CSW59 Recap

The Commission on The Status of Women, CSW59, which took place at United Nations headquarters in New York City, officially concluded on Friday, 20 March.   Attending the 2 week session were representatives of UN member states, NGOs, and advocates from around the world.

Unite Nations Headquarters, NYC

Unite Nations Headquarters, NYC

Strong Women Strong World was pleased to attend along with representatives from World Vision Australia, World Vision Kenya, World Vision Great Britain, World Vision US and World Vision International.

The focus of CSW59  was on the current status of gender equality and empowerment around the world and what is being done to address the challenges women face due to lack of gender equity.   In addition, the session was focused on reviewing the progress of the Beijing Platform for Action, as this year’s event marked 20 years since the adoption of the agreement at the 4th World Conference on Women.

This year’s session was the largest in history, with nearly 11,000 people in New York City to attend panels, receptions, strategic meetings, and events.  Hear from some of the attendees and what brought them to CSW59, click here.

In the coming weeks, we will publish a more in depth report on the objectives of the session, the issues that were addressed and our position on goals and actions that will advance us towards achieving a more just and equitable world for women.

Scroll down for a brief photo overview of our time at CSW59.


Martha Tureti, Gender Advisor, World Vision Kenya, at World Vision Australia’s panel, “Keeping Gender on the Agenda”.


Betty Lolgisoi, Kenya, shares her powerful testimony of saying no to FGM at World Vision Australia’s panel, “Keeping Gender on the Agenda”.


Kathryn Compton, World Vision US, provides an introduction and overview of Strong Women Strong World at a special reception held at the World Vision NY office.


Kathryn Compton and H.E. Rael Ruto of Kenya at SWSW reception.


Kathy Treat, Co Chair SWSW, and Betty Lolgosoi of Kenya at SWSW reception.

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