A number of NGOs and governments use CSW as a means of sharing practical work and strategies with a broader international audience. This can also result in a global push for change around certain areas.
One example of global NGO advocacy is around the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of collaboration between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNlFEM) and the United Nations Global Compact. The development of the Principles included an international multi-stakeholder consultation process, which was launched by the UN in March 2009.
For some organisations, the strength in attending CSW is in the sharing of their work with an international community of NGOs.
In Australia, there are some ground-breaking, innovative and effective programs, such as those that work with Indigenous communities addressing violence. Sharing these programs and experiences at CSW not only allows for showcasing the work done here in Australia, but also for sharing potential models of work spanning across countries and continents.
The value in making connections around improving programs and practice is a key strength of CSW. It provides a valuable opportunity to meet with groups who are working with the issues on the ground at the grassroots level.