United States Commission on the Status of Women 

Be part of global advocacy that changes the world for women.

The United Nations 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. It is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Commission meets for two weeks every March in New York where representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather to discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the key global policy document on gender equality – 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. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.

YWCA Australia sends a delegation of YWCA Members to CSW every year. YWCA Adelaide provides a part scholarship for a YWCA Adelaide Member who has been a member for at least three full years, to attend as part of the YWCA Australia delegation.


The Application Form will be available here when Applications are open.