The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), established in 1947, was initially comprised of fifteen women representatives of governments under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The commission’s mandate is to examine the steps being taken in order to achieve gender equality, identify difficulties, agree on global standards and to come up with solutions that should be used regarding the promotion of empowerment of women worldwide in its annual gatherings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The CSW not only brings representatives of governments but also non-governmental organizations and individuals who are mostly women, to the meetings. This allows various Non-Governmental Organizations of disputed states that are not recognized as a member of the UN to attend the caucuses in the CSW.
The Commission currently has 45 member states that are elected every 4 years on the basis of their geographical location: thirteen members from the African continent, eleven from Asia, nine from Latin America and the Caribbean, eight from Western Europe and other states and four from Eastern Europe. Other than its meetings and discussions throughout the year, the CSW prepared and continues to prepare many declarations and treaties such as Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in 1967.