeenne des Femmes Actives en Famille, Foundation for GAIA, Global Fund for Women, International Council of Women, International Federation of Social Workers, International Movement for Fraternal Union among Races and Peoples, Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, Make Mothers Matter, Mothers Legacy Project, Organisation Mondiale des associations pour l’education prenatale and Planterary Association for Clean Energy
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/50
    Catholic Institute for International Relations
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/51
    Stichting Rutgers WPF
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/52
    Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, Graduate Women International, International Alliance of Women, International Federation of Business and Professional Women, Soroptomist International, Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund, Inc. and Zonta International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/53
    Education International and Public Services International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/54
    Alliance Defending Freedom, Centro de Estudio y Formacion Integral de la Mujer, Mujer para la Mujer, Observatorio Regional para la Mujer de America Latina y el Caribe, Red Mujeres, Desarrollo, Justicia y Paz and Vida y Familia de Guadalajara
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/55
    Association de l’Intervention pour les Mères and Women’s Federation for World Peace International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/56
    Graduate Women International, International Federation of Business and Professional Women, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations, Widows for Peace Through Democracy, Women for Water Partnership and Zonta International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/57
    Corporativa de Fundaciones
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/58
    Dianova International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/59
    Asia Pacific Women’s Watch, Feminist League and Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/60
    Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/61
    Mother’s Union
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/62
    World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/63
    International Federation for Family Development
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/68
    Equality Now
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/70
    Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/71
    ISIS-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/72
    Rural Development Institute
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/73
    Canadian Federation of University Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/74
    Women’s Consortium of Nigeria
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/75
    Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/76
    Zonta International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/77
    International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/78
    New Humanity
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/79
    Organizzazione Mondiale Degli Agricoltoria
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/80
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council of North and South America and Salesian Missions
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/81
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/82
    International Council of Women and World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/83
    Plan International
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/84
    Salesian Missions
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/85
    Association de l’Intervention pour les Meres
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/86
    International Network of Liberal Women
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/87
    Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/88
    International Federation of Social Workers
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/89
    Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/90
    Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/91
    Foundation for Subjective Experience and Research
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/92
    Legiao da Boa Vontade
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/93
    Rural Development Leadership Network
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/94
    Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/95
    Asia Pacific Women’s Watch
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/104
    Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo and Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/110
    Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/121
    Association of War-Affected Women, Global Fund for Women, Gray Panthers, Guild of Service, HelpAge International, International Longevity Center Global Alliance, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Mama Zimbi Foundation, Widows Rights International, Widows for Peace through Democracy and Women for Human Rights, Single Women Group
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/123
    HelpAge International, Mothers Union, National Alliance of Women’s Organizations, National Board of Catholic Women, Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform, United Kingdom Association for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, Wales Assembly of Women, Widows for Peace through Democracy, Widows Rights International and Zonta
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/220
    Equidad de Genero: Ciudadania, Trabajo y Familia, A.C.
  • E/CN.6/2017/NGO/221
    Family Educational Services Foundation