Commission on the Status of Women 59th Session

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015.

CSW59 will focus on reviewing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BfPA) including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.CSW59 marks a major milestone in the history of CSW and presents an historic and once in a lifetime opportunity for women and girls with disabilities. The urgent need to strengthen efforts to address the rights and needs of women and girls with disabilities in all 12 critical areas of the BfPA along with all aspects of the post 2015 development agenda, has been recognised by Heads of State and Governments from around the world.

CSW59 offers women with disabilities the unique opportunity to ensure that disability and gender equality are mainstreamed as cross-cutting issues throughout the whole future development agenda.

The Commission invites interested organisations to submit proposals to attend the first week of the Session, and that meet the criteria of the Commission’s international participation program. Information on how to apply for funding is available here.

Proposals should:

  • Disclose any other sources of funding available to them
  • Indicate need and justification for funding including any particular needs related to location and impact of disability on travel costs
  • Address each of the criteria identified in the Commission’s published template for nominations.

Proposals close Friday 23rd January 2015 COB.

Applications for funding should be sent to:

For more information see the CSW website.

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