Australian Civil Society at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women
Welcome to the information page for Australian Civil Society at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), hosted by The Gender Agency. This page has been developed by Sarah Boyd and Dr. Anu Mundkur, the civil society delegates on the Australian government’s delegation to CSW60. This page contains an overview, background resources and practical information for anyone interested or involved in CSW60, including the following sections:

Please keep checking back regularly for updates!

1,330 organizations and 8,206 representatives have registered for CSW60

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Australia's engagement at CSW60

Australia will be extensively engaged in CSW60, through both government and civil society. As further background, you can read the Australian delegation reports from the 58th Session and 59th Session of CSW. To support this year’s engagement, we have created a comprehensive resource guide, which you can find here. This resource guide includes the following sections:

  • Australian civil society organisations attending CSW60
  • Australian civil society preparations for CSW60
  • Australian civil society-hosted Parallel Events
  • Australian civil society social gatherings and daily debriefs
  • Australian government-hosted Side Events

To support those participating, we have created a comprehensive resource guide - just click the button below.

#CSW60Aus on Social Media

#CSW60Aus Hashtag

This year #CSW60Aus will be trending….this is the hashtag for Australian civil society to use across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - to promote and keep track of our events, our networks, the proceedings and our advocacy.

Social media groups on Facebook and Twitter

We have created several social media resources on Facebook and Twitter, and encourage you to join them: Facebook Page - Australian Civil Society at CSW60 Twitter List – https://twitter.com/thegenderagency/lists/csw60aus If you subscribe to the Twitter list you will be added as a member. Following the list will be an easy way to keep up to date!

Follow the Australian civil society delegates on Twitter


Follow the Australian government representatives on Twitter

  • Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls (Natasha Stott-Despoja): @AusAWG
  • Australian Ambassador to the UN (Gillian Bird): @AustraliaUN


UN hashtags and twitter handles:

#CSW60 #GlobalGoals #Planet5050 #womensrights #genderequality #NHRI @un_csw @un_women

Delegate Profiles

Anu Mundkur

Anu Mundkur

Australian Civil Society Delegate

Anu Mundkur is a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Her extensive practical experience in the field of gender and development, women’s leadership and empowerment, informs her applied research, consultancy and teaching practice.

In 2007 she co-founded the Gender Consortium at Flinders University, and has since served as its Associate Director.

Her responsibilities include designing and facilitating capacity development programs on gender sensitive policy-making, implementation and evaluation as well as research and consultancy on gender inclusive good governance, women’s roles in peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction.

Sarah Boyd

Sarah Boyd

Australian Civil Society Delegate

Sarah Boyd is a passionate gender equality and women’s rights advocate specialising in international gender policy, Women, Peace and Security, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence in international development, conflict and humanitarian settings.

In February 2016, Sarah began a role as Gender Adviser to the Nyein (Shalom) Foundation in Myanmar, supporting their women, peace and security work to enhance women’s participation and gender inclusion in Myanmar’s peace process. Sarah has been deployed by the Australian Civilian Corps through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 2016.

In 2014, Sarah founded The Gender Agency, a specialist consultancy providing advice to, and advancing partnerships between, civil society, governments and the UN.

Vicky Welgraven

Vicky Welgraven

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) Delegate

Vicky Welgraven is a proud Adnyamathanha woman, from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Vicky has always been passionate about Aboriginal women’s rights, reconciliation and education of the wider community about her culture.

Vicky is currently the South Australian Representative on the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) Board. NATSIWA was established in 2009 to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process. She was nominated to this position in recognition of her passion, dedication and leadership in advancing Aboriginal women’s issues.

Overview of CSW60 and preparations

Overview of CSW60

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women. The 60th session will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend.

The CSW is instrumental in shaping global standards on gender equality and women’s rights. Civil society plays a critical role in this space - from enabling the reality of women’s lives to shape global policy, to sharing global best practice and keeping governments accountable.

The priority theme in 2016 year is ‘women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development’ and the review theme (see below) is ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.’


Key Background documents

How and why do civil society participate at CSW?


The Beijing Platform for Action, CEDAW, Human Rights and the SDGs
The 60th Session
  • Review theme
  • Agreed conclusions (the ‘outcome document’) 
    • Agreed conclusions are the outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme. This takes the form of ‘agreed conclusions’, negotiated by all States. The first draft was released in February and Member States have submitted written comments on this draft, with negotiations ongoing prior to and during CSW. A final document is expected to be adopted by consensus.
    • Here is a copy of the Draft agreed conclusions (12 February 2016) - subsequent versions of this document will be produced until a consensus agreement is reached.


Key CSW60 Events

What are the differences between all the events?

There are 3 main types of events at CSW:

  • Official events: See Official schedule - this includes high level panels and Member States’ country statements (civil society access is limited - requiring a UN Pass and additional pass. See your delegation head to confirm if you have access to an additional pass). All official meetings are shared via the UN webcast.
  • UN Side Events: See UN Side Events Schedule - these are usually panel events, including UN, Member States and NGOs. You usually need ticket or have RSVPd to a list, or entry may be on a first come, first served basis (arrive early!).
  • NGO Parallel Events: See Full Parallel Events schedule. We have made this Australian Parallel Events Calendar (Australian NGO events highlighted in yellow) - please highlight your event if it is not already! These events are open to all, however room capacity is often be limited.


See the next section and our resource guide - Australia’s engagement at CSW60 - for full details on Australian-related events.

NGO CSW Forum Events




New CSW60 App: The Handbook has gone mobile

 The new CSW60 Application is available to download onto iOS, Android and can be used via the web (it requests that you create an account). Two  key features that will make your life easier at CSW:


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