This year’s CSW 57, held from March 4th to March 15th, 2013, will focus on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.  Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender inequality. It is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world.  The Beijing Platform for Action developed at the Fourth World conference on Women in 1995, defines violence as one of the 12 critical areas of concern that required urgent action to achieve the goals of equality, development and peace. In order to facilitate a focused and targeted approach to the priority theme of the Commission in 2013, emphasis will be placed on victims/survivors’ access to support services and primary prevention to prevent violence from occurring in the first place. Such a focused approach is expected to enable a thorough consideration of remaining gaps and to accelerate progress in these two key areas.

Priority theme:
Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls

Review theme:
The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS (agreed conclusions from the fifty-third session)

Emerging issue:
Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework


WEDO Events

March 5, 2013 (10:30am-12pm) 
The Post 2015 Development Agenda: What’s at Stake for the World’s Women?, with the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition. United Nations Church Center Chapel (1st floor), 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY

March 6, 2013 (7pm-9pm)
Young Feminists at CSW Meetup. Overlook Bar & Restaurant (2nd floor), 225 E. 44th Street, New York, NY. RSVP to

March 7, 2013 (10:30am-12pm)
Violence Against Women and Intersections with the Environment, with the Women’s Major Group. United Nations Church Center Chapel, 1st Floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY.

March 8, 2013 (10am-12pm)
International Women’s Day March, with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and United Methodist Women. First Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY.


Social Media

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Stakeholders’ Forum
On 13 and 14 December 2012, UN Women convened a forum to engage a range of stakeholders in the preparations for CSW57 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
» UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, closing remarks
» UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, opening remarks
» Concept note
» Programme

Expert Group Meeting
In preparation for the fifty-seventh session, UN Women, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO), convened an Expert Group Meeting on prevention of violence against women and girls, on 17 to 20 September 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand.
» Report of the Expert Group Meeting on prevention of violence against women and girls
» More information

Online discussion
UN Women also organized an online discussion on the priority theme from 23 July to 3 August 2012.
» Report on the online discussion on eliminating violence against women and girls: gaps, challenges and strategic directions in prevention and multisectoral services and responses
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Preparatory expert panel
A preparatory expert panel on the priority theme was held during the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on 29 February 2012.

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