CSW has been in existence since 1946, preparing recommendations and reports to ECOSOC on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. Its mandate was expanded in 1987 to include the functions of promoting the objectives of equality, development and peace, monitoring the implementation of measures for the advancement of women, and reviewing and appraising progress made at the national, sub-regional, regional and global levels.
Following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women the General Assembly mandated the Commission to integrate into its program a follow-up process to the Conference, regularly reviewing the critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action and to develop its catalytic role in mainstreaming a gender perspective in United Nations activities.
- assist ECOSOC in monitoring, reviewing and appraising progress achieved and problems encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at all levels, and should advise the Council thereon.
- continue to ensure support for mainstreaming a gender perspective in United Nations activities and develop further its catalytic role in that regard in other areas.
- identify issues where United Nations system-wide coordination needed to be improved in order to assist the Council in its coordination function.
- identify emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues affecting the situation of women or equality between women and men that required consideration and make substantive recommendations thereon, and
- maintain and enhance public awareness and support for the implementation of the Platform for Action.