The United Nations holds its annual Commission on the Status of Women
The 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from February 27 to March 9, 2012. The primary theme of this year‘s session was the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. The Psychology Coalition at the UN (APA, IAAP, ICP, IUPsyS and SPSSI) sponsored a parallel event titled "Transforming Communities through Psychosocial Empowerment of Poor Rural Women and Girls." The speakers discussed outreach to rural women in Peru and India; using psychosocial interventions to empower girls to return to school; and transforming rural communities through environmental initiatives. The CSW is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council, held annually since 1946. During the 10-day Commission, Member State representatives gather at the UN Headquarters to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women‘s empowerment worldwide. For more details on this year‘s CSW, please visit the website.