Listed below are links to United Nations Components,
Major Women's NGOs and NGO Networks/Alliances
and Other Resource Links

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UN Components

CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. (Click here for information on how to participate in CSW meetings.)

DAW (Division for the Advancement of Women) advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world, and the achievement of their equality with men –as equal actors, partners, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace and security.

ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world.

ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. It is responsible for: promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It has the power to make or initiate studies and reports on these issues and to assist the preparations and organization of major international conferences in the economic and social and related fields and to facilitate a coordinated follow-up to these conferences. With its broad mandate the Council's purview extends to over 70 percent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system.

Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) was created on 1 March 1997 to promote and strengthen the effective implementation of the Millennium Declaration, the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) held in Beijing in 1995 and the Outcome Document of the special session of the General Assembly on Beijing+5


Major Women's NGO's

CONGO (Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations) in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making. CONGO is most active at the major UN centers of New York, Geneva and Vienna but its work stretches out to all regions of the world.

UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) is the women's fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women's human rights at the center of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on four strategic areas: (1) reducing feminized poverty, (2) ending violence against women, (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and (4) achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war.

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NGO Alliances and Networks

ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world.

FAFIA (Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action) is a dynamic coalition of over 75 Canadian women’s equality-seeking and related organizations.1 FAFIA’s mandate is to further women’s equality in Canada through domestic implementation of its’ international human rights commitments.

FEMNET seeks to facilitate and coordinate the sharing of experiences, ideas, information, and strategies for human rights promotion among African women's organizations through networking, communication, capacity-building and advocacy at the regional and international levels.

FLAME is a network of African sisters online committed to strengthening the capacity of women through the use of ICTs to lobby, advocate and participate in the Beijing +5 process regionally and globally.

Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. We advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.

WIDE is a European feminist network of women's organizations, development NGOs, gender specialists and women's rights activists. WIDE monitors and influences international economic and development policy and practice from a feminist perspective. WIDE's work is grounded on women's rights as the basis for the development of a more just and democratic world order and the search for alternative approaches to the economic mainstream.

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Additional Links to Helpful Resources

UN Millennium Development Goals: The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.

UN Millennium Development Goals Monitor: Shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With the 2015 target date fast approaching, it is more important than ever to understand where the goals are on track, and where additional efforts and support are needed, both globally and at the country level. The MDG Monitor is a tool designed to: TRACK progress through interactive maps and country-specific profiles; LEARN about countries' challenges and achievements and get the latest news; SUPPORT organizations working on the MDGs around the world,

UN Millennium Development Goals Indicators: This UN site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. You will also find the official progress reports as well as links to related sites and documents.


Sources of Information

5WWC is the predecessor to this website.  It is being maintained as a sister site documenting the history of this grassroots initiative in support of a 5th Women's World Conference prior to 2009.  It also contains the current listing of the organizations who have registered with us in support of a 5WCW. To register your organization, click here. To see a listing of supporting organizations, click here.

Women Watch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programs, specialized agencies and academic and research institutions. It is a joint United Nations project created in March 1997 to provide Internet space for global gender equality issues and to support implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. The website also provides information on the outcomes of, as well as efforts to incorporate gender perspectives into follow-up to global conferences.

Women's United Nations Report Program & Network (WUNRN) is a non-governmental coalition to implement the conclusions and recommendations of a United Nations Study on Freedom of Religion of Belief and the Status of Women From the Viewpoint of Religion and Traditions. This study is a major, universal, comprehensive U.N. approach to intolerance and discrimination against women based on religion and traditions. is a project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) United Nations Office, in New York City. The PeaceWomen Project monitors and works toward rapid and full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The website provides timely information on women, peace and security issues and women's peace-building initiatives in areas of armed conflict.

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