The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organisations and UN entities gather at the UN headquarters in New York.

There, they discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd special session of the General Assembly held in 2000 (Beijing+5), as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields.

CSW has become one of Global Voices' flagship opportunities with an overwhelming number of applications received for this delegation each year. At CSW, our Global Voices Scholars will have the opportunity to personalise their own daily itinerary and attend meetings and side-events on issues that they are passionate about and that complement their subject matter interests.

Previous Global Voices CSW delegation meetings have included:

  • Gillian Bird, Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

  • Elizabeth Broderick, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner and founder of Male Champions for Change.

  • Natasha Stott-Despoja, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls.

  • Elizabeth Shaw, President of UN Women Australia and former Global Voices Board Director.

  • Sally Moyle, Principal Gender Specialist, DFAT.

our 2018 GLobal Voices CSW63 Delegation at the australian mission to the un, New York City, USA

our 2018 GLobal Voices CSW63 Delegation at the australian mission to the un, New York City, USA