Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information pertaining to alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country. Examples of claims include arbitrary arrests of women, domestic violence, unfair employment practices and discrimination against women under immigration and nationality laws.
The deadline to submit such communications is 1 August 2011.
The communications procedure aims to identify emerging trends on injustices and discriminatory practices against women for policy formulation purposes.
UN Women’s Human Rights section will collect and compile the claims as well as replies on the communications from Governments concerned into a confidential report. Following that, a Working Group of the Commission, composed of representatives from all five regions, will identify trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women. The Working Group will present their findings in a confidential report to CSW at its annual session (CSW56) in March 2012 for review.
For more information on how to submit a claim, categories of claims received in the past, the communications procedure and contact information, visit the submission page:http://www.unwomen.org/csw/communications-procedure
Communications Procedure - UN Commission on the Status of Women - CSW
individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit
The current communications procedure of the Commission on the Status of Women has its roots in Economic and Social Council resolution 76 (V) of 5 August 1947, as amended by the Council in resolution 304 I (XI) of 14 and 17 July 1950. The mandate of the Commission on the Status of Women to consider communications has been reaffirmed and the modalities of the procedure have been further modified by the Council (see Council resolutions 1983/27 of 26 May 1983, 1992/19 of 30 July 1992, 1993/11 of 27 July 1993, 2009/16 of 28 July 2009 and decision 2002/235 of 24 July 2002).
What types of communications are sought?
What information should be included in a communication?
Examples of categories of communications received and trends and patterns identified in recent years
Where to submit a communication to the Commission on the Status of Women
Accurate and detailed information relating to the promotion of women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields in any country anywhere in the world.
It is advisable that communications should:
All claims must be submitted in writing and signed by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. However, the author's identity is not made known to the Government(s) concerned unless she/he agrees to the disclosure.
claims must be submitted
in writing and signed, by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. However, the
author's identity is not made known to the Government(s) concerned unless
she/he agrees to the disclosure.
Please note that the Commission on the Status of Women does not take decisions on the merit of communications that are submitted to it and, therefore, the communications procedure does not provide an avenue for the redress of individual grievances.
Any person or organization with a communication
should write by 1 August 2011 to:
CSW Communications Procedure
Human Rights Section
2 UN Plaza, DC2 12th floor,
Fax: +1-212 963 3463
Send an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org