The Commission on the
Status of Women (CSW) was established as a functional commission of the
Economic and Social Council by Council resolution 11(II) of
The Economic and Social Council modified the Commission's terms of reference in 1996, in its resolution 1996/6. In 2000, a comprehensive review and appraisal of progress made in the implementation of the Platform for Action was undertaken by the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (Beijing +5) entitled "Women2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century". The Assembly adopted a Political Declaration and Further Actions and Initiatives to Implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (the Outcome Document). The Commission's current and future work, as determined by its multi-year programme of work 2002-2006 is closely related to both, the Platform for Action and the Outcome Document so as to ensure their effective implementation.
The Commission, which
began with 15 members, now consists of 45 members elected by the Economic and
Social Council for a period of four years. Members, who are appointed by
Governments, are elected on the following basis: thirteen from African states;
eleven from Asian states; four from Eastern European states; nine from Latin
Website of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW).
Niger 21 October 1967