“Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” is the powerful and relevant theme for the 65th session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW65). The event will take place March 15-26 online.


This year any Soroptimist can register for free to CSW65.


As Soroptimist International holds consultative status at the UN ECOSOC  status (United Nations Economic and Social Council), this enables members of Soroptimist International Europe, along with other Federations, to be present by form of a delegation at the Commission’s events.


We will be able to observe the CSW65 meetings via live webcast on  But it’s better to join us, as the main benefit of registering as an Advocate is to receive direct email communications about activities, information, invitations and the possiblity to network with other like-minded participants from other ECOSOC accredited NGOs, Member States and UN entities. Register here.


Registration is now open for CSW65 until February 22nd, let’s join together to recreate virtually the coming together of women and continue to work and progress women’s status and rights.


Please find here the Soroptimist International CSW65 Statement. This statement was submitted to the Secretary-General and supported by the Federations of Soroptimist International among other organisations. Through our advocacy actions, this statement has been widely distributed to key stakeholders, governments, etc through Europe.


The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional organ of the United Nations ECOSOC which was created in 1946. It happens every year in New York since 1947 and has been a constant preparatory body for advocacy and global awareness of women’s issues.


CSW has intervened in the early preparation of international conventions of women’s rights and influenced governments and stakeholders to cooperate for better policies, shaping the course of Gender Equality towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


It also works as a place for Women’s Civil Society Organizations, as Soroptimist International, to meet and discuss the most significant challenges faced by women and girls in their communities, opening the floor to problems that need to be addressed and building a consensus and a response together.


Among other crucial Treaties and International Documents on Women’s Rights, CSW has contributed to International Instrument such as:


  • The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
  • The 1953 Convention on Political Rights of Women,
  • The 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,
  • The 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.


By Rita Nogueira Ramos

SIE First Vice President

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