In a step towards joining global discussions on women’s empowerment, India has been elected as a member of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW), a body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). India will be a member of the prestigious body for four years, 2021 to 2025.

TS Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations, tweeted the news. “India wins seat in prestigious #ECOSOC body! India elected Member of Commission on Status of Women #CSW. It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support.


India beat China to this membership. Three countries including, India, China and Afghanistan had contested the elections to the United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women. 45 member states of the United Nations serve as members of the Commission at any one time. 13 members from Africa, 11 from Asia, nine from Latin America and Caribbean, eight from Western Europe and other States and four from Eastern Europe.

The CSW is considered the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the ECOSOC, it was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.

The CSW gets countries involved to review and promote women’s rights. It assess the status of women’s lives across the world and helps in shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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