UN Women




In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.  The National Council of Women of Canada is an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and is a member of the ICW (International Council of Women) which has Consultative Status (Category I) at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.  The NCWC has Consultative Status (Category II) at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Each year we send a delegation to the meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March.  


News from UN Women

UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2020 – In a pandemic world, where does gender equality fit in?

Video Link:  50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women

Report on 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women: 

Report on the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women by Lorna Marsden

UN CSW Session 2021

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW):  Notice about the CSW64/Beijing+25 (2021) – The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 took place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings. 

NCWC co-sponsored two events during this session:  Women, Peace and Security and Dual Pandemic: Violence Against Women.   

Call For Nominations

Call for Nominations for the CSW’s General Assembly, 6-11 September 2021, Avignon, France and the Nominations Form GA 2021.  Contact Daniela Chivu, Convenor, Citizenship, Immigration and Global Affairs, NCWC (europa75@gmail.com) if you have any questions or concerns with the registration process.

Guide Book:  Guide Book to UN CSW65, 2021

Submission to Government:  NCWC and ICW – PRE-BUDGET LETTER TO GOVERNMENT-February 2021

The NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum  2021

The NGO CSW65 Forum took place from March 14 to 26, 2021. 

Although the Forum was entirely online this year, members were able to participate in all the things that make the Forum great.  For example, Consultation Day, conversation circles, regional caucuses, and the virtual Artisan Fair, plus new features like a digital Exhibit Hall and the Public Forum. They were also able to connect with other attendees, network, and promote their work.


UN Women

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There is no quick and easy way to understand the UN system. It was formed by the victorious nations in 1945 in a bold attempt to create an international set of institutions which could help keep the peace, prevent depression and promote development for all, promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, democracy, and equality between men and women.

Forty-five Member States of the United Nations serve as members of the Commission at any one time. The Commission consists of one representative from each of the 45 Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of equitable geographical distribution:

  • 13 members from Africa
  • 11 from Asia
  • nine from Latin America and Caribbean
  • eight from Western Europe and other States
  • four from Eastern Europe

Members are elected for a period of four years.

The UN was never meant to supplant national or local governments but to deal with problems that go beyond national borders. Only the Security Council can enforce the decisions of its members, and it is sometimes paralyzed because of the lack of agreement. Binding Treaties, found in Conventions, provide the next level of authority but there are no enforcement mechanisms. They depend for their influence on the moral pressure from peers and public pressure from the NGOs and occasionally through the media. This type of pressure is unreliable but can still be significant in “pushing the envelope” of awareness and commitment, or the reverse, in building cynicism and negativism towards the work of the UN.

In parallel to the family of UN agencies, the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World and Regional Banks, and since 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO), have developed to deal with the issues of trade, investment and finance.

A growing problem today is how these two sets of institutions relate and the problems of securing policy coherence among them.

NGOs like the International and National Councils of Women are playing an increasing role in scrutinizing all these international bodies, in proposing improvements, and in influencing public opinion. While not elected to represent an electorate, they nonetheless provide an important voice for people who are too often not heard, and can achieve remarkable unity of purpose when they share values and common understandings of “how the world works” or “could work”. By the same token, they may find reaching consensus as difficult as the governments do when their values and notions of “how the world works” differ.
We The Peoples of the United Nations Determine

  • To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
  • To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
  • To establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
  • To promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
    And For These Ends
  • To practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
  • To unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
  • To ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
  • To employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

Have Resolved to Combine Our Efforts To Accomplish These Aims

Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

Review:  NCWC and CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) have jointly submitted a document in preparation for the Universal Periodic Review and A Failing Grade On Women’s Equality.
CSW 62 NCWC Statement October 15, 2017 : Life skills and information and communications technology (ICT) skills for both sexes, advances and empowers women leading to a healthier, more economically stable society.

Canadian Federation of University Women – CFUW  Written Statement UNCSW62 

CSW 60 Analysis Report March 2016 : Driving the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Analysis report by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

UN Women : 16 Days of Activism 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is from November 25 to December 10.  Also see Facebook Center for Women’s Global Leadership 16 Days Campaign