Commission on the Status of Women

President: Valeria Loera Gómez

Chair: María Fernanda González Rosales, Angélica Belén Trejo Lares, Irlanda García Téllez, Nadia Sofía Aguilar Solache y Lía Naomi Mejía Vargas

Topic A) Strategies to eradicate threats, harassment, and violent attacks against female journalists and activists in Latin America and the Caribbean

​Topic B) Mechanisms to reduce maternal mortality due to the inaccessibility of medical supplies in Sub-Saharan Africa


Background and powers of the committee

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), established in 1946, is the major global intergovernmental entity and functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in charge of the promotion of women’s rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women throughout the world. The Commission counts with 45 Member States, elected by ECOSOC for a four-year period based on equitable geographical distribution. During their annual sessions held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the CSW gathers to monitor and review the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well as to discuss emerging issues affecting women in political, economic, and social fields. Moreover, the Commission pursues the women’s enjoyment of their rights by establishing multi-year programs of work to appraise progress and make further recommendations on priority themes.


The Commission has adopted multi-year programs of work to accelerate the realization of gender equality and empowerment of women guided by the Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Some of the main faculties of the CSW are:

  • Convene a ministerial segment to strengthen political commitment, ensure high-level engagement and the visibility of the deliberations of the Commission.

  • Discuss the status of gender equality by identifying goals attained and ongoing efforts to close gaps and face challenges.

  • Assemble interactive expert panel discussions on steps and initiatives for mainstreaming gender equality across policies and programs.