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Press release: Governments Endorse New Roles for Women’s Commission

CSW Closing

The 59th Commission on the Status of Women closed on Friday with an agreement by UN member states to boost gender equality efforts. (Also available in Spanish and French)

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This year, thousands of activists from around the world took part in the Commission on the Status of Women, in record numbers. A few snapshots of some of their hopes, messages and perspectives.

Intergenerational dialogue explores pathways to gender equality

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UN Women's flagship event at CSW59, the dialogue underlined the value of gathering advocates of all ages and identities to pave way forward for the gender equality agenda.

Spain reaffirms commitment to promote gender equality

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and within the CSW59 framework, Spain along with UN Women and other strategic partners, reviewed and appraised the country’s implementation of the commitments set forth in the Platform for Action.

Press release: Women's Empowerment Principles Stakeholders Call for New UN-Business Paradigm

CSW59 WEPS event

Business, Government and Civil Society Leaders Support Scaling-Up for Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development; Actor and Advocate Geena Davis Highlights Importance of WEPs in Tackling Unconscious Bias.

Press release: Galvanizing global attention, world leaders, celebrities and activists unveil Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

Beijing 20 celebration

At a star-studded event today in New York City, high-powered speakers took the stage to put out a clarion call: a firm expiry date of 2030 for gender inequality, with real equality being nothing short of 50-50. (Also available in Spanish)

Press release: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hillary Clinton and Business Leaders Call for Women's Economic Empowerment and Rights

WEPs highlight

The Women’s Empowerment Principles hosted the largest private sector gathering at CSW59, promoting the business case for involving women and supporting strategic partnership to deliver on gender equality.

Press release: Closing gender gap in education


Empowering adolescent girls and young women through education is the aim – and the name – of a programme launched in New York today by UNESCO, UN Women, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank.

Press release: Sluggish progress on women in politics will hamper development

The Women in Politics 2015 Map launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that although the numbers of women in executive government and in parliament continue to inch forward, the slow rate of progress will severely check global development plans due to be adopted later this year.

Press release: Governments commit to scale-up investments in women’s empowerment

Member States issued a political declaration at the opening of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women on 9 March. Photo: UN Women/J. Carrier

UN Commission on the Status of Women adopts declaration to accelerate action on 20th anniversary of Beijing World Conference on Women.

Join the online conversation for the intergenerational dialogue – a flagship UN Women event at CSW59

The Intergenerational Dialogue is an all-day UN Women side event taking place on 13 March. It aims to galvanize young or up-and-coming gender equality activists as they engage with the leaders of the “Beijing generation” who took part in the Fourth World Conference in 1995.

Ringing the bell for gender equality

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri (centre) and dozens of UN, government and global business leaders, took part in the Ring the Bell ceremony at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange on 9 March. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Capping a week of events around the world, UN Women, the Global Compact and business leaders rang the opening bell of the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York to highlight the pivotal role of the private sector in empowering women.

Stepping it up on the streets of New York City

To the refrain “Planet 50-50 by 2030,” thousands sang, chanted and rallied for gender equality during a march to mark International Women’s Day, urging governments to renew commitments to gender equality.

Press conference: "Collective failure of leadership on progress for women"

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at press conference

As authoritative global review finds pace of advancement unacceptably slow, UN Women Executive Director calls on leaders to Step It Up, launching initiative to record concrete new commitments. (Also available in Spanish and French)

Urgent action required in five key areas, says Beijing summary report

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UN Secretary-General’s report stresses that progress towards women’s rights and empowerment has been unacceptably slow, with stagnation and even regression in some cases.

  • Media advisory: Curtain-raiser press conference as 59th Commission on the Status of Women meets to assess global progress for women 20 years after Beijing Conference
  • Media advisory: PLANET 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality, celebratory commemoration brings together top political actors, celebrities
  • Media advisory: International Women's Day March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights
  • Media advisory: As the Beijing Declaration turns 20, the 59th Commission on the Status of Women will take stock of women’s rights, amid mixed progress
  • News prior to CSW59