The 60th session on the commission of the status of women (#csw60) 2016.

The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women is underway and here's is all you need to know about it. Follow the conversation online at

The 60th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked of on Monday 14th 2016 in New York and will go on until March 24th, with two weeks of meetings and interesting side events dedicated to advancing gender equality, ‪#‎GlobalGoals‬ and the ‪#‎Planet5050‬ agenda. It brings together governments and civil society from around the world to discuss how to make ‪#‎Planet5050‬ a reality.

The Commission on the Status of Women is the single-largest intergovernmental gathering on women and girls. The 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. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946

#‎CSW60‬ will focus on the link between women’s empowerment and the #‎globalgoals‬. Check out this time-lapse paying tribute to the women and men at the Commission who have been promoting women’s rights since 1946!

The ‪#‎CSW60‬ draft agreed conclusions and draft resolution on the multi-year programme of work of the Commission are now available on the CSW60 website. Access them here.

#‎Planet5050‬ means a world where men and women share the work and share the rewards equally.


The Voices at the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 2016 #CSW60

I’m going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug. I’m a feminist. It’s like saying the sky is blue and the grass is green. I believe in the equality of men & women and I believe we still have an awful lot of work to do to get there.”
— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Leadership has no gender
— Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General at the Opening Session of #CSW60
In your hands is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to end poverty and transform gender relations
— Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women at the opening session of #CSW60
Violence against women and girls contributes to poverty and is a structural barrier to women’s empowerment and gender equality.
— Oxfam International
Slavery disregards and undermines humanity of its victims; and warrants the concern of humanity as a whole
— Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations
Gender inequality and high rates of hunger go hand in hand.
— ZeroHunger Challenge
Pay gaps grow larger as women grow older.
The biggest issue with stopping child marriage is not the lack of legislation but social and cultural issues.
— Mousumi Saikia, DFID Patnership Coordinator, Islamic Relief Worldwide
When women and girls are able to reach their full potential, Societies prosper
— The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
I must ask peacekeeping mission to consider Gender equality as key element of their legacy
— Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
Empowering women in leadership positions empowers us all
— Hellen Clark, UNDP Administrator and former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Full Equality for women everywhere can be achieved
— Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
#CSW60 marks the beginning of the countdown to 2030-to the future we want, in which no one is left behind
— Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
If you make companies report on gender balance, it incentivizes positive behaviour
— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
All countries have work to do on gender equality, the agenda is universal. Take a stand to reach Planet 50-50
— Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
Inadequate financing always affects girls education the most. Funding Girls education must be our priority target, specifically to the most affected girls
— Education Internatiional (EI)
The education gap is unacceptable from an economic and human rights perspective
— Alice Albright, CEO of Global Partnership for Education
Societies can’t prosper without women’s full participation
— Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway
Development and financial Institutions must make sure gender is mainstreamed in all programmes they fund
— Mininster Susan Shabangu, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, South Africa
We want to have women lighting up Africa, feeding Africa, and improving the quality of life of all Africans
— Geraldine J. Moleketi, Special Envoy on Gender of the African Development Bank
Equal pay, opportunity and access to assets and services benefit women, men and whole economies
— Jim Yong Kim, 12th President of the World Bank
Men need to come forward and say, “I will never marry a child”
— Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka